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Private Dwelling Fires

This class focuses on the most common fire in America: fires in 1 and 2 family homes, or private dwellings (P.D.s). The class is approximately 3-1/2 hours in length. The class includes :
  • Introduction to the Scope of the Problem, Death and Injury Rates in P.D.s
  • Size-Up, The 13 - Point Approach
  • Firefighter Survival Survey
  • Fire Attack, Hoseline Selection, Placement and Water Supply
  • Search and Rescue - Vent, Enter and Search (VES)

  • Emphasis is placed on developing workable tactics that your organization can implement on the fireground under a variety of common, and not so common, conditions.

    Basements and Cellars, Attics and Cocklofts

    This 3-hour class describes some of the most common problems encountered in these most difficult of fires. Lack of access and ventilation, potentially high life hazards, and limited hose stream application points are a few of the difficulties to be dealt with. Early recognition of the problems and having a set of procedures developed in advance are the keys to dealing with these fires. Topics covered include:
  • Definitions of Basements vs. Cellars
  • What To Expect From Each Type
  • Common Difficulties
  • Not So Common Difficulties
  • Fire Attack Options
  • Attics vs. Cockloft
  • Gaining Access
  • Peaked Roof Ventilation
  • Store (Taxpayer & Strip Mall) Fires

    Fires in stores and other commercial occupancies are severe threats to our firefighters. More firefighters are killed per alarm in commercial fires than in any other commonly encountered blaze. The toll on a community is often staggering when a block of Main St. is gutted by fire or a major local employer is burnt out. The reason many of the blazes end up so destructive is often traceable to the Fire Department's lack of preparedness. Fortunately major store fires are not "every day" occurrences, but as a consequence, many departments try to apply "house fire tactics" to commercial fires. This 3-hour class is designed to highlight the differences between residential and commercial fires, and provide instruction in tactics which have proven effective. In dealing with them, the "Taxpayer Class" includes:
  • Introduction, Store Fires as Injury and Death Factories
  • Construction Deficiencies Common to Stores
  • Tactical Differences between Residential and Commercial Fires
  • Hoseline Selection, Stretching, and Placement
  • Gaining Entry / Exit
  • Cockloft Fires- Roof Operations
  • Trusses and other Lightweight Roofs
  • Cellar Fires- The Firefighter Trap
  • Parapet Wall Collapse
  • "Hidden" Dangers


  • This class focuses heavily on some of the more common causes of firefighter deaths and injuries in these dangerous structures, and offers useful tips on how to keep your firefighters from falling prey to these common dangers.

    Apartment House Fires

    This class focuses on the most deadly fire in America: fires in apartment houses, or multiple dwellings (M.D.s). The class is approximately 3 hours in length. The class includes :
  • Introduction to the Scope of the Problem, Death and Injury Rates in M.D.s
  • Construction Deficiencies Related to Fire Spread
  • Fire Attack, Hoseline Selection, Placement and Water Supply
  • Search and Rescue- Vent, Enter and Search (VES)
  • Fires in Voids: Shafts and Cocklofts
  • Flat Roof Ventilation including Trench Cuts
  • Garden Apartment and Townhouse Fires

    This class focuses on the more common fire in many American communities: Fires in garden apartments and townhouses. This segment includes the following items common to garden apartments and townhouses:
  • Introduction to the Scope of the Problem
  • Death and Injury Rates in P.D.s
  • Size-Up - The 13 Point Approach and Conducting the Firefighter Survival Survey
  • Exposure Protection
  • Construction Deficiencies-Trusses
  • Fire Attack, Hose Line Selection, Placement and Water Supply
  • Search and Rescue - Vent, Enter and Search (VES)


  • Emphasis is placed on developing workable tactics that your organization can implement on the fire ground under a variety of conditions. 4 Hour course.

    Large Event Planning

    The evolving nature of our society adds to the complexity of the Incident Commander's life. It's not all about preparation for fighting "the big one" any more. A local 5K run for a good cause, a rock concert that lands at a venue near you, a sudden storm that leaves your community without power and other critical resources, all will impact your organization, and the first responders will be tasked with solving many of the crises the initial event creates. Learn from the mistakes and successes of others who have dealt with large events, both planned and unplanned.

