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"Surviving the Insult"  -  Through Interior Situational Awareness   

Making educated decisions under today's hostile fire environment is critical for firefighter safety. In this class we will discuss UL and NIST's recent fire dynamics studies, take in depth look at thermal imager interpretation for greater decision making capabilities and take a hard look at how our PPE actually provides protection from Thermal Insult. Through a working relationship with gear manufacturers, we will look at damaged turnout gear that suffered thermal heat insult. This class will provide the attendee with an understanding of modern fire dynamics, flow path considerations, and provide information on why today's firefighters are experiencing rapid fire burn injuries. Using our proven 5 step interior situational awareness model, called "Interior Benchmarking" we will show firefighters how to better benchmark the interior conditions as they operate on the inside with 5 (easy to remember) questions: What do I see? What do I hear? What do I feel? Where exactly am I? and How long did it take to get here? The interior benchmarking model will provide the user with information to be compared throughout the operation and thus make educated decisions on "Go and No Go" tactics. 




Extreme Leadership  -"Progressive Leadership in the Fire House and During Times of Disaster"   

Today's fire service has 4 generations of firefighters and soon we will see a 5th generation in the workplace. Through the use of interpersonal dynamics, we have developed a class that will provide the user with a way to gain greater respect, production and motivation by simply understanding our personnel and communicating with them differently. We call it "Personality Based Effective Communications". The fire service traditionally is based from a "one order fits all" paramilitary culture.  For the younger generation that may not have been subjected to a military culture, they often find this leadership style as toxic. So our program will provide a new way to look at understanding our members and capturing the leadership edge by communicating from the personality side of building relationships, confidence and trust.  Have you ever asked yourself, "What was that guy thinking?"  Well this program will identify the who, what and why of that often asked question.


Extreme Leadership - "The Art of Dealing with Negativity in the Fire Service" 

The fire service like most other agencies is not exempt from workplace negativity. The problem with traditional fire service training is it includes very little focus on dealing with people. The reality is the fire service is all about the people business. Therefore dealing with problems in the firehouse, whether on duty or off duty, and at times even on the fire ground is the job of the leadership team. The problem is most leadership classes focus on command and control of incidents and management qualities that assure systems or controls are being adhered to.  This class will discuss the leading causes of negativity and provide the attendee with ways to correct the problems. We all know if we ignore the problem it will surely resurface again with greater strength, therefore having the ability to break down the issue through identification of a root cause or compensating behavior is critical. We will show strategies that will provide behavioral modification through the use of internal and external sources of assistance. This will include rules, regulations, federal laws, use of EAP, CISD and PTSD. This class also includes a module on how to lead by example and show the members that personal development is an attitude and choice. The Art of Dealing with Negativity will provide a better opportunity for not only company success but department wide progressiveness. 


Firefighter Personal Safety - Interior Benchmarking - "Firefighter Situational Awareness" 

It is unacceptable that firefighters are still dying in the same unnecessary ways on the fireground. This dynamic firefighter situational awareness driven presentation was published by FETC in Fire Engineering Magazine, February 2007 and will outline our exclusive "Interior Benchmarking Concept"  Let us show your firefighter a better way to gain situational awareness and be pro-active with the benchmark air management concept. Teaching firefighters to use our Interior Benchmarking Concept, along with identifying the "Go verse No - Go" decision process during air management 
is critical. This is FETC Advanced SCBA training!  

The Demise of the Aggressive Fire Service... Where Have All The Real Firefighters Gone?

The public calls 911 and has an expectation that the firefighers dressed in gear are going to handle every situation. But has our new focus on a "Safety Culture" created a mixed message to the public and our firefighters? Do firefighter's have new hazards they must  deal with using a safety first mentality? This seminar will speak about the hazards associated with having a "hard stance" safety attitude toward mitigation. This profession is dangerous, we lose about a 100 firefighters a year on average, some of which are preventable. But has the focus of "Our Safety First" created mixed signals amongst the troops? With modern  lightweight construction, newer faster burning furnishings and the onset of low temperature flashovers we are starting to see timidness in the field. Timidness from Command right down to the new firefighter. The key to avoiding timidness in the eye of the public and remaining an agressive interior fire department is understanding specific building construction(s), risk verse gain modeling, and the use of a rescue profile concept that will align your operation to the correct incident application. But to clarify any mixed messages to your firefighters, firefighters must be trained (ready to go to work) when called upon and truly understand the difference between "traditional" aggressive interior fire operations for a "specific building application" and when to ACCEPT the order of a "marginal or defensive mode" application for the newer, modern building construction operation.  


