The Fire Conference 2023 CF Tactics Pensacola Beach Florida

The Fire Conference 2023 is scheduled for Jan 30th – Feb 3rd, 2023 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Side Convention Center with over 1000’s Firefighters occupying Pensacola Beach.

The Fire Conference combines all of CFT’s past programs (ODP, CFT Fire School, COBC, WOFC & HROC) all into one five day training event. Lecture sessions and Hands-on Training will occur throughout the week. 

THE FIRE CONFERENCE 2023 REGISTRATION

THE FIRE CONFERENCE 2023 LECTURE & HOT SESSIONS

The event will take place in Royal Palm Ball Room, and additional meeting rooms throughout the Hilton Pensacola Beach. Parts of this conference program remain in a development phase.

CFT’s intent is to offer a program that is all inclusive with aspects of our past annual five conference offerings. There is no doubt, there will be programs for the newest firefighter to the fire chief.

Attendees always leave CFT conference events with knowledge, skills, and abilities they can apply at their individual fire department based on their own unique setting and staffing.

THE FIRE CONFERENCE 2023 INSTRUCTOR LINEUP

DAY 1 - SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

The Risk in Training, Tim Klett

Tim Klett is a 30-year veteran of the fire service and recently retired from his position as a Lieutenant with FDNY serving on 88 Engine, located in the 7th Division in the Bronx. As an FDNY firefighter, Tim spent 12 years on 69 Engine, one of the FDNY’s busiest Engines located in Harlem, prior to his promotion.

Tim developed the Engine Company Operations course for the Fire Department Training Network and serves as the lead engine instructor at the FDTN Academy. In addition to being a frequent contributor to FDTN’s Fire Training, Tim has written many articles for Fire Engineering, Firehouse, Firehouse.com, the New York State Fire Chief’s Association Size-Up.

Tim is also the author of Stretching and Operating the First Line and the upcoming Standpipe Operations for Engine Companies, both part of FDTN’s FireNotes series of training manuals.


The Brass Tacks and Harder Facts, Jerry Herbst & Chris Martin

A deep dive into the gamut that is the engine company discipline specifically heightening awareness to the various types of equipment that create fire streams.The student will gain a comfort level to go back to their own department and evaluate and test their own fire flow system.

More about Chris Martin

Chris has been in the fire service for 20 years and is a certified Indiana State Fire Instructor II/III. He worked as a student firefighter at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, majoring in Marketing. He holds the rank as Engineer and serves as a Field Training Officer with the Clay Fire Territory in South Bend, Indiana where he has worked positions from firefighter up to Captain.

Chris has worked for Elkhart Brass since 2000, functioning in Regional Sales Manager positions both domestically and internationally. Currently he is the Municipal Product Manager. In this role he focuses exclusively on new product development, technical training, and extensive interaction with end users and distribution to ensure that the voice of the customer is heard and understood.


More about Jerry Herbst

Jerry is a 37 year veteran of the Fire Service and is a New York State certified Training Officer. With over 25 years on the line Jerry has served in all rank positions including 6 years as Chief of Department in his local volunteer FD and ten years as a paid Deputy Chief Coordinator at the County Level.

He is still an active Firefighter and Apparatus Operator. He has been with Elkhart Brass since 2006 serving as a Regional Manager, National Account Manager and Strategic Development Manager for Municipal Markets.


The Exponential Engine: From Theory to Application, Brian Brush This class presents a comprehensive, yet simple, approach to planning for the first-arriving engine fire attack when faced with exponential fire growth, limited staffing, or rapidly changing fire conditions.

All departments should evaluate their fire stream systems from the source to the nozzle.The foundation of this concept consists of our three most common tools: the 1.75'-inch attack line, the 2.50'-inch attack line, and the deck gun.


More about Brian Brush

BRIAN BRUSH, a 20-year veteran of the fire service, is a Training Division Chief at Midwest City (OK) Fire Department.

He has a bachelor’s degree in fire and emergency services administration and a Fire Officer designation from the CPSE. He instructs on a national level and writes for Fire Engineering.


Trucks Do Put Out Fires, Mike Ciampo

Although the truck is second fiddle when it comes to extinguishing fire when we switch over to master streams they’ll play a pivotal part of extinguishment.When we switch over, firefighters must realize we are trying to limit our exterior streams so we can get back inside to extinguish the pockets of fire that still exist.

