"Brass Tacks and Hard-Er Facts & Fire Attack: Engine Roles & Responsibilities"

Lead Instructors (Brass Tacks): Jerry Herbst, Chris "Stretch" Martin from Elkhart Brass
Lead Instructors (Fire Attack): Jeff Shupe & Strategic Fire Training Cadre
Details: This class is divided in 2 separated classes each 4 hours long. After lunch you will swap classes. A box lunch will be provided. Shuttles available to site, departures from Paramount Hotel
Required Equipment: Full turnouts, including helmet and gloves.
Dates/Times: February 28th OR March 1st, 2019. 0800-1700.
Shuttle Departure: 06:30 am from the Paramount Hotel
Location: Polk County Training Center - 1800 Monmouth St, Independence, OR 973


Course Description (Brass Tacks): This 4-hour course will take you behind the scenes of the making of the Brass Tacks & Hard Facts engine company training video series and beyond the facts presented.  It will be a deep dive in to the gamut that is the engine company discipline, specifically, heightening awareness to the various types of equipment that create fire streams and developing a basic understanding of the different types of nozzles in use today. It exposes the following critical factors contributing to success of the firefighter interaction with this equipment: Flow, function, relationship of pressure to GPM and limitations due to nozzle reaction.  Specific manufacturer data will be presented to make a case for selections citing industry trends.  Instigating change, committee development, and trial benchmarks will be discussed.  Lecture and hands on format will be combined to ensure each student has the comfort level to go back to their own department and evaluate and test their own fire flow system. A basis of understanding is developed drawing on statistical information from UL, NIST, ISO, NFPA 1710 section 5.2.3, 1720 and 1962.

Topics of the trade, including but not limited to the following are also on the docket: 
• Hose/nozzle whip and pairing your hose and nozzle system accordingly
• A thorough review of standpipe control valves and their implications on winning vs losing standpipe attack packages
• Kinks, clogs, and other engine company flow emergencies.

Course Description (Fire Attack): Many times a fire department engine company arrives at a well involved structure fire and firefighters are confused about what to do first. This hands-on engine class will show how a 3 member engine company can start operations on a large fire and set the tone for the incident - rather than let the fire dictate to them. During hands-on scenarios operations, students will see how to pump and flow for effect and deliver large volume attack at lower operating pressures.

Students will begin with a review hose line nozzles and pressures, nozzle operating mechanics and hose line management techniques. After that, a quick review of engine apparatus hose beds and how some hose loads can help firefighters deploy multiple lines easily and quickly.

Students will then be organized into 3 member engine crews and will operate following company (crew) concept. They will see how company concept leads to better accountability and efficiency on the fire ground. Hands-on scenarios will employ the first due engine and then multiple later arriving companies. By the end of this session, students will have better understanding of the roles and responsibilities  of an engine company and what it is capable of accomplishing with its crew.