HANDS-ON TRAINING PROGRAM

Certificate of Attendance issued for all completed sessions.

All session times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Monday, September 26, 2022

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
All Saws

All saws is 8 hours of hands-on training experience that gives the students the opportunity to rotate through skill stations where they will be getting top-notch instruction and will be afforded the opportunity to get in-depth information about fire service saws, hands-on opportunities in cutting roofs, rebar, garage doors and more. The opportunity to get information and reps on saws will reinforce prior instruction plus the students may take home some tricks of the trade.

Robert Faas
Down & Dirty Urban Forcible Entry

Forcible entry tools and tactics have been around for ages. The need for keeping up with the ever so-changing game of forcing our way through things on the street is changing on us fast, and we need to be prepared. This interactive, forcible entry program is designed to teach the firefighter no matter the level of experience the main, basic and advanced principles of street smart forcible entry. This program focuses on new and older, but yet safe, street-approved methods and techniques for conventional forcible entry tactics. During this time, we will discuss and show techniques for making entry through and around locks, for both residential and commercial structures. Attendees will also learn quick access into urban steel roll gates and how to defeat the locks and locking mechanisms for them. Overcoming street hatches, additional security features like drop bars, slide bolts, burglar bars and modified locks will be covered as well. Because this is an interactive class, attendees will be faced with forcible entry scenarios and explain how they would overcome the challenges as well.

Robert James Charles Hendry
Engine Company Ops: From the Science to the Street

Modernizing Firefighting

Accurate hoseline flows, water-mapping knowledge, overcoming stretching issues, and fire extinguishment are all taught at the highest levels using current best practices. That’s what this class provides, among other tangibles such as nozzle evaluations, hoseline management and the beauty of hose bundles. All designed to make your fireground run smoother. Understanding the fundamentals of hose-stream mechanics is vital to the success of fire suppression operations on the fireground. This includes understanding when and how to utilize air entrainment to your advantage, when air entrainment can be detrimental, and how to best apply the water through various application patterns, stream angles and deflection methods to successfully map the compartments that are inside of a structure.

UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) conducted a laboratory study on fire attack and a field study on coordinated fire attack in acquired structures. Both were designed to provide context for, and substantiation of, fire suppression methods, tools and tactics that have been utilized for decades. To bring the results from these studies to the training ground, FSRI engineers, along with the help of trusted fire service partners and live training demonstrations throughout the country, designed the hose stream prop to study the suppression principles that were developed as a part of these studies. This session will provide attendees with the building blocks for a successful fire attack through a comprehensive understanding, demonstration and application of hose stream mechanics in residential structures.

Steve Robertson Keith Stakes
Engine Company Tactics for Limited Staffing

The tactics executed by the initial engine company are critical to the success of any fireground. All too often this engine arrives “understaffed.” Plans and systems must be in place to ensure their deployment efforts are maximized. This course will focus on developing techniques, designing attack packages, and implementing tactics that work for limited staffed engine companies. Attendees will be divided into small groups to ensure each student has the opportunity for multiple sets and reps as they rotate through six skill stations: Know your flows; 1¾-inch and 2½-inch hoseloads and stretches; 1¾-inch applications, nozzle control techniques, and hoseline advances; 2½-inch applications, nozzle control techniques, and hoseline advances; advanced fire conditions/transitional attack tactics; and long stretches/apartment fire tactics.

Jonathan Hall
Grain Bin Rescue Awareness

Attendees completing this one-day Grain Bin Rescue Level I course will gain knowledge to safely evaluate hazards associated with grain bins and successfully extricate trapped victims. Attendees will use the Ohio Fire Academy’s Grain Bin Rescue Trailer, review safety equipment, victim removal procedures, and conduct hands-on rescues from both a grain bin and gravity wagon. This course reviews agricultural equipment injuries and emergencies, farm chemical exposures, fires and spills, and challenges that responders face when confronting farm emergencies. PPE Requirements: Grain bin rescues are not well suited for traditional turnout gear. We recommend that all participants wear the following PPE: Helmet (Rescue or Firefighter style) with chin strap, hard sole work boots that lace up (slip on boots and tennis shoes fill up with corn and pull off), coveralls/duty uniforms or blue jeans (shorts are not permitted), N-95 approved dust mask, and safety glasses.

