The Fire Service has long been said to have its roots in the trades and the WORK conference has its aim at honoring those humble beginnings. From Lecturers speaking on where we are hitting/missing the mark in the service to quality reps based in skill, sweat, and most importantly WORK, there is something here for all in the fire service. All profits will be donated to Mike Rowe Works in an effort to give back to the trades that have built us. The conference will be held on April 5th-8th at the following locations:
APril 5th-6th Speakers:
ACC Highland Center: 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd. Austin, TX 78752
Nozzle Forward/Engine Work: 4800 Shaw Lane Austin, TX 78744
Truck: Travis County ESD #11 9019 Elroy Rd. Del Valle, TX 78617
Fire Chief Ken Bailey - Travis County fire rescue
Captain Gabriel Angemi - Camden
Gabriel Angemi is in his 19th year of service with the City of Camden NJ Fire Department, currently assigned to Squad Company 7 in Whitman Park. Angemi is a Rescue Specialist for NJ-TF1 FEMA USAR, a Pro Board Certified Instructor 2, A State Certified Level 3 Incident Manager, Firefighter 2 and Fire Officer 3. Angemi has a Bachelors Degree in Public Safety Administration from Nuemann University and is currently attending graduate school at Georgetown Unniversity for a Masters in Emergency and Disaster Management.
Lt. Sammy Hittle - Wichita
Sammuel Hittle is a Lieutenant with Wichita Fire. he has an associates in fire science, he is an FDIC, traditions Training, and Wichita HOT instructor as well as an FDIC lecturer. He is a contributing author for fire engineering, urban firefighter, fire rescue, fire nuggets and fire rescue interactive publications. He is a two time firehouse magazine heroism award recipient (2012 and 2015), Kansas state fire marshall tom mcgauhey award recipient and Wichita fire department firefighter of the year. Lt. Hittle has served on the interior attack technical panel for uL, currently serves as the Wichita fire truck company coordinator and is a member of the fire department instructors conference (FDIC) executive advisory board.
Ret. FF Jeff Shupe - Cleveland
Jeff Began his career in 1974 and retired from Cleveland (OH) Fire department in 2011. he then served briefly as a division chief in north myrtle beach (SC) fire. He was a field training officer for the state of ohio fire academy for 24 years and taught for many years in basic and advanced firefighter training programs.
Shupe has authored numerous fire service articles over the years for fire engineering, Firehouse, and fire nuggets. he instructs and consults on engine Company and fire ground operations, procedures and practices.
FF Jimmy Greene - Charlotte
Following in his father and grandfathers footsteps, Jimmy started his fire service career in a volunteer department at 14 years old as an explorer. That was 1992 and the same little Town now is a municipal Fire Department were Jimmy serves as a Captain assigned to the Training Division. In 1998 Jimmy obtained his dream of becoming a “Big City Fireman” when hired by the Charlotte Fire Department. Jimmy has been facing backwards ever since on some of the busiest Engine Companies in the Queen City including Engine 11, Engine 15, and Currently Engine 42.
In 2002 Jimmy lost his best friend when the floor collapsed into the burning basement. While rescued quickly, Josh Earley, succumbed to burns received in the fire two days later. This event questioned Jimmy if he should stay in the fire service. After some time off Jimmy decided to stay in the profession he loved so much although there were hurdles to overcome. A few years later as demons were realized the best therapy he found was telling his story of both the loss of a dear friend and his personal problems afterwards. Jimmy loves Engine Work and if he never is assigned to a Ladder company that’s completely fine…
Firefighter Michael Torres - Chicago
Michael Torres is a 17 year veteran of the fire service. Mike is a firefighter paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department (Tower Ladder 34). He also serves as a candidate instructor at the Quinn Fire Academy. Mike is a captain and training officer for the Hometown, Illinois Fire Protection District.
Mike's life is dedicated to the preservation of tradition and continued development of the fire service. He serves as an instructor throughout Illinois. Serving for the Romeoville Fire Academy, Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) and Prairie State College fire science program.
Mike is a member of Illinois Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team. In his free time, Mike volunteers for local charities and donates instruction time with the south side F.O.O.L.S. A fraternal organization dedicated to the fire service.
Tried and True Truck
This is your grandfathers Truck school! The instructors of this course will be bringing back the tried and true principals of ventilation, search, ladders. forcible entry, building size up and more in order to challenge even the most seasoned firefighters. Set in the train-the-trainer model, our instructors aim is to take your skills to the next level. By doing so the goal will be for you to be able to return to your department and spread what you have learned here. The end of the coarse will be set in scenarios to challenge your decision making game. We look forward to WORKing with you on April 7th and 8th.
Nozzle Forward Skillz and Drillz
Nozzle Forward Skillz and Drillz is an expansion of the Nozzle Forward. It is specifically for firefighters who have already participated in the full 2-day Nozzle Forward program. We will be refining techniques, expanding on methodologies, and running through some of the same drills found in the original Nozzle Forward program as well as a second set of drills designed to build on and hone your skills. This will be two days of drilling with others who have been through Nozzle Forward classes and start to put it all together in different scenarios and settings. This class will be taught by Nozzle Forward Cadre from around the country and is not a class that comes around often. You WILL NOT want to miss out on this one!
Your not so basic Engine Company Operations class. What you need to know for aggressive fire attack!
This class begins with students flowing and operating different size hand lines, nozzles and heavy stream appliances while using flow meters. Emphasis will be on understanding proper nozzle pressures, friction losses, and pump pressures. Nozzle mechanics and hose line management techniques will be reviewed for attack effectiveness and management.
Students will perform various hose line stretching and advancing techniques including initial attack lines, multiple hand lines and use of master stream appliances.
Students will operate as members of an engine company where company concept and accountability will be stressed. Company concept and crew effectiveness will be demonstrated during evolutions. Safety and efficiency will be practiced.
Students will take part in multiple company/multiple line evolutions beginning with supply line ops and initial company operations through later arriving companies.
By the end of the day students will have a better understanding of fire attack effectiveness for initial attack hose lines; multiple company / multiple hose line operations including master stream use.
Ret. Firefighter JEff Shupe -Cleveland
The classroom portion of this course provides fire departments the basic understanding of how to utilize a Standpipe during fire incidents. The class will teach students about the importance of understanding how a Standpipe operates emphasizing the importance of pre-incident surveys and knowing what exists in their jurisdictions. Content includes basic components that make up a standpipe, how to identify Pressure Reducing Devices and NFPA 14 and 13E recommendations for fire department operations in standpipe equipped buildings. Hands on demonstrations will provide in context comparisons of 1 3/4" and 2 1/2" attack packages for building systems. Drills include hallway stretches, stairwell stretches and trouble shooting options using the Denver Fold System. Students need to bring Full PPE but no SCBA.
Sergeant Brian Brush -Edmund
Below are the list of hotels we have found to be in proximity of our conference. Take notice that the hotels highlighted in yellow are the ones who have offered special group rates through the fools. Of course, you could stay anywhere you would like during the conference and are no way limited to these choices. Shout out to our Treasurer, Sandy George for the outstanding work on the spreadsheet!