Full Contact Leadership

Instructor: Anthony Avillo (4 hours)

Full Contact Leadership:  From the Firehouse to the Street:

This course will introduce the philosophy of Full Contact Leadership and how it applies to the Fire Officer as well as those who aspire to become Fire Officers.  Understanding and addressing the often uber-uncomfortable personnel conflicts and subordinate / superior relationships and the application to the fireground will be a major focus of this class.  The steps to personnel conflict resolution will be compared and made applicable to the familiar fireground evolutions that most fire operators are comfortable with...sort of a way to introduce a level of comfort into the areas of command and leadership discomfort.  The discussion of expectations required, self-evaluation, monitoring, and follow-up as well as skills such as observation, active listening, knowledge-based analysis, and informed resolution will give fire officers the tools to operate in the often treacherous waters of both soft environment and eventually hard environment command and control.  The student will understand that leadership, discipline, and accountability come out of the firehouse just like every tool we use to mitigate an emergency and their application on the street is based on how we handle the soft environment. Examples and practical fireground application of these principles will be discussed. Failure to maintain these attributes of leadership in the soft environment will inevitably come to roost in the hard environment of the emergency ground.  This course is a must for all levels.

 

Objectives:

The student will understand the requirements of the subordinate / superior relationship and how it applies to the day-to-day maintenance of the in-service and ready status of his/her Command.  The student will be exposed to the critical nature of active observing, listening, and analysis as it relates to the absolute requirement of ensuring departmental expectations are met as well as the functional well-being of those who are being led. Students will recognize the incipient phase of conflict and learn how to address and resolve same before the situation explodes into a fully developed conflict-gration.  This “catch it when it is small” philosophy is Full Contact leadership in action. Further, students will recognize how these soft environment factors affect the control of fireground (hard environment) operations and will be given the tools to better size-up, recognize, and proactively resolve issues before they get to the street.

searchable vs survivable

instructor: sean duffy (2 hours)

Searchable Vs. Survivable:

In the lecture we will be covering statistics and sharing videos to drive home points of why and when we search. We will also be covering where our searches often fail and where they are successful. The intent is to not only size up our fires on arrival, but also size up our searches so we may perform them quicker and in a more efficient manner. 

It is important to understand that before we make any decisions we need to know where our successes have been. In today’s fire environment we simply do not have much time. We must have a system in place for quick decision making of our searches in relation to our fire environment. We must identify our searchable spaces immediately.  There is no singular mode, rather multiple methods to enhance the survivability for the unprotected occupant. 


This course is about how we search, when to search and what’s the best way to affect our search increasing our odds not only to locate a victim but remove them in the most efficient manner. Let us not forget that life IS and ALWAYS will be our number one priority! It should not be the mindset of “what’s good for us” but rather we MUST concentrate our efforts on what is best for THEM!

The elephant in the firehouse

instructor: steve greene (2 hours)

The Elephant In The Firehouse:

There is no denying the basic fact – there is an epidemic of cancer in the fire service. Moreover, it is either already occurring in most urban, suburban and even rural departments in the world or, those firefighters have heard of this hidden danger, even if no one in their department has been diagnosed…yet! However, like many other health issues from a pulled back muscle to high blood pressure, firefighters are a tough breed who will rarely discloses these conditions to anyone else, even their spouse or significant other! Why? Because of ego and allowing that ego to get in the way of better judgement can lead to a negative situation for both the firefighter and his/her department!
This presentation presents covers how firefighting has evolved in the last forty years or so and how this evolution has changed everything from what is burning to the type of bunker-gear we wear to methods of extinguishment. With that said, now more than ever, when firefighters allow personal feelings to obstruct innovations and changes created to ensure a safer environment for their job, the results can be and too often are catastrophic. Included in this presentation are issues regarding ego, overall firefighter health, fitness for duty and the pervasiveness of cancer in the fire service. Also included is a break-out session where the members will evaluate scenarios and return to discuss their suggested remediation, in light of what was discussed in the lecture.

the tactical engine

instructor: nick Peppard (2 hours)

The Tactical Engine:

The Tactical Engine is a down and dirty look at the blue-collar fundamentals of aggressive Engine work. This class will examine effective tactics for first-alarm assignment Engine companies. It will explore efficiently performing essential fire ground tasks and will delve into

tactical priorities. The class will address Truck work for engines that don’t have the luxury of properly staffed truck companies arriving in a timely manner. Subjects covered will include size up, initial actions, water supply options, search, VES, forcible entry, coordinated ventilation, riding assignments, weapon selection, hose line management, and how to maximize limited staffing/resources in various operational arenas. This class is geared toward those looking to maximize the performance of their Engine Company. (Class Length: 2 hours)

The initial attack line

instructor: anthony rowett jr.

