This weekend, I’ll be just outside of Philly helping instruct at the 2nd Annual Into The Smoke Training Days (link) in Chester, Pa.
The weekend will be composed of Engine Company Operations, Ladder Ops and Vehicle Extrication.
Dave Hernandez and his” Into The Smoke” team have done a great job of putting the weekend together. They’ve gathered an outstanding team of Instructors to include Safety and NFPA 1401 Compliance Officers.
If you haven’t heard or didn’t know about Training Days, don’t panic…. you still have time to sign up and there is still plenty of room (if not, we’ll make room…LOL).Here’s a brief overview of what will be offered…
Engine Company disciplines will include: Introductions to long length pre-connected attack hose lines and the use of hose “racks” will be covered. Additionally, various live fire scenarios focused on hose line advancement on all floors of an occupied structure and handling basement fires. Also, unique to this discipline; we will include a “thermal balance burn” in which students will observe fire behavior in a vented and unvented structure as well as the hose stream / attack application for each.
Truck Company disciplines will include: Various methods of forcible entry through inward and outward swinging doors, security bar removal, cutting padlocks, vertical ventilation via a pitched roof, throwing ground ladders in low manpower situations, live fire, full weight victim search and rescue on the fire floor as well as live fire VES (vent/enter/search) of the upper (above the fire) floors .
Vehicle Extrication will introduce students to the appropriate methods of efficiently handling entrapment involving a passenger vehicle on all four tires, on its side, and overturned. Methods of practical stabilization and hydraulic rescue tool usage will be explained to students. Rescue Company members from the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County, Maryland will be on hand to instruct this discipline.
See you at Training Days… until then, Stay SAFE and in House!