When you talk about Fireground water delivery, what exactly does that entail?
Fireground water delivery covers everything from water supply, supply line hose evolutions, pump operations, handlines, and master streams.
How much of your classes are hands-on?
Most classes have about 1 to 2 hours of inside classroom teaching and the rest is outside hands-on work.
What do you base your teachings on?
I’m always looking at new ways to do things. Let’s face it, a lot of what is being taught today in water delivery is based on rules and regulations from years ago. I have guidelines that I follow when creating new ways to deliver water. The first thing I look at is safety for the firefighter. In no way will I teach something that causes undue risk for firefighters. Another part of my teachings is based on efficiency. Is this the easiest and most practical way to implement this operation. When using firefighting equipment. I always go by the manufacturers recommendations on how it is to be used. What you will find is that on occasion I do go against what current fire stream management books say can be done. You might also find that I could be going against your Department SOP’s. What I ask is that you evaluate what I have to offer and then decide whether SOP’s need be changed to reflect the new standard.
How long are your classes?
The length of the class depends on several things. Before giving you a timeframe I sit down and talk to you about what you are looking for in the class in regards to how your Department operates. The classes are custom designed for your departments needs. Most of my standard classes can be taught in one to two days. I have taught classes that have lasted five days based on what the department was trying to accomplish.
As far as logistics go, what do you need to teach a class?
Since my topic is water delivery, there are a few things that are required. Obviously you need a water supply. In some cases only one hydrant will be needed. The hydrant should be above average in water flow. Ideally a 1500 GPM hydrant will work. The training ground area needs to be able to adequately drain large volumes of water safely. Some classes will require multiple hydrants with three being a minimum. As far as apparatuses is concern, some classes will only require one pumper and others will require multiple pumpers. This will be based on the class itself. If the department being taught has a truck company, it will be requested in the class. Some classes require the use of portable radios For some classes a classroom will be required with PowerPoint capabilities and a chalkboard of some type.
What type of space safety equipment is required for your class?
Since this is a hands-on class. I require a minimum of helmets and gloves. Of course your Department SOP’s on training will supersede this.
Do you bring any equipment related to water delivery for your class?
Yes, I bring water measurement equipment such as pressure gauges both in-line and handheld and a flow meter. I also bring specific nozzles and in some cases hose.
What are your costs for the class?
My standard fee is $2000 per day plus all expenses incurred to include travel, lodging, and possible extra airline fees for luggage. I do not charge a per diem for food, or any other incidentals.
Is any type of certification that you have for your classes?
I do offer a certificate of completion for any class that I teach.