Classes

BREAKOUT LECTURES

You can find a PDF covering our Breakout Lectures below. Lectures are primarily held on Saturday, October 8th. They are open format allowing you to pick which you wish to attend and move between the classes as desired.

LECTURE WHITEPAPER

HANDS-ON-TRAINING

Hands-On-Training classes are the heart of our conference. Each year we gather an array of some of the best fire service instructors to provide you with classes that will leave you better equipped to tackle the job. Please double check class requirements and make sure you have the required PPE and have completed your Liability Waiver prior to the event.

LIABILITY WAIVER

THE CAN MAN

JESS RODZINKA, CHARLOTTESVILLE VA FIRE
Live Fire ClassEl Dorado/BCC Training Center

The water can is the most under utilized tool on the fire apparatus. We carry them on everything: engine; truck companies; medic ambulances. However, we were shown the true capability of the 2.4 gallon water can. This class will go through a brief lecture to discuss the water can and search techniques with can. Then head to the hands on portion where we will demonstrate the effectiveness of the water can. The students will then proceed to go through several rotations of scenarios to obtain the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform in the “Can position.”

This class is taking place at the Butler Community College Fire Science Building in El Dorado, Kansas. This is approximately 30 minutes east of Wichita. You will need to arrange travel to this location on Sunday.

Butler CC Fire Science
2700 W 6th Ave
El Dorado, KS 67042

Requirements: Turnout Gear, SCBA, Spare Bottle

THE DRIVER OPERATOR (ENGINE & TRUCK)

NICK WILBUR, ARLINGTON VA FIRE
Derby High School

Engine Company operations dictate whether we will have success or failure on the fireground, and it all starts with the driver/operator. We will address how the initial engine company can establish a path to success on any fireground through positioning, defining fireground priorities, and establishing supply/attack lines. All of these can be accomplished with a well-trained operator. We will address how to determine volume needs for any fireground, how to maximize any individual attack package on an engine, and how you can make minor adjustments to your engine to get the most out of it. We will also address common mistakes and problems that prevent the first line from going in service and how you can avoid and prevent them on your fireground. All of these will be practiced through drills that will establish great engine company habits that you can bring back to your department.

Truck Companies are one of the most important pieces of apparatus to correctly place on the fireground in order to maximize their capabilities and your crews efficiency. We will go over how to best place your ladder truck based on its design as well as tips and tricks on analyzing the surroundings, as well as fire and building conditions to best position your apparatus. Instructors will show students how turntable placement and your overall operational footprint affects your ladder truck’s capabilities. Lastly, instructors will lead a drill practicing some of the learned skills, with particular focus on aerial tip loads, overrides, and working on multiple motions at once. These drills can be taken back to your departments to help strengthen the entire driver/operator pool.

Derby High School
920 Rock Rd
Derby, KS 67037

Requirements: Turnout Gear, Eye Protection

RESIDENTIAL FUNDAMENTALS (ENGINE & TRUCK SIDE)

KEITH NIEMANN, WICHITA KS FIRE / MARK MISEK, WICHITA KS FIRE
Live Fire Class2-Day ClassWichita Regional Training Center

On the Engine side Efficiency is the name of the game so the class will focus on getting the first line in place and getting down that long hot hallway and knocking out the fire. On the Truck side efficiency is also the key as the essential truck functions have to be completed in concert with the engine crew to ensure the line gets in place and victims are removed. On day one the Engine crews will work on line stretches and nozzle work, the truck crews will work on forcible entry, pitched roof ventilation and VES style searches. Both Engine and Truck will also receive two sessions of live fire behavior.

Wichita Fire Regional Training Center
4780 E 31st South
Wichita, KS 67210

Requirements: Turnout Gear, SCBA, Spare Bottle

TRUCK, RECUE & SQUAD CO OPS

SCOTT KLEINSCHMIDT, WICHITA KS FIRE
Wichita Regional Training Center

This hands-on class will cover everyday tasks associated with these Special Service units from Fire Ground Search, Ventilation, and Forcible Entry to Vehicle Extrication/Stabilization and other unique situations these companies may find themselves in. Experienced Truck and Rescue Firemen will share their experience and industry best practices as it pertains to these types of runs.

Wichita Fire Regional Training Center
4780 E 31st South
Wichita, KS 67210

Requirements: Turnout Gear, SCBA, Spare Bottle

MASTERING YOUR CRAFT

DAN MISHLER, SEDGWICK COUNTY KS FIRE / NICK WHITE, HUTCHINSON KS FIRE
Live Fire ClassHutchinson/HCC Training Center

This is a live fire class designed for the firefighter or officer who loves the job and wants to get better at their skills under realistic conditions. This is a fast paced class and students need to come ready to work and perform their skills in real heat and smoke. This class is will be held at an offsite location, and will use conex boxes at the Hutchinson Fire Department training grounds. The class will cover can search, VES, hoarder home fire, hoarder home search, forcible entry, basement fire attack and basement fire search.

