2014 Hands-On Training Evolutions


4-Hour Evolutions:

Monday and Tuesday, April 7-8
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Aerial and Tower Operations
Lead Instructor: Lieutenant (Ret.) Michael Wilbur, Fire Department of New York

Students will learn the proper techniques and safe operating methods for aerial ladders, rear-mounted tower ladders, and mid-mounted tower ladders. Topics include scrub area, feathering hydraulic controls, and depth perception. Students will also learn how to calculate the minimum and maximum apparatus operational footprint and the true horizontal working length; the proper procedure for short jacking, water flow, and apparatus ventilation; the proper use and position of a stokes basket during a rescue; and new technological advances in apparatus. Every student will get limited operational time with the apparatus. ALL LEVELS

Conventional Forcible Entry
Lead Instructor: Firefighter Chris Minichiello, Fire Department of New York/East Coast Rescue Solutions

Forcible entry can be a challenge for all departments, large and small. Among the topics addressed in this evolution are situational awareness, door and lock size-up, and proper tool placement, all with multiple forces on inward/outward-swinging doors in scenarios with varying degrees of difficulty such as with restricted space and limited visibility. Students will learn and practice the “crush” method on real metal doors and will gain a comprehensive understanding of the “gap” method. In addition, each student will cut and pull multiple hinges and slide bolts, enhancing their understanding of their “Plan B” for outward-swinging doors. Every student will get a number of evolutions with every prop, ensuring a level of proficiency. ALL LEVELS

Engine Company Essentials: Getting Water on the Fire!
Lead Instructor: Lieutenant Anthony Piontek, Green Bay (WI) Fire Department

It’s all about creating the most efficient and effective tool on the fireground--the engine company! Students rotate through realistic handline and stretch scenarios and gain an understanding of the usefulness/limitations of preconnected and static loads. Loads and stretches reinforce pre-entry operation principles and discipline and work as attack/backup teams provides experience and problem solving for pinch areas, short stretches, loss of water issues, line placement, and stretch estimation. Discussion and demonstrations on innovative tactics for offensive and defensive operations and water supply are featured. Students deploy large-diameter hoselines and explore techniques for maximizing the effectiveness of personnel and equipment. Students also engage in initial hookup and standpipe operations, fold/deploy/stretch hose packs, and function as members of the attack team, working through nozzle, backup, door, control, and officer positions. ALL LEVELS

Lead Instructor: Battalion Chief Joseph Berchtold, Teaneck (NJ) Fire Department

Observe fire behavior and the signs that lead up to flashover. Phase 1 training from Swede Survival Systems provides a controlled environment from which to observe and experience how fire develops and grows up to and through the flashover stage and how ventilation and hose streams can control a flashover. Students will become skilled in recognizing the dangerous warning signs and when it is time to get out of the structure. Students' understanding of the events that lead up to a flashover will also help them comprehend how firefighters themselves can be responsible for creating flashovers. ALL LEVELS

Heavy Vehicle Extrication
Lead Instructor: Battalion Chief Todd Taylor, Wayne Township (IN) Fire Department    

This class will help students to better prepare for an incident involving semis, heavy vehicles, and buses by discussing vehicle design and construction and exploring how they relate to the incident. Since these vehicles are constructed much differently than regular vehicles, normal vehicle extrication techniques will not accomplish the objective of safely removing the patient. Students will be able to perform various techniques on actual heavy vehicles that may include a semitractor, a trailer, or a school bus. Evolutions will include rescues from side underrides, rollovers, and rear underrides. In addition, students will be shown how to use rotating wreckers to assist in the rescue of potential victims. ALL LEVELS

Keeping Yourself Alive
Lead Instructor: Chief Curtis Birt, Lake Cities (TX) Fire Department

The focus is on firefighter survival and safety. Stressed are some of the most important skills for “Keeping Yourself Alive” during fireground operations. Students will be required to correctly call a Mayday and to assist a partner within a Mayday scenario. Proper search techniques, room orientation, locating escape routes, and the other functions of a rapid intervention team assigned to an incident involving a Mayday are also covered. ALL LEVELS

Man vs. Machinery
Lead Instructor: Lieutenant Mark Gregory, Fire Department of New York

Machinery/equipment entrapments occur all across the country. They can range from a child’s finger caught in a lock tumbler to a worker trapped within the rollers of a printing press. As first responders, we are called to disentangle the victim. This class will cover various methods using hand and power tools to achieve a successful outcome. Students will be rotated though stations that cover scenarios such as crush injuries involving fingers, limb entrapments, impalements, and the removal of protesters from devices such as the “sleeping dragon.” Size-up and lock-out/tag-out procedures will be emphasized. Students are introduced to extrication techniques and are encouraged to think innovatively. Tools include cord/cordless right-angle grinders, sawzalls, drills, and band saws as well as homemade tools, sockets, and other hand tools. Students will gain an appreciation for tools that they have never used in this type of arena along with a renewed respect for teamwork. ALL LEVELS

Rescue and Squad Company Operations on the Fireground
Lead Instructor: Firefighter Joseph Alvarez, Maplewood (NJ) Fire Department

