WOFC 2022, Speakers, HOT Sessions, Airport Shuttle, Beach Gear & More !!!

County Fire Tactics (CFT)  is ready to welcome over 700 attendees and spouses to Pensacola Beach Florida next week for our largest Water on The Fire Conference (WOFC), August 23rd-25th, 2022.

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The week of learning will focus primarily on Engine Company Operations. But since a coordinated effort between the Engine and the Truck is essential as evidenced through the UL Fire Safety Research Institute studies.

We have included a two lecture and two HOT sessions on Truck Company Operations and how they also aid in putting out fires. Even if your agency doesn’t have a Truck, there are still truck functions that need to be performed.

Scroll below for a comprehensive list of the educational opportunities you are about to immerse yourself into in only a few days.

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DAY 1 & DAY 2 CLASS SESSIONS

We Are The Lucky Ones, People Before Water | Curt Isakson
🗓️ Tuesday, August 23, 2022
📍Royal Palm Ballroom
🕗 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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  • Today’s fireground requires tactics that consider today’s fire behavior, building construction, and response models. 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.
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  • 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.

Seconds Count: Fireground Search and Rescue | Keith Stakes
🗓️ Tuesday, August 23, 2022
📍Royal Palm Ballroom
🕥 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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  • Over the past ten years, firefighting research into single-family dwelling fires has focused primarily on ventilation and suppression tactics. Our exploratory look into victim survivability during the first suppression study was eye-opening for researchers and the fire service alike.
  • But questions have still remained. UL’s FSRI has just completed a full three year study dedicated to fireground size-up, victim survivability, and search and rescue operations. Upon arrival, what is the structure and fire presentation telling us?
  • Where do we begin our search relative to the location of the fire? Is it best to conduct a door or window-initiated search? If we find a victim, what’s next? Is it best to remove them through the structure, isolate and shelter them in place, or isolate and find a new means of egress?
  • This presentation will provide an opportunity for UL FSRI to present the highlights and real-world application of the research.

Line Boss | Ray McCormack
🗓️ Tuesday, August 23, 2022
📍Royal Palm Ballroom
🕑 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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  • Engine officers make life and death decisions regarding fire attack every day. To make those quick decisions correctly requires knowledge and attention to detail.
  • LineBoss is the engine officer who keeps their focus, enjoys discovery, looks for innovation, and does the training and research while maintaining crew satisfaction and safety. Learn how to become and enjoy being a LineBoss.

Line Boss | Ray McCormack
🗓️ Tuesday, August 23, 2022
📍Emerald Coast Room
🕑 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
🎙️ View Instructor Bio (Coming Soon)
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  • Firefighter Matt Sleet experienced and survived a Mayday event on Fathers Day 2022. Join Matt and others when he shares his insight on fireground safety, survival, and how to call the MAYDAY.

Engine Company Tactical Traps | Steve Robertson
🗓️ Wednesday, August 24, 2022
📍Royal Palm Ballroom
🕣 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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  • We have all been there, the fire that goes sideways; we struggle to get it back on track. When tactical mistakes happen early in a fire, things tend to continue down that path. These fires happen all too often, yet we fail to address the real issue, bad tactical decisions. Tactical traps are all over the place on fire scenes and often overlooked.
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  • This class will discuss several common ones, from discount auto part stores, dollar stores, and all type 2 construction buildings. These types of the building offer several of the same tactical traps. A few that we will discuss are fortified rear doors, partition walls, heavy fire loads. Also covered will be gaining access to balloon frame void fires and cockloft and attic fires. Basement fires to electric cars, hoarders conditions to vertical stretches.
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  • Your initial tactical considerations will dictate the outcome of the fire. None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes on every fire; it's not that we make mistakes. It's how we recover from those mistakes. Unfortunately, no one on the fire ground is coming behind you to fix your problem. The class is 33 years of experience riding an engine company and 21 from the right front seat. Experience matters! We only get one chance to set the tone for the entire fire.

 

Trucks Do Put Out Fires | Mike Ciampo
🗓️ Wednesday, August 24, 2022
📍Royal Palm Ballroom
🕚 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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  • Truck Companies aren't often known for putting out the fire, but when the fire load exceeds our handlines, we often turn to the truck's master stream. This lecture will discuss the placement of the streams and offer tactics and tips on aggressive truck work and master stream efficiency.

The 9Ls Impacting the Culture | Corley Moore
🗓️ Wednesday, August 24, 2022
📍Emerald Coast Room
🕣 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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  • The class's mission is to give people the tools they need to build a high-performance culture within their organization. The presentation is broken down into nine leadership principles, all of which start with the letter "L." Learn, Listen, Love, Look, Laugh, Level, Live, Labor, Last.
  • The ultimate point of the class is to provide them with the single greatest tool that I can give someone in a leadership role, and that is a lens by which you can judge every decision around the firehouse... before you make it.