Fire Dynamics - PPE Limitations.  Thermal Insult Recognition 

"Thermal Insult Recognition" or TIR is a fresh look at fire dynamics with a focus on "the science" proven by NIST and UL on today's interior fire.  Interior firefighters must understand modern fire dynamics and the limitations of their PPE. Unfortunately, training in highly controlled environments are not always preparing firefighters for the real world. Staying low under the smoke, advancing forward to locate the seat of the fire and then putting water on the seat of the fire is a very common tactic. So is ventilation equals cooling, right? Those statements are absolutely true in a concrete burn building with a NFPA 1403 fuel source. Science has proven that the first minute post ventilation increases temperatures in real world dwelling fires. Do they understand heat flux, flow paths and how much energy is produced in 60-80 seconds post ventilation of a window? Have they heard about the 120 or 240 second study on single and two story dwelling fires? Wefind it upsetting that about once a week we hear about another firefighter who exits a dwelling literally "on fire" or heavily off gassing from a thermal insult? TIR will explain "Why BAD things happen to good firefighters" and the bottom line is their past training may be the root cause. Has your firefighters been trained on how to identify the limitations of their PPE? Do they understand how gear is rated and tested? With firefighter gear becoming better every year, don't we all deserve to know? Do we know the weakest link of our PPE ensemble? The PPE class afforded to most students does not provide enough information to truly make good decisions under fire about heat saturation. Interior firefighters deserve to be trained on thermal insult recognition. Otherwise... what are they going to base their decisions from? Chief Mike France of South Schenectady, NY was quoted after taking this class, FETC delivered up a stand up class on Thermal Insult Recognition, TIR has been a real eye-opener for SSFD, about how we are prepare our firefighters not only from a fire chief's perspective but a training officer's as well."

 Ahhh the Dreaded Rapid Intervention Assignment - "Beyond the Textbook!" 

Progressive RIT can reduce fireground injuries and fatalities long before a Mayday is declared. Are your firefighters dreading the assignment of RIT? The fireground is no place for a complacent Rapid Intervention Team. If they are just leaning against the bumper are they really ready? Let FETC provide them with greater knowledge and real world experiences that can create a more positive and safer fireground! Class will review: Hi-Profile LODD's, National Standards Review of NFPA and OSHA's 2-in 2-out, RIT Statistics, The RIT Officer's Risk Analysis, Fire Ground Operational Considerations for Maximum Utilization of your RIT, EDS - Emergency Distress Signal monitoring, Empowering the RIT with policy, Manpower Requirements, Roles and Responsibilities of each RIT Member, Radio Communication Modeling and RIT Command ICS. Incredible Audio/Video and PowerPoint presentations.

Mayday Management for Incident Command - "Strategic Considerations Unfolded"

The mere broadcast of the term "Mayday" has changed the lives of many good fireground commanders forever! Have you prepared your Incident Commanders for battle or are they going to shoot from the hip? This FETC program will shed some dramatic light on the complexity of "Managing a Mayday". We  will review the leading causes of the Mayday, RIT Operations Timetable and Statistics, Fireground Discipline, Risk vs. Gain, Communications - Analyze Audio from recent missed Mayday Calls, Real Video Footage of Near-Misses of LODD, Command and Operational Templates for better Mayday Management, Do you have even have enough manpower for a Mayday? Learn how to manage your own EDS- Emergency Distress Signal from the scene and not dispatch. Front load your RIT Assignment and Command Teams using "CRM" (Crew Resource Management) for a more powerfully managed fireground!

The Courage to be Safe - 16 Life Safety Initiatives - "National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Program" 

FETC Instructor Greenwood was awarded as one of the first of 15 Challenge Coins Recipients in the US from the NFFF for aggressively delivering this NFFF program. This provocative and moving presentation is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of firefighters as normal consequences. Building on the untold story of line of death survivors, it will reveal how family members live with the consequences of a firefighter death and provides a focus on the need for firefighters and fire officers to change our fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent, PREVENTABLE line of duty deaths. The 16 Life Safety Initiatives will be covered so Everyone Goes Home.


Highway Safety- "Proper Apparatus Positioning for a safer incident scene" 

FETC has a wonderful highway safety program that covers traffic accident safety for Fire-Rescue and EMS Personnel. We will cover incident management at highway emergencies, apparatus placement, providing the much needed block for greater scene safety. Reviewing roadway travel speeds and advanced warning devices for each speed zone.  Implementation of Unified Command to include law enforcement. We will look at Federal DOT regulations for ANSI high visability vests.  This program will definately increase your education on how to make your FD response scenes safer before the next highway incident operation. 


 Engine Company Operations - "Stretching the First Critical Line"

Engine company operations are extremely critical but do we really prepare our firefighters to be in the hot seat? Multi-Step Incident Action Planning on how to safely initiate an effective interior fire attack including; Building size-up, Identifying Hazards, Choosing a Strategic Plan (offensive / marginal / defensive) Fire Stream Selection (GPM vs. BTU) Deploying the Proper Hose Line for maximum effectiveness on the fire, speed deployment considerations, progressive hose line handling thats not in the textbook, and much more.

TIC - Thermal Imager Training - Do we really understand how this thing works? 

Recently purchased a TIC? Does your personnel truly understand what they are seeing in that image? The thermal imager has empowered many fire departments to see once again but have your personnel been trained to operate it safely? FETC will review size-ups, search rescue  techniques, firefighter vs. fire officer use of the TIC, operational considerations for the complexity of losing or battery failure and being blind again? Training that will speed up search, make them safer, and yield better results to keep them alive!


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"Real World Experience" interior stairwell cut off by fire? A-Shift Brothers and The Loo perform a rapid Vent-Enter-Search on the floor above the fire.


Gear taking a blow at a recent FETC - Thermal Insult Recognition Seminar.




Surviving the Insult - Mask Failures


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"Hands-on Instruction" - Advancing a line during an ARFF evolution to combat the 2000 degree red devil.



Surviving the Insult - What You Think You Know Might Get You Burned!