Seminars & Lectures

 

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Leading Topical Programs

Fire Officer’s Guide for Today’s Buildings on Fire

Today’s buildings and occupancies present increasing challenges that have redefined strategic and tactical fireground operations and impact these operations on a wide variety of levels that often include adverse compartment fire conditions, structural compromise, collapse and predicable building performance. Presenting insights on building construction for today’s fire service, the primary objective of this program is to increase awareness and understandings and promote new skill sets in the fundamentals of building construction, architecture, engineering and design that directly impact firefighting and command operations at structure fires. A discussion of emerging trends in Building Construction Systems, Occupancy Risks, Collapse & Compromise Characteristics, Methods & Materials, Design, fire protection and Fire Dynamics related to building anatomy will be presented. New for 2018 are insights on new Mass Timber and Cross Laminate Timber (CLT) construction and podium and doughnut construction designs.

 

Buildings on Fire: Lessons from the Fireground 2018

This program will present and lead through past History Repeating (HRE) Events and present leading insights and findings from pertinent case studies, NIOSH LODD Investigative Reports and After Actions Reports from select incidents for a facilitated examination of apparent and contributing factors and an analysis and review of recommendations and actions to preclude similar events on the local and regional level.

Elements of effective and adaptive fireground leadership and the hard lessons learned will be presented in this highly interactive program. Select case studies are reviewed and applied to identify gaps and vulnerabilities. Lessons from the fireground resonate with recommendations and actions that all fire departments and personnel must recognize and implement in future fireground operations in order to reduce operational risks and improve incident mitigation and structure fires.

 

Building Construction: Tactical Risks for the First-Due

If you’re going to command or tactically engage at a structure fire: you better understand the building; there is limited margin for error on today’s evolving fireground-Errors and Omissions are Unforgiving. Arriving companies and personnel at today’s structure fires must be able to rapidly and accurately identify key elements of a building, process that data based upon a widening field of variables present on today’s evolving fireground and implement timely actions that address prioritized actions requiring intervention. This program will present tactical risks and key considerations for the First-Due Company, Company Officer and Commander affecting and influencing operational risk management, command and tactical safety and tactical protocols based upon occupancy risks, reading the building and adaptive management principles

Firefighting Operations at Podium & Donut Construction Occupancies

The first and only seminar program of its kind in the United States, this program presents leading insights into the design, construction and characteristics of the emerging Podium and Donut Building and Occupancies. The program will discuss design, functional layout and siting considerations, Construction Phase challenges and pre-fire planning demands; Construction, Engineering and Protective Systems, Assemblies and Components; Building Anatomy, Occupancy Risk and Predictability of Performance; Fireground Operational considerations, limitations and optimization for strategic and tactical deployments and firefighting operations, incident management and operational safety.

 

Fireground Operations at Buildings of Ordinary & Heavy Timber Construction: Old School Hazards for Today’s Buildings and Risks

A fundamental building type that has profound operational considerations on the fireground, and commonly found in nearly all jurisdictions and response areas throughout the United States. This program goes beyond the cursory discussions of “main street” unreinforced masonry (URM) and reinforced masonry (RM) construction and occupancies, but expands and explores the complexities of this heritage and legacy construction system and their renovations, adaptive reuse, make-overs and fireground operations. An overview of construction systems, materials and methods, inherent building characteristics, predictability of building performance, operational considerations, strategies and tactics with a focus on operational excellence and firefighter safety. Key Building Anatomy features, design and current architectural and design systems will be explored on this often neglected building system. Collapse zone identification and management with integrated case studies and discussion on adaptive use, integrated engineering components and how to effectively assess and operate at buildings of ordinary (type III) and heavy timber/mill & semi-mill (type IV) construction.

