The 2022 CFT Fire School Leadership & Tactics Conference is less than one week away.
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- CFT Fire School is casual dress, but we are encouraging all attendees to wear Duty Uniform/Class B or Job Shirt to show pride in your Fire Department on Tuesday February 8th, 2022
- Picking Hands On Tracks will start Monday at Check in on the 2nd Floor Gulfside Emerald Coast Room.
- You Do Not need turnout gear if attending Chief John Norman lecture on Thursday February 10th, 2022.
- All Hands On Tracks require Full Bunker Gear.
- YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING AIRPACKS. SCBA will be provided anywhere they are needed.
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CFT FIRE SCHOOL CHECK-IN
- Conference check-in time on Monday is from 12pm – 6pm in the Emerald Coast Room, second floor gulf side at the Hilton.
- This location is on the second floor above the White Sands Room used for check-in at previous events.
- For late or Tuesday morning arrivals check-in will begin at 7:30 am in the same location.
- CFT Drink Special Tumblers will be available for purchase during check-in.
FREE PNS AIRPORT SHUTTLE
CFT airport shuttles will get attendees to and from PNS on Monday between 11am-6pm, and Friday beginning between 3am-4am.
The shuttle registration app is now live and can be accessed with the button in this section. Complete the arrival and departure forms.
Upon arrival registered attendees will locate a Dream Catcher Shuttle outside Baggage Claim 3 at Pensacola International Airport.
Attendees arriving after 6:00 pm, can meet at the Blue Angel Cockpit next to Baggage Claim One to ride share (Uber, Lyft) together out to the Hilton Pensacola Beach.
WHAT IS CFT FIRE SCHOOL ?
Chief John Norman, FDNY, will provide the opening keynote presentation at CFT Fire School.
Chief Norman will followup this opening with teachings on multiple days of the conference delivered from the Fire Officers Handbook of Tactics and Working with Giants.
The 2022 conference will feature two general session days in the Royal Palm Ballroom, and one day for attendees to choose classroom workshop or HOT session. HOT registration will occur with check-in on Monday February 7th, 2022.
The conference will provide attendees the opportunity to customize their learning experience. It will also facilitate those attending from the same area or agency the ability to return home with even more knowledge to share.
CFT FIRE SCHOOL 2022 INSTRUCTOR LINEUP
DAY 1 - SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
Working With Giants, John Norman Chief John Norman’s keynote to kick off CFT Fire School will encompass his newly released book entitled Working With Giants. This book and his keynote will bring his own remarkable story to life in this new highly anticipated memoir. But this is a story about all firefighters—the men and women who are absolutely the salt of the earth, whose sole mission is to protect the lives and property of their neighbors. Chief Normans’s book celebrates the lives of firefighters—a truly special group of people—and reintroduces them to the American public. More about Chief Norman Chief Norman is a veteran of over 40 years in the fire service, until his retirement in 2007, he served as Deputy Assistant Chief, Special Operations Command (SOC) for the New York City Fire Department. John served as the Search and Rescue Manager for the World Trade Center attack, and held a key role in rebuilding the department in the following years. Chief Norman’s distinguished career with the New York City Fire Department, combined with his training in highly regarded programs such as the Fire Officers Management Institute conducted by Columbia University, has made him an internationally sought-after figure throughout the fields of emergency incident response and management techniques. He has instructed at many venues during his career including the Counter Terrorism Training Program conducted jointly by the FDNY and the United States Military Academy (West Point), and the Fire Department Instructors Conference. John also serves as an expert witness on fire operational matters in both federal and state courts. John is the author of the best selling books, Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics, and its accompanying study guide, which are also available as an audio book and DVD series, as well as Fire Department Special Operations. All are available from Pennwell.
