High Rise Operations Conference 2022 (HROC)

Our last annual High Rise Operations Conference (HROC) will be held December 6th-8th, 2022, at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Side Convention Center.

Attendees have the opportunity to hookup and flow water off the 17th floor of the Hilton Hotel.

After HROC ’22, CFT will continue to offer multiple day High Rise Firefighting Training built into one of our other conference offerings. These offerings will be limited to a total of 48 students.

HOT TRACK & COVID WAIVERS

ALL ATTENDEES must open the link on the confirmation page to sign the waivers in the RegFox system. If they are not completed, YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED. Once completed you can download your QR code.

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HROC '22 LECTURE & H.O.T.

HROC is The Only Annual High Rise Operations Fire Conference. Firefighters, Fire Officers, and Fire Chiefs will receive the latest tactics, trends, and lessons learned for operating at fires in both high-rise and standpipe-equipped buildings through our lecture and hands-on training tracks.

The lecture events will take place Tuesday and Wednesday in-person at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Side Convention Center in the Royal Palm Ballroom. The H.O.T. Tracks and Workshops will take place Thursday at the Hilton and other nearby properties.

The speaker and instructor line up is filled with highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors from all across the country sharing national and regional methods.

They even bring their personal cadres from all over the country who love the job and share a passion for making our profession as safe as possible while being as aggressive as possible.

The training cadre’s at HROC have have years of credible, vetted, and trusted fire duty experience they will share with you over your three days and nights on Pensacola Beach.

This diverse group of fire service leaders will prepare you to accomplish fireground tactical priorities and deliver significant amounts of water on the fire in these challenging occupancies.

Nearly 50% of all high rises in existence today are not equipped with fire protection sprinklers systems and the other 50% experience documented incidents of suppression system failure, ineffectiveness, or both.

HROC '22 INSTRUCTORS

DAY 1 - SESSIONS

Fire Service Cornerstones of Success: Training & Teamwork | Leeb

Chief Leeb's Keynote address will focus on playing to win and how training is pivotal no matter the time on the job, or your role.

The Bronx Twin Park Fire: Strategic and Tactical Considerations for Large Scale Incidents
| Leeb

Using the leadership lessons learned and reinforced at the January 2022 Twin Park Fire in the Bronx, NY, this presentation will focus on strategies and tactics employed and those to consider when responding to large-scale incidents. The Twin Parks fire resulted in more than 70 victims and required the adaptation of FDNY standard strategies and tactics, which resulted in many lives saved.

The speaker was the command chief for this fire and arrived on scene quickly at this escalating incident and assisted the initial incident commander. His first-hand knowledge will equip attendees with the strategic and tactical considerations necessary to stay ahead of a quickly expanding and evolving incident. Every town in America has the potential of a large-scale incident that can produce multiple victims and quickly overwhelm and outstrip responding resources. Are you prepared?

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.

Instructor Bio

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.

DAY 2 - SESSIONS

To Be Announced | Isakson

 

Engine Operations at High Rise Fires | 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 Operations at High Rise Fires | 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.

Operations on the Fire Floor  | Robert Morris & Rex 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.

DAY 3 - H.O.T. & WORKSHOP

All HOT Tracks Require Full Turnout Gear, Some Require SCBA.

HOT | Suburban High Rise

This HOT Session will be led by Bill Gustin, Clark Lamping, and Team. Rally point and time will be announced Wednesday afternoon or sooner.

HOT | Urban High Rise This HOT Session will be led by Dave McGrail and Team. Rally point and time will be announced Wednesday afternoon or sooner.

HOT | FDNY Tactics This HOT Session will be led by Mike Ciampo, Liam Flaherty, Ray McCormack, Bob Morris, and Rex Morris. Rally point and time will be announced Wednesday afternoon or sooner.

HOT | FDTN: RIT & Survival

Meeting Time & Location to be announced Wednesday afternoon or sooner.

CLASS | Fireground Operations in Tall Buildings

Captain Gustin will cover Fireground Operations in Mid Rise to High Rise Buildings From the Firefighter's Seat to the Command Seat

CLASS | Water On The Fire | Brush - Isakson - LeGear

This full day non gear track at HROC 2022 will take you from municipal water to the fire stream with a detailed review of standards, systems, and attack package specs. To ensure you are fired up to go back to your organization and make necessary changes to improve capabilities and services Chief Isakson will close it out with his People Before Water presentation.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL TODAY

The Hilton Pensacola Beach is the venue and host hotel for the High Rise Operations Conference (HROC).The Holiday Inn Resort is next door to the east and the Hampton Inn to the west.

New 10/28/2022 … Rooms now available at Spring Hill Suites by Marriott on Pensacola Beach across from the infamous Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub.

The Surf & Sand Resort is across from the Pensacola Beach Pier, only a short walk away. All of these locations offer discounted rooms and no cost for parking.

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DISCOUNTS, NETWORKING, SOCIAL ACTIVITIES & MORE

  • Nightly social activities to connect with instructors, and like-minded people.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner discounts.
  • Beverage discounts with the CFT Tumbler
  • Reduced room rates at two Hilton brand properties.
  • Experience the passion of Chief Isakson and his team of CFT Presenters.
  • Receive up to date information on tactics, strategy, and leadership.
  • Learn from instructors who are shaping the future of our profession.
  • Learning for all ranks from Firefighter, to Line Boss, to the Chief.
  • Location … Location… Location…
  • The ability to network with brothers and sisters from across the country.
  • Investment of time in yourself and your department.
  • Interaction with instructors where you can ask questions you need answered.
  • Our events are organized and students treated like family, not dollar signs.
  • Family friendly, so they know why you have your passion.

FREE PNS AIRPORT SHUTTLE

County Fire Tactics sponsored airport shuttles will get attendees to and from the Pensacola Airport (PNS) on Monday, and Friday only.

  • Monday, 12/5/2022, arrivals will locate a Dream Catcher Shuttle outside Baggage Claim 3 at Pensacola International Airport.
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  • Friday, 12/9/2022, departures will locate a Dream Catcher Shuttle outside the Hilton Hotel lobby.
  • Shuttle registration will open approximately one week before the conference, registration required.

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