"The DIY Engine & Gaining Relative Superiority"
Lead Instructors (DIY Engine): Gary Lane, Shawn Foust, Adam Maiers, Brian Abbott - Rogue Fire/Mission First Concepts Cadre
Lead Instructors (GRS 2 1/2" Attack): Fire By Trade Cadre and guest instructors
Dates/Times: February 28th OR March 1s, 2019. 0800-1700.
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. Bring your own SCBA and spare bottle if able, otherwise they will be provided.
Location: Hillsboro Training Site - 620 SW Wood St, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Course Description ("DIY" Engine): This class will show how to start getting the most important things on the fireground; first hoseline, forcible entry, primary search- starting with an understaffed engine company of 2-3 people on scene.
We will cover single firefighter forcible entry, 1-2 firefighter hose stretches and how a single firefighter can start the primary search. This class is geared towards the heads-up firefighter looking to make the most out of the understaffed situations many of us must deal with when the 2nd due is several minutes away.
Course Description (Gaining Relative Superiority): Students learn that a cut in staffing does not automatically have to mean a reduction in the size of the hoseline used. A three-person engine is far and away the most common firefighting unit in the country. On paper, this appears appropriate: an officer, an engineer, and a firefighter. The real-world translation at a working fire is pump operator and two firefighters. Many organizations use this perceived staffing deficiency to explain away their ability to place anything other than a 1¾-inch hoseline into service.
The fallacy is that the 2½-inch line necessitates more people or is more complicated. In many situations, this is not true. Operating as a 1¾-inch-only department is a choice; operating as a one-line engine is a result of staffing deficiencies. They are independent. The 2½-inch handline is a larger line, but it is still a single line. Through training, education, and proper tool selection, your company can effectively deploy and initiate an attack with the bigger weapon.