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Available Classes

Craig Haigh

The Dynamic Fire Chief-Round Two (Classroom) (Full Day)  

We listened to your comments and are proud to bring The Dynamic Fire Chief – Round Two.  


Based on your feedback, Chief Haigh has developed an 8-hour course that will focus on the topic areas you requested in last year’s course evaluations:


  • Financial Management and Alternate Funding Options

  • Assessing Organizational Values

  • Policy and SOG Development

  • Conducting Internal Investigations

  • Employee Discipline

  • Labor/Management Relations

  • How to build and administer “low cost” promotional assessment centers


This training will be highly interactive with students working in small groups designed to facilitate discussion, networking and to learn from each other. 

Reduce Firefighter Risk: Pre/During/Post Incident (Classroom) (2-4 Hours)

Reduce Firefighter Risk: Pre / During / Post Incident

We know Chief Haigh from the The Dynamic Fire Chief, what we may not know is that he is a regular research partner with the University of Illinois – Fire Service Institute's Firefighter Life Safety Research Center and the Skidmore College First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory.     


Firefighter health is in the forefront of many discussions and ongoing scientific research.  Preventing injuries and illnesses in our first responders is a paramount issue in today’s fire service.  Chief Haigh will breakdown the complexities and offer a clear step-by-step algorithm on how to reduce firefighter risks from heat stress and the products of combustion.  Students will leave better equipped to care for their personnel based on current scientifically driven recommendations. 

Jason Hoevelmann

Keynote Speaker (Tuesday Only) (General Session Class)

Chief Hoevelmann will be delivering an amazing Keynote speech on July 23rd.  Stick around and learn from one of the best fire officers around! 

FD Tactics Training

The First Engine Due (HOT) (Full Day) (Offered Twice) 

The First Engine Due will cover the make and breaks of the first engine on location and the need, now, more than ever for fundamental approach to flow based rescue and the attack mindset associated with carrying out the "Grab."

We will cover the 5 deployment methods of the flat load and understanding that the fire should determine our deployment, not the way the hose is loaded.  

We will cover understanding the equalizing attack of large caliber flows on tank water and augmenting the small like with the mother of all bombs.  

The First Engine Due is built on Rural and Suburban tactics and understanding how to maximize your manpower for powerful change in the fire ground dynamics to take back time.  When seconds count, when count seconds! 

O'Byrne Fireground Training

Vehicle Extrication (HOT) (Full Day)

 In this class, we will cover the “Nuts & Bolts” of Extrication with a twist! We focus on how these skill sets apply to real world MVAs! We teach decision making and critical thinking that is applicable to patient conditions & survivability. Wrecked cars on an interstate or a hillside are not the same as victim-less junk yard cars. We will cover the basics along with some rapid tactics for when the patient doesn’t have the time for a long drawn out process. This”patient first” thinking, along with providing you with multiple “Plan B’s”, is our goal in this  hands on day of tearing shit up. This class will entail 1.5 hr in the classroom covering some extrication basics and discussion. This will lead into a full day out in the yard. Holmatro will be providing all of our tools for this event (battery & power unit driven), along with having a knowledgeable representative on hand for any questions pertaining to their newest and best tools. See Ya There! 

Valor Fire Training

Fire For Effect(Classroom and HOT) (Full Day) (Offered Twice) 

The purpose of this course is to develop strategies and tactics for self-rescue of trapped firefighters. There are times when fire fighters may find themselves alone, trapped or entangled in deteriorating conditions and it is paramount they possess the skills and techniques to self-rescue if necessary. This course teaches the skills and self-confidence to master different life saving strategies and techniques fire fighters should know and practice.


  • Associating the amount of air in a bottle to the approximate time left in the bottle

  • Explain the procedure for skip breathing

  • Exercise the Mayday Drill

  • Understand the operation of PASS devices, integrated and non-integrated 

  • Develop skills to remove wire or other materials which entangle fire fighters

  • Perform tank shift and tank dump maneuvers, while in a confined space

  • Perform self-exit from a simulated collapse encasement

  •  Perform self-rescue from a simulated window using ball up/out techniques

Engine House Training LLC. 

No Exceptions Leadership—Leadership for the Real World Fire Officer (Classroom) (4 Hours)

In the fire service, we frequently discuss and encourage our members to continually train on and practice the basic, fundamental skills of our craft. We espouse the critical nature of mastering the most used skills for our success, the safety of victims and the safety of our members. Whether it’s moving a hose line, pumping a truck or forcing doors, the basics on a tactical level cannot be overlooked or minimized. For officers in the fire service the basics of leadership and officer development should be just as important to us. The company officers are the individuals that determine the success and failures of our members, not only on the fire ground, but also in the firehouse. The development of our officers must be equal to our tactical proficiency to handle the demands placed on them daily. From preparing and mentoring their members for promotion to establishing boundaries and expectations, this class will address several components of officer development and leadership that company officers can take and utilize right away in their daily routines. We will discuss some basic concepts for the company officer to use as tools to be as effective as possible in performing the many tasks he is assigned.

Street Smart Command—Basics of Command for Any Officer (Classroom) (4 Hours) 

Taking command at a scene is the easy part, but having a command presence and being able to control the fire ground is something very different. We find too many times that incident commanders get too focused on accountability boards, flow charts, organizational structure sheets and worksheets that they get behind on actually running the call. The items listed are tools, not what makes an incident run smooth. Crews must trust the command officer and the command officer must trust the crews, and that trust only comes from good, accurate decisions being made on a consistent basis. This class will provide incident commanders with the tools to have a command presence, not just a command post at working incidents. From how to communicate with crews operating to setting up your call to expand if needed, we will teach the students how not get overwhelmed when the call isn’t going just as planned. Reading smoke, understanding the construction characteristics, allowing crews to work and properly assigning resources are the main focus in this class. Using video and audio from actual calls, we will offer the students a dynamic learning experience that will help them have a positive, confident command presence at their next fire. This class has been presented 3-6 times but it is updated to stay on top of the ever changing fire service.