Andy Bauer
Live Fire: Tactics for Success with Limited Staffing

Utilizing crew sizes that replicate the limited staffing environments most fire departments are currently faced with, this multi-station, hands-on live fire training program will place attendees in a variety of first-due task-oriented assignments including incident command, fire attack and extinguishment, primary search, forcible entry, ventilation, and laddering. Using NFPA 1403 Live Burn Standards, this program will provide attendees a dynamic and extraordinary opportunity to enhance their fireground experience and tactical skills while at the same time improving their ability to conduct these task-oriented assignments as members of a first-arriving fire suppression team consisting of a typical first-alarm assignment of an incident commander, two engines, and one truck company. The program will start with a short classroom-based summary of the program objectives, and a discussion on strategy and tactics, today’s modern fire environment, fireground decision-making, and the roles and responsibilities of first-due companies containing limited staffing levels that reflect current fire service trends. After this, the attendees will be rotated through various hands-on evolutions where they will be challenged to conduct appropriate size-ups, develop strategies, implement assigned tactics, and complete delegated company assignments using a safe and coordinated fire attack within private dwelling and taxpayer type structures. After each scenario, a “backstep” type after-action discussion will be held in order to identify concerns or problems recognized by instructors or experienced by the attendees. The feedback and information gained will then be used by the instructors as a tool to ensure the attendees are meeting the identified goals and learning objectives of the program.

John Lewis
LIVE FIRE: The Intelligently Aggressive Fireground

Firefighters are placed under demanding situations with less staffing than ever before. Tactical thermal imaging allows firefighters to include thermal data to enhance their decision making. This data is a force-multiplier which allows for locating the victim(s) up to 70% faster, locating and extinguishing the fire faster, and preventing may-day's by maintaining situational awareness.  This program will focus on the fundamentals of firefighting from size-up, forcible entry, fire attack, search, and rapid intervention. Each portion of the program will be delivered in a systematic method that is designed for all levels from the entry level firefighter, to the company officer, to the Incident Commander.  The program will build upon the skill sets learned in the morning session and then allow the firefighters an opportunity to implement their newfound skills and knowledge in the afternoon in scenario based evolutions based on actual incidents.   These skill sets will be learned, demonstrated, and applied in a live fire environment in a Class A burn building or equivalent. Firefighters are encouraged to bring their model/brand of thermal imaging camera to the event. Insight Training will provide an entire Instructor Cadre with thermal imaging cameras to ensure a 4: 1 student to instructor ratio.   This program has been delivered across the globe and allows firefighters who attend the training to immediately begin using this information upon completion of the training. Insight Training Instructors are a minimum of Level I Thermography Certified Fire Service Professionals.

Andy Starnes
Personal Rope Skills: Ascending, Rapelling & Mid-Height Rescue

This is an action-packed course designed for the intermediate or operational level rope rescue student. Students will receive personal instruction from internationally renowned Rescue Methods instructors to advance their personal rope skills. Objectives will include ascending, descending, and performing mid-height rescue sequences in a natural terrain environment. Multiple equipment options will be offered to allow students to experience the latest and greatest gear. All gear will be provided unless students elect to use their own PPE.

Dalan Zartman
Tower Ladder and Aerial Placement

This program will answer why we consider the tower ladder both an offensive and defensive tool on the fireground. The basic steps of how to use this tool to its maximum capability will be presented in an organized approach from start to finish with an emphasis on the importance of apparatus positioning early and the advantages it can provide throughout the incident. Topics include outrigger placement, bucket movement from the turntable and bucket, scrub area and stream application. This versatile tool can help provide a safe and efficient platform to work from at various occupancies and buildings located in the suburban setting. 

