Performance Under Pressure: 1st Alarm Company Ops

Course Description

Short staffed, combination and volunteer departments expect their members to do multiple functions on the fire ground. This program combines “The Big Four”: stretching the first attack line, forcible entry, quick mask and primary search. These are the most important task the 1st arriving companies need to perform flawlessly. This course will help the attendee develop the skills needed to accomplish these tasks. The instructors will manipulate the environment with emotional components to challenge the firefighter tempo. The progressive reality-based training style will instill confidence operating as a 1st and 2nd in company with the staffing levels of that department. The High-Level scenario will bring all the tasked practiced together in a fast based, realistic story line.

Course Offerings

2.5 Day Class

Agenda

Day 1: 2 Hour Lecture (Friday Night)

  • Performance Under Pressure: Dominating the Fireground

Day 2: 8 Hours

  • Static & Dynamic Breakouts (Consist of sets of repetitive motions utilized to improve form and to develop muscle memory)
    • Hose Stretch and Management
    • Performance Based Primary Search & Searching of The Hoseline
    • Forcible Entry and Quick Mask
  • Low-Level Scenarios (Training validation that provides the opportunity for the demonstration of a skill, but also includes an emotional component necessary to the blending of theory, practical application, and justification
    • Hose Stretch and Management
    • Performance Based Primary Search & Searching off the Hoseline
    • Forcible Entry and Quick Mask

Day 3: 8 Hours

  • High Level Scenarios (Used to test judgement, speed, and precision under stressful conditions as presented within a curtain context. There is a storyline and there are living role players who have been scripted to present a set of actions under given circumstances to which a measurable set of responses should occur.)
    • Hose Stretch and Management
    • Performance Based Primary Search & Searching off the Hoseline
    • Forcible Entry and Quick Mask
  • Complex Scenarios (Used to assess the abilities of larger groups of participants)
    • Story-Line consisting of all objective practices at each session. This will increase the participants tempo)

**Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for CEU’s under NFPA 1001**

Performance Under Pressure: Residential Primary Search

Course Description

Baseball and other sports use data to drive their defense and offense. Data in the fire service is being collected but are we using that data to optimize our time? Attendees will understand the data points of “grabs” during a primary search and having the data drive how and where they search. Using the Reality Based Training Format, students will gradually progress through levels of stress while conducting a primary search. Using an oriented search technique, firefighters will learn about the importance of staying in condition yellow (cognitive processing) and Condition Red (Optimal Performance Zone) between the two-person team. During the training, instructors will provide techniques on how firefighters can control their tempo. If we control the tempo of the “game” we control the game. Forcible Entry will be touched on to prepare for the High-Level Scenarios.

**Presented at Firehouse Expo H.O.T**

Course Offerings

2.5 Day Class

Agenda

Day 1: 2 Hour Lecture (Friday Night)

  • Performance Under Pressure: Dominating the Fireground

Day 2: 8 Hours

  • Static & Dynamic Breakouts (Consist of sets of repetitive motions utilized to improve form and to develop muscle memory)
    • Performance Based Primary Search & Searching of The Hoseline
    • Forcible Entry and Quick Mask
    • Drags Window Lifts and Ladder Rescue
    • Vent Enter Search

Ground Ladders

  • Low-Level Scenarios (Training validation that provides the opportunity for the demonstration of a skill, but also includes an emotional component necessary to the blending of theory, practical application, and justification
    • Performance Based Primary Search & Searching of The Hoseline
    • Forcible Entry and Quick Mask
    • Drags Window Lifts and Ladder Rescue
    • Vent Enter Search

Ground Ladders Day 3: 8 Hours

  • High Level Scenarios (Used to test judgement, speed, and precision under stressful conditions as presented within a curtain context. There is a storyline and there are living role players who have been scripted to present a set of actions under given circumstances to which a measurable set of responses should occur.)
    • Performance Based Primary Search & Searching of The Hoseline
    • Forcible Entry and Quick Mask
    • Drags Window Lifts and Ladder Rescue
    • Vent Enter Search
    • Ground Ladders
  • Complex Scenarios (Used to assess the abilities of larger groups of participants)
    • Story-Line consisting of all objective practices at each session. This will increase the participants tempo)

**Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for CEU’s under NFPA 1001**

Truck Company Functions

Course Description

Truck company functions are one of the most demanding jobs on the fireground. Firefighters need to think on their feet and operate with little direction. This class will utilize the Reality Based Training Philosophy, starting in breakout sessions while moving to low-level and high-level scenarios while operating through emotional components to increase the members tempo on the fireground.