“The Hierarchy of Competence” – Why Some Are Leaders, and Some Fail , Corley Moore The hierarchy of Competence is a short class that digs past the question of are leaders born or made? It examines why some people are naturally effective leaders, who can build highly functioning groups and achieve excellent results. Then it contrasts and examines why some people with the best of intentions fall far short and constantly face challenges in their leadership journey. This presentation provides tools that can be implemented instantly to identify and remedy a person’s leadership shortcomings. Understanding the Hierarchy of Competence is key to unlocking not only your own personal growth, but also the ability to help others unlock theirs. If a person has the fortitude and willpower to implement what is learned in the class, using the tools and understanding of the Hierarchy of Competence will allow for people to reach their maximum potential in all walks of life. More about Chief Corley Moore Corley Moore is the founder of Firehouse Vigilance and it’s “Never Ending Fight Against Complacency”. Creator of the Vigilant Creed with members in 37 states and 5 Countries. Host of The Weekly Scrap, a podcast where fire service leaders discuss improving the culture of the modern fire service. Corley Moore has served twenty-three years on the Moore Fire Department where he currently holds the rank of Battalion Chief. He is in charge of the Green Shift, which is a motley collection of badasses that make him look good every day.
One Bad Day, Bassel Ibrahim This presentation, will discuss the many facets of RIT, from the stress response physiology, to the command aspect, down to the rescue itself. We will start by defining what a RIT is and discuss the difference between a proactive and reactive RIT; then dive into the key factors for success (Teamwork, Communication, Leadership and Pre-Planning). Once the basic concepts are established, we will address the actual RIT activation process in the following order: The Mayday, Size up, Access, Search, Troubleshooting, Air management, Victim Packaging, Extraction and Post Extraction Care. More about Lieutenant Bassel Ibrahim “Bassel Ibrahim is a 17-year student of the fire service, currently serving as the Company Officer of Engine 1 on the Orlando Fire Department, Bassel started his career in Volusia County, FL. Spent most of his time on Special Operations units (Orlando Heavy Rescue 1 & Tower 6, Volusia Squad 35 & 23) and was a member of FL Task Force 9 for 7 years. Bassel leads the Orlando FD new hire training and PT programs, the Orlando competition teams which won multiple RIT Challenges and teaches the USAR series at the state level. He recently wrote an article on RIT Operations for Fire Engineering published in September 2021.
Anatomy of a Rescue, The Update, Chief Shannon Stone and Chief DJ Stone
What is the recipe for success? That is the question the fire service has been asking itself for many years. Success is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” I contend that success for the business of fire and rescue is of utmost importance. People live and die by our ability to be successful.
Although we cannot always guarantee success, we should never give up on trying to better ourselves by chasing the definition of success and applying it to the job of being a firefighter. This is especially important concerning operating at emergencies. For every successful endeavor, there will always be ingredients; framework; or an anatomy, if you will, of that particular success.
More about Chief Shannon Stone and Chief DJ Stone
Chief DJ Stone has been in the emergency services for 20 years, 18 of them at the Fort Walton Beach (FL) Fire Department as an EMT firefighter. A second-generation firefighter, and currently a Battalion Chief.
Chief Shannon Stone is a 25+ year veteran of the fire service working his way through the ranks and is currently the Division Chief of Operations at the Midway Fire District in Santa Rosa County Florida. He previously served and retired as an operational battalion chief with the Fort Walton Beach City Fire Department, located in the panhandle of Florida.
Cultural Shift for 2022, Getting Civilian Fire Fatalities Below 2000 | Isakson Today’s fireground requires tactics that take today’s fire behavior, building construction, and response models into consideration. We must also use the UL studies, Firefighter Rescue Survey results, and civilian fire fatalities data to better deploy our local fire resources to meet life safety and property loss priorities. When smoke detectors fail, the fire service cannot fail. We are the last line of defense. This class will give attendees a possible approach to getting the annual civilian fire fatality numbers consistently below 2,000 a year. It shows how to use data to assist us in adjusting our fireground assignments in the first five to seven minutes to remove trapped occupants sooner while still using decades of proven fireground tactics that work. More about Curt Isakson Curt “Ike” Isakson is a 30+ year veteran of the fire service, with experience working in volunteer, career, and combination departments in urban, suburban, rural, and countywide settings. He is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue in Florida where he has worked for the last 21 years. Before his time with Escambia, Curt was a Company Officer with the Pensacola Fire Department assigned to Heavy Rescue 31 for 9 years. His fire service experience started at a young age as a Junior Firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain.
