REGISTRATION Orlando Fire Conference 

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Hands On Training
February 22nd - 23rd, 2019 (0800hrs - 1700hrs)

All Hands On Training participants are required to have met their own state standards for operating as an interior structural firefighter and have permission from their own agency Fire Chief to participate in the Orlando Fire Conference. In order to participate in the Orlando Fire Conference, each participant must:

Sign the Liability Waiver, bring NFPA approved SCBA, and bring NFPA approved structural firefighting gear.

Vertical Ventilation – 8hrs - SOLD OUT

Back by popular demand! This class should be taken by any firefighter, not just those assigned to a truck company. This class will cover vertical ventilation by means of roof cuts, Over Live Fire. Students will receive the benefit of cutting over live fire without the danger. This year’s class will bring back the pitch roof and pass on the information needed to ventilate these types of roofs.

Vertical Fire Attack – 8hrs - SOLD OUT

This class will cover extended lines and above grade firefighting. It will also teach ways of attacking fire after hoisting and several stairwell stretches. Once on the fire floor, students will advance using techniques and tricks of the trade for easy hose movement. It will also go over several types of hose packs and ways to deploy them.

Hoarder’s House and Line Management into Live Fire – 8hrs - SOLD OUT

This class covers the challenges of line management. Students will learn techniques in advancing lines while flowing through challenging circumstances. Students will work together in teams advancing hoses of various sizes through hallways and hoarder house conditions.

Weapons Selection – 8hrs - SOLD OUT

This class will discuss decisions made by the first arriving engine. It will also cover weapon selection from the water can to the nozzle. Further, students will learn about the effects that hose size, length, and nozzle have on the firefighter operating it. In addition, students will learn skills in using the water can during initial search and its effectiveness on the initial fire attack.

Thermal Imaging Fundamentals – 8hrs - SOLD OUT

This class will cover thermal imager use for the first in companies. Students will also get to see the limitations of the imagers use and tricks for fast effective searches and floor plan layouts using the camera to its full potential.

Truck Fundamentals - 8 hrs - SOLD OUT

This class will be comprised of several disciplines that are consistent on every Ladder Truck Company throughout the Nation: Ladders, Saws, and Interior Search.
Ladders are one of the most misused and intimidating tools in the Fire Service. You'll learn how to conserve your energy, throw ladders effectively, and utilize them as a means of survival if handled with confidence during VES and Roof Operations. Saws are another underutilized tool that will be covered in this class. Students will get plenty of hands on training using the saw. Interior Search will recreate real-life conditions with little to no visibility, forcing entry on interior doors, all while teaching how to work swiftly and effectively as a team. Fundamentals are the key to success.


“One Bad Day” - 8 hr RIT Operations - SOLD OUT

The mentality of RIT has changed, no more standing in the front yard waiting for a Mayday activation. RIT is PROACTIVE!!! The RIT should be comprised of the ultimate firefighters, well versed in all aspects of firefighting. (Building construction, forcible entry, navigation though collapse, ladders, search, victim removal, technical rescue, Etc…). ONE BAD DAY will go over all the phases of a RIT activation and will tie it all together in REALISTIC scenarios with LIVE VICTIMS. Would you want you, rescuing you or your crew? Are you up for the challenge?


“ Survival “ - 8 hrs - SOLD OUT

Brought to you by the staff at Fire Department Training Network, this course is designed to cement positive and proper techniques into your memory for situations involving firefighter entanglement, SCBA emergencies and disorientation. The attendee will face challenges in an environment that is positive and constructive.


Vent, Enter, Search – 8 hrs - SOLD OUT

2019 will add live fire scenarios to this class. Do not miss this class!
This class has become a signature course of the OFC and an overwhelming favorite of attendees. Vent, Enter, Search is a very simple concept that puts firefighters in the best position to rescue a victim of fire. This course will break down the steps of this search technique and allow the attendees to gain confidence in its application. The course culminates in the application of VES in a setting that presents realistic challenges and obstacles and this year we will add live fire to the mix. Feel the real heat and real smoke conditions encountered during the V.E.S. practice.


