FRI 2011

Fire- Rescue International 2011 is just around the corner.
Even through it looks like I will not be able to attend this year. I wanted to give a shout out to some friends of mine that will be there.
The following are classes that  I would recommend you to try and check out.  These are people I know or have associations with and I believe that these will be some very worth while presentations.

Safety and Survival: The Officers Role on the Fireground

Wednesday, 08/24/2011 1:00PM – 2:30PM , Room B314
Description: The lecture and throughout the program we will identify ways that firefighters get “jammed” up and offer ways for the fire officer to identify these hazards prior to and during an incident and taking actions to eliminate or reduce the chance of injury or death. It is of utmost importance to keep the firefighter from getting in a bad spot to start with. Our lecture will identify ways to maintain good situational awareness and indicators that raise red flags for you on the fire ground.
Speaker: Jason Hoevelmann

UL Research with the Fire Service: Collapse, Ventilation, Solar Panels

Thursday, 08/25/2011 10:30AM -12:00PM , Room B408
Description: Over the past several years Underwriters Laboratories has been conducting research to improve firefighter safety. With support from DHS’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, UL has conducted 3 significant studies, Structural stability of engineered lumber, The Modern Fire Environment and Ventilation, and Firefighter Safety and Photovoltaic Systems.
This presentation will go into detail on the results of each of these studies and how they have added to the knowledge of firefighters.
Speaker: Steve Kerber P.E

Going Green to Save Some Green

Thursday, 08/25/2011 10:30AM -12:00PM , Room B409
Description: Environmental sustainability is a growing issue in the fire service with positive impacts on both the communities we serve and the departmental budgets we manage. The IAFC Environmental Sustainability Committee will host a panel discussion with chiefs from across the country who will highlight departmental best practices, lessons learned, and take your
Speaker: Mike Duyck
Note: I am hoping to write about IAFC Environmental Sustainabilty Commitee as soon as Chief Duyck is able to get me the info so please check out this group.

Strategic and Tactical Options for Firefighting with Limited Staffing

Thursday, 08/25/2011 3:00PM – 4:30PM , Room B312
Description: This seminar will discuss the options available to the Incident Commander in making strategic decisions for offensive/defensive operations with limited staffing.
Speaker: John Buckman III
Although I recommend these classes, this is by no means the only people and topics you should go see.  I am just asking that you take the time to come see these great instructors while they are available.
Be sure and visit the FireRescue booth and check out FireRescue Magazine,, and  Firefighternetcast
Also stop by and visit Action Training Systems and tell Sue Townsend I sent you and she can help you with all your training needs.
FRI is a conferance that is commited to Green Initiatives here is the link:
Hope everyone has a wonderful time at FRI 2011
Stay Safe
Lt. JohnShafer

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John Shafer

An 18 year veteran of  the fire service, and currently a Lieutenant and the Training Officer for the Greencastle Fire Department.  An Indiana regionally recognized instructor on building construction, fireground search and command management, he has traveled throughout the State of Indiana delivering specialized training programs on building construction, fireground search and firefighter safety.

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