    Building Construction for the Street-smart Firefighter

    This is a three-hour class designed to educate firefighters and fire officers of the risks the building creates for fire personnel. Topics covered include:
  • Flashover and Flamespread Hazards
  • Fire Related Causes of Collapse
  • Indicators of Potential Collapse
  • Categories of Buildings and Their Resistance To Collapse
  • Building Alteration Hazards
  • Truss Failure
  • Case Histories
  • Fire Behavior & Firefighter Survival

    This is a 3-hour class that is intended to keep your firefighters from repeating the same deadly mistakes others have made, so they can avoid the tragedies that others have suffered. It focuses heavily on the changes occurring in today's modern fire environment, and includes segments on the following:
  • Changing Causes of Firefighter Deaths and Injuries
  • The Changing Fire Environment and Its Effect on Firefighters
  • Warning Signs of Impending Firefighter Casualties
  • Prevention of Catastrophes
  • Ventilation: The Misunderstood, Misapplied Art

    For far too long, fireground ventilation was an afterthought at many fire ground operations. While that has started to change in many regions, it is just as often misapplied or applied at the wrong location or time, as in the past. This class discusses ventilation in a variety of structures, peaked roof private dwelling, flat roof commercial and residential structures, venting for fire, venting for life, trench cuts, positive pressure venting, construction considerations, and the many variables that must be weighed when deciding when, where and how to ventilate. This is a 3-hour class.

    Forcible Entry- Gaining Access and Egress

    Before any interior operations can be conducted, the fire forces must gain access to the structure. This can be easier said than done in many occupancies. This class shows your personnel the proper approach to all of the most common forcible entry challenges, and also covers many of the more difficult, less frequent problems stressing a systematic approach that should lead to the fastest possible entry with minimal damage, at any operation. Topics covered during this 4-hour program include:
  • Forcible Entry Size-up
  • Conventional Forcible Entry
  • Hydraulic Forcible Entry
  • "Through the Lock" Methods
  • High Security Problems-Security Gates
  • Padlocks and Similar Devices


  • Emphasis is placed on the most efficient method of gaining entry with the basic tools at the vast majority of situations, as well as a variety of alternate methods that may be utilized when the basics fall short.

    Aerial Device Operations

    This class is intended for all members of an organization who may be called upon to position, use, climb, or order the employment of aerial devices for a variety of purposes on the fireground. Topics covered during this 3-hour class* include:
  • Apparatus Types- Aerial, Tower, Snorkel: Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Scrub Area
  • Ventilation
  • Positioning for Life
  • Positioning for Fire
  • Master Stream Operations


  • *Additional hands-on operations with your organization's apparatus are available by prior arrangement.

    FD Operations at Bombings and Other Explosions

    This is a 3-hour class designed to familiarize firefighters with many of the problems and hazards they will encounter in the event they are faced with FD Operations at a car, bus or other bomb in their community. Topics covered include:
  • Historical Overview of Bombing Campaigns
  • Evolution of Terrorist Groups Use of Bombs
  • Examination of the Israeli Experience: Including differences that could create even greater problems in the US
  • FD Operations at the Scene
  • Threats to Responders
  • "Dirty Bombs"
  • Aircraft Crash Rescue for Structural Firefighters

    This is a 4-hour class designed to familiarize structural firefighters with many of the problems and hazards they will face in the event a commercial airliner decides to land in their community.

    The class focuses on potential outcomes based on crash types, what types of operations and what resources will be required, and precautions and preparations that structural firefighters need to make to deal with these largely unforeseen events. As the class points out, you do not need a major airport in your backyard to experience an aircraft disaster. The pilots always decide where they are going to take off from, they don't always decide where they are going to land. This class differs from most other similar classes in that it is not simply a list of aircraft features. Instead, it is a comprehensive operational review based on a series of actual aircraft crashes where structural firefighters played large roles in the outcomes. It is taught by an experienced instructor who actually operated at six crashes of commercial jetliners. These incidents range from a crash in an isolated area with very limited access to the middle of a built-up residential community, to water-landings.

    SUCCESSION PLANNING: WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE?

