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2015 Classroom Sessions

Teaching Fire Science to Firefighters

We are gaining more and more fire science that either validates or challenges our experiences. The science gives us knowledge to deconstruct our experiences and words to explain them to others, but are we changing our training of firefighters and officers to improve not only skills but also the u...

Time-Based Survival Tactics in the Modern Fire Environment

The modern fire environment demands firefighters be quick and agile in their tactics. Fires that have access to fuel and air progress quickly in structures. Firefighters need to understand how the fire’s growth affects the time to survival for victims and themselves. This class shares experiences...

Real-World Hydraulics

Students will be exposed to real-world situations that directly contribute to failing to get the right amount of water on fires. Hundreds of documented tests from all over the country are used to illustrate the cause of these problems and how to solve them. Students learn what to look for, how to...

Building Collapse Do's and Don'ts for First-Due Companies

The focus is on lessons learned relative to the first-due company’s role at a building collapse. Students learn what the first-arriving unit should and should not do. ALL LEVELS
 

How Diversity and Politics Influence Change Management

All organizations are built around political, ethical, and social forces and differences in values and beliefs that help shape the culture within the organization. This class examines how diversity and politics can influence change management in an organization and steps to take so all members of...

Combined Fire Attack: Tools, Techniques, and Tactics

Students will see how a proper combination of tools, techniques, and tactics (3Ts) allows for safer, more efficient, and more effective firefighting operations. It’s all about timing and coordination. Given the same fire scene and context, different fire services approach the situation using dive...

Skill Drills and Tips for Company Officers

This class changes every year with new skills and drills relevant to today’s fire service hot topics. Covered are basic skills that are degraded with each passing year and also the new hot topics affecting firefighter injuries and fatalities. Don’t miss out on what your firefighters think they kn...

Reality Check: Where Do You Fit in Today's Fire Service

Students evaluate themselves and the fire service, identifying strengths and weaknesses and ways to improve areas that need bolstering. Attitude, the importance of training, physical fitness, the senior member, and true “brotherhood” are addressed. Students start to evaluate themselves as soon as...

11 Essentials of an Excellent Company Officer

Are you doing everything you can to become the best officer you can be? The fire service is constantly changing, and we have prided ourselves on the concept of remaining flexible and adapting. We have even adopted the phrase “adapt and overcome” as one of our core tenets. This course examines 11 ...

Fireground Strategies: When Buildings Change the Rules of the Game

The focus is on the issues firefighters must be aware of to operate more safely in the buildings we are entering. Students learn how different types of construction and occupancies change the rules of the game and how personnel on scene must adjust the strategy and tactics to meet that challenge....

Effective Roof Operations: Lessons Learned from East to West

Roof operations vary from the East Coast to the West Coast. Students acquire an understanding of vertical ventilation techniques developed across the country while blending best practices for safe, predictable, and effective roof operations. Tool selection, roof techniques/tricks of the trade, bu...

Extrication Zone: Principles of Extrication

The emphasis is on the responders’ responsibility to safely and effectively mitigate motor vehicle collisions regardless of the degree of vehicle damage and level of entrapment. Students are introduced to strategies based on the incident conditions that will help ensure successful mitigation. Cov...

Preplanning for a Widlland Event: A Technology Based Community Approach

An overview of what it takes to preplan your community for a wildland fire. Students learn how to identify target hazards, accurately create an incident action plan, and create an overall strategy for the local fire department and responding agencies. Hazard-mitigation techniques, a solid public ...

Fighting Structure Fires in 2015

This class focuses on the strategy and tactics of fighting fires in various types of structures using scenario-based teaching methods. Students will watch videos and simulations of fires in single-family dwellings, multistory apartment houses, and commercial structures. After each scenario, first...

Treating the Injured Firefighter

Emphasis is on developing proactive and engaged officers who facilitate training in the firehouse, on the street, and at the academy so that fewer firefighters are killed and injured during firefighting. Incumbent training is as important as initial training and many times is an excellent opportu...

Understanding Autism for Fire Rescue Responses

The presenter is a career firefighter/paramedic with the Purdue University (IN) Fire Department   as well as the father of a child with autism. Autism is described from a medical and a neurological standpoint. Discussions then progress to the following: recognizing a patient with autism...

Special Operations in Small Departments

Very few small departments have the capabilities to respond to and mitigate an incident requiring special operations training or equipment. When the fire department is called to the scene, many times, the “Duty to Act” causes a tragic outcome. This class offers an overview of a special operations...

