Oren BrieseFirefighter Safety vs Citizen Outcome

The tactics of the first-in company are squarely at the intersection of firefighter safety, department policy, training, and citizen need. There are many competing priorities when trying to find your way to a successful outcome on an incident scene; and the company officer must navigate their way through those in order to implement a tactical action plan. The combined result of a firefighter safety centered message, a heavy investment in technical rescue over the past 20 years, and the need to create more policies; is a profession-wide paradigm that has left common sense and citizen outcome as secondary thoughts on an incident scene. In this session, we’ll have an emotionally intelligent conversation about our commitment to both the citizens and our firefighters; and we will talk about tools to make good decisions on incident scenes and in the firehouse.


Sam HittleForcible Entry Wins are in the Details

Why are some forcible entry attempts efficient while others embarrassing? The answer is in the details. Setting forks, running a saw, and merely striking are not enough to ensure a win. It takes more than that. Success requires knowledge of the system being defeated, familiarity with tool potential, and understanding basic physics concepts (levers, force multipliers, torque, impulse, inertia, vectors). This class will demonstrate non-evasive and evasive methods for windows, residential and commercial doors, overhead doors, hinges, padlocks, magnetic locks, high-density commercial systems, window bars, glass block, shearing, boarded openings, and more.


Mike DragonettiElevator Emergency Managment

This course is designed for the trained professionals that respond to emergencies involving stalled elevators. Emergency personnel with inadequate training in “Elevator Emergency Management” are exposed to an increased risk of injury or death to both the victim and themselves. This comprehensive course will provide emergency responders with intensive classroom training on how to safely and effectively remove passengers from stalled elevators. Basic procedures will be covered in this program.

Topics include: nomenclature, safety, how an elevator functions, construction, elevator safety devices, possible equipment needed, initial response steps, restarting a stalled elevator, LOTO procedures, elevator doors, use of hoist-way door keys/pick tools, poling, removal of passengers from stalled elevators, manually lowering a hydraulic elevator.

This course features a dynamic PowerPoint presentation accompanied by realistic elevator props/equipment. The combination of the picture filled PowerPoint program and state-of-the-art props, built from actual elevator parts, enable the presenter to bring the elevator to the classroom. This program is lecture and demonstration only.


Speaker Bios

Oren Bersagel-Briese Division Chief of Training- Castle Rock (Colorado) Fire and Rescue

Oren Bersagel-Briese is a 29-year member of the fire service, and is currently the Division Chief of Training with the Castle Rock (Colorado) Fire and Rescue Department. He spent 25 years on fire trucks, has extensive teaching experience, is an instructor at FDIC, and is a co-founder of the Denver 9/11

Memorial Stair Climb. Oren loves skiing, the Grateful Dead, DC punk music, truck work, and Arsenal football. He also hates Comic Sans and sees double spacing after periods as archaic and completely unnecessary.


Sam Hittle Captain- Wichita Fire Dept.

Samuel Hittle is a Captain with Wichita Fire. He is an FDIC, Traditions Training, and Wichita HoT Instructor, FDIC Lecturer, contributing author for Fire Engineering, Urban Firefighter, and Fire Rescue, Fire Nuggets, and FiRescue Interactive publications, a Fire Engineering Google Hangout Panel Member, is a two time Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award recipient (2012 and 2015), Kansas State Fire Marshall Tom McGaughey Award Recipient, Wichita Fire Department Firefighter of the Year, Wichita Fire Truck Company


Mike Dragonetti

Mike Dragonetti founded Dragon Rescue Management in 1999 and is a 27-year veteran firefighter with the Stamford (CT) Fire Department and assigned to Recue Co. 1. He is a nationally recognized fire service instructor and has presented courses in elevator operations at the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Technical Rescue School (2002-2005). He is a H.O.T. instructor at FDIC International, a contributing author for Fire Engineering Magazine and has appeared in 2 seasons of Training Minutes videos. Prior to developing and teaching "Elevator Emergency Management" in 1999, he had extensive experience in the New York City metropolitan area constructing, modernizing, maintaining, and repairing elevators and escalators with one of the largest elevator companies in the world. He is the founder and president of Dragon Rescue Management, a technical rescue training company.