    "We all serve for a relatively short term in the life span of the organization. A 30- or 35-year career is an opportunity to have an impact during that time frame. But, if you do it right though, it's like picking Supreme Court justices: Your impact will continue for years after you are gone." During this 3- hour presentation, retired FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief John Norman explains why you need succession planning and how to improve your Department's leadership.
  • Management vs Leadership
  • Mentoring and Leadership
  • Establishing and Maintaining Credibility
  • The Role of "The Three P's"
  • Ways to Improve Your Leadership
  • Facing the New Assignment
  • Giving Orders
  • Enforcing Discipline
  • Developing Leaders for Tomorrow


  • We are all measured in part by how we mentor others, how we bring others along. All good bosses are teachers, and are always looking to help the unit and the organization. The mentoring process is a component of succession planning. Departments have to look deep into their organization - beyond the obvious answers. You still need people who can make the long hallways, but we also need people to get involved in other aspects of the job - people to develop the training programs, as well as to come off-line and deliver them.

    One and Two-Day Course Offerings: 8- Hour Classes

    Fireground Tactics

    This segment focuses on the two most common and deadly fires in America: fires in 1 and 2- family homes, or private dwellings, and fires in stores (taxpayers or strip malls). The class is approximately 8 hours in length. The standard segment includes:
  • Introduction to the Scope of the Problem, Death and Injury Rates in P.D.s
  • Size-Up, The 13- Point Approach
  • Firefighter Survival Survey
  • Fire Attack, Hoseline Selection, Placement and Water Supply
  • Search and Rescue- Vent, Enter and Search (VES)


  • Emphasis is placed on developing workable tactics that your organization can implement on the fireground in a variety of common, and not so common, conditions.




    Fires in stores and other commercial occupancies are severe threats to our firefighters. More firefighters are killed per alarm in commercial fires than in any other commonly encountered blaze. The toll on a community is often staggering when a block of Main St. is gutted by fire or major local employer is burnt out. The reason many of these blazes end up being so destructive is often traceable to the Fire Departments lack of preparedness. Fortunately major store fires are not "every day" occurrences, but as a consequence, many Departments try to apply "House Fire Tactics" to commercial fires. This class is designed to highlight the differences between Residential and Commercial fires, and provide instruction in tactics that have proven effective in dealing with them. By design, this segment is mated to the Private Dwelling fires course, so that attendees will see the advantages and disadvantages of each tactic in differing Fireground situations. The "Taxpayer" Segment includes:
  • Introduction, Store Fires as Injury and Death Factories
  • Construction Deficiencies Common to Stores
  • Tactical Differences Between Residential and Commercial Fires
  • Hoseline Selection, Stretching, and Placement
  • Gaining Entry / Exit
  • Cockloft Fires- Roof Operations
  • Trusses and other Lightweight Roofs
  • Cellar Fires- The Firefighter Trap
  • Parapet Wall Collapse
  • "Hidden" Dangers


  • This class focuses heavily on some of the more common causes of firefighter deaths and injuries in these dangerous structures, and offers useful tips on how to keep your firefighters from falling prey to these common dangers.

    Terrorism-The New Reality for First Responders

    8- Hour Class
    FD Roles in Homeland Security:
  • An Outline of the Roles the FD will be Called Upon to Fill in the Event of Potential Terrorist Attacks
  • An Outline of the Types of Funding Sources That May be Available
  • How the FDNY has been so Successful at Grant-Funded Terrorism Programs
  • Terrorism Prevention


  • Operations at Bombings and Other Explosions:
  • Historical Overview of Bombing Campaigns
  • Evolution of Terrorist Groups Use of Bombs
  • Examination of the Israeli Experience
  • FD Operations at the Scene
  • Threats to Responders


  • Operations at Chemical Attacks:
  • Potential Targets
  • Potential Agents
  • FD Roles, Strategy and Tactics
  • Decontamination Operations
  • Medical Interventions


  • Operations At Biological Events:
  • Potential Targets and Threats
  • Suspicious "White Powders"
  • Strategic and Tactical Responses to Threats
  • Past Responses-Successes and Problems


  • Operations at Radiological Events:
  • "Dirty Bombs"
  • Detection Devices and Policies
  • Dosimetry and Exposure Limits
  • Decontamination
  • F.D. Operations with Sprinkler & Standpipe Systems

