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Beds to Bundles: The Flexibility of Stretching Hose Lines

The effectiveness of the first hoseline will dictate the effectiveness of the entire fire ground operation. There is more to stretching a hoseline than simply “pulling the preconnect”. In this class we cover estimating the stretch, stretching both the preconnect and stretching from a deadbed, the use of hose bundles both as the finish of the hose load as well for extending hoselines, and vertical stretches. We will then put these skills to use in realistic scenarios.

Standpipe Operations for the Fire Service

Standpipe operations can be complex and for some firefighters a very rare operation. Yet standpipe equipped buildings can be found in the response area of almost every fire department. Firefighters must understand how to effectively operate from standpipe systems, especially with the reduced staffing levels that are common in the fire service today. In this class students will get hands-on experience removing pressure restricting devices, adjusting pressure reducing valves, building and deploying high-rise hose packs, performing real life based hoseline operations from standpipe outlets. Students will also see first hand the different levels of performance that different attack packages offer.

Making the Grab: Them and Us

Making the grab does not only mean rescuing civilians but also at times means rescuing ourselves or other firefighters. This class consists of both hands-on skill stations followed by realistic scenarios. In this class we will cover skills for firefighter survival and self-rescue, rescuing a down firefighter, and search and rescue techniques for rescuing civilians.

The Engine: Road Show

Instructors: Anthony Rowett, Jonathon Brumley, and Kyle Romagus

Length: 16 hours

This class is an 8 hour lecture series followed by an 8 hour hands-on class presented by 3 instructors. Each instructor will present a separate class on engine company operations. The lectures included in the class are First Due Decision Making: The Engine Company - presented by Anthony Rowett, Bringing the Medium Diameter Hoseline Back to the Mainstream - presented by Jonathon Brumley, and Cruel Intentions - presented by Kyle Romagus. On the hands on day of the class an assortment of engine company skills will be covered including hose stretches, flowing and moving techniques, and operating the 2.5" hoseline.

Operating in the Flow Path

This class is offered in conjunction with Fire Life Training Associates. This class will teach students how to recognize signs of flashover, how to control the flow path, how powerful the flow path can be, and how to utilize the flow path to find the seat of the fire. This class includes lectures and hands-on. Please contact us for additional details and burn building requirements for this training.

Live Fire Leadership

This class is offered in conjunction with Fire Life Training Associates. Today we spend countless hours teaching new and future officers everything from administration duties, report and letter writing, and department policies. Yes, these are valuable skills and are the foundation for most of our daily duties. This class is focused on teaching officers how to lead men and women into fires, how to lead search operations, fire attack, and what to do when a member goes down. Utilizing a burn building and live fire, students serve as the officer in a variety of assignments (fire attack, search, and rescue, RIT). The student is charged with making fire ground decisions, size-up, tactical fire attack decisions, tactical search and rescue decisions, and Mayday incidents. Instructors serve in a variety of roles as part of the student’s team, including; the overaggressive firefighter, the rookie, the mistake prone firefighter, the lost/missing firefighter, the firefighter who thinks they’re in charge and a variety of other roles as well. This training provides students a realistic chance to lead their firefighters under difficult and real scenarios.

Aerial Apparatus Practical Program

The aerial operator practical program is a two part program, developed to give your aerial apparatus operators the understanding and confidence necessary to perform in the field. The classroom lecture will be delivered first, in either a 2 hour or 3+ hour block, and then the practical will be delivered in a 4 hour block.   Utilizing your apparatus, we take your operators and get them used to working near wires, trees and other obstacles in your district. This class is good for new or aspiring operators, as well as experienced operators.  We go over basic operations and discuss the strengths and weaknesses associated with your specific apparatus.  Being able to practice in a controlled environment without the pressures of working on duty or around their peers allows newer operators to relax and focus on applying the concepts.  We also find that experienced operators learn a lot from the program, by reinforcing the basics but also seeing alternative positions that they may not have considered previously.  This program will reinforce good habits, dispel some myths and clear up some inconsistencies between long standing practices and current trends.   

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