Science in the Big Room

The fire service continues to drive the movement for science-based research to better understand the fire environment and how tactics influence the fire conditions. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) continue to partner with the fire service with laboratory and field fire research. UL is in the process of more closely studying fire suppression to educate the fire service in respect to the most appropriate use of suppression appliances and techniques. The most current information on this ground-breaking study will be explained and discussed. NIST is also continuing its efforts to answer questions that the fire service needs answered. NIST is currently looking at some line-of-duty death incidents to recreate the incident and test possible tactics that could possibly avert similar future tragic events. Implementing tactical changes in standard operating procedures and on the fireground will be discussed and illustrated.

The Basics of Apparatus Purchasing

This webcast guides the participant through the difficult process of specifying fire apparatus. It covers justification, the use of NFPA 1901, conducting research, options and features, boilerplate information to protect the purchaser, converting the manufacturer's specifications into your own, controlling frills, holding a successful preconstruction conference, how to do a thorough final factory inspection, and delivery and acceptance. 

105 Tactical Extrication Tips in 105 Minutes

This high-tempo presentation covers the extrication process from preparation to termination and includes 105 tactical-level tips that better prepare students to respond to today’s motor vehicle collisions. Establishing command, sizing up the incident, and formulating a plan based on good strategies are among the topics addressed. The street-level tips are presented through case studies with photos and videos and can be implemented in any department.

Leadership Panel on Firefighter Addiction, Mental Health, and Recovery

The mental health and well-being of the men and women in the fire service are the focus of this forum. With growing awareness and discussion on topics such as suicide, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse, fire service personnel are looking for venues that provide information and direction on such topics. The experienced professionals on this panel have presented on these topics across the United States. They will share some of their experiences and field critical questions surrounding these issues.  

Available only at FDIC!  

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!  

Improving Fireground Operations with Thermal Imaging and Modern Fire Dynamics

This presentation provides firefighters with the knowledge they need to combine thermal imaging technology with the latest National Institute of Standards and Technology and Underwriters Laboratories firefighting research to improve the effectiveness and safety of fireground operations. Students will view videos from fireground operations in which thermal imaging was used and in which key concepts such as ventilation-limited fire behavior, compromised structural integrity, flow path development, and victim survival profiling were in play. Firefighters will ultimately be able to apply thermal imaging in fireground operations with an understanding of its capabilities and limitations. 

They Are Us: Fireground SizeUp, Command, Control, Accountability, and Survival

It happened to them ... but when will it be us? We turn out day in and day out, normally expecting what to expect, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, things don’t go as we thought they would. Sometimes, it goes far worse. Success and survival on the fireground have no guarantees; sometimes things go horribly wrong, even when we do our best. Other times, things go horribly wrong, and all the warning signs were there on the scene well before the fire even started. These are the fires we must learn from. The focus is on the proven facts of some recent fires. The lessons learned are taught with the resolve to honor those involved by not repeating fireground history.

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Tactical Thermal Imaging: The First Level of Fire Attack

Incorporating tactical thermal data into our initial action plan is mission critical to the success of our operations. This takes the participant beyond the standard use of a thermal imaging camera for search and rescue along with overhaul purposes. Tactical thermal imaging can allow firefighters to identify the flow paths and identify cold spots. Firefighters can use this information to detect the fire’s severity and location, define their access path, direct their stream placement, locate trapped victims, assist in locating the fire (visible, vent-limited, and hidden fires in walls or chimneys, for example), locate down firefighters in rapid intervention scenarios, spot locations for ventilation openings, and more. Traditional tactics are not discarded; they are enhanced, and the participant can see the thermal data, which have a powerful effect on changing someone’s paradigm.  

Please join us for this webcast sponsored by Avon Protection. 

Extrication and EMS: Coordinating Team Delivery of Critical Care

Good vehicle extrication demands a unique collaboration between rescue and emergency medical personnel. The objectives are to increase situational awareness and improve your strategic and tactical plans for extrication by incorporating key medical information in the decision-making process. To save a victim (not just chop up a vehicle), you need command, coordination, communication, and care. A real-world approach incorporates advanced life support considerations in the extrication strategy and shows how basic life support first responders can manage quickly and effectively a great deal of critical trauma care. Students learn how to deliver immediate life-saving treatment more safely and efficiently, reduce time from patient contact to patient surgery, and improve the lives of the people they are protecting.

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Rules of Engagement for Positive-Pressure Attack

Amidst all the studies, hype, and hysteria, there are proven methodologies for putting positive-pressure attack into operation safely and effectively. This class looks at the decades worth of practical application of using fans for ventilating fire structures. It drives home that firefighter safety and victim survivability necessitate controlling the fire environment.

This event will conclude with a live question and answer session and is sponsored by Ventry Solutions, Inc.

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