    This is an 8 hour class designed to familiarize firefighters and officers with the principles of firefighting in buildings equipped with either or both types of systems. Topics covered include:
  • Basic Concepts of Sprinkler Operations
  • Sprinkler Systems Historical Success Rates
  • Why Sprinkler Systems Fail
  • FD Support of Sprinkler Systems Operation
  • Potential Problems During Sprinkler Operations
  • Pumper Operations, Pressures and Supply Arrangements
  • Sprinkler System Components, Control Valves, Drains, Water Supplies, Etc.
  • Basic Building Fire Pump Operation
  • Standpipe System Components, Valves, Water Supplies, Etc.
  • FD Operations from Standpipes
  • Equipment Requirements
  • Pumper Operations, Pressures & Supply Arrangements
  • High Pressure Pumping (if applicable)
  • Trapped Firefighter Rescue

    This is a one day class designed to familiarize a department with the "how-to's" of establishing, and operating Rapid Intervention Companies, and the techniques they must use to successfully rescue a fallen firefighter.

    The class is built around a series of actual case histories of trapped or overcome firefighters. It is the result of intensive investigation and experimentation into what went wrong, what went right, and how to do it better the next time. All of the techniques shown have been tested and used repeatedly with success for removing unconscious firefighters from below grade, above grade, or at ground level.

    Technical Rescue Operations

    This one day class is an overview of the operation of a Heavy Rescue Company, describing the personnel, equipment, training, and motivation required to deal with the broad range of incidents likely to be faced by the responders. Having a massive rescue apparatus is not a prerequisite for conducting rescue operations, nor does the mere presence of such a vehicle ensure that a successful rescue will be forthcoming. The members of the Rescue Squad must know what to expect and what to do about the most likely incidents they will face. The class includes :
  • Fireground Rescue Operations-including Unconscious Firefighter Removals
  • Building Collapse Rescue Operations
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • High Angle Rescue
  • Trench Rescue Operations
  • Elevator Rescue


  • Classroom illustrations are used to acquaint the students with some of the most common situations, and guide them through the decision making process for safely and successfully resolving these incidents.

    Ladder Company Operations

    This is a one day 8- hour class covering ladder/ rescue company operations in a variety of occupancies. Major areas addressed include:
  • Size-up and Survival Survey
  • Forcible Entry
  • Search and Rescue, Vent, Enter and Search
  • Portable Ladder Placement and Use
  • Ventilation and Roof Operations
  • Aerial Ladder And Elevating Platform Placement and Use
  • Two- Day Course Offerings

    The Chief's Role at Structural Fires

    The Command Role

    Strategy

  • Decision Making
  • Size-Up, The 13 point Approach
  • Firefighter Survival Survey
  • "Hidden" Dangers
  • "Red Flags"
  • "The Four R's"
  • Assuming Command
  • Location
  • Establishing Accountability- Protecting the Troops


  • Tactics

    Private Dwelling Fires

    This section focuses on the most common fire in America- fires in 1 and 2- family homes, or private dwellings (PD's).The segment includes:

  • Introduction to the Scope of the Problem, Death and Injury Rates in P.D.s
  • Firefighter Survival Survey
  • Fire Attack, Hoseline Selection, Placement and Water Supply
  • Search and Rescue- Vent, Enter and Search (VES)

  • Basements and Cellars, Attics and Cocklofts
    This class describes some of the most common problems encountered in these most difficult of fires. Lack of access and ventilation, potentially high life hazards, and limited hose stream application points are a few of the difficulties to be dealt with. Early recognition of the problems and having a set of procedures developed in advance are the keys to dealing with these fires. Topics covered include:


  • Definitions of Basements vs. Cellars
  • What To Expect From Each Type
  • Common Difficulties
  • Not So Common Difficulties
  • Fire Attack Options
  • Attics vs. Cockloft
  • Gaining Access
  • Peaked Roof Ventilation