 

Building Construction for Today’s Fire Service

Today’s buildings and occupancies present increasing challenges that have redefined strategic and tactical fireground operations and impact these operations on a wide variety of levels that often include adverse compartment fire conditions, structural compromise, collapse and predicable building performance. Presenting insights on building construction for today’s fire service, the primary objective of this program is to increase awareness and understandings and promote new skill sets in the fundamentals of building construction, architecture, engineering and design that directly impact firefighting operations at structure fires. Five fundamental areas integrating building and construction methodologies, will be threaded throughout the program related to Construction Systems, Occupancy Risks, Collapse & Compromise Characteristics, Methods & Materials and Fire Dynamics related to building anatomy, vintage and intrinsic building and occupancy characteristics assimilating comprehensive case studies, history repeating events, research findings and emerging fire suppression theory will be presented.

 

The Influence of Building Construction on Command Decision-Making

Building Construction, Occupancy Types & Risks along with Building Anatomy and the Predictability of Building Performance under fire conditions have a profound influence on the management of operations, identification of tactical protocols and deployment of resources. Understanding key inherent building performance characteristics and their relationships and variables in Command Decision-making methodologies and practices is fundamental to firefighting and incident management on today’s evolving and demanding fireground.

 

Reading the Building and Occupancy Risk: Building FACTS

Today’s buildings and occupancies continue to present unique challenges to command and operating companies during combat structural fire engagement. Building and occupancy profiling, identifying occupancy risk versus occupancy type, construction methods, features, systems and components require new skill sets in reading the building and implementing predictive occupancy profiling for today’s professional volunteer firefighters, company and command officers for effective and efficient fireground operations. Incorporating the Buildingsonfire FACTS concept for First-Arriving Construction, Tactics and Safety, this program provides an overview of the methodology and process to increase operational effectiveness and ensure critical building factors are identified, assessment and monitored throughout the incident.

The Impact of Building Construction on Todays’ Fireground

The Impact of Building Construction on Todays’ Fireground cannot be underestimated. Building Construction is as fundamental to Structural Firefighting as Water is to Fire Suppression, but has become relegated to a lower level of operational significance and importance. Today more than ever, understanding and comprehending building construction and its anatomy and the effects of fire dynamics on fire suppression operations is a must. This program examines the complexity of today’s building construction, emerging technology and applied engineering that are shaping today’s new buildings and changing older buildings that demand greater insights when addresses buildings on fire on today’s fireground.

 

Operational Excellence on Today’s Evolving Fireground

Integrated leading insights and emerging concepts and methodologies related to fireground tactical theory, suppression needs for effective combat operations and methodologies for operational excellence and firefighter safety. This is an engaging and thought provoking program that challenges conventional fire service paradigms and explores leading edge fire service discussion points from across the American Fire Service profession with new strategic, tactical and operational considerations due to building construction, extreme compartment fire behavior and occupancy risks and the demands associated with today’s evolving and demanding fireground.

 

Identification and Management of Collapse Zones

The identification and management of collapse zones continues to be one of the most leading contributing causes to firefighter injuries. Continuing Occupancy risks, inherent predictable building performance and building materials, methods and materials of construction and the ongoing impacts from renovations, adaptions, alterations, conversation and incorporation of engineered systems in shell construction require defined operational practices, enhanced command management and greater company officer and company discipline and control.

 

Rebooting Old School Principles for Today’s Demanding Fireground

Much is being debated related to tactics, methodologies, practices and the learnings gleaned from emerging research and insights. What has today’s fireground evolved into when we talk about traditional firefighting operations and engagement? Has it remained constant-Has it changed? Do we continue to operate utilizing time proven methodologies or are we prepared to identify new adaptive methodologies and practices? The demands on today’s fire service require us to look back in order to progress forward. This program reboots the principles and operational practices of modern firefighting while integrating progressive models that build upon the fire company’s   skills, knowledge and abilities to effectively mitigate an incident that with aggressive firefighting, predictive risk management and tactical discipline associated with operational excellence.

