Aerial & Tower Ladder Placement & Operations

This HOT class will emphasize the importance of getting the apparatus in position early and the advantages it can provide the department throughout the incident. Are both considered an offensive and defensive tool on the fireground? Attend this class to learn how to maximize the capabilities at various occupancies and buildings located in the urban setting. Topics covered include ground-level and overhead obstructions, setting up on grade or unstable ground, scrub areas and covering more than one side of the building using various structures. Learn how to move the aerial and bucket, plus victim rescue and fire attack techniques.

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 Fire Attack

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 Pillars of the Fireground

The fireground can become a complex myriad of tactics and tasks, when search and fire attack are all it takes for a successful outcome. This HOT class will cover both search and fire attack using an aggressive and smart mindset that is backed by time-tested experience and research. This interactive session will help attendees decide what is better for the trapped occupant—taking the problem away from the victim or taking the victim away from the problem. The presenter will then target the areas of fire attack and search in order to refine the skill set of even the most experienced fireground operator.

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.

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.

School Bus Extrication

Attendees will learn school bus characteristics and how to gain access to systematically remove injured patients from the bus. The types of buses, construction, and their weaknesses will be addressed. Techniques will be shown to gain access through windows, doors, sidewalls, floors and roofs. Dealing with entrapment, seat removal and patient immobilization will be discussed and compared to actual runs. Stabilization of buses in all positions will be covered along with battery location and fuel systems. Throughout the presentation, attendees will be given proven tips to deal with and plan for the media, spectator, and security issues surrounding such high-profile events.

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.