FALL SCHOOL

Class 1:

Modern Fire Challenges and Tactics

Instructor:  Terry Blackmer, Delta College Fire Science Coordinator

This 1-day course involves discussion and case studies of the over 300 experiments the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute has been working with the fire service to examine fire dynamics and firefighting tactics. These experiments have examined the changes in the fire environment over time, the impact of ventilating ventilation-limited fires, and the implications of flow control and effectiveness in suppression tactics.  Topics included will be modern fire behavior, building construction, and fire suppression tactics

Class 2:

Community Risk Reduction:  Integrating Our Efforts

instructor:  Lt. Michael McLeieer, Olivet Fire Department

This 1-day course is intended to familiarize fire operations personnel with the concepts of community risk reduction, stressing their importance in today’s tough economic times. It is more important than ever for the fire service to seek innovative ways to assess risks and integrate mitigation strategies to manage call volume and improve public safety.  This course is delivered by Vision 20/20, a project of the Institution of Fire Engineers, USA.

Class 3:

R.I.T./Firefighter Safety:

Instructor:  Capt. Brent Connell, Lapeer City Fire and Rescue

(Turnouts are required with functioning SCBA) (THIS IS A PHYSICALLY DEMANDING CLASS.)

In this 1-day course, students will learn the hands-on techniques needed to survive when something goes wrong. Firefighters will learn to recognize situations where firefighters can become trapped and disoriented and will learn the proper techniques for self-rescue. Firefighters will also learn life saving techniques that can be used in the event a rapid intervention team is needed. Students will learn how to search, find and remove firefighters from life threatening incidents.

Class 4:

PTSD/Family Stress

Instructor: Harvey Holland, White Lake Township Fire Department Training Officer

This class is open to all First Responders and their family members.

First Responders have been dying by their own hand at an alarming rate over the past several years. What was the unthinkable just a decade ago has become common among Firefighters and EMS personnel. So much so that the various organizations that these first responders have been members of have started researching why suicide has become so common.

This 3-hour class will be offered in 2 sessions 8:00am-11:00am & 1:00pm-4:00pm. Harvy Holland will discuss the reasons that this research has identified as contributing factors to these tragedies. We will look at the signs and symptoms of PTSD, the reasons why we don’t talk about it and the ways to identify, in ourselves and our fellow responders the possibility of falling victim to the stresses of the job.

We will conclude each session with an open discussion and question and answer period and identify some resources available for those who may be experiencing the terrible effects of the tragedies that we deal with as first responders