 

Adaptive Fireground Management; Leadership on Today’s Evolving Fireground

There is an immediate need for today’s operating command and company officers to increase their foundation of knowledge and insights related to modern building construction & engineering, fire dynamics, occupancy risk and fire protection engineering to align traditional and conventional strategic operating methodologies and proven past practices to modern research based tactics in order to safeguard companies and personnel and increase operational capabilities. Structural fire engagement requires a balance of tactical discipline, tactical patience and predictive insights of building construction & engineering incorporating an Adaptive Fireground Management (AFM) model.

Fireground Leadership for Command & Company Officers 2018

Presenting insights into emerging concepts and methodologies related to today’s unique challenges for combat structural fire engagement requiring new strategic, tactical and operational modeling due to rapid fire behavior, building construction and occupancy risk and the need for new training and operational requirements for firefighters, company and command officers. Fireground Leadership has many forms and layers: identify the mission critical elements required today to meet tomorrow’s incident responses and demands that will directly influence operational success. Fire Chiefs, officers and firefighters operating at structure fires must have an understanding of the building, the compartment and the fire company member’s skills, knowledge and abilities to effectively integrate and mitigate an incident that integrates safe and aggressive firefighting, predictive risk management and tactical discipline associated with three primary areas associated with the Building, Compartment, Company for operational excellence

 

Firefighting Operations at Mega-Mansions

Today’s Residential homes are being built larger than ever, in all community settings from rural to suburban and urban contexts. These residential occupancies present many significant risks and operational challenges to commanders and firefighting companies. This comprehensive program  will examine building construction, engineered systems and design configurations and characteristics of common mega-mansions – homes ranging from 4000 square feet to 10,000, 12,000, 15,000 and 20,000 SF. Predictability of Building Performance, Occupancy Risk and Reading the Building, Strategic Factors, Tactical Methodologies integrating the latest on fire behavior, flow path and compartment control with insights on accessibility, limited water supply factors and coordinated operational  and incident management  principles will be presented. Firefighting operations in these residential homes present significantly different operational models than the conventional home requiring command and company officers and firefighters to have increased knowledge and skill sets for safe operations.

 

Rebooting the American Firefighter and Officer

A thought provoking presentation on the increasing demands for today’s emerging, practicing or future Firefighter, Company and Command Officers in the challenge on how to meet tomorrow’s demands today through self-determination and personal accountability on staying relevant and technically competent. A look at the emerging fireground and Fire Officer in 2018 and beyond will be examined and how that translates to the increased needs for advanced training, skill sets and operational models to address operational risks, escalating knowledge, skill sets, proficiencies, discipline, fortitude and resiliency and the need for adaptive tactics and operations from all ranks and company assignments.

 

 “Today’s buildings and occupancies present increasing challenges that have redefined strategic and tactical fireground operations and have changed the rules of engagement in structural fire incidents.”

CJ Naum

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All programs and offerings can be developed and presented for multiple shifts and company rotations to best accommodate large battalion, division or department in-service or special command groups, teams or companies.Executive level briefings for Executive Office, Command or Training Staff for shorter, concise content presentations can be offered as well. We are interested in partnering, sponsorship and hosting opportunities with your organization. A number of timely and topical programs are available for 3-4 hour presentation formats and can be scheduled for delivery across multiple state locations during the calendar year. Contact us for details and opportunities.

 

Buildingsonfire: Building Construction Series

These programs can be developed and delivered in a wide variety of content modules from 2, 3 or 4 hour modules to full day workshop or seminar sessions. All programs and offerings can be developed and presented for multiple shifts and company rotations to best accommodate large battalion, division or department in-service or special command groups, teams or companies. Executive level briefings for Executive Office, Command or Training Staff for shorter, concise content presentations can be offered as well.