Connecting the Dots: Developing a Comprehensive Fire Behavior Training Program

Sharpen your skills in developing and implementing an in-depth and advanced fire behavior program for your department. The focus is on modern fire research and tactics and the capability of explaining fundamental science principles and concepts to all firefighters in an easy-to-understand manner....

Fireground Tactical Decision-Making Models

Students are introduced to implicit fireground decision-making models that incorporate relevant current research into fire behavior and the modern fireground environment. The class involves lecture and interactive exercises. ALL LEVELS

Safety Is Everyone's Responsibility

This risk-reduction, effective program discusses the root causes of line-of-duty-deaths and teaches firefighters how to make smart, aggressive, safe decisions on the fireground. Communications, responses, operational success, operational awareness, accountability (on and off the fireground,) cult...

Bruno and Norman "Unplugged"

An opportunity to see, hear, and interact with these two fire service luminaries. Glean the lessons learned from their illustrious firefighting careers. Share their observations and perspectives in an informal and entertaining atmosphere. Available only at FDIC. ALL LEVELS

Gaining Relative Superiority: The 2 1/2-Inch Attack Line

Students learn how to compensate, through relative superiority, for a reduction in staff in today’s modern fuel-loading and lightweight construction. Relative superiority is a special operations principle used in the military in which superiority is achieved not through numbers but through attent...

Commanding Greater-Alarm Building Fires

Attendees learn how to prioritize the tasks and tactics, adjust them as necessary, and align them with the strategic objectives, modes of operation, and incident priorities of the incident action plan (IAP). Often, incident commanders are challenged with rapidly escalating events that require rev...

Leading with Attitude! Secrets of the Rock Star Engine Company

Have you ever noticed how some companies perform like mutts and others like rock stars? This program examines how attitude directly affects individual and organizational performance and how you can get the most from your individual and company performance. Learn how you can apply the secrets of p...

Nontraditional Critical Thinking Program

Incident commanders need to be highly skilled in critical thinking to make the nontraditional decisions needed on today’s fireground. The nontraditional approach may be as simple as going in a door other than the front door to attack the fire. Students learn how to think in a disciplined manner, ...

Fire in the "Big Box"

“Big box” buildings are becoming commonplace in all areas and are used for manufacturing, storage, and retail. Most are of modern construction and are equipped with automatic fire suppression systems. This class covers primarily warehouses and warehouse-type retail occupancies and the unique fire...

Fit to Survive: WFI/CPAT-IAFF/IAFC Wellness Fitness Initiative/Candidate Physical Ability Test

This program offers a step-by-step approach to implementing the entire International Association of Fire Fighters/International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Service Joint Labor-Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI), Any department can use this process to evaluate a current wellness-fitn...

Common Principles of Firefighting (taught in Spanish)

Firefighting often differs from one department to another, from one region of the country to another, and definitely from one country to another. At the same time, several principles are constant for good firefighting in all locations. Teamwork, command presence, training, situational awareness, ...

Large Vehicle Fire Operations

Much like today’s structure fires, fires involving large highway vehicles, including 18-wheelers, buses, and recreational vehicles, have undergone a radical change in the past several years. New solid fuels in greater quantities have led to faster burning, hotter, and more dangerous fires that ca...

"In for the Long Haul": Introduction to Mental Resilience

“In for the Long Haul” (bunker gear for the mind) is training that addresses not only the safety aspects of mental resilience but also actions we can take to build awareness and safeguards against distractions that can show themselves negatively on the fire line.The message for students is, “If w...

When Things Go Bad!

Do you know what you will experience or be capable of accomplishing when you feel that you or a fellow firefighter is going to die? As we train in a static environment for a dynamic field, we have to ask ourselves, Are we training the right way? Deadly encounters in the arenas of special operatio...

Striving for Success Isn't an Accident: Is HRO the Path?

The environment in which the fire service operates is in constant flux. As demographics change, so does the perception of what defines a valuable service. The threats and opportunities change as well. Students become acquainted with a way to recognize and adapt to these changes. It is a system al...

Initial First Due Size-Up Reports for Company Officers

This course covers the initial on-scene size-up for the first-arriving officer at all types of incidents. It addresses Goals 3 and 4 of the United States Fire Administration’s Emergency Services Leader Strategic Plan. Students learn how to assess the incident scene arrival information and set up ...

Mentoring Programs: A Key to Fire Department Success

Not all the knowledge we need to maintain a vibrant and prepared organization is contained in textbooks or obtained from formal classes. A great deal of knowledge is within each department member. The focus is on safeguarding that vast store of information within your veteran members and sharing ...

