Drone Video: FDIC 2015 Urban Essentials, Engine Company Essentials, Recognizing Flashover

Chicagofirewire.com was flying over the Urban Essentials HOT Class in Indianapolis with our drone and captured some great footage.  Much more in the description below.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook,  Twitter, and Youtube for all the latest.

Urban Essentials:
Lead Instructors:Lieutenant Ray McCormack, Fire Department of New York; and Battalion Chief Erich Roden, Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department
Here is an opportunity to experience a variety of tactical challenges and techniques used by America’s urban firefighters. The evolution is divided into multiple segments and groups and offers a balance of verbal instruction, demonstration, and hands-on proficiency. Steeply pitched roof ventilation, C side forcible entry, commercial roof operations, cutting and size-up, HUD windows, vacant property security systems, cutting, and breaching and prying are all part of the day’s events. Bring your A game. We’ll match it! ALL LEVELS

Recognizing Flashover:
Lead Instructor: Battalion Chief Joseph Berchtold, Teaneck (NJ) Fire Department
Students observe fire behavior and the signs that lead to flashover. In training from Drager Swede Survival Systems , students will observe and experience in a controlled environment how fire develops and grows up to and through the flashover stage, how ventilation and hose streams can control a flashover, how to recognize flashover warning signs, and when to get out of the structure. Students will also learn how firefighters themselves can create flashovers and how to prevent them. ALL LEVELS

Engine Company Essentials: Getting Water on the Fire:
Lead Instructor: Lieutenant Anthony Piontek, Green Bay (WI) Fire Department
It’s all about creating the most efficient and most effective tool on the fireground–the engine company! Students rotate through the following realistic scenarios. HANDLINES and STRETCHES: Students gain an understanding of the usefulness/limitations of preconnected and static loads. Loads and stretches reinforce pre-entry operation principles and discipline. Students work as attack/backup teams and gain experience and problem-solving skills for pinch areas, short stretches, loss-of-water issues, line placement, and stretch estimation. GALLONS PER SECOND: Innovative tactics for offensive and defensive operations and water supply are discussed and demonstrated. Students deploy large-diameter hoselines and explore techniques that maximize the effectiveness of personnel and equipment. STANDPIPE OPERATIONS: Students engage in the initial hookup and standpipe operation; fold/deploy/stretch hose packs; and function as members of the attack team, working through nozzle, backup, door, control, and officer positions. ALL LEVELS


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