The majority of the United States is served by fire departments that are not staffed to meet NFPA 1710 and 1720 standards. Many volunteer, career and combination fire departments are asked to respond with one or two firefighters on the first-out apparatus and function for minutes without the help of other units. This class will help better prepare attendees to perform fireground activities with one and two firefighters. Basic fireground functions such as interior fire attack, search, deploying ground ladders and forcible entry will be covered using one- and two-person crews. The session will begin with a brief lecture and discussion about how we can better prepare ourselves physically and mentally for the circumstances we each must operate in. We will discuss the big three fireground priorities of fire attack, search and ventilation. The class will also work to incorporate modern technology and other equipment that is mostly forgotten in live fire classes, such as the use of thermal imaging cameras to put us on target with greater efficiency and safety. The proper application of piercing nozzles, master streams and other methods of putting water on the fire other than the notorious 1.75" hoseline. Above everything, the main goal of the class is to leave the attendees with a sense of pride in their work that will not be crushed by subpar staffing.
Andy Starnes - Founder/Owner, Insight Training LLC
Thomas Anderson - Captain, Charlotte Fire Department
Sean Duffy - Firefighter, City of Ann Arbor
Patrick Heathcote - Instructor, Insight Training LLC
Robert Homman - Instructor, Insight Training LLC
John Lightly - Battalion Chief, Youngstown Fire Department
Ragan Underwood - Captain, St George Fire Department