Fighting Attic Fires: Strategic, Tactical, and Task-Level Considerations

The focus is on incident action plans (IAPs) that address the unique challenges of attic fires. Among the subjects included are construction type and tactical- and task-level approaches and their effects on the IAP. Decision making, communication,  saving people’s personal effects, and avoid...

Wind: A Comprehensive Look at this Common Enemy

The physics of wind, how it affects the fire dynamics, and its effects on every type of structure are addressed. High-rise residential and commercial buildings are the primary focus; private dwellings, row houses, nonfire-resistant multiple dwellings will also be included. Research (National Inst...

Fireground Tactics and Leadership: Past and Present

The instructor presents case studies and leadership lessons from his personal experiences gained in 36 years in the Chicago (IL) Fire Department. He compares modern tactics with traditional tactics from the perspectives of what has changed and why and discusses tactics that have succeeded and tac...

Ladders: Operational Strategies with Portables, Aerials, and Towers

This interactive class focuses on the uses and misuses of portable ladders with an emphasis on safety and street smarts vs. book smarts. Students are introduced to operating tactics when faced with short staffing, new and improved leg-lock maneuvers (HILL: Hook-in Leg Lock and HELL: Hyper-Extend ...

Ultimate Ethics of the Badge: Life and Death

The ultimate ethics of the badge at the meta, normative, and applied levels are about life and death for firefighters and civilians. What does your code of ethics say about that? Does society see firefighter deaths as part of the job, does your community expect you to die doing your job, and does...

Taking it to the Streets: Training for Success

Safety is the focus, specifically the need for a return to basic training in day-to-day deployment demands. Students review lessons learned from case studies, modern scientific research, line-of-duty deaths, and investigative reports for tactical operations, deployment, and survival. Students bec...

Drawn by Fire: A Decade of Fixed-Up 'Toons

Paul Combs has been creating fire service editorial cartoons for more than a decade and has the stories, successes, failures, and backlash scars to show for it! Students accompany him on his visual journey and get an inside look at his creative process and  what makes his zany cartoons come ...

Firefighter Free Speech

The interaction between a firefighter’s First Amendment right of free speech and a governmental employer’s right to maintain order and discipline within the fire department is explored. A review of federal rules and regulations and court cases addressing many of the repeating conflicts that occur...

Zero to Hero: Leadership Habits Outside the Emergency

An approach to fire safety based on seven basic principles that when internalized as habits enhance firefighter safety. Personal vision, interpersonal leadership, personal leadership, personal management, creative cooperation, interpersonal communications, and balanced self-renewal are among the ...

Forcible Exiting: "The Fortified Rear Door"

Captain Buster Cooper, Conway (AR) Fire Department A firefighter is trapped at the rear door of a commercial structure; he is low on air and is encountering intense heat. He calls a Mayday. Would you be able to quickly and efficiently perform the forcible exiting operation needed to rescue him? T...

Lessons Learned from the 25 Most Deadly Fires in Firefighting History

Hackensack. Vendome. Texas City. Station. Worcester. Each of these single word “descriptors” immediately conjures up images of incidents resulting in disaster for responding firefighters and civilians. In this class, the most important fires in American history are analyzed through a variety of l...

ISFSI Principles of Modern Fire Attack

A condensed version of and an introduction to the International Society of Fire Service Instructors Train-the-Trainer program. This high-impact class addresses cultural change, leadership tips, and an in-depth overview of "SLICE-RS" letter by letter. Science and research-based data are ...

Managing the Mayday for Chief Officers

For all who want the benefits of expanding their knowledge on managing a Mayday. Knowing procedures and functions prepares the incident commander and rapid intervention team officer for overcoming hurdles that will overwhelm the unprepared. Proper acknowledgment of a Mayday, team staffing, postur...

The Story of the West Texas Multiple Firefighter Deaths

An interactive and detailed summary of the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office and Texas Fire Chief’s Association investigation of 10 firefighter line-of-duty-deaths in connection with the West (TX) Fertilizer Plant explosion of April 17, 2013. Interviews of surviving emergency responders, reviews ...

How to Be a Dynamic Instructor

The focus is on elevating instructors to a higher level through engaging with their students and maximizing those traits of a successful instructor that go beyond being knowledgeable. Motivating and interactive video examples demonstrate “teach-back” techniques. The inductive teaching method and ...

IAFF/IAFC/ACE Peer Fitness Training and Rehabilitation Program

The new Third Edition of the International Association of Fire Fighters/International Association of Fire Chiefs/ACE Peer Fitness Training program has been revised to emphasize overall health and wellness on and off the job. Students will learn how the program now functions and also how fire depa...
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