  • Store (Taxpayer and Strip Mall) Fires
    Fires in stores and other commercial occupancies are severe threats to our firefighters. More firefighters are killed per alarm in commercial fires than in any other commonly encountered blaze. The toll on a community is often staggering when a block of Main St. is gutted by fire or major local employer is burnt out. The reason many of the blazes end up so destructive is often traceable to the Fire Departments lack of preparedness. Fortunately major store fires are not "every day&334; occurrences, but as a consequence, many departments try to apply "House Fire Tactics" to commercial fires. This class is designed to highlight the differences between Residential and Commercial fires, and provide instruction in Tactics, which have proven effective in dealing with them. By design, this class is intended as an adjunct to the Standard Private Dwelling fires course, so that attendees will see the advantages and disadvantages of each tactic in differing Fireground situations. The "Strip Mall" segment includes:

  • Introduction, Store Fires as Injury and Death Factories
  • Construction Deficiencies Common to Stores
  • Tactical Differences between Residential and Commercial Fires
  • Hoseline Selection, Stretching, and Placement
  • Gaining Entry / Exit
  • Cockloft Fires- Roof Operations
  • Trusses and Other Lightweight Roofs
  • Cellar Fires- The Firefighter Trap
  • Parapet Wall Collapse
  • "Hidden" Dangers
  • This segment focuses heavily on some of the more common causes of firefighter deaths and injuries in these dangerous structures, and offers useful tips on how to keep your firefighters from falling prey to these common dangers.

    Garden Apartment and Townhouse Fires
    This section focuses on one of the newly emerging fire problems, fires in Garden Apartments and Townhouses. The segment includes:

  • Introduction to the Scope of the Problem: Death and Injury Rates in Dwellings
  • Fire Attack: Hoseline Selection, Placement and Water Supply
  • Search and Rescue
  • Construction Deficiencies- Trusses
  • Trench Cuts and Defensive Measures
  • Roof Hazards

  • Apartment House Fires
    This segment focuses on the most deadly fire in America- Fires in Apartment Houses, or Multiple Dwellings (MD's). The segment includes:

  • Introduction to the Scope of the Problem, Death and Injury Rates in M.D.s
  • Construction Deficiencies Related to Fire Spread
  • Fire Attack, Hoseline Selection, Placement and Water Supply
  • Search and Rescue- Vent, Enter and Search (VES)
  • Fires in Voids: Shafts and Cocklofts
  • Flat Roof Ventilation including Trench Cuts

  • Emphasis is placed on developing chief officers decision-making abilities that can be implemented quickly and naturally on the Fireground and developing workable tactics that your organization can implement under a variety of common, and not so common, conditions

    High Rise Firefighting Operations

    This two-day class covers strategic and tactical considerations involved in fighting fires in high rise buildings. Topics covered include:

    Overview of High Rise Fires

  • Types of High Rises- Residential vs. Commercial
  • High Rise Construction- Fire Spread and Collapse Deficiencies
  • High Rise Strategies

  • Incident Command
  • Control Of Building Systems-Communications
  • Elevators
  • HVAC
  • Fire Control Systems- Including revisions to NFPA 14 Standpipe Systems
  • Commercial High Rise Tactics

  • Use of Elevators
  • Engine Company Operations
  • Standpipe System Use
  • Hoseline Selection and Placement
  • Alternative Attacks
  • Ladder Company Operations
  • Search and Rescue Operations
  • Ventilation
  • Residential High Rise Tactics

  • Extreme Fire Conditions
  • Alternate Approaches
  • Ventilation Control
  • Foam Operations for Municipal Fire Departments

    Large-scale flammable and combustible liquids fires in urban settings pose a serious challenge for most fire departments. This class is designed to teach fire officers what they can expect to encounter when arriving at such an event, from the product, from its container, and from their equipment. The class utilizes a number of case studies, both successful and unsuccessful to illustrate proper tactics when confronting these incidents. Given the nightmare scenarios involving these everyday materials in the hands of someone intent on doing harm, all officers should have a firm understanding of the topics covered in this two day class, which include:
  • Introduction to Foam, Terms, Concentrates and Equipment
  • Application Techniques
  • Alternate Fuels / Alternate Agents
  • High Expansion Foam
  • Aircraft Crash in Urban and Suburban Settings
  • Tank Truck Construction / Features
  • Handling Roll-over Incidents
  • Tank Farm Fire Protection Systems
  • Tank Farm Firefighting/Case Studies
  • Building a Foam Response System
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