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David Sprague

Align Your Training and Promotional Processes with The Work! A study in success.

Do you like the idea of a firefighter responding to your home and performing only 70% of their job correctly? I hope the answer is "Hell no!". Then why do we accept a passing score for most examinations of 70, or at best 80%? If this resonates with you, come listen to our story. We are in the process of changing the way we determine what “right” looks like in our department. I want to share what we are learning about setting expectations, how we are developing our members, how we are improving our promotional process and what we’ve discovered about the human capacity to perform. You can apply the methods discussed in this class in any department and to any rank or discipline if you have the appropriate amount of determination and persistence. This class is suitable for anyone interested in learning how to train and develop yourself and others more effectively. Or for anyone who has influence over a promotional process and wants to align it with the way the work happens (in the street).

Oren Bersagel-Briese

First Due Priorities: Is the focus on firefighter safety providing the citizens their best possible outcome?

The tactics of the first-in company are squarely at the intersection of firefighter safety, department policy, training, and citizen need. We’ll discuss how to prioritize tactics in a way that promises the public their best opportunity at a positive outcome, gaining a tactical advantage through preparation, how to increase operational tempo, and provide you with actionable takeaways to immediately apply on your crew.

Keith Stakes, Bryan Lynch, David Wolf, Chris Byrne

UL-FSRI Coordinated Fire Attack Roundtable

Technical panel members discuss how they have used UL-FSRI’s research in their departments and how their studies have evolved over the years. They will wrap up with some size ups and conversations on fires. From how the Fire Chief can develop department culture to how the firefighter makes decisions on the fireground, we all have different roles and ways of interpreting UL-FSRI’s data. We may not always agree, but by having these conversations and discussing fire, we can improve our fireground operations

David Sprague

Why is There a Labor Management Class at MHFC?

If you want to impact staffing on your engine or truck companies, or get more people assigned to your training division, or see programs get funded that support the health and wellness of your brothers and sisters, or in short, want change in your organization you need to come to this class. We learned how to work together, create long-term goals, and change our perspective so that we have an opportunity mindset. While your path may look different, there are principals that you can take from our journey and apply during your career that will substantially improve operations and training within your organization.

Dave McGrail

Habit Based Fireground Operations
“It’s all about the process”

The training program will focus on the mindset associated with habit based strategy, tactics, and task level operations for structural firefighting.  
Topics will include:
Engine company operations, with a focus on proper weapon selection, and overwhelming the fire with disproportionate force, regardless of staffing levels.
Truck company fireground operations, with a focus on fire ground reconnaissance, aggressive search, and door control.  
RIT operations, with a focus on pro-active RIT RECON and secondary egress.
Fireground command and control, with a focus on pro-active decision making to anticipate and stay ahead of fireground problems.
It’s all about the process, and daily habits---That’s what will increase the probability of a successful operation, and most importantly, civilian and firefighter survival

Keith Stakes, Bryan Lynch, David Wolf, Chris Byrne

UL-FSRI Search and Size Up Roundtable

This presentation will focus on the tactical considerations from the report and how each rank can interpret the data and use it to improve their organization. They’ll wrap up with real world applications on fires. We all have different roles and ways of interpreting UL-FSRI’s data, from how the Fire Chief can develop department culture to how the firefighter makes decisions on the fireground, we all have different roles and ways of interpreting UL-FSRI’s data. We may not always agree, but by having these conversations and discussing fire, we can improve our fireground operations.

Keynote Lecture Series: Friday, September 30th

Jim Hensel: Mayhem Mindset

In your life's greatest moments of opportunity or your darkest hour, will you be enough? Are you PREPARED? Being PREPARED for the significant events in your life starts with knowing yourself. Finding your place in life or building culture in your family, team, or business begins with knowing yourself. Your ability to clearly articulate who you are and what you believe, then describe your intended purpose is one of the critical determining factors in being PREPARED. In the Mayhem Mindset Process being Ready means you have your emotions in the right place at the moment, but being Ready is not enough. Being PREPARED means your emotions are under control, and you have done the work in your life to give yourself a fighting chance when opportunity strikes or you face tough times. Becoming PREPARED is fluid and dynamic; learning is in the doing; it’s a process in the Mayhem Mindset Course. Getting PREPARED starts by defining yourself; creating language and personal philosophy or code for your life. Don’t count on being READY, do the work to become PREPARED

