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Attic and Cockloft Fires

This course will cover strategy and tactics in attics and cocklofts. Not all top floor fires are the same, there are several different types of attics and lofts with different methods of fire attack. From cocklofts in taxpayers and residential suburban storage attics, to urban living space attics in 2 1/2 story wood-frame homes, your on-approach size up indicators will set the stage for your incident action plan. The main focus for this course will be size-up, determining the type of attic from the street, fire attack methods, difficult access, ventilation options and overhaul, the importance of safely checking and extinguishing hidden fire in void space. 

Basement and Cellar Fires

Fires in basements kill more firefighters than any other area of the structure. This course will include basements, cellars, and sub-cellars, covering initial size up, floor stability, floor and building construction, support systems, renovated structures, urban vs suburban basements, living space vs storage, utilities, entanglement/entrapment hazards, forcible entry of Bilco doors and window bars, MAYDAY calls, exterior and interior egress, fire attack, and ventilation options for SFD's, MFD's, taxpayers, and garden apartments.

In addition, the critical role of the pro-active RIT duty assignments, and making the "go" or "no go" decision to advance over the fire and down the stairs. 

Using UL studies, real basement fire incidents involving close calls and LODD"s; This course is a must for every interior firefighter

High-Rise Fires and Emergencies

This course goes beyond just highrise fires. With less time devoted to the obvious building construction and incident command, the course will focus on the following:

Wind-driven fires, elevator operations, size up, residential vs commercial strategy and tactics, ventilation, search and evacuation, roof operations, attached occupanices, adjacent properties,  underground parking areas, utility penthouses, air handlers, storage areas, methane, propane and CO releases, stack effect, and fires in the subdivision. 

This course prepares the new firefighter and company officer to mitigate various incidents involving a highrise building. Additional UL studies, NIST and LODD case studies will be reviewed and discussed.

Custom extended courses covering machinery and elevator extrication, high-angle rope rescue and hazmats can be requested.

The 'Occupied' Vacant: Fires with Entrapment in Vacant, Abandoned, and Hazardous Structures

“Real-World Tactics for Fires with Entrapment in Vacant, Abandoned, Hazardous and Dilapidated Structures.” 

Vacant properties used to be an inner-city problem but that is no longer the case. Suburban and metropolitan areas have seen an increased presence of abandoned residential and vacant commercial properties. Many of these buildings are not only prone to fires, they’re occupied by drug users, gangs, copper thieves, squatters, and vagrants. These properties may be structurally unstable with holes in the floors, open roofs, rotted floor decking, fortified board ups, window bars, and prior burns. In addition, firefighters may have to navigate broken glass, tires, needles, and hoarding conditions. We can’t always assume that these buildings are unoccupied and go defensive. This presentation focuses on size-up, locating victims, unique rapid search and rescue options, savvy laddering and ‘bridging’, forcible entry, safe aggressive strategies and methodic tactics to make the push and the grab.  

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Service Station Fires

This course will cover strategy and tactics during fires involving auto body shops, auto repair shops, auto parts stores, junk yards, car dealerships, big box and convenience stores with filling stations. This class will focus on burning vehicles at gas pumps, on hydraulic lifts inside the structure, propane tank ruptures/leaks, structure fires, and the various hazardous materials present at these fires. 

Also, to quell the many myths out there involving fire and explosions, a brief overview of the many safety features at filling stations will be covered.

Rapid Transit Emergencies


This course will help prepare firefighters and company officers handle various emergencies involving high speed commuter rail, passenger trains and light rail service. Rapid transit is common in urban, suburban and metropolitan areas transporting thousands of commuters every hour.

Fire departments must prepare for passenger car and locomotive train fires, transit bus fires (CNG, Hybrid) extrications, pins, and other various emergencies on rail property.

It’s critical that ALL firefighters understand the dangers involving catenary, third rail, and diesel-electric propulsion in electrified territory and tactical considerations for train fires involving tunnels, bridges, elevated platforms, subways, and adjacent rail properties.

Basic train anatomy, safety procedures, tunnel ventilation systems, protective systems, proper tools and equipment for rescue incidents, extinguishing agents, and fire attack methods for Class A, B, C fires will be reviewed.