(2 hours)

The Initial Attack Line:

The initial attack line is the backbone of every fireground operation and will have a greater impact on the outcome of a fire than any other fireground operation. As the first line goes so does the fire – so we must get it right. What is your target flow rate? Does the nozzle match your hose design to create an effective attack package? How do you determine your hoseline selection based on the buildings and conditions that you encounter? How do you estimate the stretch? All of these questions will be answered and discussed during this class. During this class we will also discuss tactical decision making for fires in single family dwellings, multiple family dwellings, commercial and industrial buildings, and standpipe equipped buildings. As well as attic fires, cockloft fires, and basement fires.

the go to company

instructors: carl hohenstine and chris Brown (2 hours)

The Go To Company:
Which company is your second due? Is it that “go to company”? You know the one I’m talking about, the company that is always combat ready. The one that checks out their equipment first thing and trains on the basics until things become a habit. Every time the tones drop or alarm sounds, they bunker out completely and respond like they are going to the fire of the year. While en route, they all know their assignment, they are aware of the area they are responding to, they know the construction of the buildings, they listen to the scene size-up and 360 report. They expect to find fire when they turn the corner and get off the apparatus with all the tools, they need to do work.  They want to be the next crew in the door and the last ones out. This 2-hour lecture will cover the expectations of the go to company. Topics covered will include company assignments, truck checks, training and weapon selection. The goal of this course is to make all companies a “go to company” by promoting awareness and comfort level. So, ask yourself, how can your company help accomplish the mission and make all companies “The go to company”?

Introduction to thru the lock (TTL) and respectful entry

Instructor: justin Matusiak (2 hours)

The Introduction to Thru The Lock and Respectful Entry is a ground floor course that provides the student with the essentials of TTL and Respectful Entry. The course covers why TTL and Respectful Entry are essential skills for the modern day progressive fire service. Students will be shown some of the most common residential and commercial style locks and how to quickly identify them. The course will provide options on how to bypass or pull locks using tried and true methods taught by fire service subject matter experts across the country. The course will also look at some of the most common accessory or secondary locks and how to defeat or bypass them with little to no damage to the structure.  This course will create a foundation for the student to build from and expand their knowledge on different tools and techniques used in TTL and Respectful Entry.

The elephant in the firehouse

instructor: steve greene (2 hours)

The Elephant in the Firehouse:

Why Do the Rescuers Fail to Rescue Themselves

 

There is no denying the basic fact – there is an epidemic of cancer in the fire service. Moreover, it is either already occurring in most urban, suburban and even rural departments in the world or, those firefighters have heard of this hidden danger, even if no one in their department has been diagnosed…yet! However, like many other health issues from a pulled back muscle to high blood pressure, firefighters are a tough breed who will rarely discloses these conditions to anyone else, even their spouse or significant other! Why? Because of ego and allowing that ego to get in the way of better judgement can lead to a negative situation for both the firefighter and his/her department!

This presentation presents covers how firefighting has evolved in the last forty years or so and how this evolution has changed everything from what is burning to the type of bunker-gear we wear to methods of extinguishment.   

With that said, now more than ever, when firefighters allow personal feelings to obstruct innovations and changes created to ensure a safer environment for their job, the results can be and too often are, catastrophic.  

Included in this presentation are issues regarding ego, overall firefighter health, fitness for duty and the pervasiveness of cancer in the fire service. 

 Also included is a break-out session where the members will evaluate scenarios and return to discuss their suggested remediation, in light of what was discussed in the lecture.

taking care of ourselves and others

instructor: chris hart (2 hours)

TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES AND OTHERS

 

To many times our brothers and sisters just need someone to listen to them.  We are a unique community where we only want to talk to one of our own.  This course is designed to help us recognize when we need to help our family in the fire service.  In this course we will talk about what is PTSD, CISM, and Peer Support.  This course is designed to focus primarily on PEER Support.  Every year the amount of suicides are increasing and firefighters have the highest amount of suicides in the United States.  The most important part is preventive maintenance.  We will learn how to help us help ourselves both physically and mentally. This course meets the requirement by the State of Florida as the requirement for awareness.