This class takes place in Hutchinson, Kansas, approximately 35 minutes north of Wichita. You will need to arrange travel to this location on Sunday.

Hutchinson Fire Science
3211 E 4th Street
Hutchinson, KS 67501

Requirements: Turnout Gear, SCBA, Spare Bottle

FIGHTING FIRE IN MID & HIGH-RISE RESIDENTIALS

RYAN EVANS, WICHITA KS FIRE / CHRIS WHITCHURCH, WICHITA KS FIRE
Acquired Structure

Many towns and smaller cities have at least one mid to high-rise residential building. This class will focus on fighting fires in mid-rise and high-rise residential buildings equipped with a standpipe. The class will include an overview of high-rise equipment and hose pack options, different types of hose stretches, standpipe operations and overcoming problems with the standpipe, and searches for departments responding with limited manpower.

This class will take place at an ACQUIRED STRUCTURE. The location has not been finalized but please be aware that it may require up to a 30 minute drive from Wichita. More will be announced as it becomes available.

Requirements: Turnout Gear, SCBA, Spare Bottle

REPORTED OCCUPANTS TRAPPED

TREY & DANIEL NELMS, NASHVILLE TN FIRE
Live Fire ClassAcquired Structure

These words from the dispatcher change it all. The actions of first due companies at a structural fire can make or break an incident. Life safety concerns should always be our priority when first due fire ground tactics are being initiated. Until the structure is searched, there is no certainty that civilians aren’t present. Making split second decisions and performing critical tasks with low staffing could make the difference between life or death. This requires quick actions upon arrival to locate and eventually remove civilians from the structure. When push comes to shove, all the citizen really wants us to do is to save them and their loved ones. There is no room for error; there is only a short window of opportunity to save a life. In this class, we will cover several skill stations and necessary fire ground functions for a successful operation. Tasks covered include forcible entry, hoseline placement to protect the search, VES, aggressive primary search, booster back-up, and searching off the attack line. Participants will rotate through these skill stations, then spend the last part of class putting learned skills to work in real time scenarios under live fire and smoke conditions.

This class will take place at an ACQUIRED STRUCTURE. The location has not been finalized but please be aware that it may require up to a 30 minute drive from Wichita. More will be announced as it becomes available.

Requirements: Turnout Gear, SCBA, Spare Bottle

MANAGING THE MAYDAY

TREVOR STEEDMAN, OCEAN CITY MD FIRE (ret.)
Live Fire ClassHutchinson Training Facility

We have trained many Firefighters in operating on a Rapid Intervention Team for downed firefighters from an organized team configuration. The reality is that over 80% of successfully solved MAYDAYs are solved by the Firefighter themselves, another crew member or another crew operating near the affected
crew. Often a MAYDAY occurs before a Team can be assembled. This class trains on how to solve a MAYDAY with interior crews already operating while integrating with command to maintain accountability, add crews to achieve tactics not completed by crews involved in the MAYDAY.

This class takes place in Hutchinson, Kansas, approximately 35 minutes north of Wichita. You will need to arrange travel to this location on Sunday.

Hutchinson Fire Science
3211 E 4th Street
Hutchinson, KS 67501

Requirements: Turnout Gear, SCBA, Spare Bottle

HEAVY EXTRICATION

JOSH PEARCY, OKLAHOMA CITY OK FIRE
Mills & Sons Salvage Yard

Course builds upon basic auto extrication techniques. This course focuses on stabilizing, lifting, and extricating with heavy vehicles like buses, semi tractor trailers, dump trucks, and other various heavy equipment. Students will go through a variety of scenarios under the guidance of an Instructor on sizing-up, stabilizing, and lifting heavy vehicles in rescue scenarios.

HD Mills & Sons Salvage Yard
2756 S West St
Wichita, KS 67217

Requirements: Turnout or Extrication Gear, Eye Protection, Gloves

RESIDENTIAL SEARCH & SIZE-UP

DAVID RHODES, ATLANTA FIRE (ret.) / STEPHEN RUNYAN, WICHITA KS FIRE
Acquired Structure

This class covers the primary functions of the Engine and Truck Companies roles in sizing up and search a residential structure. Instructors will cover in detail the techniques used to size up a structure for the purpose of searching in the most probable victim locations as well as how to complete a traditional primary oriented search as a member of both a truck and engine crew, VES, victim removal via ground ladders and the use of thermal imaging in search. Students will receive instruction in techniques as well as participate in walkthroughs of skills before performing in real time. Students will also learn strategies to isolate the fire and control ventilation to ensure a successful search, and the differences in timing of primary, secondary and recovery searches. This class will require students to perform the various searches and remove victims while wearing full PPE and SCBA while under simulated fire conditions.

This class will take place at an ACQUIRED STRUCTURE. The location has not been finalized but please be aware that it may require up to a 30 minute drive from Wichita. More will be announced as it becomes available.

Requirements: Turnout Gear, SCBA, Spare Bottle