Forible Entry – 8 hrs. - SOLD OUT

Forcible Entry has been such a requested topic that this year we are making it its own class. This 8 hour class will cover several disciplines ranging from conventional to unconventional techniques.
“Conventional Forcible Entry” will cover techniques that have been in the fire service for the last 100 years brought to you by FDNY's bravest.

“Unconventional Forcible Entry” will push saws to the limit and teach you techniques to enhance your entry operations for commercial structures.

“Through the Lock” will cover the techniques needed to enter structures causing little to no damage and ways to secure the structure after the incident.


MEGA: Make Engine Great Again - 8 hrs -SOLD OUT

The MEGA Class will encompass hose line and nozzle selection, hose-line placement and the basic understanding of flowing and moving. Hose line advancement and flowing into realistic buildings specific to your demographics. Getting back to the “Beyond the Pre-Connect” principles of always having a plan A, B, and C for when things go wrong, which will include extending hose-lines and operating in difficult situations. Primarily, setting yourself up for success outside of the fire. This class is geared towards the everyday engine company firefighter, driver and officer looking to become better equipped and ready for every situation the fire ground presents.

Heavy Rescue - 8 hrs

OFC is proud to announce the delivery of this 8-hour, special operations course that will present many situations and challenges that are not often drilled upon. This is not solely a vehicle extrication course; this training will provide instructional segments followed by rescue scenarios that are unique and challenging. Many scenarios will be presented where a victim is trapped in a vehicle or machine requiring special tools or a unique problem solving approach to complete the rescue.

Advanced Auto Extrication - 8 hrs - SOLD OUT

Participants will engage in the 4 most common types of vehicle entrapment and practice the latest techniques in disentanglement. Stations will include Vehicle Under-Ride, Dash Techniques, Vehicle-on-its-Side, and Vehicle-on-its-Roof. This is a hands-on, skill heavy HOT seminar with emphasis on safety, technique, and speed. Participants will utilize tools from TNT Rescue, Hurst, Holmatro, Genesis, Paratech, Dewalt, Rescue Jack, and more, while performing various aspects of advanced technique. Participants are encouraged to review Basic Vehicle Stabilization and vehicle terminology as this fast paced seminar is all about "tool-time".

The Ups & Downs of Elevators - 8 hrs

“The Ups & Downs of Elevators,” will examine the vast changes in elevator technology. We will look at how those changes impact firefighters when we use them to reach fires on upper floors of high rise buildings, and when we are called to rescue occupants of stalled elevators. In this class, we will cover what firefighters can safely do to release occupants trapped in stalled elevators, and, more importantly, when actions taken by firefighters without direction from elevator professionals can put themselves, and the elevator’s occupants, in grave danger.

The class will examine the design and function of hydraulic and traction elevators, their hoist ways, and machine rooms; then we will look at MRLs, that’s machine room-less elevators, which are becoming very common. We will see how interlocks and door restrictors—intended to keep elevator passengers safe—can make it more difficult for firefighters to release trapped occupants if they do not know how they operate, and how to properly defeat them without causing unnecessary damage.

Those attending the class will gain a solid understanding of Fireman’s Service and why it does not guarantee the safety of firefighters under fire conditions. The class will conclude with a near miss where an out of control elevator could have taken the lives of an entire fire company.

Part 2 of the class will be a hands-on portion. We will be strengthening the attendees’ knowledge from the classroom by going into the elevator pit, car top, and the machine room. We will be placing the elevators in fireman service and working through potential problems that may be encountered. Poling an elevator hoist way door will also be reviewed in this portion of the class.




Participant Information


All Hands On Training participants are required to have met their own state standards for operating as an interior structural firefighter and have permission from their own agency Fire Chief to participate in the Orlando Fire Conference. In order to participate in the Orlando Fire Conference, each participant must:


1. Sign a liability waiver (see language below)

2. Bring NFPA approved SCBA

3. Bring NFPA approved structural firefighting gear


If you do not have the ability to bring an SCBA, please contact us. Participants are highly encouraged to bring a spare SCBA cylinder. By registering for the Orlando Fire Conference, the participant agrees to the terms above and will bring the appropriate equipment.


Each participant will take part in 16 hours of hands-on-training over a two day period (Feb. 21-23, 2019)


Class rosters will be posted on the website three days before the start of the conference.