2015 Classroom Sessions

Fireground Strategies: When Buildings Change the Rules of the Game

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM 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...

Preplanning for a Wildland Event: A Technology Based Community Approach

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM 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. ...

Treating the Injured Firefighter

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM 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 tr...

Connecting the Dots: Developing a Comprehensive Fire Behavior Training Program

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM 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 ...

Fireground Tactical Decision-Making Models

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM 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

When Things Go Bad!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM 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...

Behavioral Health Issues in the Fire Service

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM An overview of behavioral health that targets the issue of suicide in the fire service. Students are made aware of the seriousness and extent of this problem in the fire service through statistics and the findings of a 20-year fire department study. Th...

The Art of Go/No-Go

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM The toughest and most impactful decisions you make in your career typically revolve around committing to an interior attack or choosing another option. Seasoned officers know the difference between “We can get it” and “It’s lost.” Using a simple framew...

Surviving the Fireground

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM Learn the dynamics of modern fire behavior and how the correlation of ventilation has changed the way we operate on today’s fireground. This class is based on Underwriters Laboratories’ latest study on ventilation and demonstrates and displays many new...

Anchor-and-Hold Tactics in the Wildland Urban Interface

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM This class examines in detail the water delivery capabilities of the anchor-and-hold structural protection and suppression operations in the wildland urban interface (WUI), which offer a realistic approach to addressing the structure fire problems asso...

Fire Department of New York: Black Sunday

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
10:30 AM-12:15 PM

A first-hand account of the events of January 23, 2005, when six members of the Fire Department of New York were forced to bail out of the fourth floor of a Bronx tenement during a fire. ALL LEVELS

First-In Driver: Street Smarts from a Drivers' Perspective

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM The focus is on getting “fast” water, taking on a supply, and flowing multiple lines. The class begins with a vehicle walk-around before the start of the shift and a discussion on the essentials for the first-in driver at a working structure fire. Addi...

Learning from Others' Experiences

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM Students view photos and videos depicting a moment on the fireground that illustrates how firefighters’ aggressive actions can lead to danger and interfere with the task at hand, leaving firefighters at risk for injury or death. Fire scene accountabili...

Elevator Emergencies

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM All about elevators: their history, how they work, the types (wire hoist and pneumatic), and the basics of elevator emergencies. Construction, site safety hazards, steel and wire supports, interlock devices, hoistway door operations, gaining entry with...

Commercial Building Forcible Entry Challenges

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM The focus is on the challenges that can be encountered when forcing entry into a commercial structure. Topics include accessing the fireground, size-up, steel entry doors, roll-down gates, garage doors, security bars, scissor gates, storefront doors, a...

Fully Involved Leadership

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM This class is geared toward fire service professionals who wish to expand their leadership abilities. Its objective is to improve team performance; the concept has been successful in the public and private sectors, in professional football, and now in ...

Step Up and Lead

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM The focus is on the highest-rated fire service leadership traits. Among them are loyalty, adaptability, determination, enthusiasm, empathy, courage, and honor. This class is a collection of stories and lessons followed by action steps that will help st...

Aggressive Truck Functions for a Safer Fireground

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM Many people associate the term aggressive with unsafe, particularly when it comes to truck company functions. However, the fireground can  be made safer through the timely execution of truck functions. This presentation stresses the importance of ...

Navigating the Currents of Change

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM Participants will find invigorating the challenges to look at old obstacles in new ways. The obstacles may be leadership, strategy, or tactics. The focus is on the readiness to navigate with conviction, confidence, and courage the “new” fire service th...

Large Truck Extrication

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM The message is, “Don't take a passenger vehicle approach to a large truck extrication.” Students gain a working knowledge of large truck and trailer construction including air, electrical, and suspension systems. They are introduced to the options of u...

Lack of Maintenance and the Increase of Accidents while Driving Fire Trucks

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM In the past few years, there has been a substantial increase in the number of apparatus accidents caused by the lack of or deferred maintenance. National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA) 1911 covers maintenance; many fire departments do not ...

Flashover Life-and-Death Decisions on the Fireground

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM Two case studies in which a flashover occurred are presented. Students learn of the devastation flashovers can create and the physical and mental scars that remain for a lifetime. In one of the case studies, a firefighter was severely burned while batt...

Short-Staffed Success: Making Every Step Count

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:30 AM-12:15 PM The focus is on what to do when you arrive first due and have less than optimal staffing and how to adapt to the situation by employing new methods for functioning safely and effectively on today’s modern fireground. Students are led in a critical exam...

Reading Smoke - All Video Version!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM This class follows the video-only concept and includes updates. In essence, it begins with the basics (for the first-timers) and will proceed to application. Smoke is fuel, volume, velocity, density, color, and short cuts are among topics covered. ALL ...

Special Operations in Small Departments

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM 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...

Managing the Mayday for Chief Officers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM 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 acknow...

The Attacking Handline

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM The hallmark of a good engine company is its ability to launch a successful interior offensive attack. The objective of the class is to create the context in which the initial handline operates and to focus on the mechanics of the tools and the actions a...

Positive-Pressure Attack: You Don't Know What You Don't Know

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM Most who do not attend any class on positive-pressure ventilation (PPV) or attack (PPA) believe they know everything there is to know about the tactic. Blowing post-knockdown smoke from a building after the attack is not the same thing! Placing firefight...

The Privilege of Leadership

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM A number of leadership lessons from history in which those in charge were faced with difficult circumstances and demonstrated the ability to face those circumstances with confidence, competence, and effective decision-making skills are reviewed and appli...