Students sharpen their skills and increase their confidence as they proceed through three stations. Station 1, Mask Confidence with Rescue Operations: Students will enter a maze and be coached as they demonstrate and build their ability to negotiate their way out from the harshest environment on the fireground. NEW this year, a team will be sent in to help the firefighter who needs assistance. A life line, window extensions, the Denver drill, the Nance drill, and removal of security bars from windows and doors will be among the maneuvers firefighters will use in a team effort to effect the rescue. Station 2, Private Dwelling Primary Search: Students will conduct a rapid search without the presence of a hoseline, keeping in mind that they must not pass the fire unless they know an alternate escape exit. Station 3, Vent-Enter-Search: This most often involves the firefighter searching for (and removing) a victim in a sleeping area above the fire. ALL LEVELS

School Bus Extrication and Rescue
Lead Instructor: Battalion Chief (Ret.) Leigh Hollins, Cedar Hammock (FL) Fire Department

This specialized hands-on training class is for any fire-rescue personnel who may respond to a school bus involved in a crash or a rollover. Actual school buses are used to teach extrication principles and tactics ranging from basic to advanced. These principles are based on the extrication strategy of using existing openings, enlarging existing openings, or creating new openings. All types of extrication tools will be used including hand, electric, pneumatic, and hydraulic. The session also includes a competition involving inexpensive hand and electric tools vs. expensive pneumatic and hydraulic tools; the strengths and weaknesses of each type of tool are showcased. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Vehicle Extrication
Lead Instructor:  Dave Dalrymple, RoadwayRescue LLC

This program is a fast paced educational program on today’s vehicles and the tool evolutions behind successful vehicle extrications. A series of dynamic practical skill sessions are reinforced with “best practices” skill evolutions on a combination of vehicles that have been realistically damaged. Also presented are cutting-edge tool techniques that take into account technology issues and concerns. The information presented, fused with the practical tool evolutions performed, will be an asset for the students themselves as well as for their fellow responders when they take the material back to their departments and enhance their educational programs. ALL LEVELS

Lead Instructor: Chief of Safety and Training Charlie Fadale, Fishers (IN) Fire Department

This evolution covers the techniques of single-story and multi-level structure vent-enter-search (VES). Firefighter safety is stressed during all scenarios. Basic search techniques will be reviewed, and students will search furnished rooms. After the beginning briefing presentation, students will be divided into groups and will perform in all positions of the ground-floor and second-story VES stations including simulating clearing the window, ladder placement, entry, isolation and controlling the room environment, search, and victim removal. Multiple stations of each technique will run concurrently so all students will get the opportunity to perform the skills. Students will receive a copy of the lesson plan. ALL LEVELS

8-Hour Evolutions:

Monday and Tuesday, April 7-8
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Collapse and Void Search Rescue
Lead Instructor: Firefighter (Ret.) Michael Davis, Fire Department of New York

Tornados, hurricanes, and other weather-related incidents …. The past few years, we have seen an increase in these types of events that have required the quick action of first responders. This class addresses initial skills rescue personnel need to accomplish victim removal early in the collapse operations. A significantly damaged building will be used to simulate a building collapse. Students will rescue “manikin-victims” trapped in the structure. Training will include shoring and void search to effect rescue of victims in the compromised structure. The program includes use of tools and shoring techniques to accomplish this mission. The focus is on acquiring an understanding of the magnitude of these events and the initial training students need as first responders to these and other similar emergencies. ALL LEVELS

Conducting NFPA 1403 Live Burn Training
Lead Instructor: Captain (Ret.) Gregory A. Fisher, Champaign (IL) Fire Department

This evolution provides hands-on training in a structure prepared to minimize the risks and safety  hazards associated with live fire training. Students are led through the preparation of live burn scenarios and participate in activities to ensure the property meets the NFPA 1403 Live Fire training standard between evolutions. A short SCBA drill is included to ensure student competence and safety expectations and behaviors are made clear prior to the ignition of any compliant fuel sets. Each drill’s objectives, the site safety plan, instructional roles for the lead instructor, safety officer, ignition team, accountability officer, attack-backup-truck company, RIT team, and water supply positions are briefed prior to each of the live fire evolutions. Students are closely monitored as they participate in each drill. At the completion of each scenario, the administrative team facilitates a critique driven by the students. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Grain Bin Rescue and Engulfment Operations
Lead Instructor: Mark Baker, Coordinator, Stateline Farm Rescue
Students will become thoroughly acquainted with the information, skills, and techniques they need to successfully respond to this class of emergency. Statistics; preplanning; and sizing up the scene including identifying the common hazards at these incidents, confined space requirements, mutual aid, and establishing scene control are discussed initially. Partially and completely engulfed victim operations including extrication methods, patient packaging, means of egress, tools, and cutting techniques are then addressed. The hands-on segment features interactive props students will use to achieve key objectives such as auger extrication, cutting bin sheets, and extricating a live victim from a custom state-of-the-art grain bin entrapment simulator. ALL LEVELS