DAY 2 - SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
Essential Elements of Success | Rinewalt
The ability to be successful is not, and never will be, an individual effort. In this course, students explore the factors that make companies, stations, divisions, and organizations successful.
More about Chief Rinewalt
Howard Rinewalt is a 19 year member of the East Montgomery County, Texas Fire Department. He moved through each rank from Volunteer Firefighter to paid Fire Chief and served as Incident Command over a Unified Command Structure for Hurricane Harvey. All of Howard’s experience is in Rural and Suburban strategies and tactics.
Agressive Command | Davis This class will discuss how chief-level officers needs to be involved, how they must be equally trained, and the importance of leading aggressively for successful outcomes. Most of the problems on the fireground comes from lack of appropriate leadership and decision making. This class helps address these problems and discusses how decisions are made. More about Chief Davis Mo Davis is a District Chief with the City of Houston Fire Department, and has over 25 years of fire service experience. Chief Davis holds a Masters Degree, is a Master Firefighter, and is a Master Fire investigator.
Your Moment | Gordon This class is 100% about your MOMENT in time. From personal loss to professional gain, your response matters, as does your growth from these experiences. You will walk away more fully prepared for handling emergency incidents and personal life. This course covers tactics and strategies for the fire ground as well as daily operations. More about Chief Gordon Clyde Gordon is a District Chief with the City of Houston Fire Department. He has 36 year as a proven leader in the fire service and 30 years within the Houston Fire Department. Chief Gordon offers a unique blend of leadership, vision, and knowledge. He has a reputation for a strong work ethic, exceptional fire ground operations and management, and building uncompromising integrity and responsibility in a crew. Chief Gordon believes in continuous improvement of fire ground skills and operations through regular and consistent training. He is known for his teaching through honest and personal first-hand experience. Clyde spent over 10 years as an instructor with Lone Star College in Cypress, Texas.
Cruel Intentions | Romagus Cruel intentions – Fires are growing and extending faster in the modern age than they ever haven’t before. We must ensure that as a nozzleman we can think and act as an independent operator. This class is a deep dive into understanding the goals of the first engine due, how to operate independently on the nozzle, and attack the fire with cruel intentions. More about Chief Romagus Kyle Romagus is an 18 year veteran with East Montgomery County Fire Department, oversees the training division as a Battalion Chief and is in love with engine work. Kyle owns and operates smoothbore cartel, teaches engine operations for FD tactics, CF Tactics, Oathkeepers engine cadre and is also the admin of engine company resurrection. His main goal is to spread knowledge about Engine work to anyone that will listen and to leave the job better than he found it.
Battle Ready | Reilly Chief Reilly covers the mindset needed in the most difficult situations, lessons from the military and high-risk environments, incident phases, Cooper’s scale of mental awareness, and popular trends in the fire service. More about Chief Reilly Dennis Reilly is a Fire Chief with the City of Pittsburg, KS Fire Department. Chief Reilly has been involved with municipal fire protection for over forty years, with over twenty years as a Chief Officer. He is a dynamic self – starter who is very comfortable working in challenging and ambiguous situations. Chief Reilly work record shows a consistent ability to exceed what is expected of him. He is a solid team builder and a team member. Chief Reilly is also a US Army veteran who deployed as part of Operation Desert Storm. After retiring from the Cherry Hill Fire Department he spent three years as a private security contractor working in support of the US State Department in Iraq and Afghanistan. All of these experiences have refined his abilities to work in cultural diverse, multi – organizational environments.
DAY 3 - SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
HOT Tracks Require Full Turnout Gear, SCBA Provided If Needed.