This lecture will also cover trucks duties from using the can to delivery of water to the truck and then from the aerial or bucket of a tower ladder into a structure. At the end of this lecture the students will understand the trucks put out fires too.


More about Mike Ciampo LT. 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. 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 (Fire Engineering, 2009) and is featured in “Training Minutes” truck company videos on http://www.FireEngineering.com. His video Bread & Butter Portable Ladders DVD is available from Pennwell. His monthly column ON FIRE is on the back page of FIRE ENGINEERING.


The First Line in Hoarder Occupancies, Tim Klett

Fires in Hoarder houses can present a multitude of problems on the fire ground, from access and egress, water application to the searches for possible victims. This lecture will discuss the common, and more over the uncommon signs indicating the possible presence of hoarding conditions.

It will cover the initial operations such as when encountering the 3 main types of conditions we can expect to find and also how to manage each condition individually. This lecture will also list some of the serious dangers these fires represent to firefighters operating in and around areas with hoarding conditions, and how to effectively do our jobs while safely evaluating each problem.

We will also cover the information chain, which is critical for the incident commander to constantly monitor the progress or lack of, there-by requiring an immediate change in tactics.

More about Tim Keltt

Tim Klett is a 30-year veteran of the fire service and recently retired from his position as a Lieutenant with FDNY serving on 88 Engine, located in the 7th Division in the Bronx. As an FDNY firefighter, Tim spent 12 years on 69 Engine, one of the FDNY’s busiest Engines located in Harlem, prior to his promotion.

Tim developed the Engine Company Operations course for the Fire Department Training Network and serves as the lead engine instructor at the FDTN Academy. In addition to being a frequent contributor to FDTN’s Fire Training, Tim has written many articles for Fire Engineering, Firehouse, Firehouse.com, the New York State Fire Chief’s Association Size-Up.

Tim is also the author of Stretching and Operating the First Line and the upcoming Standpipe Operations for Engine Companies, both part of FDTN’s FireNotes series of training manuals.


DAY 2 - SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Firefighting Is An Inside Job, 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.

Coordinated Fire Attack, Keith Stakes & Ray McCormack

Over the past ten years, firefighting research into single family dwelling fires has focused primary on ventilation and suppression, independent from one another. With a solid understanding of horizontal, vertical, and positive pressure ventilation alongside both interior and exterior water application, it has come time to put the pieces together.

How do we begin to define coordination on the fireground? What makes for an effective fire attack? The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute has just completed a study looking at the coordination of ventilation and suppression on the fireground.

The science from the lab was taken to the streets as experiments were conducted in acquired single family dwellings, garden style apartments, and a commercial strip mall. This study, much like all of our other studies, is guided by a technical panel of firefighters from across the country.

This presentation will provide an opportunity for UL FSRI to present the highlights and real world application of the research.

More about Keith Stakes

Keith Stakes is a member of the Underwriters Laboratories – Fire Safety Research Institute. As a Fire Protection Engineer, he studies the effectiveness of fire service tactics as well as advances in firefighter safety and fireground operations. He has both a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a Masters of Engineering Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Keith has over 15 years of fire service experience as a firefighter with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Bethesda, Maryland where he currently holds the rank of Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief.

Keith continues to serve on the NFPA Technical Committee for Fire Service Training and the Editorial Advisory Board for FireRescue1 and Fire Chief magazine.

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.

A Culture Preconnected is Slowing the Advance, Daryl Liggins

There is no greater impact a fire department can have on the outcome of a fire than a well placed and properly operating initial attack handline.  The stretch needs to be rapid, simple and appropriately staffed.  The equipment needs to be user friendly, easy to use, reliable and durable. 

We have many of the answers to what equipment in the industry meets these needs however, those of us attempting to make changes back home meet many roadblocks.  In this presentation I will walk you through the experiences I have had implementing changes and how culture, pride, history and status quo bias can slow the advance.


More about Daryl Liggins

Daryl Liggins is a 29 year veteran of the fire service.  He is currently assigned as the Captain of Training for the Oakland, CA fire department.  He previously served as a firefighter/engineer with the Redwood City, CA Fire Department.  He instructs engine company operations for the Oakland fire departments fire academies and is the chair of Oakland fire departments hose and nozzle committee.

