Ventilation Tactics

ventilationtacticsThis is an 4-hour course and will include approximately 2-hours of classroom and 2-hours of hands on.

The lecture portion will consist of a comprehensive overview of the What, Where, When, Why & How of Vertical Ventilation.  We will discuss in depth the purpose and various types of ventilation on residential & light commercial structures as well as the Do’s & Don’ts of positive pressure ventilation. 

We will also discuss the critical importance of building construction as it relates to ventilation and how it has become forsaken all too often.  Handouts will be provided and you are encouraged to review basic building construction prior to this class. 

The Lab portion will take place directly after the Lecture each day at the training center.  This is a "Hands on Lab" that will allow the student to use proven vertical ventilation techniques with the use of chain saws, rubbish hooks & roof ladders for optimal safety during vertical ventilation.  A steep and shallow roof prop are used to demonstrate these techniques as well as the importance of teamwork and communication.  There will also be a saw handling and safety section to improve chain saw proficiency and confidence as well as the ability to "feel" the rafters. 

Instructor: Mark Kipley has 30 years of fire service experience serving the City of Corona in Southern California. 16 years as a Captain, 6 of which were as Captain of a truck company. Since retirement he has been an instructor with Firetown Training Specialists primarily teaching “Truck Operations” which include but are not limited to forcible entry, search techniques and vertical ventilation of residential and commercial structures. He also continues as an instructor in vehicle extrication primarily with the City of Corona Firefighters Association at their annual extrication seminar each April in Southern California.

 Required Gear:  Note taking materials, Full Turnouts and NFPA eye protection

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