HOT Selection at Check-In With Your Smart Device
HOT | Ray McCormack Engine Operations
During this HOT Session attendees will spend the day with Lt. Ray McCormack FDNY (Ret.) covering Engine Company Operations and Water 💦 Mapping.
Join Ray McCormack as we explore Fire attack, standpipe operations and extinguishment culture. Hands on training will include standpipe attack, alternative stretching from a pre-connected hose bed and static bed options.
HOT | Rural to Urban Fire Tactics | 8 Hours
During this track attendees will learn and practice fire attack skills, Survival/RIT, Can Confidence, and Vent Enter Search.
HOT | The CFT Fire School | 8-Hours | Isakson & Stone
Attendees will move through a number of skill teaching stations to include the following Can Confidence, Hose Bundles, Hose Loads & Deployment, Gustin Pack, Forcible Entry, Forcible Exit, Saws, Through The Lock, FAST Board.
Can Confidence, Eric Wheaton | Class Session, Hot Session in CFT Fire School
In this short class program attendees will gain a look into gaining can confidence for fire ground success. The 2 ½ gallon water extinguisher, the can, allows the search team to quickly place water between the fire and potential victims.
The water can is arguably the most underutilized tool in the fire service found on nearly every fire apparatus. Let’s start the lifesaving extinguishment process by applying what could be; the fire’s first interaction with water.
This class is designed to build confidence on one of the most often neglected tools found on nearly every fire apparatus the 2 1/2-gallon water extinguisher. The “Can”can be an extremely effective lifesaving tool by allowing a well-trained firefighter to quickly apply water between fire and victims. Attendees will learn proper filling and pressurization steps, how to build homemade carrying straps and other useful “Can” modifications. The class will also cover valuable skills on carrying and searching with the “Can,” and confining fire with it. Students will cycle through a “force an interior door off its hinges” prop and use this door to simulate holding back fire and smoke. The target audience for this class is firefighters and fire officers at any level with a
desire to increase their confidence and learn how to properly utilize the water can.
– Tactics utilized when searching with the water can
– Cover various types of water can modifications and carrying straps
– Proper filling and pressurization steps
– Force the interior door off the hinges prop
– Proper search techniques with a water can and other tools
– Understanding the importance of quickly placing water between the fire and
victims ahead of the hose line
– Understanding fire behavior to yield better outcomes with 2.5 gallons of
– When and how to split interior search crews to increase victim survival
– Communicating with and coordinating the first due Engine Company
– Confining fire with the water can and an interior hollow core door
More about Eric Wheaton
Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics, John Norman Chief Norman will cover portions of his book which offers lessons learned during his extensive and time-honored career. Chief Norman imparts wisdom and experience by offering advice informed by actual outcomes from the fireground. This fifth edition conveys valuable information gained over the past several years from scientific research relating to the tactics that we use to the changes that have taken place within our communities. Failure to recognize change and adapt to it places a fire department at a great disadvantage and can cost lives and property. More about Chief John Norman Chief Norman is a veteran of over 40 years in the fire service, until his retirement in 2007, he served as Deputy Assistant Chief, Special Operations Command (SOC) for the New York City Fire Department. John served as the Search and Rescue Manager for the World Trade Center attack, and held a key role in rebuilding the department in the following years. Chief Norman’s distinguished career with the New York City Fire Department, combined with his training in highly regarded programs such as the Fire Officers Management Institute conducted by Columbia University, has made him an internationally sought-after figure throughout the fields of emergency incident response and management techniques. He has instructed at many venues during his career including the Counter Terrorism Training Program conducted jointly by the FDNY and the United States Military Academy (West Point), and the Fire Department Instructors Conference. John also serves as an expert witness on fire operational matters in both federal and state courts. John is the author of the best selling books, Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics, and its accompanying study guide, which are also available as an audio book and DVD series, as well as Fire Department Special Operations. All are available from Pennwell.
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