General Course Outline
(Photo source: Fire Engineering article by Frank Ricci)
The problem most of us face after basic Recruit Training is that there isn't a roadmap for how to continue building our skills. Just going to fires and getting more certifications isn't enough- we need deliberate practice with the skills that make a difference during interior fire attack operations.
No matter what Department you work for, we're all expected to be able to perform similar tasks "from the door to the seat of the fire". This class will focus on just those few feet- the distance between where we've decided to make entry and the fire rooms. Each scenario will be practiced in a small group setting to make sure you get as many reps as you need to refine your skills.
The morning will start a short classroom session, where we'll give a thorough explanation of the "Journeyman Firefighter" concept, which is a roadmap for your skill development. We will refine your "80% of the time" nozzle technique, and then get right into the scenarios.
All of the scenarios are based on realistic fire situations that will require short, focused advances through difficult conditions. Each scenario is based on room-and-contents fires in residential structures with confirmed victim rescues. THIS IS NOT A LIVE FIRE CLASS.
$25 for FOOLS Members, $50 for non-members
Bring full Turnouts, Helmets and gloves
Bring a Mask if possible, but SCBA is not required.
Bring a lunch! Water is provided
Scenario 1: Hoarder Conditions
We frequently fight fires in homes and apartments that are filled (overflowing?) with stuff. This station is designed to teach you how to deal with large amounts of clutter and furniture while controlling a room-and-contents fire and rescuing an occupant.
Scenario 2: Limited Visibility
This station is designed for practicing verbal communications with a partner on the same hose line. The scenario is staged in a residential setting, with a large volume of fire and a confirmed rescue.
Scenario 3: Stairs
Structure fires in basements, attics and apartment buildings often extend to the stairways nearby. This station is designed for practice fighting fire while moving up and down vertical spans. The goal is to control fire in the stairs, then quickly move into the room that is still involved. And of course, there is a confirmed victim to rescue.