Chris Eysser

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Aerial Rescue in Trees

This interactive course is designed for technician or operations level rescue personnel. In this eight-hour intensive hands-on class, students will work with internationally renowned Arborists and Rescue Technicians to enhance their rope rescue skillsets. Objectives include learning a systematic approach to Tree Risk Assessment, how to properly choose and load anchor points in trees, general knowledge of common and advanced Arboriculture climbing systems, and common rescue scenarios for students to complete. All gear will be provided unless students choose to use their own PPE.

Evan Beck
All Saws

All saws is 8 hours of hands-on training experience that gives the students the opportunity to rotate through skill stations where they will be getting top-notch instruction and will be afforded the opportunity to get in-depth information about fire service saws, hands-on opportunities in cutting roofs, rebar, garage doors and more. The opportunity to get information and reps on saws will reinforce prior instruction plus the students may take home some tricks of the trade.

Robert Faas
Can-Tanker-ous Wisdom: The Art and Science of Moving Water

Moving water without the luxury of a municipal water system is part art and part science. When the need to implement an alternative water supply arises, it is critical that firefighters be well versed in both parts of the process. While the core of this class focuses on the hands-on skills of executing a water shuttle, the art, there will be plenty of explanation as to why things are done in a particular manner, the science. The class will dig into the setup and execution of each element of a successful shuttle—dump site, fill site, water source, routing, apparatus and staging. Attendees will also have significant time on the pump panel to develop drafting skills and best methods to fill tenders. The class culminates in several evolutions where attendees will put everything together into scenarios, starting from arrival at the fire to fully developed flows of more than 1,000 gpm.

Down & Dirty Urban Forcible Entry

Forcible entry tools and tactics have been around for ages. The need for keeping up with the ever so-changing game of forcing our way through things on the street is changing on us fast, and we need to be prepared. This interactive, forcible entry program is designed to teach the firefighter no matter the level of experience the main, basic and advanced principles of street smart forcible entry. This program focuses on new and older, but yet safe, street-approved methods and techniques for conventional forcible entry tactics. During this time, we will discuss and show techniques for making entry through and around locks, for both residential and commercial structures. Attendees will also learn quick access into urban steel roll gates and how to defeat the locks and locking mechanisms for them. Overcoming street hatches, additional security features like drop bars, slide bolts, burglar bars and modified locks will be covered as well. Because this is an interactive class, attendees will be faced with forcible entry scenarios and explain how they would overcome the challenges as well.

Robert James Charles Hendry
Engine Company Ops: From the Science to the Street

Modernizing Firefighting

Accurate hoseline flows, water-mapping knowledge, overcoming stretching issues, and fire extinguishment are all taught at the highest levels using current best practices. That’s what this class provides, among other tangibles such as nozzle evaluations, hoseline management and the beauty of hose bundles. All designed to make your fireground run smoother. Understanding the fundamentals of hose-stream mechanics is vital to the success of fire suppression operations on the fireground. This includes understanding when and how to utilize air entrainment to your advantage, when air entrainment can be detrimental, and how to best apply the water through various application patterns, stream angles and deflection methods to successfully map the compartments that are inside of a structure.

UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) conducted a laboratory study on fire attack and a field study on coordinated fire attack in acquired structures. Both were designed to provide context for, and substantiation of, fire suppression methods, tools and tactics that have been utilized for decades. To bring the results from these studies to the training ground, FSRI engineers, along with the help of trusted fire service partners and live training demonstrations throughout the country, designed the hose stream prop to study the suppression principles that were developed as a part of these studies. This session will provide attendees with the building blocks for a successful fire attack through a comprehensive understanding, demonstration and application of hose stream mechanics in residential structures.

