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2017 Live-Fire Training Camp

FDTN is pleased to announce the dates for the Spring Live-Fire Training Camp, April 23-25, 2017!

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2017 Calendar

FDTN's 2017 calendar is now available…and registration is open! take a look at our All-New Live-Fire Training Camp!

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FDTN's All-New FIRE COMBAT Training Experience

The Ultimate Fireground Learning Experience!

FireCombatFire Combat is a unique training experience offered by the Fire Department Training Network. In an effort to provide the most realistic fireground training possible for firefighters, FDTN has created a scenario-based course designed to provide response-based experience for company officers, firefighters, and apparatus operators.

The Fire Combat experience will be broken down into individual shifts (morning and afternoon blocks) where you will be assigned as a crew to either an engine company, truck company, or rescue company. Crews will change assignments at the start of each shift. To further refine the experience students will register for the course as the company officer, apparatus operator, or backstep firefighter. (6 Company Officer spots, 6 Apparatus Operator spots, 12 Backstep Firefighter spots, 3 Battalion Chief spots)

A Fire Combat shift will be very similar to a typical firehouse shift where you'll prepare for work, ready the apparatus, perform equipment maintenance, training, public education, or whatever else the crew may be assigned to do during the shift. In addition, you'll respond to multiple single- and multi-alarm fires during the shift. The intent…response-based muscle memory that will allow you to further refine and develop your overall fireground knowledge and experience.

The unique training experience will provide attendees the opportunity to respond to, and gain experience operating at, a significant number of working fires. Crews who register together will be assigned to the same company, if possible…a great way to enhance your skill set as a team!

Real companies, real-time dispatch, real-time fireground decision making, SOPS, training sessions, report writing…PLUS…multiple working fires to develop STREET EXPERIENCE! The most realistic fireground training experience available.


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Live-Fire Training Camp

FDTN's 2016 Fall Live-Fire Training Camp was held last week and from all accounts was a great success. Hopefully you can make it out next year. In the meantime, here's a glimpse of what went on. ‪#‎FDTN‬‪#‎fdtraining‬‪#‎firetraining‬


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SCBA Basics…

SCBA knowledge…it doesn't get any more basic than this! Take a few minutes to review a tool that most of us take for granted.


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Common Sense Ventilation

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Ventilation on the fireground has been going on since firefighters fought their first fire. Over the course of time the reason for ventilation has remained the same but we seem to have lost our focus on why it’s done. One term that’s fallen out of our fireground vocabulary is “coordinated attack,” and that’s a great place to start talking about ventilation.

Ventilation on the fireground is done for two main reasons; to let firefighters work (venting for fire) or to help civilians hang on a bit longer (venting for life). The priority or urgency for ventilation is tied directly to one of those reasons. In simple terms, if firefighters can make their push into the structure they’ll most likely be able to extinguish — and if they can’t then the fire will grow and consume more of the structure. If civilians are trapped inside, or firefighters are searching for civilians, then lifting the environment—even a couple of inches—may mean the difference between reaching (or not reaching) the civilian. A critical factor in either of the above examples is fireground ventilation.

WdwVentFireWhen you think about fires of the past, when we didn’t have full bunker gear and we were using 11/2-inch (or smaller) attack lines, the only way firefighters could make the push into the structure was if somebody created a vent opposite of the firefighters’ push. This vent allowed the interior environment to escape on the opposite side of the advancing firefighters. As they pushed in and operated the line the fire and other products exited (for the most part) on the opposite side. Because the firefighters weren’t fully encapsulated in gear they could only push in as far as conditions would allow. Basically, the conditions stopped the attack until the needed ventilation was performed. If no ventilation was performed then chances are the team had to back out.

With increases in technology, both in bunker gear and lightweight hose and nozzle combinations, the current fireground has become a place where firefighters can penetrate deeper into the structure without coordinating the vent—simply because the gear and equipment masks the environment. Nothing has changed, as it relates to coordinated attack or the success it had, it’s just that we’ve fallen victim to technology. The end result is that we oftentimes cause more damage to the property or ourselves because we haven’t stuck to the basics of coordinating attack and ventilation and created the easiest environment to extinguish the fire. We’ve allowed technology to determine the tactics we use—unfortunately at the expense of sound fireground operations.


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