New and Expanded Programs for 2017-Sneak Preview

New and Expanded Training Seminar Programs for 2017




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3-14-2009 8-36-47 PMBuilding Construction for Today’s Fire Service

Today’s buildings and occupancies present increasing challenges that have redefined strategic and tactical fireground operations and impact these operations on a wide variety of levels that often include adverse compartment fire conditions, structural compromise, collapse and predicable building performance. Presenting insights on building construction for today’s fire service, the primary objective of this program is to increase awareness and understandings and promote new skill sets in the fundamentals of building construction, architecture, engineering and design that directly impact firefighting operations at structure fires. Five fundamental areas integrating building and construction methodologies, will be threaded throughout the program related to Construction Systems, Occupancy Risks, Collapse & Compromise Characteristics, Methods & Materials and Fire Dynamics related to building anatomy, vintage and intrinsic building and occupancy characteristics assimilating comprehensive case studies, history repeating events, research findings and emerging fire suppression theory will be presented.


2016-08-21_15-39-41Rebooting Old School Principles for Today’s Demanding Fireground 

Much is being debated related to tactics, methodologies, practices and the learning’s gleaned from emerging research and insights. What has today’s fireground evolved into when we talk about traditional firefighting operations and engagement? Has it remained constant-Has it changed? Do we continue to operate utilizing time proven methodologies or are we prepared to identify new adaptive methodologies and practices? Rebooting old school principals while incorporating lessons from the fireground, learning’s from research and the improved understanding of the fireground and our buildings is paramount to operational excellence.





IMG_2589Fireground Operations at Buildings of Ordinary & Heavy Timber Construction: Old School Hazards for Today’s Buildings and Risks

A fundamental building type that has profound operational considerations on the fireground that is commonly found in nearly all jurisdictions and response areas throughout the United States. This program goes beyond the cursory discussions of “main street” unreinforced masonry (URM) and reinforced masonry (RM) construction and occupancies, but expands and explores the complexities of this heritage and legacy construction system and their renovations, adaptive reuse, make-overs and fireground operations. A comprehensive overview of construction systems, materials and methods, inherent building characteristics, predictability of building performance, operational considerations, strategies and tactics with a focus on operational excellence and firefighter safety. Key Building Anatomy features, design and current architectural and design systems will be explored on this often neglected building system. Collapse zone identification and management with integrated case studies and discussion on adaptive use, integrated engineering components and how to effectively assess and operate at buildings of ordinary (type III) and heavy timber/mill & semi-mill (type IV) construction.




Firefighting Operations at Mega-Mansions

Today’s Residential homes are being built larger than ever, in all community settings from rural to suburban and urban contexts. These residential occupancies present many significant risks and operational challenges to commanders and firefighting companies. This comprehensive program will examine building construction, engineered systems and design configurations and characteristics of common mega-mansions – homes ranging from 4000 square feet to  40,000 SF. Predictability of Building Performance, Occupancy Risk and Reading the Building, Strategic Factors, Tactical Methodologies integrating the latest on fire behavior, flow path and compartment control with insights on accessibility, limited water supply factors and coordinated operational  and incident management  principles will be presented. Firefighting operations in these residential homes present significantly different operational models than the conventional home requiring command and company officers and firefighters to have increased knowledge and skill sets for safe operations.

Exclusive New Programs Coming in 2017 

2015-03-07_17-24-21The Bowstring Arch and Heavy Timber Truss: Operational Considerations

There’s a tremendous lack of understanding in the American Fire Service as to what accurately defines and comprises a Heavy Timber Bowstring Truss and the Operational and Safety Precautions that must be recognized, implemented and trained on, in order to achieve and maintain operational excellence, company integrity and firefighter safety on the fireground. All bowstring trusses are not created equal and do not share the same characteristics when found in a building and occupancy. They may have the same shape, but shape alone does not define the bowstring truss. Based on the type, design, construction, materials, age, span, spacing, configuration, occupancy and application there are vast differences and similarities. There are significant differences in terminology when referring to them and tactics that should be employed on the fireground- and yes there are prominent differences between east coast and west coast types and tactics, which will be presented along with extensive case studies. The only seminar program of its kind in the United States, this program presents leading insights into the design, application and use of bowstring trusses in various occupancies and building types with specific considerations and insights for effective fireground operations and tactical safety. Presenting building anatomy, construction and design elements; the program will include discussions on the Heavy Timber Bowstring Truss, Arch-Rib Bowstring Truss, Laminate Cord Bowstring Truss, Lattice Bowstring Truss, Easybow Truss, Mack Truss, Summerbell Bowstring Truss, Mono-chord Bowstring Truss Duo-Chord Bowstring Truss, Segmental Multi-Cord Bowstring Truss, Tension Rod Bowstring Truss, Bowstring Arch Truss, Bowstring K-Truss, and Split-Ring Bowstring Truss TECO Bowstring Truss. (Available May 2017)


F2014-10-31_13-00-08irefighting Operations Insights for Podium, Donut & CLT Construction Occupancies

 The first and only seminar program of its kind in the United States, this program presents leading insights into the design, construction and characteristics of the emerging Podium , Donut and Cross Laminated Timber Construction (CLT), Buildings and Occupancies. The program will discuss design, functional layout and siting considerations, Construction Phase challenges and pre-fire planning demands; Construction, Engineering and Protective Systems, Assemblies and Components; Building Anatomy, Occupancy Risk and Predictability of Performance; Fireground Operational considerations, limitations and optimization for strategic and tactical deployments and firefighting operations, incident management and operational safety. (Available April 2017)




8-9-2013 3-55-01 PMBuilding Construction: Tactical Risks for the First-Due

If you’re going to command or tactically engage at a structure fire: you better understand the building; there is limited margin for error on today’s evolving fireground-Errors and Omissions are Unforgiving. The ability for the first-arriving company, company officer or commander to perform an accurate identification of building type, classification and vintage are formative toward anticipating variables in structural integrity and resiliency to the effects of rapid fire development or rapid fire behavior, accelerated fire load package growth rates and intensity levels typically encountered in today’s composition and arrangement of buildings and their associated construction systems during initial and sustained fire suppression. Arriving companies and personnel at a structure fire must be able to rapidly and accurately identify key elements of a building, process that data based upon a widening field of variables present on today’s evolving fireground and implement timely actions that address prioritized actions requiring intervention. This program will present tactical risks and key considerations for the First-Due Company, Company Officer, Commander and provide insights into integrated command and operational risk management, command and tactical safety and tactical protocols based upon occupancy risks and reading the building. Integrated group activities and case studies are incorporated to reinforce program objectives.

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