#iFIRELAFTC // May 4-6, 2020
Long Beach Convention Center - Seaside Ballroom // Long Beach, CA 90802

Fireground Tactics Track

Fireground Tactics

This track is designed for those individuals who are currently or will soon be serving as a company or chief officer charged with managing initial operations at an emergency scene.

This track will be presented by accomplished company and chief officers who will share their knowledge and expertise on the critical factors to consider as a first arriving officer to an evolving incident.

This program will include detailed tactical discussions related to single family, commercial, highrise and wildland events. Instructors will also provide leadership tips, recommendations on operational risk management, go, no-go decision-making and guidelines for managing a mayday event.
 

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Last updated: February 18, 2020

Fireground Tactics Track Sessions

Monday, May 4, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Command and Control

Command and Control are two of the most critical components required to effectively manage any emergency incident. This program will provide attendees with a detailed understanding of how to prepare for and establish command operations for an advancing emergency incident. Using a collection of videos and fireground simulations, attendees will be provided the opportunity to apply these skills as if they are part of the first-in company or chief officers. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and feedback through the course.

Logan Fields, Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Operational Risk Management & Leadership for a Mayday Event

In the fire service, effectively assessing and managing the exposure to risk in an all-hazard environment is necessary to reduce firefighter injuries and ultimately prevent line-of-duty death. This presentation will introduce the Operational Risk Management (ORM) process - a template for effective assessment and management in uncertain conditions. Following this process, firefighters will be able to perform a threat assessment; make decisions about avoiding, controlling, or accepting the risk they are exposed to for a given situation; determine the life safety profile; and apply appropriate tactical actions associated with perceived risks. Attendees will also have an opportunity to apply the process to a simulated mayday, communicating the most essential information and organizing individual efforts for effective firefighter rescue and overall success in managing the emergency.

Kenneth Cook, Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Fundamentals of Fire Control Within a Structure Utilizing Fire Dynamics

In this presentation, chiefs Jardin and Alkonis will provide an overview of NFPA 1700: Guide for Structural Fire Fighting. This guide is being developed with fire service representatives, research scientists, and other stakeholders. It incorporates fire dynamics research that’s focused on challenges faced by emergency responders related to modern building construction or common furnishings found in most structures. The guide provides guidance to the fire service on best practices to preserve life, operate safely on the fire-ground, and extinguish fires. Be ready for strategies, tactics, and tasks to improve efficiency.

Joe Jardin, Deputy Chief, FDNY and NFPA 1700 Committee Chairman

Derek Alkonis, Assistant Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

First-In Single-Family Residential Fire

Using a collection of photos, slide deck presentations and fireground simulations, the instructors will discuss how to effectively size up the incident and set up the fireground for a single-family residential fire. Specific emphasis will be placed on the importance of an accurate initial on-scene size-up that establishes incident priorities, identifies tactical objectives, and applies risk management and tactical prioritization. This is a highly interactive class and attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and feedback throughout the course.

Robbie Grego, Deputy Chief, Long Beach Fire Department

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

First-In Wildland

This program will assist all ranks with identifying and reinforcing the fundamentals necessary to be successful during the first 15 minutes of an evolving wildland incident. These practices fit into wildland fires of any size and complexity. This back-to-basics approach to wildland command will show that regardless of fire size, behavior and weather, the first 15 minutes really doesn’t change.

Using a combination of lecture and interactive participation from the attendees, the instructors will identify some common misconceptions with basic and complex wildland incidents. Examples of topics include resource management, control of resources, communications plans, and the navigation of multi-agency responses.  

Drew Smith, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Chad Cook, Deputy Chief, Ventura County Fire Department

Tom Stukey, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Mitch Diehl, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

First-In Commercial Fire

This presentation will provide a step-by-step approach to setting up the fireground as a first-in company/chief officer to a commercial building fire. Specific emphasis will be placed on the incident command system, effective fire ground communications, and developing the most effective strategy & tactics to safely control a large-scale commercial incident. This is an interactive class and attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and feedback throughout the program.

Jim Sullivan, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

First-In Highrise Fire

Derrick Chapman, Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Fireground Tactics Track Instructors

Derek Alkonis

Derek Alkonis

Assistant Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Derek is a 30-year career veteran of the fire service, serving as an Assistant Chief with the Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department. He oversees the Air and Wildland Division. Derek has been instrumental in establishing the agency as a leader in fireground safety and fire service wellness/fitness. A firm proponent of training, he has developed and implemented innovative programs supporting fireground tactics, survival, and firefighter health.