  • Engineered & Lt. Weight Construction & Systems: Fireground Operations & Tactics
  • Fireground Operations at Commercial & Big Box Occupancies
  • Operational Safety at Buildings under Construction
  • Operations at Residential Fires on Today’s Fireground
  • Command Institute’s Fireground Leadership Series
  • Operations & Tactics at Garden Apartment & Townhouses & Multiple Occupancies
  • Firefighting Operations on Main Street: Construction, Command Tactics
  • Firefighting Principles and Practices in Buildings of Ordinary Construction
  • Command and Control of Large Scale Fires on Main Street
  • Firefighting Operations in Lofts, Conversations and Type III/IV Occupancies
  • Roof Construction for Truck Company Operations
  • Understanding Mass Timber Construction
  • Operational Insights on Cross Laminate Timber Construction (CLT) Construction and Occupancies
  • Operational Insights on Podium Construction
  • Emerging Trends in Building Construction and Operational Impacts
  • Construction Site Fires: Insights & Analysis of Major Fires in the United States
  • Trends in High-rise Construction; Mass Timber, Plyscrapers and the Trends

 

Special Program Options

 Full Single or Two Day Program:

Fireground Leadership and Operational Excellence on Todays’ Fireground

Today’s buildings and occupancies present increasing challenges that have redefined strategic and tactical fireground operations and impact these operations on a wide variety of levels that often include adverse compartment fire conditions, structural compromise, collapse and predicable building performance. Integrated leading insights and emerging concepts and methodologies related to fireground tactical theory, suppression needs, building construction for today’s fire service and methodologies for operational excellence and firefighter safety. This is an engaging and thought provoking program that challenges conventional fire service paradigms and explores leading edge fire service discussion points from across the American Fire Service profession with new strategic, tactical and operational considerations due to building construction, extreme compartment fire behavior and occupancy risks and the demands associated with today’s evolving and demanding fireground. Five fundamental areas integrating building and construction methodologies, will be threaded throughout the program related to Construction Systems, Occupancy Risks, Collapse & Compromise Characteristics, Methods & Materials and Fire Dynamics related to building anatomy, vintage and intrinsic building and occupancy characteristics assimilating comprehensive case studies, history repeating events, research findings and emerging fire suppression theory will be presented.

Program Modules:

  • Leadership: From the Station to the Streets: Key Insights on Effective Leadership
  • Lessons from the Fireground: What are we learning?
  • Adaptive Fireground Management: Leadership on Today’s Evolving Fireground
  • Fire Officer’s Guide for Today’s Buildings on Fire
  • Building Construction and Occupancy Risk: Managing Risks and OPS
  • Tactical Risks for the First-Due
  • Tactical Disciple and Command Resilience: The New Standards
  • Operational Excellence: Defining the New Fireground

Full Single or Two Day Program:

Buildings on Fire

If you’re going to command or tactically engage at a structure fire: you better understand the building; there is limited margin for error on today’s evolving fireground-Errors and Omissions are Unforgiving. Today’s buildings and occupancies present increasing challenges that have redefined strategic and tactical fireground operations and impact these operations on a wide variety of levels that often include adverse compartment fire conditions, structural compromise, collapse and predicable building performance. This program will present tactical risks and key considerations for the First-Due Company, Company Officer and Commander affecting and influencing operational risk management, command and tactical safety and tactical protocols based upon occupancy risks, reading the building and emerging adaptive management principles

Program Modules:

  • Fire Officer’s Guide for Today’s Buildings on Fire
  • Building Construction: Tactical Risks for the First-Due
  • Buildings on Fire: Lessons from the Fireground 2018
  • Adaptive Fireground Management on Today’s Fireground

 

Fireground Leadership Academy

Rebooting Leadership: From the Station to the Streets

The Fireground Leadership Academy is a high focused and high impact program that assimilates three key functional areas that affect today’s emerging and practicing company and command officers and firefighter in the areas of Station Leadership, Training and Preparedness and Operational Leadership on today’s evolving fireground.

