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Annual Fire School Instructors

Battalion Chief Brian Dodge

Leadership Essentials for the Company Officer

Offered twice Friday and Saturday

Battalion Chief Brian Dodge has over 32 years in the fire service. He currently is a member of Puget Sound RFA in Washington State. Brian is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He is a frequent speaker/instructor for the fire service and has shared his experiences in classes and conferences throughout the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Command Administration from Eastern Oregon University and is a IFSAC Fire Officer 4 level and holds several other state and national certifications.

Leadership Essentials for the Company Officer is a dynamic class that focuses on proven leadership skills and abilities. The class is powered by student participation, role plays and real world critical thinking. Subjects covered include conflict resolution, communication styles, generational differences, and dealing with difficult employees. Students will walk away with an understanding of how critical the role and responsibilities of the Company Officer are in today’s fire service.

 

 

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Doug Clark

Class Title: Basic Rope Rescue 16 hours

Doug Clark is currently a Captain for Chelan County Fire District 1, and a member of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office High Angle Rope Rescue Team (HARRT). He has significant depth in the area of rescue. He began his rescue career in 1995 under the instruction of Reed Thorne of Ropes that Rescue, where he learned the fundamentals of the craft. He began teaching for several groups to include industrial, military, law enforcement, mountain rescue groups and many fire departments throughout the northwest. For the last 24 years, Doug has continued to instruct for various conferences as well as many private and government agencies. Doug has attained the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) level 2, is a swift water rescue technician, and a confined space rescue instructor. Currently Doug is instructing with Forum Consulting. Clients include Chelan County PUD, Chelan County Irrigation district, iFiber telecommunications, and the Douglas County Sewer District. Classes include rope rescue, confined space and tower rescue.

Class Title: Live Fire Training

4 Brothers Training, LLC. provides quality fire service instruction focused on task and tactical level functions necessary for a successful fireground. Instructors include Leif Anderson, Dag Liljequist, Erik Olson, and Jim Walkowski.

Class Description

Advancing hoselines and extinguishing fire are some of the expected task level functions on the fire ground.  Learn when, where, and how to apply hose streams in the residential setting for maximum effectiveness in single and multiroom fires.  This is a fast-paced class for firefighters who want to challenge their live fire capabilities.  Participants should have previous live fire experience. All live fire training will be conducted in accordance with National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA) 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, 2012 edition.

Maximum of 22 students per day. 8 hours each day Friday and Saturday

Students must bring current NFPA-compliant personal protective equipment which includes turnout coat and pants, SCBA (with two extra bottles), helmet, hood, firefighting boots, and gloves.

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Class Title: Firefighter Safety and Survival

This is a one day class offer on Friday and Saturday

Instructors:

Rich Shrauner- (Retired] Captain Everett Fire. Assistant Chief Skagit County Fire Dist. #13 with over 35  years' experience, lead instructor tor the Washington State Training Academy from 2001-2012.

Mike Juozapaitis- (Retired) Driver/Operator Everett Fire. Assistant Chief Skagit County Fire Dist.  #13. over 35 years' experience. lead instructor for the Washington State Training Academy 2001- 2012.

The focus of this course is on saving our own, All firefighters should train like their life depends on it.  As we sometimes find out it certainly does. The best chance for survival is to be highly trained and not get into trouble in the first place. When things do wrong, a firefighter's instinctive behavior will take over and guide their immediate actions.

This course will begin with a classroom lecture covering case studies. Calling the May Day, RIT positions and functions, recon or rescue and removal, and approaching the downed firefighter, This  will be followed by hands (In skill stations: approaching the downed firefighters’ S.A.F.E. method. use of the RIT pack and U AC tor emergency air needs, use of the large area search rope, converting the SCBA harness, drugs and carries. moving the downed firefighter, special equipment or situations, heavy lifting. breaching. cutting, disentanglement, and TIC directed operations. Self rescue skills also covered in this course; ladder bail, body repels, hose slide.

 

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Class Title: Ventilation

The ventilation class includes the reasons for, and advantages and disadvantages of the different types of ventilation as they relate to building construction and procedures. Students will review fire behavior as it relates to building construction and its relationship with fuel load, occupancy type and its place in the list of tactical priorities. From jalousie to double hung, from gambrel to four – twelve pitch, the window types and roof styles have an affect on the ventilation operation. The recognition of signs and methods of preventing potential backdrafts and flashovers is an important part of the class. Advantages and disadvantages of vertical, horizontal and forced ventilation are discussed and practiced when possible at the local level.

