Friday, October 30

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rescue Task Force Concepts for Fire Department Response

This HOT program will be an all-inclusive approach to understanding how a rescue task force (RTF) operates. The RTF is a team of firefighters, EMS and law enforcement trained to respond to active threat incidents, including active shooter calls. Topics covered in the session include preplanning considerations, interagency relations, and high-fidelity psychomotor skill drills. The goal of the course is to give attendees a much higher level of understanding of the roles that surround RTF team so they may foster a similar initiative in their respective departments.

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Down & Dirty Forcible Entry

This interactive program is designed to teach the main, basic and advanced principles of street-smart forcible entry. The presenter will demonstrate techniques for making entry through and around locks for both residential and commercial structures. Attendees will 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 class is an interactive class, students will be faced with forcible entry scenarios and explain how they would overcome the challenges as well.

Live Fire: Intelligently Aggressive Fireground Operations

Today's fireground moves at a breakneck speed in regard to fire development and structural integrity failure. Any victim trapped inside these environments has less time to escape than ever before. However, when we combine knowledge, understanding, and the proper skills with tactical thermal imaging, it is a force multiplier of efficiency and effectiveness on the fireground. Firefighters can now find and extinguish the fire faster and can locate the victim up to 70 percent faster! Firefighters can perform tasks such as VES, rapid intervention, and more with improved accuracy and speed through the proper application of these concepts.

Live Fire: The 2020 Evolution of Search School

This in-depth, live-fire search class will challenge the attendees’ mindset of search operations. The evolution of search techniques has created an aggressive and progressive mindset that will be shown in detail. This course will challenge the textbook techniques taught in recruit school and push the attendees to combine fireground experience with research-based tactics evolving their decision-making process that will ultimately increase survivability for civilians. Rotating through stations, attendees will learn search techniques, search size-up, VES, victim drags, carries, and removal. The focus of the class will be to develop a smart and aggressive skill set for searching while using realistic live-fire conditions. The Cobb Search Cadre, led by Battalion Chief Kevin Lewis, has taught fireground search classes around the country. Lewis is a 24-year veteran with Cobb County, GA, Fire & Emergency Services, currently assigned to Battalion 2. He is on the State of Georgia Incident Management Blue Team and the NFPA 1931/1932 Committee on Ground Ladders. Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and has instructed extensively in both classroom sessions and HOT sessions throughout the United States.

Long Lines for the Win

It doesn’t matter how many gallons per minute you are flowing if you can’t get the hoseline to the seat of the fire. If we stretch short, we are reducing survival rates. This HOT course will cover multiple ways to set-up a preconnected 1¾-inch hose that will work regardless of manpower. Once the line is in place, we will focus on overcoming stretching short with the use of racks and hose bundles. There are almost as many ways to rack and deploy your lines as there are departments in this country. You must find a hose set-up that works for your territory.

Use of Drones on Emergency Incidents

This 8-hour program will cover the uses of drones on building fires, wildland fires, as well as hazmat, and search and rescue incidents. A key focus will be how best to integrate data from drones into the incident command system's decision making in order to enhance firefighter safety. Use of drones for incident mapping and 3D models will be discussed as well as how they can assist incident safety officers in their duties. Hands-on demonstrations will lead attendees through drone operations and tactics on fire and hazmat incidents.

What’s Really Cooking: A Firefighter’s Strategic Approach to Clandestine Labs

This clandestine lab training will be broken down into four groups: one-pot processing; BHO extraction with butane; fentanyl responses; and iodine-based labs. Students will gain hands-on experience with both a production lab and milling operation and will be able to talk about the toxic effects of these labs as they pertain to the fire service. A Red-P lab will be set up for students to process in learning how to deal with these labs. Along with the hands-on training will be and extensive study on PPE, air monitoring and other detection equipment needed to safely mitigate clandestine labs.