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This training program is a one-day seminar on Firefighting Operations in High-Rise and Standpipe Equipped Buildings. This seminar is designed to give chief officers, company officers, and firefighters a solid foundation upon which to build a comprehensive operational plan for highrise firefighting. Chief McGrail will utilize his 41 years of fire service experience, from nozzle person to incident commander, along with his years of research and development to outline and explain the critical components necessary to successfully combat fires in high-rise and standpipe-equipped buildings while managing the risk. The lessons learned from several fire service case studies, including numerous high-rise fires that Chief McGrail has operated at, will take attendees from the basics to the battle. The central theme of Chief McGrail’s training seminar is a proper firefighting mindset, emphasizing the need to continually fight the deadly disease of complacency. Attendees will be given a review of the standpipe system, including the dangers associated with standpipe system pressure regulating devices (pressure-reducing valves / pressure-restricting devices). A comprehensive discussion of engine company operations, with an emphasis on “proper weapon selection,” will highlight the critical tools necessary for successful standpipe operations along with the fundamental techniques and procedures to make these operations extremely user-friendly.
Chief McGrail will also address several of the essential truck company (support) functions, outlining and explaining Ten, Truck Company, HighRise, and Operational R’s. The choreography of the entire operation rests with the incident commander and a solid command structure to achieve overall command and control. Chief McGrail will provide a recipe for success by outlining the six essential areas of command and control for high-rise operations utilizing the incident command system (ICS) / national incident management system (NIMS). This seminar will provide a comprehensive understanding of the essential components necessary to achieve success in high-rise operations. Attendees of this seminar will leave armed with vital information and become re-energized to accomplish our most important mission, fire suppression, in our most complicated fire environment, the high-rise building.