Instructors 

Clint Webley

Clint Webley has a been a career firefighter in the Wenatchee Valley for 12 years and is currently serving as a Captain on Ladder 11 (C shift) for Chelan County Fire District #1.  Clint is a certified Rope Rescue Technician and trained to the Operations level for Confined Space as well.  Clint recently participated as a student in the two-week Rio Hondo Truck Academy in California, allowing him to sharpen his skills as a company officer of a truck company!   As an instructor for the Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy, Clint enjoys sharing his passion for the fire service and has a special interest in "truck work."

Gavin Burnett

Gavin Burnett is a Marine Corps veteran who works as a career firefighter for Chelan County Fire District #1, in Wenatchee, as a FF on Ladder 11 (C Shift). He is a certified Rope Rescue technician, Confined Space Operator, and has received training from instructors with the Los Angeles Fire Department on truck operations, with a focus on vertical ventilation. FF Burnett's passion is focused around truck company operations and developing a truck company culture.

 Matt Rise

Matt Rise has a been a career firefighter in the Wenatchee Valley for 10 years and is currently serving as a Captain on Ladder 11 (B shift) for Chelan County Fire District #1.  Matt is a certified Rope Rescue Technician and trained to the Operations level for Confined Space Rescue as well.  Matt has received training from instructors with the Los Angeles Fire Department on truck operations, with a focus on vertical ventilation.  Matt strives to develop a truck company culture.  

 

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Chris Grant

Class Title: Incident Safety Officer

Over the past 30 years Chris has served as a Fire Department Health and Safety Officer and frequently assigned on scene as an incident safety officer (ISO). Chris has served as an ISO for structure fires, hazardous materials and technical rescue incidents. These experiences allow him to provide in-depth interaction on the topics that affect todays fire service.

NFA Contract Instructor since 2004 instructing the ISO and HSO curriculums. Speaker at FDIC on three occasions. IFSAC certified Fire Officer 4 and Instructor 3, member of Washington’s IFSAC Technical Advisory Group.

Cody Shelton

Lt Cody Shelton

Class Title: Tank To pump time Clock Friday Scholastic Tract

Tank To pump time Clock Friday is Scholastic 8 hours

Saturday regular session 8 hours

Lt Cody Shelton works for Douglas County Fire District 2 in East Wenatchee as the training officer in a combination department. His experience and background includes 10 years of rural firefighting, instructing for region 6 and local volunteer and resident academies. His emphasis is on first due engine company operations with limited staffing.

Class Description:

This class is designed for engineers who have a basic knowledge and skillset in pump operations.  Students will learn how to calculate friction loss in fire hose, explore combination nozzle types, calculate gallons per minute for smooth bore nozzles tips and formulate a pump discharge pressure. All these calculations will factor your tank size, hose line configurations, staffing issues and apply it to initial company operations. The result will give you the engineer the skills needed to formulate your working tank time to water supply consideration.

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Larry Creekmore

Class Title: What I learned from the Derailment of Passenger Train 501

Larry Creekmore is a Chief Officer for the DuPont Fire Department. He been in the first service in 1983 with what is now South Kitsap Fire and Rescue. While at there, he was a volunteer responder, taught Kitsap County recruit schools from 1986 – 2014, and worked in the Support Service Division. After joining the DuPont Fire Department in 2005 as a career officer, he remained active as a training Captain with South Kitsap until January 2015. Over the years, Larry has served on several state training committees, actively teaches fire service topics, and serves as the WSFFA training manager. He is a Past President of WSFFA and has been a board member for more than 18 years.

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Mark Emery

Class Title: Strategic Classification of Building Construction

Mark Emery has provided Building Construction education for numerous fire service organizations and events in the United States and Canada including Toronto, Phoenix, Anchorage, British Columbia, Las Vegas, Seattle, FDIC, Firehouse, and for the King County (WA) Officer Development Academy. Mark has been a contributing editor for Firehouse magazine. Mark is co-developer of ITAC, the Integrated Tactical Accountability System and developer of the Command Competency Clinic. After retiring as an Operations Battalion Chief, Mark currently serves as Fire Chief with East Valley Fire District 4 in Yakima County, WA.

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Tracy Hoffman

Class Title: Vehicle Extrication

Tracy began firefighting in 1992 in Lake Tahoe, CA. For the last 21 years Tracy has worked as a representative for Holmatro Rescue Tools providing training to fire departments, and several regional symposiums In addition to hands on experience with thousands of vehicles, Tracy frequently interfaces with vehicle manufacturers, proving grounds, and airbag manufacturers, and works with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gathering and providing infom1ation on safety issues related to extrication. Currently Tracy is the owner of West Coast Fire & Rescue, the Washington State distributor for Holmatro Rescue Tools.