Cruel Intentions | Kyle Romagus
🗓️ Wednesday, August 24, 2022
📍Royal Palm Ballroom
🕑 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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  • Fires are growing and extending faster in the modern age than they ever haven’t before. We must ensure that as nozzleman, we can think and act as an independent operators. This class is a deep dive into understanding the goals of the first due engine, how to operate independently on the nozzle, and attack the fire with cruel intentions.

Can Confidence | Eric Wheaton
🗓️ Wednesday, August 24, 2022
📍 Emerald Coast Room
🕑 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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A look into gaining Can Confidence for fire ground success. The 2 ½ gallon pressurized water extinguisher, better known as the Can, allows the search team to place water between fire and potential victims quickly.

The purpose of this class is to spread knowledge regarding the tactical effectiveness of the 2 ½ gallon pressurized water extinguisher as a first in fire tool that reduces fire spread and enhances the search safety for occupants and firefighters. The presentation reviews, in detail, how to effectively use the Can and how it supports search and fire confinement.

Attendees will learn how to safely utilize the Water Can and incorporate it into their department operations. The Can Confidence presentation is extremely interactive and encourages student engagement. Let’s start the lifesaving extinguishment process by applying what could be the fire’s first interaction with water.

DAY 1 - SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

High-Rise Fire Ops: It’s All About the Process | McGrail

Chief McGrail will utilize his 40-years of fire service experience, from nozzleman to incident commander to outline and explain some of the critical components necessary to successfully combat a high-rise fire, while managing the risk to firefighters.  

The central theme of Chief McGrail’s training program is a proper fire fighting mindset, emphasizing the need to continually fight the deadly disease of complacency.  This is achieved through the daily process of building good operational habits.  

A discussion of engine company operations, with an emphasis on “proper weapon selection” will highlight the critical tools necessary for successful standpipe operations along with the fundamental techniques and procedures to make these operations extremely user friendly.  Chief McGrail will also address some of the essential truck company (support) functions, with an emphasis on RECON and Door Control.  

The choreography of the entire operation rests with the incident commander and a solid command structure to achieve overall command and control.  Chief McGrail will provide a recipe for success outlining the essential areas of command and control utilizing the incident command system (ICS) / national incident management system (NIMS).  

This seminar will provide some of the essential components necessary to achieve success at high-rise operations.  Attendees of this training program will leave armed with vital information, and become re-energized to accomplish our most important mission, fire suppression, in our most complicated fire environment, the high-rise building.

Standpipe for Engine Officers | McCormack

This class lays out the basics for a successful fire attack operation from a standpipe. Using the method I taught to thousands of firefighters, you will learn how to get your line into operation quickly and effectively.

More about Ray McCormack

Ray McCormack recently retired as a Lieutenant after 38 years. He holds a BA from the New York Institute of Technology. He was the chair and lead author for FDNYs new Engine Company Operations Manual.

He developed and taught Back to Basics Standpipe for all FDNY firefighters. He was the co-founder and editor of Urban Firefighter magazine. He sits on the FDIC advisory board and FireEngineering editorial board.

He was a panel member for two consecutive Underwriters Laboratories (UL) studies. Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior & Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival Study and Study of Coordinated Fire Attack Utilizing Acquired Structures. He lectures on Engine and Ladder Company Operations, Leadership and Improving Extinguishment Culture.

Truck Company Issues at Hi-Rise Multiple Dwellings | Ciampo

This lecture will go over issues and tactical problems truck companies will face at compactor, electrical, wind-driven and vehicle fires inside hi-rise multiple dwellings. The lecture will point out some tactical tips and procedures from actual fire scenes encountered from the hi-rise capital of the world.

More about Mike Ciampo

Michael Ciampo joined the fire service in 1979 as a volunteer and began his professional career in 1985, he is a lieutenant in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Previously, he served with the District of Columbia Fire Department and Wyckoff, NJ VFD. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY.

He is the lead instructor for the FDIC Truck Essentials H.O.T. program and teaches at numerous seminars around the country.. He wrote the Ladder chapter and co-authored the Ventilation chapter for Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II. He has a monthly column on the back page of Fire Engineering magazine, ON FIRE.

Mike is also featured in Fire Engineering's popular video series “Training Minutes” truck company videos. His video Bread & Butter Portable Ladders DVD is available from Fire Engineering Books & Video's.

