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Aggressive Fireground Search in Suburban & Rural America

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New Albany High School

1020 Vincennes St

New Albany, IN 47150

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Aggressive Fireground Search in Suburban and Rural America

John Shafer, Chief of Training & Safety at the Washington Township Avon Fire Department.

This challenging and unique class is designed around aggressive fireground searches that are done in suburban and rural America. Most suburban & rural response models have limited initial resources.

However regardless of limited staffing Life Safety is still our number one priority. In this class we will examine how basic knowledge of fire dynamics and alternate methods can assist limited staffed crews to be more effective in their primary search, secondary search of buildings on fire. Not only in residential buildings but, multi-family and commercial buildings.

This class will also cover unique attributes of different occupancies and how to use them to your advantage in aggressively searching. Some of the topics covered are search size-up, pre-incident rescue profiling, on-scene rescue profiling, zero visibility search techniques, thermal imaging camera use, vent enter search (VES), rope assisted large area search and oriented search methods.


Bio: John Shafer is a 24-year veteran of the fire service and is currently Chief of Training & Safety at the Washington Township Avon Fire Department. John is a recognized instructor who has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada delivering specialized training programs on Building Construction, Fireground Search, Fire Behavior, Firefighter Safety, and the Close the Door initiative. He has taught nationally at FDIC, Firehouse World, and Firehouse Expo. John strives to bring advanced training and new technologies to the Washington Township Avon Fire Department; keeping an open mind when learning about new advancements and discoveries while respecting the historic past of the fire service. John is passionate about sharing his findings with others and one of the ways he does this is through social media. John manages several fire service training pages and is also the founder and editor of greenmaltese.com

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