Bassel Ibrahim: One Bad Day: Proactive RIT Operations

In this presentation, we will discuss the many facets of RIT, from the stress response physiology to the command aspect, down to the rescue itself. We will discuss the difference between a proactive and reactive RIT; then dive into the key factors for success (Teamwork, Communication, Leadership and Pre-Planning). Once the basic concepts are established, we will address the actual RIT activation process in the following order: The Mayday, Size up, Access, Search, Troubleshooting, Air management, Victim Packaging, Extraction and Post Extraction Care. This interactive PowePoint presentation will encourage the students to take a deeper look at the functionality of RIT and realize its importance on the fireground. Through case studies, collected national data and personal experiences, I will share information, photos and videos that students can relate to and take back to their respective agencies in hopes of enhancing their training ability to conduct an effective RIT operation. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of pre-determined assignments and being proactive.

Sam Hittle: The Extras

Fire tactics, in the most rudimentary form, are driven by incident priorities via pre-arrival assignments or through a command structure. They are simplistic in nature; we park the apparatus, force entry, stretch lines, search, vent, throw ladders, and perform salvage and overhaul. While functional concepts appear basic, tactical execution that is timely and efficient is not. Our ability to manage the fire ground with calculated proficiency lies in the “extras”. These are the nuggets that ensure our apparatus are set up for Combat Readiness, tricks for offensive and defensive positioning of the rigs, forcible entry techniques that ensure access, an approach to line management that facilitates a rapid advance and knockdown, search considerations and methods that can be adapted to the numerous situations encountered, horizontal and vertical ventilation tips to control the environment, manipulating mechanical advantage for deploying ladders, and meaningful tool modifications. Additionally, we will look at equipment pitfalls and training best practices that are often taken for granted but have the potential to hinder operations. The “extras” go beyond the academy with tried and true techniques that will enhance aggressive fire tactics through decisive actions.

Two Day HOT Classes: October 1st - 2nd

Proactive Rescue OperationsOne Bad Day: Proactive RIT Operations

This is a two-day, 16-hour RIT class designed to prepare you for the next mayday. Day 1 will review the skills necessary to access, package and remove downed firefighters from buildings in different configurations and locations. Day 2 is a full day of realistic scenarios that will utilize the skills you developed from day 1. Students will be challenged mentally and physically, but will leave this course having the skills and confidence to perform under realistic conditions. Full bunker gear with SCBA and 2 bottles required.

Magic City Truck AcademyThe Dark Side of Ladders

Many of us live in a sunny world of what we believe to be ground ladders. In this reality we just carry, throw, and extend ladders.
But... there is another world. A world that’s not as sunny not as brightly lit. In this world Ladders are spliced, walls are scaled, and buckets are extended. This is the Dark Side! The Dark Side of Ladders are you ready?

Rescue 4 OperationsRope Fundamentals

Many of us were given an exposure to rope rescue from sources we regarded as being subject matter experts with a narrow lens of possibility. In many of these cases, a framework of rigging practice was established without an exploration of the fundamental tenets of this complicated discipline. Rigging sound rescue systems and developing the depth of knowledge necessary to be a true technician is more than a class, it’s a life’s practice centered around finding the why. As fellow rope nerds we strive to solidify the fundamentals like the foundation we will build a house on. With an understanding of the physics and engineering of these systems the aspiring technician can learn to rig with purpose and practicality. Our goal is to give students the knowledge to be effective on the rescue ground, confidence to solve problems, and leave with a desire to dedicate themselves to the art of clean rigging.

One day class: Available October 1st and 2nd

Jay Bonnifield - Pat WilliamsAnatomy of a Push

The Anatomy Of A Push is designed for any firefighter that may find themselves on the nozzle at a fire, as well as the company officers and training officers who are building curriculum and driving company level training. This hybrid class starts in the classroom, as well as 5 hours of hands on training covering body mechanics and sequences that move from the “clamp” to the “hip grip” to the “comella lock/lockoff” and back again, and how to move fluidly between the various positions while maintaining an open nozzle. The progression in full will go from open drill field for body positioning, to straight hall pushes, to straight hall with a right turn, straight hall with a left turn, push in/back out, and finally two rooms of fire in line and two rooms of fire offset.