A Pragmatic Approach to Standpipe Hand-line Attack Package Design | LeGear

This presentation will take a brief Look at these Considerations. Standpipe Jurisdictional Infrastructure Survey Pre & Post 1993 - What to Look For. Building Types Commercial vs Residential. Compartment Dynamics from Hose Size, Kink Radius, Needed Fire Flow, Impacts to Staffing Models. The Solutions Single Diameter and Hybrid Diameter Hose and Nozzle Standpipe Systems.

More about Dennis LeGear

Dennis is a retired Captain of the Oakland, CA Fire Department. During his career Dennis was an integral part of the team that implemented a new engine configuration for Oakland Fire Department as the water supply officer.

After his retirement he continued to pursue this role but as a consultant for other fire departments. Dennis has provided technical advice to some of the largest fire agencies in the nation including, Portland, Seattle, Boston and the City of New York. Dennis consulted with water municipalities assisting in the development of emergency response plans for a variety of water infrastructure problems related to seismic events and other disasters.

Dennis also has played a key role for the fire service on a national level participating in UL studies on fire streams, providing technical knowledge for Pennwell publications and NFPA standards.

Standpipe Valves 101 | Robinson & Plotkin

More about Steve Robertson

Steve has been in the fire service for 33 years, the last 29 of which has been with the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire. Steve currently serves as the Lieutenant on Engine Company 18 in the South Linden neighborhood of Columbus. Steve has been a classroom instructor at FDIC for the past several years teaching engine company operations.

Additionally, Steve is the lead instructor of the FDIC HOT program Stretching For Success. Steve is an instructor for County Fire Tactics and has taught engine company tactics nationally. He has also instructed at the High Rise Operations Conference and Command Officers Bootcamp, Water on the Fire conference all in Pensacola Beach, Florida. For the past 26 years Steve has also been a state certified Fire Safety instructor. He is also a past member of the State of Ohio Fire Training Committee.

More about Andy Plofkin

Andy is the National Sales Manager for the SafeFleet Fire and EMS division responsible for distribution in the US. He manages a team of 10 regional sales managers across the country and participates as an instructor at multiple fire colleges and training events across the country.

He has worked in the fire industry over 35 years in various positions for OEMs and a dealership in the Midwest as VP of Sales. His knowledge of distribution, apparatus and hydraulics brings value to all the customers he works with. He is a 39 year veteran of the fire service and has served on departments in Connecticut and Indiana. He is currently a member of the Greenville Fire Protection District in Illinois.

DAY 2 - SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Standpipe Firefighting Tactics & Strategy | Gustin

This classroom session will examine why tactics for stretching and advancing hose lines from standpipes is often the best way to facilitate the strategy of protecting the occupant's lives. It will examine conditions taking harm away from occupants by rapidly controlling a fire and protecting them in place can be more effective than taking occupants away from harm by evacuation.

Those attending will learn why in order to control a fire in a high rise building firefighters must gain control of its systems; sprinkler, standpipe, HVAC, smoke management/control and elevators. The program will examine differences in residential and commercial high rise building design and construction and why the lack of compartmentation in commercial high rise buildings may require operation of portable master stream devices connected to standpipes.

Similarly, it will examine how to operate more than one hose line from a standpipe. Those attending will also learn how to operate from dry standpipes, manual wet standpipes, and conditions when it is better to stretch hose directly from apparatus rather than from a standpipe.

More about Bill Gustin

Captain Bill Gustin is a 49-year veteran of the Fire Service. He began his career in 1973 as a volunteer firefighter in the Chicago area. He is a third generation firefighter; his Dad and Grandfather were officers on the Chicago Fire Department. He began his career with the Miami-Dade Fire/Rescue Dept. in 1978, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1983 and to Captain in 1986. Captain Gustin instructs firefighter recruits and newly-promoted fire officers as a lead instructor in Miami-Dade’s Officer Development Program. He has taught fire science classes, industrial fire safety and shipboard firefighting for Miami-Dade College. He also conducts training programs for firefighters throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, Captain Gustin has taught forcible entry techniques to local and federal law enforcement agencies. He is a contributing editor and a technical editor for Fire Engineering Magazine and an advisory board member for the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference.

Captain Gustin has worked as an instructor and advisor for the U.S. Agency For International Development and has conducted training programs for fire brigades in several Caribbean countries. He was also a member of Miami-Dade’s international Disaster Response Team and participated in the rescue of people trapped in collapsed buildings resulting from earthquakes in the former Soviet Union in 1988 and in the Philippines in 1990. He was also a member of the FEMA working group that established the organization and standards for Urban Search and Rescue Teams that respond to domestic and international disasters. Captain Gustin was named Florida’s firefighter of the year in 1990 for rescuing a women and her child who were trapped between a fire and iron burglar bars on the windows and doors of their home.

