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R eg i ona l T r u ck C om p a ny Op er a t i ons Aca d em y


Omaha Fire and Rescue

May 12 -16 2008

0800-1700 Omaha Public Safety Training Center

Cost: $500.00 per student 5-Day Truck Company Operations Academy

Reality based hands on training including:

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Residential, Commercial, Industrial, and High-Rise Ventilation Operations and Tactics. High Density Forcible Entry & Softening the Structure for RIC Operations. Rapid Intervention Crew Deployments. Large Area Search, Team Search Operations. Searching for lost Firefighters and High-Rise Search Operations. Spotting, Positioning, and Safety Consideration of Aerial Apparatus. Including Aerial Dynamics. Laddering Packages. Laddering Tactics & Strategy for Ground and Aerial Usage. Dynamic Rescue Approach of the Missing Firefighter. Including Approach, Assessment, Communications and Extrication. Command Decision Making for the Company Officer. Fire ground Support Functions. Rapid Tactical Commands for First Due. Utilization of Command Companies at Threshold Events. Utilities: The Lost Art. Operations: The "Inside Man". Engine / Truck interaction on the fire ground

Instructor: Ed Hadfield

Founder and lead instructor, Ed Hadfield, has over 20 years of fire service experience, rising through the ranks from Firefighter to Battalion Chief. He is a frequent speaker on leadership, sharing his experiences within the fire service and also with corporate and civic leaders throughout the United States. Ed is well known for the creation and instructional delivery of Company Officer Development Programs that have raised the bar of professionalism in today's fire service ranks. He is also a recognized expert in: Truck Company Operations, Firefighter Safety and Survivability, and Mission Focused Command Tactics. Ed was named the 2004 California Training Officer of the Year. He is regularly recognized in Firehouse magazine, The Orange County Firefighter magazine, California Fire Service magazine, and's on-line training programs. He has written numerous articles about Truck Company Operations, Company Officer Leadership, and Succession Development; and he has developed web cast and pod cast on-line training programs which reach firefighters around the world. Ed has developed state and regional Truck Company Academies in California, Washington and Oregon. He has been a lead instructor at Firehouse World-San Diego, Firehouse Expo-Baltimore, Firehouse-Las Vegas and other regional Firehouse training conferences. He has taught at FDIC West, the Seattle Vision Conference, and the California Training Officers Symposium for many years. Chief Hadfield is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Leadership Studies and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA, as well as an Associate Degree in Fire Administration from Santa Ana College in Santa Ana, CA. He is a certified California Chief Officer and Fire Officer as designated by the California State Fire Marshal's Office.

For more information contact: Captain Shane Hunter: [email protected]

Class size limited to 25 students.

To the Fire Service Professional: The first day of the Truck Academy we start with a lecture portion of the ventilation course, which you are aware is a full two day course. We will work through a number of items. · · · · · · Ventilation theory for residential, commercial, industrial, and High-Rise structures. Laddering considerations for truck company personnel. Safety considerations for ventilation operations. Ventilation operations on residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Case study of ventilation successes, and failures. Chalk Chainsaw operations and walk-throughs

Day two will consist of practical application of the previous days activates. This is a full day of instruction that will include: There are six workstations on the training ground. · Rafter Rolling Drill: This is designed to improve the saw handling and safety skills of the student. Students learn the valuable lessons of rafter rolling in a safe and efficient environment. Chalk Chainsaw Operations: This is the ground school for all following operations. Students are shown how to correctly perform the ventilation operation on the various commercial type occupancies. Because we utilize chalk chainsaws, students can perform these operations in a safe fashion, with an emphasis on repetition. Residential Ventilation Operations: Students learn the bread and butter skills of residential ventilation operation. The key to this station is increasing efficiency. Students will learn how to properly vent a common residence with speed and effectiveness Peaked Roof Operations: A lost art in the fire service. Students will learn the valuable skills necessary to be effective on peaked roof occupancies. Vertical ventilation on these occupancies is paramount to fire ground operations. Students will become more confident of their skills on these structures following this workstation.





Commercial Ventilation Operations: The hallmark of this course. Students will develop the skills necessary to work effectively as a team to accomplish commercial ventilation operations on conventional and lightweight construction. Students will rotate positions and assignments at this station to increase their skills at all levels. Chainsaw Maintenance and Safety: This portion of the course solidifies the importance of safety and maintenance of their equipment. Students will learn how to place a saw back into service once it has gone down on the fire ground. Much like the military teaches field maintenance of weapons to troops; this workstation teaches field maintenance and safety to our personnel.


Day three is one day of instruction and begins with a morning lecture portion, followed by an afternoon field exercise on High-Density Forcible Entry Operations. Students will also receive a companion workbook for this course. Lecture will include a PowerPoint demonstration, videos, and scenario based events open to class participation. The course goes beyond the normal forcible entry techniques. It covers High Density type structures, and forcible exiting techniques for increased fire ground survivability of our personnel. This includes "Softening the Structure" and forcible exiting points for RIC Operations. The field exercise should include hands on training for all students that develop the skills of forcing entry into High Density type occupancies. Additionally, students will learn the latest techniques for firefighter survivability on the fire ground. All techniques are based on real life incidents. · · · · · · Forcible Entry / Firefighter Emergency Egress Concepts. Forcible Entry tools and equipment. Forcible Entry utilizing conventional concepts. High Density forcible entry identification and practical application. Case study of near misses, and entrapments. Field application and Hands-on training.

Day four begins with effective laddering operations for fireground support; including the spotting, positioning, and safety considerations of aerial apparatus, and aerial apparatus dynamics. This leads into the concepts of Large Area Search Procedures, RIC Deployments, Air Management Principles and Rescue Operations of civilian and firefighter entrapments. · · · · · · · Laddering Packages and Tactical Objectives of Aerial Apparatus Aerial Apparatus Dynamics Ground Ladder Operations for Effective Fireground Support Large Area Search Techniques Drop Bag Search and Rapid Deployment Search for Civilian and Firefighter Entrapments. Air Management principles for Search Operations and "Wide-Rise" Structures. Approach, Assessment, Packaging and Extrication of the Down Firefighter.

Day five is the evaluation day where the students are broken into companies and demonstrate the skills taught to them during the previous four days. Students are evaluated on ability to perform the task, safety, effectiveness and teamwork. Day five ties the entire academy process into a total package of operational readiness. The five days of instruction will provide a great deal of information, and be arduous on some personnel. I recommend that all personnel participating be prepared for some excellent training opportunities that expand outside of the norm. This will not be a boring, or dry course. All content will be relative to their profession and position within the organization. I look forward to this dynamic training opportunity and a continued friendship.

Respectfully, Firetown Training Specialist Ed Hadfield [email protected]


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