Fire Service Safety Culture: Who Protects Firefighters From Firefighters?

This two-day course is designed to assist emergency services personnel in defining and advocating organizational change within the fire service relating to safety.

Topics include:

  • Safety and risk cultures within organizations.
  • Influences on safety culture and risk categories.
  • Concepts, goals, and processes of risk management.

The course incorporates facilitated student-centered methodologies including lecture, small and large group activities, and individual assessments.

Instructor Dave Bullard:

Over the past 30 years I have served as a Fire Department Health and Safety Officer and frequently assigned on scene as an incident safety officer (ISO). I have served as an ISO for structure fires, hazardous materials and technical rescue incidents. These experiences allow me to provide in-depth interaction on the topics that affect today’s fire service.

Leadership for the Fire and Emergency Services 4 hour classes

Quality leadership is essential for the emergency medical services and rescue providers to face current and future challenges. This session will examine leadership styles, qualities, and practices to help your department function at a high level by avoiding EMS/Rescue service leadership pitfalls.

Personal Protective Actions for Opioid Emergencies 4 hour class

This program is intended to provide important personal safety information to first responders as it relates to their response to incidents involving potential opioid emergencies. It is not intended to address patient care, medical interventions, or law enforcement tactical considerations as they relate to opioid responses. Agencies should draft and/or implement SOPs/SOGs for handling these types of emergencies. The information in this course may be used as guidance material in that process.

Surviving the Job: Cancer in the Fire Service 4 hour classes

Cancer is a serious threat facing today’s fire service, but there are easy and low-cost ways you can lower your risks. The 11 best practices for firefighter cancer prevention as outlined in the Lavender Ribbon Report into specific actions. This session will explain how to incorporate these life-saving practices into your daily routines in order to reduce your exposure risks and protect yourself and your fellow firefighters from occupational cancer.

 

Pat McNertbney

NFPA 1584 Medical Rehab rehab of members operating at incident scene operations and training exercises.

Pat McNertbney Volunteer Firefighter/EMT with East Jefferson Fire and Rescue since 2000. Has served with East Jefferson and has held positions as president of firefighters association.

Class Description:  Course description: This course is designed to train personnel assigned to conduct "Firefighter Rehabilitation" to recognize the signs/symptoms of psychological and physical distress which impact emergency responders while conducting physically demanding emergency scene activities.

The class is focused on preventing the likelihood of firefighter illness, injury or death.

Training will focus on local, state, and industry requirements and best practices. Subject matter includes exposure to incident related hazards, heat illness, medical evaluation, and the physical set-up of the rehab. location.

Post classroom training, participants will conduct medical monitoring and firefighter rehabilitation activities for firefighters engaged in strenuous rescue and firefighting activities associated with the conference.

 

Presentation Title NFPA 1851 Care and Maintenance of PPE Two 4-hour classes

Instructor: Steve Lakey began his career as a Air Traffic Controller in Los Angeles California. In 1981he lost this job while striking with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) during the Reagan Administration. Steve later  bought  a corner Dry Cleaners and commercial  laundry business in  Portland Oregon. Soon after, In 1993 Steve was approached d by Jack Fenders of Portland Fire Logistics to clean a few turn outs .After asking, "What’s a turnout?" Steve's back room was loaded with 100 sets of Bunker Gear.  He sold his dry cleaners and dedicated himself to learning - then teaching - Care and Maintenance of PPE. In 2010 Steve was elected in to the b ard of the NFPA 1971/1851Technical Committee for care and maintenance of Structural and Proximity Firefighting Gear.

Class Description:

Structural fire-fighting ensemble· and ensemble elements* must be retired 10- years from the date of manufacture OR when inspection results in a "Remove from Service" disposition

This class will teach you the procedures to follow between the Date of Issue through your gears 10 year Retirement. Including: Record Keeping, Preliminary Exposure Reduction (PER Cleaning)  Advanced Cleaning, and Specialized Cleaning The 3 inspections performed annually 1. Routine 2. Advanced, and 3. Liner system Inspections. Also will give instructions on approved methods for testing the new Particulate Hoods.

A certificate of participation will be issued after the class.

The class is focused on preventing the likelihood of firefighter illness, injury or death.

Training will focus on local, state, and industry requirements and best practices. Subject matter includes exposure to incident related hazards, heat illness, medical evaluation, and the physical set-up of the rehab. location.

Post classroom training, participants will conduct medical monitoring and firefighter rehabilitation activities for firefighters engaged in strenuous rescue and firefighting activities associated with the conference.

 

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