Firehouse Expo Getting Ready for Baltimore in July

Firehouse Magazine, Firehouse.com will present the July 21-26 exposition.


Firehouse Expo, July 21-26 at the Baltimore Convention Center, is getting the final planning touches.

This year's Opening Ceremony & Keynote Presentation - THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE will feature a 30 minute video produced by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation focusing on firefighter safety. The Life Safety Initiatives Resource Kit - Volume 4 includes this video of interviews of numerous firefighters, officers and chiefs from the FDNY, veterans speaking about cultural change leading to greater firefighter safety.

The Resource Kit will be given to each attendee after the Opening Ceremonies. Volume 4 includes easily deployable fire service training on two DVDs and one CD. Some of the video training materials include: Smoke Reading, Rapid Intervention Teams, Calling the Mayday, Seatbelt Use, Pre-Planning and Fitness. CD resources also include support materials for each of the video training modules included.

The "Everyone Goes Home" program will be shipping Life Safety Initiatives Resource Kit - Volume 4 to over 35,000 U.S. fire departments this summer.

New education sessions

Several new speakers will present classes for he first time at Expo. One of the more timely classes is a FREE class for City Officials and Chief Officers! This six-part, four hour class titled "A basic understanding of the fire service for public and elected officials" is to assist local government in understanding the needs of the fire service. Included topics are:

  • Briefings regarding ISO Insurance
  • NFPA codes and standards
  • Purchasing fire apparatus
  • EMS impact on the fire industry
  • Personal protective clothing and equipment
  • Expressing budget needs

Pre-Conference sessions

Two-day Command Competency Clinic by Mark Emery,

Mark Emery, Battalion Chief, Woodinville, WA, Fire & Life Safety District, Partner of FIRE COMMAND LLC Author of The Ten Command-ments

The fireground incident commander is responsible for the management of three things: strategy, resources, and risk. Using multiple-screen simulations, action plan templates, status boards, portable radios, and passports, this highly interactive "clinic" you will provide strategic "tools" you need to be a competent incident commander, company officer, safety officer, branch director, division supervisor, or group supervisor.

The Basics and Beyond of Firefighter Fitness by Rich Meyer,

Rich Meyer, Firefighter, Auburn, NH FD, Author & Instructor

This class will cover the basics of fitness programming and touch upon advanced concepts such as reconditioning, plyometrics, and advanced cardio programming then integrate concepts into an actual group exercise session utilizing functional training equipment.

Primary Search techniques, Trapped Firefighter Rescue by John Norman

John W. Norman III, Deputy Assistant Chief (ret.), Rescue Operations, FDNY

This is a one day class designed to familiarize a department with the "how-to's" of establishing, and operating rapid intervention companies, and the techniques they must use to successfully rescue a fallen firefighter. The class is built around a series of actual case histories of trapped or overcome firefighters. It is the result of intensive investigation and experimentation into what went wrong, what went right, and how to do it better the next time. All of the techniques shown have been tested and used repeatedly with success for removing unconscious firefighters from below grade, above grade, or at ground level.

The four part, eight-hour Chief's Leadership Class.

These four classes create an all-day preconference session geared towards chief officers and those aspiring to become chief officers. You will have the opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills and connect with others from around the country.

Common Threads of Firefighter Tragedies Richard Bowers, Chief, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, MD; Jennie Collins, Battalion Chief, Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue, VA

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