Minimum Staffing, Maximum Impact

Minimum Staffing, Maximum Impact

The United States fire service consists of fire departments that are extremely diverse in equipment, resources, and staffing. Over the course of history much of the fire service’s strategies and tactics have originated from larger, urban fire departments. While these tactics are generally sound and time proven, they don’t always apply easily in all situations due to the diversity.

If you have found yourself in a rural volunteer department with varying staffing, on an understaffed career department, or any other situation where the initial operations are initiated with a small number of firefighters with little to no backup then you have probably made note of that fact. These situations can often be improved by adopting the use of different tools or building skills that will allow us to still be aggressive on the fireground. In many cases these tools and skills aren’t new to the firefighter but the training and experience afforded to be comfortable with them has been minimal.

This class will deliver hands-on practice and learning opportunities concerning tactics that leave the understaffed crew creating a positive impact on the fireground. The topics covered will include combined fire attack and search, vent-enter-search, piercing nozzles, ventilation and, go/no go decision making. Each of these areas will be taught while incorporating the peer reviewed Tactical Thermal Imaging curriculum that is Insight Training, LLC is well-known for.

Class Objectives

Students who attend this class will:

  1. Understand the increased risks associated with decreased staffing levels on the fire ground.
  2. Understand the increased need to create quality firefighters when quantity is lacking.
  3. Review the basic attributes of thermal imaging cameras.
  4. Understand the need for better fireground decision making, specifically when committing firefighters to the interior operations with minimal staffing.
  5. Be introduced to the concept of “Go/No Go Decision Making” to aid in making entry decisions under these circumstances.
  6. Learn about anti-ventilation strategies (door control vs. smoke curtain) and how they can benefit the understaffed engine.
  7. Learn about various piercing nozzles, when their use is indicated, and where to deploy them.
  8. Perform and receive instruction concerning VES.
  9. Perform and receive instruction concerning simultaneous fire attack and search operations performed by one crew.

Instructed by: Joey Baxa 

May 9, 2020 – 0830 to 1700
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