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Fireground / Fire Officer Courses by Chief Mike Terpak

Fireground / Fire Officer Training

All Hands Fire Training is proud to offer Training Programs from national instructor Deputy Chief Michael Terpak.

Michael Terpak has been in the fire service for 43 years, having spent the last 36 years with the Jersey City Fire Department where he recently retired as a Deputy Chief and City-Wide Tour Commander. Throughout his career he has worked in the city’s Lafayette and Greenville areas with Engines 10 & 17, Ladder 12, Rescue 1, Chief of the city’s 2nd. Battalion and the former Chief in-charge of the city’s Training Division. In addition to the above, he was also the High-Rise Training Coordinator for Jersey City. Terpak travels extensively around the country lecturing on fire/rescue topics.  Chief Terpak holds a BS degree in Fire Safety Administration from the City University of New Jersey and is an adjunct professor for the Fire Science Technology program at Sussex County Community College.  He is the author of five best-selling books, “Fire Ground Size-Up” , “Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics” ,“Fire Ground Operational Guides” Assessment Center Management and Supervision” and “Fire Officer Oral Assessment Study Guides.” The NEW 2nd. Edition of “Fire Ground Size-Up” will be available in 2019!

FIRE OFFICER PROGRAM SERIES:

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS: This seminar is a MUST for every current or future fire officer! Knowing “when to stay” or “when to go” are the critical factors outlined in this seminar. Situational Awareness, or the lack of it, is a consistent series of factors that leads to the success or failure of an emergency incident. Touted as one of our most popular programs, this seminar is a 7-hour (full day) seminar designed to enhance your anticipative skills.

MODERN FIRE GROUND OPERATIONS:  This program is a 7-hour comprehensive review of fire department operations in Light-Weight designed buildings, followed by a comprehensive review of the NIST and UL information relating to Transitional Fire Attack. The new suggested strategy “hitting it hard from the yard” has become the most heated topic in the history of the fire service!

TRANSITIONAL ATTACK – NOT ALWAYS! This 3 hour program reviews the NIST and UL information regarding TRANSITIONAL FIRE ATTACK and presents information that you NEED to KNOW before you “hit it hard from the yard.” Don’t miss this information!

 

 

OPERATIONS IN LIGHTWEIGHT BUILDINGS: This is a 3-hour comprehensive review of the Size-Up factors necessary for a safe operation in and around structures constructed with Light-Weight components. From understanding building design to fire behavior and fire department operations; the material presented in this program is critical to getting everyone home.

This program covers:  Identify the different Light-Weight building materials being used, Discuss the reasons for their increased use in the building construction industry, Identify the decision making challenges, Identify fire behavior and collapse characteristics of Light-Weight building materials, Establish an identification/awareness program for their departments, Develop an operating guideline for fires in Light-Weight designed buildings.

STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE (Part 2 of Lightweight Buildings Class):  In conjunction with friend and mentor FDNY Chief Vincent Dunn’s book, “Collapse of Burning Buildings“, this 3 – hour program reviews the different classes of construction and the inherent occupancies where collapse is most probable. In this seminar we will discuss the different types of construction with the fire spread and collapse concerns for each. Through a number of case studies and video footage, we provide each student with an “anticipation guide” to protect their members.

FIRE DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS IN HOARDING CONDITIONS:  This concern is NOT limited to urban firefighting. Fire Departments from rural, suburban, and urban areas need to be aware of the concerns and how to effectively and safely operate in buildings full of accumulated items. Identified as one of the “most dangerous buildings we can enter into,” this 3 -hour program is designed to prepare you for the unexpected.

MAYDAY & URGENT RADIO OPERATIONS:  This is a three hour program designed to establish procedure with your members for a MAY-DAY or URGENT radio transmission. In this seminar we will identify the difficulties, the parameters, the difference between the messages, as well as when and how to transmit a message. Through the use of actual case studies, we will present your department with a model SOP for a realistic approach to this subject.

COMMAND & CONTROL THROUGH USE OF THE FD:  This is a 3-hour comprehensive program that focuses on a uniformed/informative and disciplined approach toward scene management and control through use of the FD radio. In this seminar we provide you with a scripted outline for the initial radio report, the alarm status report, and the incident scene progress report. Additionally, we will focus on identifying building construction, floor/occupancy designation, and discipline needed in your radio use. By reviewing actual radio transmission clips and case studies, we will provide your department with a uniformed approach on what to say, how to say it and how it should impact your fire ground operations.

FIRE GROUND SIZE-UP:  This program is a comprehensive review of the 15-Size-Up factors necessary for an efficient, effective and safe operation. This program is designed for a current or future Company and Chief fire officer. This is NOT a basic program! Utilizing the acronym COAL TWAS WEALTHS, this seminar is presented as 7-hour seminar.

DEVELOPMENT & USE OF FIREGROUND TACTICAL COMMAND BOARDS:  This three-hour lecture/demonstration will take the student through the design and use of a Tactical Worksheet and Command Tracking Board. Students will be able to apply tactical worksheets through a series of mock fireground scenarios utilizing their own department’s resources.

FIRE GROUND SIZE-UP / OCCUPANCY SPECIFIC:  Each of the listed occupancy/buildings is presented as 3-hour lecture or an all-day interactive workbook seminar. Each class will cover size-up factors “specific to the occupancy listed“, as well as suggested strategies and tactics for the first due engine, ladder and chief officer.

To schedule a Fire Officer Training Series program, please contact us at Training@AllHandsFire.com

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