Firehouse World Ready For Big Opening in San Diego

The 2013 Firehouse World expo in sunny San Diego is only days away, but there’s still time to get in on the training and all the action the award-winning event has to offer.

The 2013 Firehouse World expo in sunny San Diego is only days away, but there’s still plenty of time to get in on the training and all the action the award-winning event has to offer.

Firehouse World continues to be the largest fire event on the West Coast and this year promises to be even bigger and better, event organizers say. This year’s event begins on Feb. 17 and continues through Feb. 21, and features literally hundreds of hours of world-class training and more than 270 exhibitors and vendors showing off their latest products and services. This year, the exhibit is compressed into an action packed two days.

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With the Northeast reeling from the effects of the Blizzard of 2013, and much of the country, particularly the Mid-West, struggling with weeks of frigid temperatures, San Diego provides the perfect venue for a little relief and respite from winter’s grueling weather.

Education and Training

However, it’s the education and training, as well as the exposure to all the “new stuff” vendors display, that comprise the real reasons to attend this year’s event, which is based at the San Diego Convention Center in the heart of the vibrant downtown area of the city by the sea.

“We are trying to provide firefighters with information that they may not be able to get at their fire departments,” said Harvey Eisner, Editor-in-Chief of Firehouse magazine and Firehouse Event Conference Director, who has responsibilities for selecting and organizing classes.

Eisner said he is particularly pleased to offer more classes featuring California fire instructors as well as nationally recognized instructors from across the country.

“We have been working with chiefs from San Diego, San Diego County, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and Phoenix to develop more classes and get more instructors from California,” Eisner said, adding that Firehouse is responding to the request. “We’ve done just that.”

Additionally, Eisner said he and the staff have added more state and nationally certified classes this year than ever before, some that are two to five days long. Firehouse is now able to accept San Diego fire departments’ UASI payments for classes and training.

Also new this year are several behavioral health classes for responders, and Eisner said he is pleased the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will preview a new behavioral course at Firehouse World called New Approaches to Firefighter Behavioral Health.

The NFFF will also debut a wildfire safety video during the conference.

Some other highlights include a special program on burn prevention, taught by Jason Woods, president of DCFF Burn Foundation, developed with the help of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. It focuses on burn prevention awareness.

A course called "Command Boot Camp" will be conducted by Mario Rueda, deputy chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, along with Joseph Castro, battalion chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Curt Varone, an attorney, author and Firehouse contributor will present a course called "Hot Legal Topics: Digital Imagery and Social Media," which will cover the need to control and limit scene photography and its distribution.

Retired LA Fire Dept. Battalion Chief John Mittendorf will teach a course titled, "Ten Most Common Fireground Mistakes and How to Avoid Them." As the title suggests, it will look at errors made with fire apparatus placement, incident command systems, reading buildings and a host of other issues facing firefighters daily.

The Firehouse World event also features a variety of Hands on Training (H.O.T.) programs and this year, Eisner said four of the seven classes offered are brand new. They include elevator rescue, school bus extrication, an International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) fire ground survival course, and a new technical search operations course featuring lessons about cameras and listening devices.

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