The session is called “Getting Through the Fire – One Firefighter’s Journey Back to Duty After Surviving a Flashover and Multiple LODDs.” It will be a firsthand account of the flashover that trapped the six crew members on the second floor of a residential home. It will be taught by Lionel Crowther, who is now director of training of Florian Fire & Rescue in Canada. The presentation, being held in one of the ballrooms at the convention center, will cover an operational breakdown of the incident, the aftermath of recovery and the return-to-work process.
Despite a light-hearted title, “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up,” Curt Varone, a lawyer, author and Firehouse magazine columnist will critically examine firefighter misconduct and its impact on operations by looking at some of the most interesting and instructional cases in the fire service.
A far more serious approach to similar topics will be covered by David Franklin, assistant chief of the San Francisco Fire Department. His class is called “Major Incident Safety Investigations” and will focus on exactly what the topic suggests, covering the ins and outs of investigating serious injury fires and LODDs while still in operation at an incident.
Eisner said the information passed along in this class could greatly benefit virtually all fire departments in the nation.
“It will teach you how to conduct an investigation,” Eisner said. “Most departments don’t know how to even start one.”
And then, there’s HOT training and this year, there are plenty of topics from which to choose.
One new one classes focuses on positive pressure ventilation. Taught by three members of the Anaheim (Calif.) Fire Department, the class is called “The Fundamentals of Positive Pressure Fire Attack.”
The class, which requires full turnout gear, SCBA and spare bottle, is limited to 32 students. It is designed to provide firefighters with the knowledge to perform a positive pressure fire attack. The tactic uses blowers to introduce cool fresh air into the entry point once an exhaust port has been established. The class is part lecture, group discussion, demonstration and most importantly hands-on training.
Firehouse World is co-located with EMSWorld, which means there are lots of emergency medical classes too.
There’s also a trade show component to the event featuring more than 300 exhibitors, each showcasing the latest in product offerings and technological advances in the fire and emergency medical services.
“We have some new people in place bringing a fresh perspective to everything we do,” said Mary Flynn, Cygnus’ Public Safety Group show manager. “I am very excited about this year’s Firehouse World and the experience that we will be providing.”
Complete and up to the minute conference and registration information is available on the web at www.firehouseworld.com. A full schedule can also be found in the November issue of Firehouse magazine.