Modern House Fires: Tactical Agility for Aggressive Operations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM This program provides valuable take-home insight into the nationwide need to consider adapting our traditional strategies and tactics to the new dangers of modern house fires. Students learn of tactical and strategic changes that counter these new threat...

First-Due Residential Fire Concepts for Engine and Truck Companies

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM Mission critical incident actions for engine and truck companies at residential fires are the focus. A review of relevant data from personal experiences and near-misses and line-of-duty death reports  highlight the “must have” roles and responsibili...

Utilities: Changes and Challenges for the Fire Service

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM This interactive course employs slides to show the specific change/challenge being discussed. Class sections include electrical, communications, and water/waste/gas plumbing. Participants are actively encouraged to share experiences and concerns on the t...

Rapid Intervention for Volunteer and Other Non-Urban Fire Departments

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM So many times we learn from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that a rapid intervention team (RIT) was not staged and ready at an incident in which a line-of-duty death occurred. Worse yet is the fact that so many of the crews...

Fireground Commander's Intent: Coordinated Actions for Mission Success

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM The message is that it is critical that each unit carry out what the commander expects it to accomplish on the emergency scene. Fire companies are the linchpins of a successful emergency scene operation. The key is for each small tactical unit (engine an...

Onboard Foam Systems: Ensuring Your System and Concentrate are Compatible

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM The focus is on the two components of onboard foam delivery systems: the system and the concentrate. The considerations discussed include the following: What is the maximum centipoise the system will handle? What percentage of concentrate will the system...

Fire Research for Firefighters

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM Firefighters operating with insufficient information are at as much of a disadvantage as firefighters operating with insufficient water. Research in the fire sciences that is being performed around the world can improve firefighter safety and advance fir...

Command and Control of a Motor Vehicle Accident

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM The World Rescue Organization and the Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee have been educating firefighters in reference to the Golden Hour as it pertains to vehicle extrication for years. The goal is to reduce the time for vehicle extrications so i...

Must-Have Policies for Every Fire Department

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM This class reviews the top policies every fire department must have to prevent liability, firefighter injuries, and public embarrassment. The suggested policies are derived from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and Nation...

The Five Most Dangerous Places

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM The focus is on the five most dangerous places for firefighters to operate in this modern firefighting age. Students learn their identities and what they can do to identify these hazards before they cause problems. Structural fire hazards and other types...

Volunteer Recruit Training Program: Recipe for Success

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM If you are a member of a volunteer department, are responsible for training new recruits, and are looking for a program that will be effective, consistent, and put bodies in the trucks, this class is for you. Learn the process one department uses to incr...

Let's Reinvent Structural Firefighting

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM This presentation starts with a brief look at fire service history and then moves to recent historical fires. National Fire Protection Association statistics are reviewed, as are the basics of the fireground and fire company operations--in particular eng...

The Fitness Imperative

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM Students acquire the foundation for the development of a fitness program designed to prepare firefighters for the work they perform. The class also provides valuable guidance to leaders seeking to establish a departmental program aimed at reducing firefi...

Standpipes: A New Look at an Old Tool

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM We all have expectations of performance when it comes to a standpipe system. This presentation looks at what can be expected of an installed standpipe system and what to do if the unexpected happens. The results of flow tests conducted at several install...

Decisions Under Fire: "You Don't Know; You Weren't There"

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM The focus is on making critical decisions on the fireground and the consequences associated with delayed or poor choices. Students are guided in defining the “true” problem, analyzing all possible options, selecting the most feasible option, and implemen...

You're an Engineer: What Now?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM Now that you have been promoted to engineer, what is expected of you? This class discusses the roles and responsibilities of the engineer on both a truck and an engine company, day-to-day apparatus procedures, the leadership responsibilities of the engin...

Developing an Effective Respiratory Protection Program: 2015 Update

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM The focus is on building and maintaining a successful respiratory protection program. Students are led in an evaluation of their department’s self-contained breathing apparatus program and identifying areas where improvements may be needed to protect the...

Operating on the Floor Above

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:30 PM-3:15 PM The dangers of operating on a floor above the fire are highlighted. Precautionary measures to ensure a safe working environment for firefighters engaged in fire suppression activities are the focus. Flashover, backdraft in voids, structural failure, and ...

The Extinguishment Culture in Today's Fire Service

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:30 PM-5:15 PM You are a product of your department’s extinguishment culture. You operate within a framework of choices for extinguishment. Egress, direct attack, transitional, blitz, defensive, aggressive, burned side, unburned side--all are different methodologies fo...

Skill Drills and Tips for Company Officers

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:30 PM-5:15 PM 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 ...

11 Essentials of an Excellent Company Officer

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:30 PM-5:15 PM 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 o...

RESOURCES

2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


REQUEST INFORMATION


2016 EVENT SCHEDULE - TBA


2016 HANDS-ON TRAINING EVOLUTIONS - TBA


2016 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS - TBA  


2016 CLASSROOM SESSIONS - TBA  


2016 INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHIES - TBA


STATE CEU REQUIREMENTS (PDF)


2016 SHUTTLE SCHEDULE - TBA


SPECIAL EVENTS - TBA


H.O.T.® LIABILITY WAIVER (PDF) - TBA


2015 CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE


2014 CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE


All PennWell Sites - Click to Expand
All PennWell Events - Click to Expand
© 2015. PennWell Corporation. All Rights Reserved. PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS AND CONDITIONS | SITE MAP | PennWell Websites | PennWell Events