ENGINE COMPANY OPERATIONS
Chief Jeff Shupe (Ret. Cleveland, OH Fire)
Captain Jonathan Hall (Saint Paul, MN Fire)
Captain Keith Niemann (Wichita, KS Fire)
Captain Gerald Johnson (Wichita, KS Fire)
The fire service begins and ends with engine company fundamentals. This class will offer various methods of handling the deployment and application of hoselines at fire scenes as well as provide valuable insights from experienced engine company officers. You will be taught various techniques for both 1 3/4″ and 2 1/2″ attack lines, drawing on the teachings and experience of many different fire service instructors. Students will be shown ways for overcoming understaffed engines, common pitfalls and tips for excellent teamwork on the fire ground. The live fire portion of this class also allows students to interface with those performing other operations.
SPECIAL SERVICE COMPANY
Captain Scott Kleinschmidt (Wichita, KS Fire)
Captain Brian Jetton (Frisco, TX Fire)
Captain Seth Taylor (Lewisville, TX Fire)
Captain Sam Hittle (Wichita, KS Fire)
Firefighter Michael Heeney (Austin, TX Fire)
Lieutenant Chris Moren (Austin, TX Fire)
Firefighter Nick Sequenzia (Frisco, TX Fire)
Within most organizations big or small there is that one multi-purpose “catch-all” rig. Regardless of apparatus type; Rescue Co, Truck Co, or Squad Co (Rescue Pumper) most organizations have that one rig based on special equipment and additional training that falls into this definition. Hazmat and Tech Rescue is often the catalyst for the development of these types of companies, but their operational capabilities go much deeper than this. In this 8-hour HOT we will cover the other side of the spectrum. We will focus on the day to day functions of these companies when it comes to fire ground operations and daily special calls for service. Even if your organization doesn’t operate a special service rig these skill sets are still being utilized in one way or another regardless of the type of rig you respond on.
Firefighter William Knight (DeKalb County, GA Fire)
Captain Arthur Ashley (Lexington, KY Fire)
Firefighter Rob Fisher
Firefighter Chad Berg
Firefighter Julio Ramos
Firefighter Jason Joannides
This is a vertical ventilation class that presents fireground roof operations from across the U.S. Harnessing the experience of instructors from the East Coast, West Coast, and in between, this class will present several common types of lightweight and conventional roof construction and the topside tactics that have been proven in the regions where those roofs exist. This class will dispel myths and misinformation while providing students with an increased confidence and ability to make the fireground safer for victims and firefighters.
Lieutenant Cameron Meier (Sedgwick County, KS Fire)
Captain Nick White (Hutchinson, KS Fire)
Captain Matt Nance (Sedgwick County, KS Fire)
Firefighter Drew Agnew
As Americans become more security conscious the ability to perform proper forcible entry techniques has become more critical than ever. This class will challenge students through multiple props, scenarios, and tools with a strong foundation on the basics. When seconds count our decisions can make or break the incident. Don’t let an essential task on the fireground be the one that slows you down.
FIRST DUE FUNDAMENTALS
Chief Trey Nelms (Nashville, TN Fire)
Firefighter Daniel Nelms (Nashville, TN Fire)
Firefighter Shawn Raymond (Gallatin, TN Fire)
Firefighter Jonathan Jarvis (Wichita, KS Fire)
The actions of the first due unit(s) form the foundation for a successful incident. The ability to gain initial access, get the first line in operation, and locate/remove trapped occupants are all core competencies for any firefighter. Attendees will learn techniques to perform conventional forcible, VES, and initial attack line operations, then put what they’ve learned to the test in real time scenarios.
MOVING WITH PURPOSE
Firefighter Dan Mishler (Sedgwick County, KS Fire)
Firefighter Seth Glaves (Wichita, KS Fire)
Firefighter David Richmond
In today’s fire service the fire ground needs have out grown our staffing capabilities. We no longer have the personnel to throw at the tasks to complete them. This class is designed to take firefighters out of their comfort zone and show them how making minor adjustments to skills can be the overall difference on the fire ground.
LARGE AREA SEARCH TECHNIQUES
Captain Chad Dailey (Kansas City, MO Fire)
O’Byrne Fireground Training Inc. Instructors
This class was developed by members of the Kansas City Fire Department after the tragic loss of Battalion Chief John Tvedten in a commercial warehouse on December 18, 1999. Searches can be very challenging, add to it the stress of a downed firefighter and our common practices are not adequate nor are they applicable to completing a timely primary search. In this class we will demonstrate and teach all aspects of this technique, students will also have multiple repetitions completing this skill.
FIREFIGHTER ESCAPE SYSTEMS
Chief Donald Colarusso (Neptune, NJ Fire)
Captain Chad Cox (Wichita, KS Fire)
All Hands Fire Training Instructors
This class introduces students to firefighter escape systems. This program will provide students with the basic skills in the proper deployment and use of an escape system that include an Anchor Hook, 50-feet of rope and descending device attached to a harness. This class begins with a classroom session, proper fit and wear of the harness and system and then skill stations. Students will then perform nine bailout jumps at varied levels of difficulty on a safety back-up belay. This is the basic end user training program recommended by most manufacturers and fire departments.
Search & Rescue
Lieutenant Stephen Runyan (Wichita, KS Fire)
Georgia Smoker Diver Instructors
A hands on search class that will touch on various tactics including VES, OV/Door man search, oriented, TIC assisted, limited staffing, victim removal, etc. Everyone has a way to search that works for them and we only want to share our experiences to maximize the efficiency of your next search. Too many times the mistakes are made with the initial search size up. We need to be making quicker tactical decisions so that we control the tactics instead of waiting until the conditions dictate our actions. Real people’s lives depend on it!