The 8 Initial Assignments Necessary to Conduct A Highrise Firefight | Lamping

This class will explore the 8 initial assignments that need to be made to conduct a fire attack in large, complicated high rise buildings.  The assignments are Fire Attack, Lobby, Above the Fire, Staging, RIT, Fire Control Room, and Base.  We will discuss the order of the assignments, how many personnel are necessary at each position,  where the firemen should enter the building and stage, expectations of each assignment, and pitfalls that could potentially occur.   This class was developed around the Southern Nevada Fire Operations Guide and the 17 years experience I have working on Las Vegas Boulevard.

More About Clark Lamping

A 21-year veteran of the Clark County (NV) Fire Department, where he has been a captain for 10 years and is on the technical rescue team. He is assigned to Firehouse 11 and is a rescue specialist for NV-TF1. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in crisis and emergency management.

Operations on the Fire Floor:  Forcible Entry-Search- Vent and Hallway Management | Morris

More about Robert Morris

Morris retired from the FDNY after 40 years in the department, and completed his career as the Captain of Rescue 1 in Manhattan. He is currently employed as an Assistant Fire Chief with the Stamford Connecticut Fire Department, about 35 miles east of NYC.

The Engine Officer and the Standpipe Fire; Size Up, Recon and Mindset | Tollund

The Engine Officer and the Standpipe Fire; Size Up, Recon and Mindset goes deep into the rolls and responsibilities of the Engine Company officer going to work at a fire in a standpipe equipped building. Focusing on the pre incident duties of pre-planning, training and preparation we work up to the incident Size Up.

This is rapidly followed up by the Recon and the dynamic nature of the fire environment and stretching from the cabinet on the floor below. Lastly, we dive into the Mindset necessary to create a high performance Engine Company that is ready for the complexities and challenges of today’s ever changing world, the fire environment and specifically, fires in standpipe equipped buildings.

More about Eric Tollund

Eric Tollund is a 25 year veteran of the fire service. He began as a volunteer in Durango, Colorado and now serves with the Denver Fire Department as Captain of Engine Co. 23 He has a passion for engine company operations, specifically fires in high rise and standpipe buildings and has instructed nationally on this subject.

DAY 3 - CLASS & HOT SESSIONS

Hot Requires Bunker Gear, or Pants, Work Boots, Knee Pads, & Gloves. NO SCBA NEEDED

Hydrants to Nozzles, Dennis LeGear

Hydrants to Nozzles takes a comprehensive look at engine layout, equipment spec (pumps/hose/nozzles) hydraulics, and its direct impact on strategies and tactics on the fire ground.

Hydrants to Nozzles takes a comprehensive look at engine layout, equipment spec (pumps/hose/nozzles) hydraulics, and its direct impact on strategies and tactics on the fire ground.

Students of all ranks will build a strong foundation for success and be better prepared to make strategic and tactical decisions on the fire ground with a realistic working look at gold standard movement of water from the Hydrant to the Nozzle.

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.

Box Alarm Lecture & Demo, Chief Curt Isakson

Curt Isakson will present the Box alarm 🚨 lecture & demonstration Thursday August 25th at the Pensacola Beach Hilton. This class will cover Engine, Truck, & Chief Operations at building fires. This program is very interactive and one step out of the classroom. Attendees will get a high energy lecture in a classroom that has all the props necessary to demonstrate beyond the PowerPoint.

Curt will actually show the attendees tactical nuggets, allow them to get involved and take them on an educational tour explaining what it takes to be good on the Fireground. This is a one of a kind program never offered before.

This is the cliff notes 📝 from 30 plus years of studying Fireground tactic’s that will save lives and reduce property damage. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT.

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'22-'23 CONFERENCES

WATER ON THE FIRE CONFERENCE 2022
AUGUST 23 - 25, 2022
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HIGH RISE OPERATIONS CONFERENCE 2022
DECEMBER 6 - 8, 2022
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THE FIRE CONFERENCE 2023
JANUARY 30, - FEBRUARY 3, 2023
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COMMAND OFFICER BOOT CAMP 2023
MAY 16 - 18, 2023
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URBAN TO SUBURBAN FIRE CONFERENCE 2023
AUGUST 22 - 24, 2023
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BEYOND MINIMUM STANDARDS CONFERENCE 2023
DECEMBER 5 -7, 2023
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CFT GATORS FIRE SEMINAR
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 15-16, 2022
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HEAVY RESCUE CONFERENCE 2022
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
SEPTEMBER 19-21, 2022
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FIREHOUSE EXPO 2022
COLUMBUS, OHIO
SEPTEMBER 26-30, 2022
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JANUARY 14, 2023
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