This is a FIRE course for firefighters of all levels that concentrates on preparing FIRE departments for various emergencies and proper pre-planning for the types of rapid transit that service their particular district/response area. This course is not intended to make firefighters experts in the mass transit rail industry. It's intended to improve preparedness for the fire service.  

January 2019: 'Advanced Rapid Transit Emergencies' 

The 3 hour emergency response presentation will expand from suppression and propulsion to an 8 hour advanced "Rescue Company Operations" course. 

Course Description: Advanced train anatomy, suspension systems, locomotive and passenger cars specs, lifting, spreading, cutting, stabilization, emergency egress, forcible entry, pin/crush injuries and additional emergency operations involving rapid transit trains and buses. In addition, hybrid, CNG and conventional bus fires will round out this full day course to prepare firefighters for mass transit emergencies.

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Vehicle Fires and Beyond

This course expands on conventional vehicle fires and hybrids by preparing firefighters for more complicated, dangerous fires. These high risk/low frequency fires involve RV's, food trucks, sanitation vehicles, ambulances, bobtails, trailers, high hazard commercial vehicles,  and tankers. Course will also cover the hazards of the modern day motor vehicle, handling burning magnesium, running fuel fires, and AR-AFFF use.

Motel vs Hotel Fires: There is a Difference...

Hotels, Motels, what's the difference? There's a huge difference. This course will focus on motel fires. Building construction and configuration, fire spread, rescue, evacuation, and various fire attack methods are major concerns. If a motel fire is not contained quickly, the building will be a total loss. COMING SOON! 


Sizing Up Passenger Occupied Machinery

Elevators, Trains and Automobiles are types of "transportation" machinery. They are moving, passenger occupied machines that transport millions of passengers every single day. Transportation machinery requires a thorough size-up before any rescue or suppression begins. 

Encountering high voltage, flammables, explosives, hydraulics, stored energy, malfunctioning equipment, running fuel, and trapped passengers with traumatic injuries are just some of the obstacles firefighters will be faced with when arriving to an emergency involving transportation machinery. 

Imagine arriving to an overturned RV with passenger entrapment, exposed propane tanks and fire in the engine compartment. What are your initial actions for a rapid rescue with an understaffed suppression unit? 

Should we even attempt to stabilize a damaged elevator full of passengers after a natural gas explosion in an apartment building?  

What size up factors should we consider when arriving to a burning passenger train under high voltage lines in electrified territory away from the terminal? 

The liability issues of untrained firefighters attempting to perform rescues and suppression around dangerous complex moving machinery must be recognized. Just because the fire department arrives first doesn't mean they alone are responsible for complete mitigation of the incident.  

When dealing with various elevators, high speed passenger trains and light rail, and "target hazard" vehicles from passenger loaded buses to CNG trucks, a size up is critical. 

This course will cover the dangers and hazards to mitigate and resources to contact BEFORE rapid rescue, extrication, suppression, or recovery operations begin. 

This is a size-up class on dangerous and complex machinery, NOT an operations class.

-This is NOT an 'Elevator Rescue' course.

-This is NOT a 'Mass Transit' course.

-This is NOT a 'Hazmat' Course.

-This is a 'Size-Up' cours

Rare Event Fires Involving Parking Garages-Bridges-Tunnels-Marinas

This course will review several difficult to access fires where so many things can go wrong. The company officer will need to improvise, adapt and overcome any obstacles during these rare event fires. Case studies of real incidents will be discussed with class participation and critiques. 

Murphy's Law for the Millennial Firefighter

New class for new firefighters and new company officers. 

Are you ready for Murphy when he shows up at your next emergency? 

Prepare to handle the most challenging and complex incidents without tunnel vision or hesitation. How can new or inexperienced firefighters and company officers gain the confidence needed to turn that "oh shit" moment into an "I got this" moment? How can we best prepare for any incident thrown our way on any given tour of duty?

Using the "HERCULES" method of acquired training will give you the confidence and the skill set needed to take on "Murphy's Law" when he shows up and turns your scene into a potential disaster. With every incident being recorded and uploaded to the internet, preparing for these situations are crucial.

Using actual events where so many things can go wrong, and hypothetical complex scenarios, the students will discover how the method is applied to various emergencies, utilizing any number of personnel on-scene regardless of experience or advanced training. Learn how using mind trigger methods and event forecasting can improve performance on the fireground.

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