  He currently sits on the board of directors for Fire Nuggets which is a non-profit group run by firefighter to bring affordable training across the US.  He has served as an adjunct HOT instructor for FDIC, Firehouse world and several other conferences.

Push/Pull Communications, Jay Blake

Fireground communications can be chaotic, and a lack of information can lead to injuries or a LODD. This presentation will provide good information that crews should push to command and what information can wait until command pulls it from crews. The first due engine officer must push good information to those responding, to set the incident up for success.

More about Jay Blake

Jay is currently assigned as a Battalion Chief and back up PIO for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service in Maryland.

Engine Company Operations During Civil Unrest, Jon Hall

The threat of civil unrest is ever present in our modern society. These events often result from elections sporting events trials perceived injustices or use of force cases. The ensuing fire duty can rapidly tax available resources and present unheard of challenges to responding firefighters.

As a result engine companies must adjust their mindsets, strategies and tactics to safely and effectively respond to these incidents. Attendees will examine security issues, building construction and occupancy features, attack line considerations, water supplies and the effectiveness of past responses.

More about Jon Hall

Jon has more than 19 years of fire service experience. He currently is a captain with the St. Paul, MN, Fire Department assigned to Engine Company 14. Hall also serves as a lead instructor in the department's Training Division; he teaches hands-on skills to members of all ranks.

Hall is the co-owner of Make The Move Training LLC and teaches engine company operations throughout the country.

DAY 3 - SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

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

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.


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.


CLASS | Command & Control Mid & High Rise Fires

HOT | ULFSRI Hallway | Stakes & Alt

In this class we will take a practical look at where our water goes, and how our choice of stream and advancement pattern affect our environment.  Where does our water go?  It’s rare that we actually get to see what our water does when it hits a surface during a fire.  Conditions are typically too obstructed by smoke or other things to get a good picture of what our water is doing when it leaves our nozzle. 

Does it create a sprinkler and fan out in hundreds of little droplets?  A lot of us were taught that if we find ourselves in a bad spot, to put our heads down with the nozzle pointing straight up at the ceiling and keep it open until the situation gets better.  Is that really the best way? 
In this class we will help answer those questions and more.  The next piece in your fire attack is your advance.  We have all heard many different debates on whether or not you can push fire…can you? 

Can you as a nozzle operator push heat and smoke with your nozzle?  If you could, are there times when you shouldn’t?  In this class we will go over if and how you can move air with your nozzle, also talking about times it can be beneficial, and when it might not be.  The purpose of this class is to give you the practical knowledge gained by research, to help you be more effective with the nozzle and have a better awareness of your actions at your next fire.  This class truly takes science to the streets.

HOT | Suburban High Rise

HOT | Urban High Rise

HOT | FDNY Engine Operations

HOT | FDNY Truck Operations

HOT | FDTN: RIT & Survival

HOT | Back to the Basics

DAY 4 - SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

DAY 5 - SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

BOOK YOUR HOTEL TODAY

Hilton Pensacola Beach is the venue and host hotel for the CFT’s The Fire Conference 2023. The neighboring Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach shares the Hilton property, and the Holiday Inn Resort is next door.

The Surf & Sand Resort is across from the Pensacola Beach Pier, only a short walk away. An additional hotel will also be available that is in negotiation.

All of these locations offer discounted rooms and no cost for parking. Rooms will begin at $99.00 per night. Discounted rooms for booking will be available in the coming months.

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 Sunday, and Saturday only.

  • Sunday, 1/29/2023, arrivals will locate a Dream Catcher Shuttle outside Baggage Claim 3 at Pensacola International Airport.
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  • Saturday, 2/4/2022, departures will locate a Dream Catcher Shuttle outside the Hilton Hotel lobby.
  • Shuttle registration will open approximately one week before the conference, registration required.

CONFERENCE SERIES 2021-2022

HIGH RISE OPERATIONS CONFERENCE 2021
DECEMBER 7 - 9, 2021
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CFT 100 CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2022
$1,000 FOR ALL FIVE
CONFERENCES IN 2022
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OFFICER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
2022
JANUARY 10 - 14, 2022
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CFT FIRE SCHOOL 2022
FEBRUARY 8TH - 10TH, 2022
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COMMAND OFFICER BOOT CAMP 2022
MAY 10 - 12, 2022
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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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