Spokane Washington Area, Two Day Leadership & Tactics Seminar, Chief Curt Isakson, Fairchild Air Force Base

Cheney Firefighters Benevolent Fun is hosting a Firefighting Leadership and Tactics Seminar, February 18-19, 2023. Cheney Washington is located southwest of Spokane Washington and Fairchild Air Force Base near Eastern Washington University.

The seminar will feature multiple presentations by Chief Isakson during the two days of motivational and lecture based training.

Chief Isakson's Presentations

People Before Water

  • 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.
Methodology
  • Utilizing video of Real World Fires and Rescues from recent fires to show rapid water application combined with simultaneous search operations can provide great results.
  • Data from UL Fire Studies, Firefighter Rescue Survey, and Civilian Rescues in 2021 will be used to show factual information that assist with a greater chance of survival when Strategic & Tactical Deployment at residential fires takes the first seven minutes into consideration.
Learning Objectives
  • Understanding Today’s Fire Behavior and Growth
  • Understanding Today’s Building Construction combined with Today’s Fire Growth has greatly diminished the survival time of trapped occupants.
  • Yesterday’s proven tactics combined with an updated strategic deployment model could reduce civilian fire fatalities

In today’s fire service fires are burning hotter and reaching flashover conditions at a much quicker rate. This seminar will focus on exceeding fire flow needs and managing water during the initial hose-line advancement in an interior offensive attack. The lecture will provide a different approach in terms of water application in a “Gallons Per Second” perspective at this crucial stage in the firefight. Strategies will be presented to manage the booster tank supply until a sustainable water supply has been established. This class is extremely relevant for companies that commonly engage in fire suppression with booster tank water supply and deploy suburban fire tactics.

This very passionate and in your face presentation is about pushing to recapture the primary mission of the Fire Service. The very foundation of what has defined the fire service for decades is what built an undeniable trust from the public. We must push for a greater fire service that puts the lives of citizens first, which also means that property still counts. IT’S WORTH THE RISK is about more than just aggressive interior firefighting, it is also about standing strong against all odds to create a better and more effective fire service by putting yourself out there. Stay true to yourself, stay true to the mission, and stay true to the job. AGGRESSIVE does not mean UNSAFE. Political correctness and self serving attitudes are threatening the very fabric the holds this job to the highest of standards. Having a solid character, always doing the right thing, challenging the status quo, and of course continually training go a long way in making the firehouse and the fire service a better place. There is positive value in tradition, culture, and the core values that built the fire service. This means we can take acceptable risks, and make calculated tactical decisions based on your level of training, knowledge, and experience. You must understand that this is a tough and dangerous job that requires mental and physical toughness. More civilians are saved in one week than firefighters die inside structures in an entire year. IT’S WORTH THE RISK. We can and do make a positive impact in saving lives and property. Not all property is replaceable, and not everyone has insurance. With solid training the RISK is truly REDUCED to a manageable level. Bringing back realistic and practical live fire training is needed. Understanding that experience matters, and sometimes no matter how right we do this job, sometimes things can still go wrong. It’s always been said that you can never train too much for a job that can kill you. Those words are very poignant, yet the majority of firehouses have adopted a culture of training less and complaining more about those who do. Stop worrying about what others are saying, and let’s get back to the job of TAKING BACK OUR FIRE SERVICE. Get out of the recliner, get motivated, and make a difference. IT’S WORTH THE RISK.

The fire service continues to rely on water as our primary means of extinguishment. Even though we have made tremendous advances in apparatus, bunker gear, and thermal imaging technology, WATER is still the most widely used and the most effective extinguishing agent at the majority of structure fires.
With these advances, we must not forget the longtime mainstays of the fire service: 2½-inch hose combined with low pressure nozzles are still highly effective and needed to move/deliver water to its final destination … the burning solid fuels.
This presentation will examine how to maximize hydrant flows, booster tank efficiency, and final delivery through both 1¾-inch and 2½-inch hose. We will cover when to use large-diameter hose vs. 2½-inch or three-inch hose as your supply/feeder lines.
Learn the pros and cons of all size fire hose in relation to moving water and using all types of master stream devices; master stream tip size, flow, and variables; and defensive and offensive modes of attack for the best overall fire extinguishment possibilities.
These most efficient fire extinguishment possibilities can only be effective if you have a complete understanding of how to get WATER on the FIRE!

Water is EVERYTHING at a Working Fire!!

We need water to survive in Life and on the Fireground. Everything we do is secondary to Water On The Fire. Water maintains and CREATES SURVIVABLE SPACE! Tactics Put Out Fires through supporting Water Application to the BURNING SOLID FUELS. Understanding Fire Behavior and how to KILL IT through proper water deliver should be the TOP PRIORITY of all Firefighters. Historically in the past firefighters DIED doing Truck Work and were usually assigned to the Truck Company. Today more than ever before the Firefighters that Die during interior Fire Operations; Die on THE NOZZLE! Death on the Nozzle is more real than it’s ever been and we must wake up and put STRETCHING & FLOWING before playing on a DOOR PROP OR ROOF PROP. Yes those Tactics are Critical but secondary to Water Application. We must get WATER ON THE FIRE at every fire. We are not required to to force a door or cut a roof at every fire but guaranteed the fire needs water and enough of it to rapidly overcome the BTUs being produced. We need BIG APPLICATION and not prolonged duration of water application. We must also completely understand the BIG 3 of FIRE STREAM & Attack Package SELECTION!!
1. Desired Amount Residential“2.5 GPS/150 GPM” or Commercial “5 GPS/300 GPM”
2. Desired Reach “Stream Reach”
3. Desired Nozzle Reaction/Combat Mobility “Nozzle Reach”
The Fire Service must stop deciding their hose & nozzle package from parking lot evaluations and start doing the Gallons Per Second test to truly pick a package that proves to be successful on the interior of a building on Fire.

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Presenter Spotlight

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 Pensacola Florida where he has worked for the last 21 years.

Event Pricing

$ 175
00
Two Day Seminar Admission
  • This seminar is all about being at our best in all areas of the job.
  • The lectures are taught by an internationally known Professional Speaker, Motivator, Educator, and Fire Service Consultant
  • Chief Isakson will deliver a strong and much needed message.
  • Do not miss this great opportunity.
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EVENT VENUE

The two day seminar will be located at the Cheney High School, 460 North 6th Street Cheney, WA 99004. This location is only 11 miles from Fairchild Air Force Base, 11 miles from Spokane International Airport, and 16 miles from downtown Spokane Washington.

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