Steve Robertson Keith Stakes
Engine Company Tactics for Limited Staffing

The tactics executed by the initial engine company are critical to the success of any fireground. All too often this engine arrives “understaffed.” Plans and systems must be in place to ensure their deployment efforts are maximized. This course will focus on developing techniques, designing attack packages, and implementing tactics that work for limited staffed engine companies. Attendees will be divided into small groups to ensure each student has the opportunity for multiple sets and reps as they rotate through six skill stations: Know your flows; 1¾-inch and 2½-inch hoseloads and stretches; 1¾-inch applications, nozzle control techniques, and hoseline advances; 2½-inch applications, nozzle control techniques, and hoseline advances; advanced fire conditions/transitional attack tactics; and long stretches/apartment fire tactics.

Jonathan Hall
Live Fire: Tactics for Success with Limited Staffing

Utilizing crew sizes that replicate the limited staffing environments most fire departments are currently faced with, this multi-station, hands-on live fire training program will place attendees in a variety of first-due task-oriented assignments including incident command, fire attack and extinguishment, primary search, forcible entry, ventilation, and laddering. Using NFPA 1403 Live Burn Standards, this program will provide attendees a dynamic and extraordinary opportunity to enhance their fireground experience and tactical skills while at the same time improving their ability to conduct these task-oriented assignments as members of a first-arriving fire suppression team consisting of a typical first-alarm assignment of an incident commander, two engines, and one truck company. The program will start with a short classroom-based summary of the program objectives, and a discussion on strategy and tactics, today’s modern fire environment, fireground decision-making, and the roles and responsibilities of first-due companies containing limited staffing levels that reflect current fire service trends. After this, the attendees will be rotated through various hands-on evolutions where they will be challenged to conduct appropriate size-ups, develop strategies, implement assigned tactics, and complete delegated company assignments using a safe and coordinated fire attack within private dwelling and taxpayer type structures. After each scenario, a “backstep” type after-action discussion will be held in order to identify concerns or problems recognized by instructors or experienced by the attendees. The feedback and information gained will then be used by the instructors as a tool to ensure the attendees are meeting the identified goals and learning objectives of the program.

John Lewis
LIVE FIRE: The Intelligently Aggressive Fireground

Firefighters are placed under demanding situations with less staffing than ever before. Tactical thermal imaging allows firefighters to include thermal data to enhance their decision making. This data is a force-multiplier which allows for locating the victim(s) up to 70% faster, locating and extinguishing the fire faster, and preventing may-day's by maintaining situational awareness.  This program will focus on the fundamentals of firefighting from size-up, forcible entry, fire attack, search, and rapid intervention. Each portion of the program will be delivered in a systematic method that is designed for all levels from the entry level firefighter, to the company officer, to the Incident Commander.  The program will build upon the skill sets learned in the morning session and then allow the firefighters an opportunity to implement their newfound skills and knowledge in the afternoon in scenario based evolutions based on actual incidents.   These skill sets will be learned, demonstrated, and applied in a live fire environment in a Class A burn building or equivalent. Firefighters are encouraged to bring their model/brand of thermal imaging camera to the event. Insight Training will provide an entire Instructor Cadre with thermal imaging cameras to ensure a 4: 1 student to instructor ratio.   This program has been delivered across the globe and allows firefighters who attend the training to immediately begin using this information upon completion of the training. Insight Training Instructors are a minimum of Level I Thermography Certified Fire Service Professionals.

Andy Starnes
Tower Ladder and Aerial Placement

This program will answer why we consider the tower ladder both an offensive and defensive tool on the fireground. The basic steps of how to use this tool to its maximum capability will be presented in an organized approach from start to finish with an emphasis on the importance of apparatus positioning early and the advantages it can provide throughout the incident. Topics include outrigger placement, bucket movement from the turntable and bucket, scrub area and stream application. This versatile tool can help provide a safe and efficient platform to work from at various occupancies and buildings located in the suburban setting.

Chris Eysser