The New Firefight | Northcentral Technical College

The New Firefight

Saturday, October 24, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Plover Fire Department
How to Identify, Survive and Master Modern Fire Dynamics and  Lightweight Construction While Mounting an Interior Fire Attack
Lightweight energy efficient construction, modern fuels, firefighter encapsulation and manpower reductions have combined to make today’s residential firefight a dramatically new challenge for even the most experienced firefighter. This workshop brings together cutting-edge research and best practices from around the country to help firefighters develop strategies and tactics for mounting interior fire attacks in modern residential construction.
This workshop combines the research and outreach initiatives and will assist participants in developing best practices for mounting an intelligent fire attack within these structures, particularly in attics and basements, and whenever they encounter ventilation-limited or post-flashover conditions.  This workshop will cover the following objectives:
  • Introduce the scope and magnitude of the problem
  • Review the most recent UL/NIST research available 
  • Present curriculum on strategies and tactics for the modern fire ground
Lunch will be provided to participants
Featured speaker
Peter Van Dorpe is the Assistant Chief of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. He recently retired as Chief of the Chicago Fire Department’s Training Division after a 33-year career with the CFD. He holds a bachelor's degree in Fire Science Management from Southern Illinois University. He has made presentations on modern fire ground challenges at FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Fire Rescue International and the National Fire Academy. In 2012 he delivered the General Session Keynote at FDIC and addressed the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, on the “Effectiveness of Furniture Flammability Standards and Flame Retardant Chemicals.” In addition to his work as a Field Instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, he has been a lead instructor for the Chicago Fire Department's Fire Officer School, and has taught building construction for the fire service through the City Colleges of Chicago. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) Firefighter Safety Research Institute. He recently participated as a Subject Matter Expert for UL’s research on "Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber In Fire Conditions," the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s “Evaluating Firefighting Tactics Under Wind Driven Conditions,” the IAFF/NIST “Firefighter Safety and Deployment Study” in high rise buildings and the NIOSH investigation in to the Line of Duty Deaths of two Boston firefighters that occurred on March 26, 2014.



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Plover Fire Department 2400 Post Road, Plover, WI 54467