We’ve brought in an assortment of fire service leaders to provide high quality talks for our students to attend. You are free to join or leave the sessions as desired and find the topics that interest you the most. Each breakout session is just under 2 hours in length.





John Turner, Derby Fire

Incident Command or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Groups and Divisions and Love the Bomb. ICS beyond the mechanics. A brief look at history, how to formulate strategy, and a challenge to past command dogma.


Rick Moser, Olathe Fire

The Engine Company is a critical part of a working fire. Fire Departments of all sizes must have a fire ground functional Engine. Your citizens, your members, and your life depends on it.
This course will examine three major concepts that will help make your engine and members successful on the fire ground. The first concept examines basic design. This will include, compartments, wheelbase, overall length, ladder storage, and hose height. The second concept will examine the pump and how to get water to the seat of the fire. This includes pump, plumbing, gauges, tank size, and foam, why or why not. The third concept will examine the flow and where the water goes. This included staffing, hose, and nozzles.

Ballistic Research and Nozzle Selection

Jonathan Hall, Saint Paul Fire

The modern fire environment requires a weapons package that can rapidly, safely, and efficiently knockdown interior fires. In the early to mid 1980’s the law enforcement community went through a similar revolution when they moved from revolvers to semi-automatic pistols due to increasing threats from armed criminals. Ballistic research was conducted and results indicated the new threats required weapons that could fire a greater number of rounds, achieve quicker knockdown via deeper penetration, and lower recoil to manageable levels. All of these items are the same characteristics that the fire service should look for when selecting nozzles. Attendees will learn nozzle design history, research parallels with ballistics, modern fire behavior, and nozzle selection to combat increased threats on the fireground.