Today’s demanding fireground leaves negligible margin for errors or omissions requiring new skill sets, proficiencies and high accountability and tactical deployments executed with the highest degree of proficiencies and skill sets under the most challenging of operational demands and personnel risks.

Leadership starts at the station and transitions to the streets and incident scene requiring new skill sets, awareness, insights and operational adaptiveness. Leadership and Operations are integral and are fundamental to all facets; on and off the fireground.

Key Program Modules:

  • The Dynamics of Leadership: The Organization, The Staff, The Mission
  • The Role of the Company and Command Officer in 2017 and Beyond
  • Leadership: From the Station to the Streets: Key Insights on Effective Leadership
  • Building Construction and Occupancy Risk: Managing Risks and OPS
  • Adaptive Fireground Management: Leadership on Today’s Evolving Fireground
  • Tactical Disciple and Command Resilience: The New Standards
  • Understanding Modern Fire Dynamics: If You’re going to Lead, You Better Learn
  • Developing a Training Program for the Challenges of the Modern Fireground
  • Redefining Combat Fire Engagement for the Company and Command Officer
  • Today’s Evolving Fireground: Are You Ready to Make the Necessary Changes?
  • Operational Excellence: Developing New Skill Sets & the Next Generation of Leaders

This program presents insights into emerging concepts and methodologies related to today’s unique challenges for both station operations and fireground engagement requiring new redefined principles, practices, models and insights for firefighters, company and command officers.

 

Featured Seminar Programs

We are interested in partnering, sponsorship and hosting opportunities with your organization. Topical programs are available for 4- 6 hour presentation workshop or seminar formats for weekday or weekend delivery or as part of a pre-conference or special session conference, academy or fire school offering. Additionally these programs can be delivery across multiple regional or state locations during the calendar year. Contact us for details and opportunities.

 

Fire Officer’s Guide for Today’s Buildings on Fire

Today’s buildings and occupancies present increasing challenges that have redefined strategic and tactical fireground operations and impact these operations on a wide variety of levels that often include adverse compartment fire conditions, structural compromise, collapse and predicable building performance. Presenting insights on building construction for today’s fire service, the primary objective of this program is to increase awareness and understandings and promote new skill sets in the fundamentals of building construction, architecture, engineering and design that directly impact firefighting and command operations at structure fires. A discussion of emerging trends in Building Construction Systems, Occupancy Risks, Collapse & Compromise Characteristics, Methods & Materials, Design, fire protection and Fire Dynamics related to building anatomy will be presented. New for 2018 are insights on new Mass Timber and Cross Laminate Timber (CLT) construction and podium and doughnut construction designs.

Building Construction: Tactical Risks for the First-Due

If you’re going to command or tactically engage at a structure fire: you better understand the building; there is limited margin for error on today’s evolving fireground-Errors and Omissions are Unforgiving. Arriving companies and personnel at today’s structure fires must be able to rapidly and accurately identify key elements of a building, process that data based upon a widening field of variables present on today’s evolving fireground and implement timely actions that address prioritized actions requiring intervention. This program will present tactical risks and key considerations for the First-Due Company, Company Officer and Commander affecting and influencing operational risk management, command and tactical safety and tactical protocols based upon occupancy risks, reading the building and adaptive management principles

Building Construction for Today’s Fire Service

Today’s buildings and occupancies present increasing challenges that have redefined strategic and tactical fireground operations and impact these operations on a wide variety of levels that often include adverse compartment fire conditions, structural compromise, collapse and predicable building performance. Presenting insights on building construction for today’s fire service, the primary objective of this program is to increase awareness and understandings and promote new skill sets in the fundamentals of building construction, architecture, engineering and design that directly impact firefighting operations at structure fires. Five fundamental areas integrating building and construction methodologies, will be threaded throughout the program related to Construction Systems, Occupancy Risks, Collapse & Compromise Characteristics, Methods & Materials and Fire Dynamics related to building anatomy, vintage and intrinsic building and occupancy characteristics assimilating comprehensive case studies, history repeating events, research findings and emerging fire suppression theory will be presented.