Derrick Chapman

Derrick Chapman

Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Derrick is a 21 year veteran of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, currently assigned to Battalion 1 in the high-rise district of West Hollywood and Marina Del Rey. Chief Chapman has spent many years working in a high-rise area as a firefighter, an engineer and now as a battalion chief. In addition, he is a member of the Department-recognized High Rise Committee, responsible for training and equipment.

Kenneth Cook

Kenneth Cook

Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department

Ken has been a member of the Los Angeles City Fire Department for 18 years. He has held the rank of Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, Emergency Incident Technician, Captain I, and Captain II. He’s established himself in the administration as the Chief Deputy’s Emergency Operations Liaison Officer and has pursued his passion as a training officer with the Los Angeles Area Regional Training Group since 2012. His commitment to increased firefighter safety and agency interoperability, along with his tireless evaluation of emergency responses and desire to perform at the highest level, has separated him as a fire service leader.

Mitch Diehl

Mitch Diehl

Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Mitch is a 31-year veteran of the fire service currently serving with his agency’s Training Services Division. Prior to promoting to battalion chief, Mitch served as a Wildland Superintendent, training Captain, and station Captain at numerous fire stations. Prior to promoting to Captain, he served as a fire prevention inspector, and engineer on engines and trucks. He spent about seven years as a fire crew supervisor, becoming qualified as a strike team leader. He has also been a paramedic and served on his department’s search and rescue team. Mitch has earned an associate degree from Oxnard College and bachelor’s from California State University in fire administration. Mitch has many CICCS qualifications including Planning Section Chief Type 1. He has been the Planning Section Chief on California Interagency Incident Management Team #4 since 2012.

Logan Fields

Logan Fields

Captain, Los Angeles Fire Department

Logan is a 24-year veteran of the fire and emergency service currently serving as a Captain with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Captain Fields is currently assigned to the Los Angeles Regional Training Group focusing on personal and professional development of firefighters, company and chief officers. Prior to promoting to Captain, Logan held the rank of Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, and Staff Assistant with the LAFD.

Robbie Grego

Robbie Grego

Deputy Chief, Long Beach Fire Department

Robbie is a 25-year veteran of the fire service, currently serving as Deputy Chief of Support Services with the Long Beach FD. Robbie has served as Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain, Training Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Director of Training. Robbie helped develop LBFD’s Officer Development Program. Robbie has completed certifications from Columbia Southern University, Santa Ana, and Cerritos College. He has been an integral part of the Rescue Task Force and is a licensed general contractor.

Joe Jardin

Joe Jardin

Deputy Chief, FDNY, NFPA 1700 Committee Chairman

Joe has been with the FDNY for over 34 years. He serves as Assistant Chief and leads 600 personnel. Joe was previously FDNY’s Chief of Safety. He has served in rescue and squad companies and as Battalion Chief in the Rescue Battalion. A longtime member of NY-TF 1 and the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue system, Joe is currently a Deputy Incident Support Team Leader. Joe serves as chair of the NFPA 1700 Technical Committee and has a seven-year appointment to the NFPA Standards Council. Joe received a bachelor’s in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and a master’s in management from Thomas Edison State University.

Drew Smith

Drew Smith

Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Drew is a 31-year veteran of the fire service currently working as a field Battalion Chief serving Western Los Angeles County. A second-generation firefighter, he started his career with the Los Angeles County hand crew in 1988. Drew and is currently completing his bachelor’s in leadership and organizational development. Drew has served as Firefighter, Firefighter Paramedic, Engineer, Captain, and Superintendent. Drew is a qualified FBAN, OPSC, and RXB1, an instructor for NWCG at the National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute for S-590 since 2004, and a steering committee member.

Tom Stukey

Tom Stukey

Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Tom is a 31-year veteran of the fire service currently working as a field Battalion Chief serving the Santa Clarita Valley. A second-generation firefighter, he started his career with the Los Angeles County hand crews in 1988. Tom has held the positions of Firefighter, Firefighter Paramedic, Engineer, and Captain and has been a Battalion Chief for the last 7 years. As an Operations Section Chief, Tom has significant experience in both initial attack and extended attack incidents.

Jim Sullivan

Jim Sullivan

Battalion Chief, Los Angeles County Fire Department

Jim has been a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department for 23 years. He is the current department director of training as well as a California State fire instructor. He is the chairman of the Fire Behavior Committee and has assisted with the continuing development of the fire behavior curriculum taught to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.