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2016 Fall Live-Fire Training Camp

October 17-19, 2016

TrngCampFDTN's 2016 Fall Live-Fire Training Camp is just around the corner — don't miss out — register today! FDTN's 3-day Training Camp features 6 blocks of live-fire training — each focusing on performing actual fireground skills under intense and realistic conditions. Students will rotate through each 4-hour training block during the 3 day camp.

Here's a few statistics from our last camp: 72 fires, 2000 SCBA bottles consumed (all in live fire conditions), over 3000 doors forced, over 350 civilian rescues, over 150 firefighter self-rescues, over 100 RIT rescues!

Training Blocks Include: 
Firefighter Survival, Forcible Entry, Residential Basement Operations, Interior Search Operations,
Hoarder Conditions, RIT Operations

There is simply no other training session in the country
that offers the number of realistic skill-building opportunities
you will be able to participate in during one event — UNDER LIVE FIRE CONDITIONS!

Learn the Job by Doing the Job … It's the FDTN Way!

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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Second-Due Truck Work

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Second-due truck company operations are only a discussion in many fire departments—they simply don’t have the staffing on the fireground to consider splitting first- and second-due truck work. In reality, second-due truck work is a continuation of the truck work that the first-due truck (or crew assigned to truck work) must accomplish.

In an ideal world, the fireground is staffed with multiple engines and trucks. With multiple companies, crews can simply fall in and perform the task that’s next on the priority list. Unfortunately, we don’t work in an ideal setting, and the jobs that must be performed are determined based on the fireground size-up and staffing.

In our last edition we talked about the priority list of jobs that the first-arriving truck company (or crew assigned to truck work) must perform: truck company size-up, forcible entry, search, initial engine company ventilation and laddering. To continue the discussion, let’s look at the jobs normally assigned to the second-due truck company (or the crew assigned to continue the truck work on the fireground).

The duties of the second-due truck company may include ventilation, checking for extension and performing overhaul (support of the engine company), laddering, search and support of the first-due truck company. The priority of these duties, as with first-due operations, is based on the overall fireground size-up that the second-due truck performs as well as the progress of the first-due truck company (one of the biggest factors that must be considered).


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First-Due Truck Work

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Truck company operations have been performed on the fireground since the day firefighters started responding (way before you and I became involved). One of the things that’s happened in the last 10 or so years is that the emphasis on truck company operations, and the skills it takes to actually perform them, has really exploded-more awareness, more knowledge, more training. During all of this time a couple things have remained constant...the importance placed on the knowledge and skills it takes to get the job done varies with every individual firefighter-and solid truck company skills, performed at the right time, makes things easier on the fireground!

Successful truck company operations involve applying the right version of the skill that’s needed, at the right time, for the fireground that you’re faced with.

Prioritizing the Fireground First-Due Truck Company Operations

There’s an old acronym that’s used to remember the basic truck company skills that need to be considered on the fireground. The acronym-LOVERS_U-has been around for quite a while and has weathered the test of time. As a quick review the letters stand for: Ladders, Overhaul, Ventilation, Entry, Rescue (and Search), Salvage, and Utilities. It really is a great acronym for remembering the basics. What the acronym doesn’t address is the timing of the skills as it relates to the fireground.


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