I am trying to talk our department into hosting some area wide trainings and bringing in some top of the line instructors to teach them. I would like some input and contacts on who we should bring in.
I have emailed Dave Dodson for his reading the smoke.
Any other ideas would be great. We would like to do some RIT, Extrication, flashover, and anythings else.
We are in Michigan.
You would have to charge a fee to get the "best and brightest" out to your community.
The instructors do have their own expenses (hotel, airfare, meals, etc.).
A good place to start is have Chief Billy Goldfeder present his Firefighters Scared Straight, Not Everyone Goes Home seminar. He really drives it home and will make your guys take things much more seriously.
Along with RIT an area wide accountability system training is a great start. These guys do a real nice accountability program and have developed a helmet stickering system.
I should have mentioned that we knew it would cost. They have some money saved up.
If you're interested in one of the absolute best extrication instructors in the world, literally, let me know. He's my BC.
You will be limited by the amount of money you can afford to spend on your speaker and their lodging/meal expenses. Go for big and work down from there. Like mentioned I would go for Goldfeder or some other national speaker.
Otherwise, we organized a hybrid extrication seminar with a national industry expert but for some reason I can't remember his darn name right now.
Coordinate with your local technical college or university to use their resources and facilities too. Maybe you might end up making money on the deal.
Shoot me an e-mail, I have some info for you.
Originally Posted by newboot
Goldfeder is awesome.
You could always call up your local medivac helicopter provider and have them do a LZ class. Ours here will do many classes, almost any kind of EMS CE, LZ Classes, or even Grain Rescue Classes.
Have you tried calling Detroit and asking? They have some of the most seasoned firefighters in the country and are right in your state. I know of at least one that teaches at FDIC.