Engine Company Operations

This full day hands-on class will focus on Engine Company Operations from the rig to the door and from the door to the seat of the fire. Sharpen your tactics as you learn from some of the very best in the business that have been shaping the fire service nationally for longer than most of us have pulling hose. Bring your whole crew and deepen your effectiveness on the fireground while you put in a day of focused work without distractions. These all-star instructors will take your engine work to the next level with their expertise and a "brilliance in the basics" approach. Show up with full PPE and ready to learn from the best. Lunch and transportation to the training facility will be provided.

PPE: Turnouts, Gloves, Helmet

Instructors:
Daryl Liggins, Oakland Fire
James Greenwood, Boise Fire Department
Gary Lane, Kent Fire


Blue Collar Training Network- Heavy Impacts

This is a 2-day Hands on Extrication class: Large vehicles drive through our communities on a daily basis. When the tones drop in the middle of the night for a vehicle under a tractor-trailer with the driver trapped, it is too late for practice. The victim and community are expecting rescuers to show up and expeditiously handle the problem at hand. This class is designed to breakdown operations during heavy vehicle accidents by utilizing a step-by-step process through facilitated learning. It will begin by exploring equipment through small, hands-on, group workshops, which will allow students to observe how each component works within a system. Students will then take that information and apply it to six “real-life” scenarios designed to challenge their thinking and enhance their operations. Each scenario will guide students through calculating loads, setting up stabilization/lifting equipment, and techniques to separate larger vehicles from the passenger vehicles. Students will physically get to see the forces being applied to both the equipment and larger vehicles within the system. Our instructors do not just teach tactics; they strive to explain “how” and “why” it works within the entire operation. This is a fast-paced class that will leave participants feeling more confident when dealt these types of incidents on the street. Come ready to think, work, and get your hands dirty.

PPE: Helmet, Gloves, Eye Pro, (Extrication PPE)


FAST Rescue Solutions: Saving your Own- FAST

This is a full day Hands on training: This course is a Firefighter Rescue Course not a RIT class, often firefighters that experience a MAYDAY are rescued by someone other than a Rapid Intervention Team. We will take a dive into the data that “Project Mayday” has compiled supporting this. It is highly likely that a firefighter working on the interior will start, and hopefully complete, the rescue of a downed firefighter. We will go over a systematic approach to some conventional (and not-so-conventional) techniques to increase the chances of a quick and successful rescue. These will include techniques for: - How to do a rapid assessment - Various drags and carries - Movements up and down stairs, and much more. These techniques will set up the transition of rescue by an interior crew member to the interception point where an HRD like the FAST Board comes into play.

PPE: Turnouts, Helmet, Gloves, SCBA with Mask and Regulator


Elevator Rescue- Lecture Day

This 8-hour classroom session is the pre-requisite to the full day of hands-on-training to become operations level certified for elevator rescue. The 3-hour lecture on June 6 is the tip of the iceberg, with this course diving in-depth into all the tools, mechanical understanding, and techniques you will need for the hands-on day. Sign up for this classroom session alone, or go on to become one of the experts in elevator rescue in your department by continuing your training with the HOT on June 8th.
Instructors: Mike Dragonetti, Stamford (CT) Fire


Elevator Rescue- HOT Day

Note: You must complete the June 7th lecture day to participate in the Hands on Training day: This course is being presented by Mike Dragonetti of Dragon Rescue Management, it is designed for the trained professionals that respond to emergencies involving stalled elevators. Emergency personnel with inadequate training in “Elevator Emergency Management” are exposed to an increased risk of injury or death to both the victim and themselves. This comprehensive course will provide emergency responders with intensive classroom and hands-on training on how to safely and effectively remove passengers from stalled elevators. Basic procedures will be covered in this program.

Topics include: nomenclature, safety, how an elevator functions, construction, elevator safety devices, possible equipment needed, initial response steps, restarting a stalled elevator, LOTO procedures, elevator doors, use of hoist-way door keys/pick tools, poling, removal of passengers from stalled elevators, manually lowering a hydraulic elevator.

PPE requirement: Helmet, gloves, eye protection, and boots. Sneakers and shorts are not permitted for the hands-on portion of this program.

Instructors: Instructors: Mike Dragonetti, Stamford (CT) Fire


Special thanks to 3M Scott for sponsoring and supporting the Boise Firefighters Symposium

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