Woods Forcible Entry Team W/FD Tactics Training LLC (HOT)

Justin Mann and the Woods Forcible Entry team will be collaborating with the FD Tactics boys and bringing you an even more amazing class for this year!  Come, stretch lines, flow water and force doors with some of the best in the business!  See FD Tactics description for further! 

Leadership Development Concepts-

Rescuing the Leader inside You! (Full Day)

Course Description G.L.U.E. (Growing Leaders Using Empowerment) is an eight hour program designed to teach first responders a principle focused approach to fire safety. Participants learn seven basic principles that, work to enhance practical fire safety training. First Responders internalize these principles, and by living them, create an improved brand of principle focused fire safety professionals. 8 CEUs available to apply upon course completion

Jonah Smith and Zach Schleiffer With Hornet Fire Training

Bridging the Generational Gap (Classroom)(4 Hours)

This course will address the methods to deal with the current generational gap within the fire service. The diversity of generations in the service present issues that firefighters everywhere must navigate. This course will enlighten all members on methods to successfully navigate issues with generational differences in their departments.

All Things Engine (Classroom) (4 Hours) 

Receive an introduction to the best methods and techniques to ensure that the first-arriving engine is successful in the four areas of the initial fireground action of placing a fire suppression line in service. This class will address the production an effective attack package to ensure success on the fire ground. Study the elements of the stretch, the placement, the advancement, and operation of an attack line that can be improved upon to increase fireground efficiency. This class is intended for all levels of firefighters and will present methods that can be used in all areas and staffing complements from around the country. 
This course has been presented 2 times at FDIC, multiple times in other conferences to include MAFFC and SC Fire Rescue.

Search HOT Class (8 Hours)

A cornerstone of fire ground operations, primary search must be completed in a timely and effective fashion. This hands on course aims to better prepare firefighters for their next primary search. Topics discussed will include search priorities, body positioning, room orientation, victim lifts & drags, physical fitness, crew cohesiveness and mindset. Firefighters taking this course should be prepared to complete several drills and scenario based events designed to increase confidence, troubleshoot potential problems, and formulate a training plan to bring back to their respective departments. 

Jared Smith (HOT) (Full Day) (Offered Twice) 

Real World Ground Laddering 

This class will cover real world operations with ground ladders. Topics and scenarios will range from throwing straight ladders with minimal manpower, to a bangor ladder on a grade unconducive to ladders. We will cover unconventional carrying, deploying, raising and heeling techniques that are not in the norm, and in scenarios that will challenge the best of us. We will cover deploying off of different apparatus set ups, and setting yourself up for success immediately before coming off the truck. Laddering on various grades, at various angles, matching roof pitch, fly-in vs. fly-out, ladder stacking, chuting ladders, balcony raises and other controversial topics will be discussed and performed. We will cover operating off of ladders positioned very specifically to cover all operations from simple venting to rescue of overweight victims, all with positioning done only a single time. Ladder and tool packages will be covered to ensure maximum efficiency in deployment off of the rig.

Scott Peterson 

Motivation in Training...Getting it Back! (Classroom) (4 Hours) 

This class was developed and designed to help fire departments both large and small to help overcome the lack of motivation in their training. So many times regardless if we are a paid firefighter or a volunteer firefighter we find any “excuse” not to attend training. This class identifies why we do not train, and how we can look at some options to get motivated to attend training, be productive at training, and help our fellow brothers and sisters to become motivated to train. It also looks at the reasons why we need to train and the results if we don’t. This is an interactive class getting to know the students and the issues in their own departments. We will use class participation, video, and even use our emotions as a motivator.

Course Objectives:

Identify why we need to train, and why it’s important to train.

Discuss why we don’t train•Get you to think and ask yourself personally why I should train and do I train enough.

 Talk about ways we can better ourselves/department in training.

 Use our emotions as motivation

Valley TEMS

Rescue Task Force and Engine Company Tactics for Active Shooter Response

(HOT) (Full Day) 

HOT class for MARCH assessment and Rescue Task Force tactics within the engine company response to active shooters. Casualty Collection Point management along with the RTF teams utilization for best patient outcomes are national standards which will be taught in practical application scenarios.

Lauryn Dewald and Jason Workman 

Peer Support in the Volunteer Fire Service: A Proactive Approach (4 Hours) 

Each year, the number of firefighter suicides continues to rise. The perception of putting on the tough face is no longer there. Departments nationwide are now coming together to offer EAP, mental health counseling and substance abuse services. But - what does that mean for the volunteer fire service? On January 31, 2012, Ralston Fire Chief Kyle Ienn committed suicide, leaving behind his wife, kids and many fire service brothers and sisters. When we went looking for help, everyone turned us down as we “didn’t qualify for EAP” or contract prices “were exceeding $10,000 a year.” These resources are not as easily accessible to the volunteer departments even though suicide and mental health doesn’t discriminate. Instead, we need to be more proactive in our care instead of reactive to the situation. Lauryn and Jason helped establish the first volunteer peer support program in the state of Nebraska. This program now stands as a model for other local departments building proactive mental health care into standardized fire training. Learn how Jason has integrated proactive mental health care, training sessions and critical incident stress debriefing into our everyday knowledge and culture while Lauryn shows you how to start your Peer Support program in your department.