Reading the Building and Occupancy Risk: Building FACTS

Today’s buildings and occupancies continue to present unique challenges to command and operating companies during combat structural fire engagement. Building and occupancy profiling, identifying occupancy risk versus occupancy type, construction methods, features, systems and components require new skill sets in reading the building and implementing predictive occupancy profiling for today’s professional volunteer firefighters, company and command officers for effective and efficient fireground operations. Incorporating the Buildingsonfire FACTS concept for First-Arriving Construction, Tactics and Safety, this program provides an overview of the methodology and process to increase operational effectiveness and ensure critical building factors are identified, assessment and monitored throughout the incident.

Buildings on Fire: Lessons from the Fireground 2018

This program will present and lead through past History Repeating (HRE) Events and present leading insights and findings from pertinent case studies, NIOSH LODD Investigative Reports and After Actions Reports from select incidents for a facilitated examination of apparent and contributing factors and an analysis and review of recommendations and actions to preclude similar events on the local and regional level.Elements of effective and adaptive fireground leadership and the hard lessons learned will be presented in this highly interactive program. Select case studies are reviewed and applied to identify gaps and vulnerabilities. Lessons from the fireground resonate with recommendations and actions that all fire departments and personnel must recognize and implement in future fireground operations in order to reduce operational risks and improve incident mitigation and structure fires.

 

Keynotes and Special Topical

  • Rebooting the American Fire Officer
  • Operational Excellence on Today’s Evolving Fireground
  • Adaptive Fireground Management; Leadership on Today’s Evolving Fireground
  • Today’s Evolving Fireground: Are You Ready to Make the Necessary Changes?                                                                                  
  • Operational Excellence: Developing New Skill Sets & the Next Generation of Leaders
  • Understanding the Modern Fireground; If You’re going to Lead, You Better Learn                                                                    
  • Redefining Combat Fire Engagement for the Company and Command Officer
  • Tactical Operations and the New Rules of Combat Fire Engagement 2018
  • Rebooting Old School Principles for Today’s Demanding Fireground
  • The Company and Command Officer in 2018 and Beyond
  • Lessons from the Fireground: Or the Sounds of Silence
  • The Professional Volunteer Fire Officer & Commander
  • Lessons from the Fireground: What are we learning?
  • Fireground Leadership: Where do you stand?
  • Leadership: From the Station to the Streets
  • The Fire Officer in 2018 and Beyond

 

Program Format

All programs incorporate rich multimedia, exceptional graphics and stimulating visuals that combine the appeal of the visually stimulating images while integrating content that provides the latest in research, data, insights, information and methodologies. These programs have been designed and developed to incorporate the latest training delivery concepts and methodologies while integrating current and emerging technology, social media platforms, eMedia and internet based content management systems and material in order to provide unparalleled fire service curricula, training and education.

  • Interactive facilitated lecture with discussion format
  • Fully integrated Lecture with rich multi-media program
  • Single or Dual Projection Screen(s) format
  • LCD Projection with integrated sound

 Professional Presentation Fee

Program presentation costs may vary and are based on selected program(s), duration and content. Travel, transportation and lodging costs are client and program(s) determined, and are subject to change based on industry trends and fluctuations. Contact us for more information.

Advanced scheduling is highly suggested as are tentative program hold dates. (Reservation deposit required). Programs are available for weekday, evening and weekend as well as multiple-shift/platoon deliveries.

We will work closely with your organization to achieve mutual beneficial & favorable outcomes. Some customization of content for local-regional pertinence is available upon inquiry.

All programs are available for delivery throughout the United States and North America. Additional Select Programs are available for Global International Delivery in the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Europe, Middle East, Asia, India, Japan and Australia. Contact us for Program Details.