Course Offerings

2-5 Day Class

Agenda

Day 1: 8 Hours

  • Static & Dynamic Breakouts (Consist of sets of repetitive motions utilized to improve form and to develop muscle memory)
    • Ground Ladders
    • Conventional Forcible Entry/ Cognitive Quick Mask
    • Through the Lock Forcible Entry
  • Low-Level Scenarios (Training validation that provides the opportunity for the demonstration of a skill, but also includes an emotional component necessary to the blending of theory, practical application, and justification

Day 2: 8 Hours

  • Static & Dynamic Breakouts (Consist of sets of repetitive motions utilized to improve form and to develop muscle memory)
    • Performance Based Primary Search
    • Drags Window Lifts and Ladder Rescue
    • Vent Enter Search
  • Low-Level Scenarios (Training validation that provides the opportunity for the demonstration of a skill, but also includes an emotional component necessary to the blending of theory, practical application, and justification

Day 3: 8 Hours

  • Static & Dynamic Breakouts (Consist of sets of repetitive motions utilized to improve form and to develop muscle memory)
    • Pitched Roof Vent
    • “Everything Saws”
    • Flat Roof Vent
    • Saw Forcible Entry
  • Low-Level Scenarios (Training validation that provides the opportunity for the demonstration of a skill, but also includes an emotional component necessary to the blending of theory, practical application, and justification) 
  • High Level Scenarios (Used to test judgement, speed, and precision under stressful conditions as presented within a curtain context. There is a storyline and there are living role players who have been scripted to present a set of actions under given circumstances to which a measurable set of responses should occur.)
    • Pitched Roof Vent
    • Flat Roof Vent
    • Saw Forcible Entry

Day 4: 8 Hours

  • Complex Scenarios (Used to assess the abilities of larger groups of participants)
    • Story-Line consisting of all objective practices at each session. This will increase the participants tempo)

**Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for CEU’s under NFPA 1001**

Fire Attack Series: “The Nozzle Team”

Course Description

The purpose of this class is to give firefighters of every level an opportunity for functional hands-on training to reinforce the fundamentals of fire attack and working as a “nozzle team.” Our program features a 3 phased approach beginning with a multimedia presentation that is tailored to the specific region where the class is being held. The presentation will include the topics listed below as well as video breakdown of hose stretches, nozzle handling, front porch drills, and various other engine company skills performed by our highly trained and experienced instructor cadre. Students will be given access to this presentation a week prior to the class so they may brush up on these basic skills at their firehouse. Phase 2 will be the “hands on skill reinforcement” phase. The students will be divided into 3 groups, each focusing on one of the three core engine company skill sets: hose line deployment, flowing water and moving as a nozzle team, and versatile engine company skills. At each station the students will be video recorded on their phone, personal camera, or digital camera provided by Interstate Rescue so they can have instant playback and constructive critique of their performance by one of our instructors. The course will culminate in each student participating in a simulated “box alarm” drill. Students will be split into engine crews and will perform a fire attack on the Interstate Rescue house prop.

**This class is tailored to your department’s staffing and procedures**

Course Offerings

1-4 Day

Course Tiers

Phase 1: Multimedia presentation

  • Engine Company Basics (Engine design, philosophy)
  • Types and length of hose loads and bundles pros/cons (minuteman, flat load, triple layer, bumper line, “Detroit load”) with videos of deployments.
  • How to maximize your engine’s potential
  • Types of nozzles
  • Types of ladders
  • Types of hand tools
  • Engine company riding assignments (3 Firefighter, 4 Firefighter)
  • Basic types of buildings
  • Run Order
  • Water supply
  • Apparatus placement
  • Nozzle Firefighter’s size up
  • Simple communication (verbal and radio)
  • Stretch Estimation
  • Line selection
  • Anatomy of a hose line stretch
  • Front porch drill
  • Body Mechanics while moving
  • Making the push
  • Hit and Move
  • How to “attack” a room
  • Searching off hose line
  • Hydraulic ventilation
  • Heavy weapons (Deck Gun, Blitz line, Mercury monitor)
  • 2 Hose line operations (Garage fire, blitz attack, transitional, for 3 and 4 person crews)
  • Engine company VEIS operations
  • Basic engine company drills on a budget
  • How to research and purchase the proper hose lines and nozzles for your needs

 

Phase 2

Hose line Deployment (Working with dry hose)

  • Step by step breakdown of an effective hose stretch
  • Multiple methods of shoulder load deployment
  • Line extension with hose bundles
  • Overcoming basic obstacles to the stretch (Parked cars, small yards, narrow alleys, etc.)
  • Students will make multiple rig to door stretches

Nozzle Team (Working with charged hose) 

  • Nozzle handling
  • Proper stance while flowing
  • Flowing from offhand positions
  • Hose line advancement (crew of 2 and 3)
  • Tactical thermal imager uses in the fire attack
  • Students will perform a “Nozzle FF obstacle course” to test skills

Versatile Engine Company Skills

  • Basic search off handline
  • Tactical thermal imager use in the search
  • Engine company ladders
  • Attic ladder use
  • Tool selection
  • VEIS considerations for the 1st due engine company

 

Phase 3: Box alarm drill

The final training evolution will be a “box alarm” drill in the Interstate Rescue house prop.  These evolutions will again be recorded so the students can have instant feedback on how they performed with constructive advice on which techniques they have mastered and which they can focus on in the future.

 

**Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for CEU’s under NFPA 1001**