Course detail: Fire Forum June 2024



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This regional training event offers attendees an opportunity to learn from fire service trainers and thought leaders from across the American fire service. Offered in a limited-seating format, participants can interact and engage in the forums to understand how the messages relate to their individual or departmental needs. Tactics, training, and leadership: There's something to help everyone become more aggressively effective.
SPEAKER: Chief Anthony Avillo, M.S. (Retired) retired after a 30-year career in the fire service. Avillo was a deputy chief in North Hudson (NJ) Regional Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon regional tour commander. He holds a Master's Degree in National Security Studies and a BS degree in Fire Science from New Jersey City University. Avillo is currently the Director and Deputy Fire Marshal at the Monmouth County (NJ) Fire Academy. He is an Adjunct Professor at New Jersey City University. Avillo is an FDIC instructor and member of the FDIC advisory board and the editorial advisory board of Fire Engineering. He is the author of Fireground Strategies, 3rd edition (Fire Engineering, 2015) and Fireground Strategies Workbook Volumes I, II, and III (Fire Engineering, 2002, 2010, 2016). Avillo also co-authored with Chief Ed Flood Full Contact Leadership, (Fire Engineering, 2017). He was a contributing author to Fire Engineering's Handbook for Firefighter I and Firefighter II (Fire Engineering, 2009, 2018) and is a co-author of its Study Guide (Fire Engineering, 2010). Avillo has also contributed to both volumes of the Pass It On books by Billy Goldfeder (Pennwell, 2015, 2016). Avillo also has a regular column in Fire Rescue magazine called Progress Reports. Avillo was a collaborator in the Tactical Perspectives DVD series (Fire Engineering, 2011) and has issued the DVD's Control of Fireground Operations (Fire Engineering, 2016) and Forging a Culture of Safety (Fire Engineering, 2013). Avillo also co-hosts a radio show, Fireground Strategies and Other Stuff from the Street with Chief Jim Duffy on Fire Engineering BlogTalk Radio. Avillo was the recipient of the 2012 Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Fire Instructor of the Year Award.

Morning Session: 8:30 - 12:00


COURSE TITLE: Full Contact Leadership
This course will introduce the tenets of Full Contact Leadership and how it applies to the Fire Officer as well as those who aspire to become Fire Officers. Understanding and addressing the often uber-uncomfortable personnel conflicts and subordinate / superior relationships and the application to the fireground will be a major focus of this class. The steps to personnel conflict resolution will be compared and made applicable to the familiar fireground evolutions that most fire operators are comfortable with...sort of a way to introduce a level of comfort into the areas of command and leadership discomfort. The discussion of expectations required, self-evaluation, monitoring, and follow-up as well as skills such as observation, active listening, knowledge-based analysis, and informed resolution will give fire officers the tools to operate in the often treacherous waters of both soft environment and eventually hard environment command and control. The student will understand that leadership, discipline, and accountability come out of the firehouse just like every tool we use to mitigate an emergency and their application on the street is based on how we handle the soft environment. Examples and practical fireground application of these principles will be discussed. Failure to maintain these attributes of leadership in the soft environment will inevitably come to roost in the hard environment of the emergency ground. This course is a must for all levels.

12:00-1:00 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: 1:00-5:00

COURSE TITLE: Fireground Strategies: When Buildings Change the Rules of the Game

This course will focus on those issues that firefighters must be aware of to operate more safely in the buildings we are entering. Discussed will be how different types of construction and occupancies change the rules of the game and how personnel on scene must adjust the strategy and tactics to meet that challenge. Renovations, lightweight and large area structures and vacant buildings and the structural carcass dangers will also be covered. Strategies regarding these buildings and their idiosyncrasies will be a further focus point, offering solutions to address the concerns discussed.The student shall:1. Understand the concept of "one-size-does-not-fit-all" firefighting2. Recognize and understand how to properly conduct operations in lightweight structures3. Recognize and understand how to properly conduct operations in large-area structures4. Recognize and understand how to properly conduct operations in vacant and renovated structures5. Recognize and understand how to properly conduct operations in the structural carcass6. Understand the risk vs. gain profile of operations in the buildings that change the rules of the game7. Understand that we do not dictate to these structures; these structures dictate necessary (and unnecessary) actions to us.8. Survive a fire in a building that changes the rules of the game

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