We’ve brought in an assortment of fire service leaders to provide high quality talks for our students to attend. You are free to join or leave the sessions as desired and find the topics that interest you the most. Each breakout session is just under 2 hours in length.
BATTLE READY TRAINING
John Turner, Derby Fire
It is critical to fireground success that the Engine Company achieves rapid water application to the seat of the fire. Studies have shown that on average it takes between 100 and 200 seconds from door entry to the development of flashover conditions inside residential dwellings. Engine Companies must be proficient at rapidly selecting, deploying, advancing, and flowing handlines to combat the potential extreme fire conditions found in the modern fire environment. Course topics will include size up, fire behavior, handline and nozzle selection, efficient handline deployment, proper handline placement, effective utilization of personnel, and aggressive water application.
CRITICAL ENGINE COMPANY CONCEPTS
Rick Moser, Olathe Fire
The Engine Company is a critical part of a working fire. Fire Departments of all sizes must have a fire ground functional Engine. Your citizens, your members, and your life depends on it.
This course will examine three major concepts that will help make your engine and members successful on the fire ground. The first concept examines basic design. This will include, compartments, wheelbase, overall length, ladder storage, and hose height. The second concept will examine the pump and how to get water to the seat of the fire. This includes pump, plumbing, gauges, tank size, and foam, why or why not. The third concept will examine the flow and where the water goes. This included staffing, hose, and nozzles.
Ballistic Research and Nozzle Selection
Jonathan Hall, Saint Paul Fire
The modern fire environment requires a weapons package that can rapidly, safely, and efficiently knockdown interior fires. In the early to mid 1980’s the law enforcement community went through a similar revolution when they moved from revolvers to semi-automatic pistols due to increasing threats from armed criminals. Ballistic research was conducted and results indicated the new threats required weapons that could fire a greater number of rounds, achieve quicker knockdown via deeper penetration, and lower recoil to manageable levels. All of these items are the same characteristics that the fire service should look for when selecting nozzles. Attendees will learn nozzle design history, research parallels with ballistics, modern fire behavior, and nozzle selection to combat increased threats on the fireground.