Lead Stretch AdvanceEngine Co. Operations in Multi-Family Dwellings: Form, Function and Flexibility

In this course we will break down the positions of Company Officer, Engineer, and Firefighter and identify the form, function, and flexibility that needs to exist when combating fires in multiple family occupancies. The instructors will break down the different types of multiple family occupancies from the central hallway apartment building to building types that are often converted into multiple family dwellings.An in-depth look at building effective systems, preparation tips, and execution methods at each individual position will assist each member at building an effective and flexible team to combat their next fire in a multiple family occupancy. This course will culminate with a series of box alarm drills allowing each member to drill in real time the knowledge and skills obtained from the course.

Irons and Ladders:Truck Academy

This is a one day HANDS ON class. The day is spent on the drill ground honing truck company fireground tasks and skills. Participants will be placed in groups and practice search priority and techniques, VES operations, outside vent (OV) duties, ladder packages and deployments and forcible entry. Participants will put their skills to practice in numerous building fire scenarios. Participants will sit in multiple seats on each apparatus and run multiple different evolutions. Each evolution is designed to challenge the participants to make decisions regarding search, ventilation, VES, forcible entry and ground ladders.

When Things Go BadResidential Primary Search

Each year more than 2000 civilians are killed in structure fires. When we make life safety our number one priority then all of our actions should be about getting inside and finding THEM. We give THEM the best chance for survival when an aggressive primary search is completed within the first 10 minutes of fire ground operations. This fast-pace class concentrates on the fundamentals and focuses on First Due Engine-Based Search, Oriented Search and VES search techniques. The students will be taught ways to maximize their efficiency, get real time reps and be taught simple drags for victim removal. Upon completion of this class the students will be more confident in their search and victim removal skills.

The Colorado Collaborative: Jonathan Brumley, Eric Tollund, Shawn Duncan, Nick FoxBig Line Basics

In this back to basics class, we will focus on the fundamentals of handling the 2 ½” hand line from the rig to the fire.  We’ll cover stretching, advancing, and flowing in multiple applications including exterior, hallways, corners, and stairwells.  We will also cover standpipe operations and deployment methods.  Throughout the day we’ll discuss when to choose the 2 ½”, its benefits and drawbacks, and how to overcome some of the pitfalls we’ve seen when operating the larger hand line.  This class is designed to be a fun and educational review of the basics, as well as showing some tips and tricks on how to make the 2 ½ work for you instead of against you.  Whether you are a rookie, or a 25 year veteran, we are confident you’ll feel more comfortable on the big line after this course.

Discount Information:

Two Days of HOT - $300
Lecture + Two Days of HOT - $350
Pre-Conference + Lecture + Two Days of HOT - $400

Step 1: Attend Pre-Conference Officer Development Series

  • Two classrooms run side-by-side and simultaneously. Students can choose which presenters they’d like to listen to. Presenters include Dave McGrail, David Sprague, Oren Bersagel-Briese, Keith Stakes, Bryan Lynch, David Wolf, and Chris Byrne

Step 2: Attend Friday Keynote Lecture Series

  • Jim Hensel: Mayhem Mindset
    Bassel Ibrahim: One Bad Day: Proactive RIT Operations
    Sam Hittle: The Extras

Step 3: Pick your two day class

  • Bassel Ibrahim/Proactive Rescue Operations

  • Rescue 4 Operations

  • Magic City Truck Academy

Step 4: Pick your Saturday class

  • Jay Bonnifield and Pat Williams

  • Ben Ojinaga/ Lead Stretch Advance

  • Irons and Ladders

  • When Things Go Bad

  • The Colorado Collaborative: Jonathan Brumley, Eric Tollund, Shawn Duncan, Nick Fox

Step 5: Pick your Sunday class

  • Jay Bonnifield and Pat Williams

  • Ben Ojinaga/Lead Stretch Advance

  • Irons and Ladders

  • When Things Go Bad

  • The Colorado Collaborative: Jonathan Brumley, Eric Tollund, Shawn Duncan, Nick Fox


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