nuggets from the right seat

instructor: shannon stone (2 hours)

NUGGETS FROM THE RIGHT SEAT: "EXPERIENCE DRIVEN ADVICE" FROM FAILURE TO EXCELLENCE

All too often in the fire service we train on the technical aspects of our job, but rarely do we train, teach, coach or mentor our leaders (company officers) on how to deal with the interpersonal side of our job and how to truly lead. This eight-hour course is designed to give experience proven advice on how a company level officer can strive, reach, and obtain excellence. It is instructed from the perspective of a “High Performer” and reviews critical practices for company officers such as: building the foundation, importance of understanding followership and creating courageous followers, the 4 Levels of expectations, the 3 conditions of Leadership Influence and how to create effective influence, methods of effective communication, creating an Operational Disciplined mindset, understanding and implementing 2 Levels of Mentoring Accountability, building communication platforms with your bosses and other company officers, motivating and inspiring your firefighters, dealing sub- standard performing employees, and much more. This class is designed to give legitimate, time proven practices that the company officer can implement immediately and see instant results. All subjects discussed in this class have been originated from on the job trial and error and from this we have found many critical practices that actually work! Regardless if you work in a large or small department, from urban to suburban, company officers face the same challenges. This class will give you tons of “Nuggets” on how to deal with the many challenges you will face as a front-line combat company officer. Visit: www.rightseatnuggets.weebly.com 

ANATOMY OF A RESCUE

instructor: DJ AND shannon stone (2 hours)

ANATOMY OF A RESCUE:

Prepare and set your firefighters up for success when it counts. This class focuses on two documented video-recorded vent-enter-search (VES) rescues at working fires in Fort Walton Beach. One incident is shared from the perspective of a captain making the rescue; the second incident is from the perspective of the battalion chief in charge. Both incidents were not successful because of luck; they were successful because of a culture of proactive training and preparation. Review each incident and the common preparation practices, the commonalities of both incidents that brought the same outcome, how to develop a proactive “search culture” at the company and battalion levels, victim survivability and specific tactics’ effectiveness, how water application created survivable space, and how Underwriters Laboratories studies correlate with these two rescues.

EVERYTHING SAWS FOR THE FIRE SERVICE

instructor: JULIO RAMOS (2 hours)

EVERYTHING SAWS FOR THE FIRE SERVICE:

This class is a must! No matter if you are a seasoned tech or a probationary just out of recruit school, This Class Is For You! Everything Saws For The Fire Service will go over in detail on the saws used in the fire service, maintenance and trouble shooting, body positioning, and more! This is not a forcible entry or roof ops class, although you will do both in this class, but an emphasis on saw usage and body positioning. Rotary Saws, Chain Saws, Reciprocating Saws, and Bandsaws will be gone over in detail. 

1st Due/2nd Due: Same Job For The Minimally Staffed

instructor: ron givens (2 hours)

1st Due/2nd Due: Same Job For the Minimally Staffed

For most departments, staffing is always a factor in day-to-day operations. Oftentimes we must accomplish the same tactical objectives only with less staffing. This fast-paced, hard-charging lecture class will cover how to make the most of limited manpower. It will challenge students to maximize and streamline efforts on the fire ground so that critical benchmarks are achieved in a timely fashion. 

surviving the dark side: breaking the silence 

INstructor: Justin Marcum (2 hours)

Surviving the Dark Side: Breaking the Silence 

 

Last year the number of reported suicides by first responders was more than double that of the line of duty deaths. This number is unacceptable, one death is unacceptable. This lecture was developed to meet the issue of suicide in the first responder family head on. For too long it has been taboo to talk about any personal feelings in this field, for either the fear of appearing weak or the stigma of being labeled as having a mental issue. This is simply not true and dangerous as we see the number of suicides continuing to rise. This lecture will give an overview of stressors that we cannot see or physically feel. What these stressors do to the body. How to recognize when you, or someone else, is being affected and most importantly how to deal with them in a positive way. 

 

There is preventive maintenance, preventive medicine, fire prevention, but you don’t hear “preventive” anything dealing with our mental health. While most classes deal with “after the fact” of stressful events, this class will give you tools to help you mentally prepare before the stressful event has occurred. 

 

The objective of this lecture is to prepare you to deal with the stress of being a first responder prior to finding yourself in stressful situations in attempt to reduce the number of suicide deaths by helping yourself or a brother/sister in need.

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