Live Fire: First-Due Tactics
Lead Instructor: Lieutenant Doug Stephenson, Johns Creek (GA) Fire Department
This six-station live fire evolution incorporates interior fire attacks, search and rescue, hose selection/placement/management, and buddy rescue techniques. The focus is on the initial actions of first-arriving crews at fires involving structures and exposures. Students will be directed in methods to efficiently deploy and use attack and backup hoselines for fire attack and crew protection, conduct rapid searches, improve hazardous conditions, and use techniques for buddy rescue before rapid intervention can be deployed. Incident priorities and tactics, discipline, and accountability will also be stressed throughout the evolution. BASIC

Nozzle Forward
Lead Instructor: Firefighter Aaron Fields, Seattle (WA) Fire Department

This evolution is designed for firefighters and company officers. A product of many hours of both fireground and drill experience, its goal is to help craft more efficient engine companies by increasing students’ competency with tools and expanding on the conceptual aspects of the fire environment. The objectives of the physical skills segment revolve around fire attack, hose movement, hose management, and hose handling. The objectives of the class are fire attack theory, cooling theory, and the “whys” of engine operations. Comprehending the “whys” allows firefighters to solve the problems and categorize the priorities that arise on a dynamic fireground. ALL LEVELS

RIT Combat Drills
Lead Instructor: Assistant Chief James Crawford, Midway (SC) Fire Rescue Department

Rapid intervention training (RIT) should be realistic and to the point. When a RIT deploys into a burning building for a Mayday, each team member will be taxed to the limit physically and mentally. This hands-on program trains and evaluates RIT members as they perform RIT duties under realistic conditions. Students will be assembled into teams and “deployed” into a series of rescue scenarios where they will encounter numerous problems they must resolve as a team. Teams will be challenged with various rescue scenarios: a lifting rescue, a deployment rescue, a lowering system rescue, and the Pittsburgh drill rescue. Each team must maneuver the rescue course to reach a down firefighter victim, perform a victim assessment, complete any extrication, package the victim, and initiate removal. The team must remove the firefighter victim back through the scenario course to safety. All teams will be given a set amount of time to complete the drills, increasing pressure for the team. INTERMEDIATE

Truck Company: Essentials
Lead Instructor: Lieutenant Michael Ciampo, Fire Department of New York

Students will rotate through a series of stations so that each gets a “taste” of truck company operations. At the Forcible Entry station, each student will learn how to force inward- and outward-opening doors and how to cut simulated window bars and roll-down gates. At the Ladders station, students will become acquainted with portable ladder operations that include new leg-lock maneuvers and will perform simulated rescues and removals. At the Ventilation station, students will perform horizontal and vertical ventilation on acquired structures. At the Search station, students will conduct primary search, perform vent-enter-search tactics, and perform overhaul skills when searching for fire extension. Also, students will use hand tools to open up actual vacant structures and engage in overhaul operations in these structures. ALL LEVELS

Urban Essentials
Lead Instructors: Lieutenant Ray McCormack, Fire Department of New York; and Battalion Chief Erich Roden, Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department

Join us for a day of tactical skill development and refinement as we examine and handle multiple urban skill sets at a commercial building environment. Recognize--and learn to overcome--C-side commercial forcible entry challenges; operating on and ventilating flat and steeply pitched roofs (size-up, assessing exposures, in-place ventilation of skylights and vent cowls, and determining where and how to make cuts); and defeating window gates, fencing, VPS panels and board-up systems. Review the vent-enter-isolate-search tactic. Urban firefighter/instructors enforce the program’s objective of enabling students to quickly recognize and resolve common firefighting problems in the urban environment. ALL LEVELS

Three-Day Evolution:

Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, April 6, 7, 8
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  

FDTN Engine Company Operations I & FDTN Truck Company Operations I
Lead Instructor: Jim McCormack, President, Fire Department Training Network
Engine Company Operations I (16 students)

This three-day course is pure engine company operations. A morning lecture identifies fireground engine company operations, including riding positions and assignments, water supply, stretching and operating the first line, the backup line, and when to use the 2 ?-inch line. Hands-on skill stations are conducted, under increasingly realistic conditions, to build solid engine company skills. Day 3 is all scenario-based under live fire conditions, performing as members of an engine company.
Note: This course is run simultaneously with the Truck Company Operations course, providing realistic fireground working conditions and communication challenges between crews.
Truck Company Operations I (16 students)
This three-day course is pure truck company operations. A morning lecture identifies fireground truck company operations, including riding positions and assignments, search, ventilation, tools, and the inside/outside team concept. Hands-on skill stations are conducted, under increasingly realistic conditions, to build solid truck company skills. Day 3 is all scenario-based under live fire conditions, performing as members of a truck company.
Note: This course is run simultaneously with the Engine Company Operations course, providing realistic fireground working conditions and communication challenges between crews.
Students must bring NFPA-compliant turnout gear (helmet, boots, gloves, protective clothing) and NFPA-compliant SCBA with at least one spare SCBA cylinder as well as provide their own transportation to the site.















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