Outreach Training

Current Classes Available

Springfield Conference

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
100 S. Fountain Ave.
Springfield, OH 45502

Hands-On Training

An intensive basic forcible entry class focusing on conventional tactics covering residential and commercial operations. This class will provide a broad spectrum of street smart forcible entry skills proven from experience and tradition. Instruction will be taught through our intensive hands on teaching style and provided by our highly experienced & professional instructors using our extremely realistic forcible entry simulators. Attendees will leave this class with an improved skill set on forcible entry for residential/commercial applications that will translate to safe, efficient and professional tactics on the fireground.

SKILLS COVERED: 

- Conventional inward and outward forcing with both irons and saws
- Safety and communication commands
- Tools and equipment
- Size up
- Residential vs Commercial tactics
- One person forcing with irons & saws
- Baseball swing forcing on inward swing doors
- Lock pulling
- Through the lock
- Shove knife
- Hinge pulling
- Gates, chain and padlock tactics
- And more...

Prerequisite: Basic Irons & Saws (must provide documentation)

An intensive forcible entry class focusing on advanced tactics covering residential and commercial operations. This class will provide a broad spectrum of street smart forcible entry skills proven from experience and tradition. Instruction will be taught through our intensive hands on teaching style and provided by our highly experienced & professional instructors using our extremely realistic forcible entry simulators. Attendees will leave this class with an improved skill set on forcible entry for residential/commercial applications that will translate to safe, efficient and professional tactics on the fireground.

SKILLS COVERED:

- Conventional inward and outward forcing under limited visibility & space
- Safety and communication commands
- Tools and equipment
- Size up
- Residential vs Commercial tactics
- One person forcing
- Baseball swing forcing on outward swing doors
- Forcing/ manipulation of commercial glass doors
- Through the lock
- Advanced leverage tactics
- Hinge cutting
- Drop bar breaching
- Deadbolt cutting
- Wrought iron security door tactics
- And more...

Todd Shepherd is co-owner of Forge Fire and Company. A firm that specializes in building custom fire training simulators as well as hands on fire training. Forge Fire and Company provides over 140 years of firefighting experience between 5 instructors! Todd is designer/fabricator of Forge Fire and Company Forcible Entry Simulators. Todd serves as lead instructor for many of FFI’s training classes including forcible entry, flammable liquids & ARFF.

Currently a career firefighter in suburban Central Ohio city for nearly two decades. Holding certifications as a State of Ohio Fire Instructor/NFPA 1403 Instructor as well as being a member of the (COST/USAR) Central Ohio Strike Team/Urban Search & Rescue.

Classroom Sessions

Over the last decade, the fire service has become more focused on research and evidence-based practice. In some cases, this research has validated traditional tactics and in others, the research as pointed to the need for change. But is this interest in understanding and applying the science of our profession new? Since the late 1800s the fire service has been engaged in a debate about the relative value of science and experience to the profession of firefighting! Research on the use of water for fire control began in earnest in the 1930s and 1940s and has continued too today. Join in a historical look at the use of water for fire control to understand the development and evolution of firefighting tactics, and in some case how accurate the perspectives of some of our forefathers were. This historical journey provides a solid foundation for examining current research and practice and looking to future improvements in fire control effectiveness and efficiency. Ed Hartin serves a fire chief with Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue a small combination fire protection district. Whidbey Island is in Puget Sound, midway between Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver British Columbia. Chief Hartin entered the fire service in Concord, Massachusetts in 1974 and has a diverse fire service background serving as a firefighter, company officer, and chief officer in rural, suburban, and urban fire service agencies. Ed is a past president if the USA Branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers and serves as a member of the Underwriters Laboratories Fire Safety Research Institute Advisory Board. Ed has an associate’s degree in fire protection and safety technology, bachelor’s degree in fire service administration, and master’s degree in education. He co-authored 3D Firefighting: Training, Techniques, and Tactics, is a frequent contributor to fire service publications, and has presented nationally and internationally on fire behavior and firefighting tactics. Ed is currently authoring a book examining the work of Lloyd Layman and his contributions to firefighting tactics.

Based on the content in his soon-to-be released seventh book titled FLASH POINT, Chief Viscuso draws comparisons between the four most common stages of team development and the four stages of fire - Incipient, Growth, Fully Developed and Decay. During this highly-motivational talk, Chief Viscuso will explain why some teams are consumed with Drama and Conflict while others thrive under pressure. Attendees will be introduced to the 8 essential steps they will need to take in order to reach their peak performance as individuals and team leaders.

Those steps are:
Step 1 – Set Expectations Upfront: Every organization’s culture is created by design or default.
Step 2 – Prepare for Victory: A team wins or loses long before the game begins.
Step 3 – Take Action: Procrastination is the slayer of confidence.
Step 4 – Delegate to Develop: Dividing tasks and developing your people multiplies your chances of success.
Step 5 – Have the Guts to Persist: At some point in a fight, technique gives way to heart and determination.
Step 6 – Adapt When Necessary: The best ideas have to win, even when they are not yours.
Step 7 – Serve All and Serve Well: Always exceed customer expectations, not sometimes, always.
Step 8 – Reward Your Team: The people who work the hardest are often those who feel the most appreciated.

Frank Viscuso served the Town of Kearny, New Jersey (Hudson County) for twentyseven years before retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief. He is the author of 6 books including Amazon bestsellers Step Up and Lead, Step Up Your Teamwork and The Mentor. Chief Viscuso is a highly sought after, internationally recognized speaker who has the ability to move people to action. Over the past decade he has traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and spoken to hundreds of audiences on many topics that include leadership, team building, and customer service. His clients include emergency service workers, sales teams, U.S. Armed Forces, the healthcare industry, small businesses, and large corporations (including Exxon/Mobil). Frank has provided Keynotes at West Point Military Academy and various Universities and has been chosen to be a Keynote speaker for FDIC International in 2022. His seminars and speeches are designed to introduce people to the top traits associated with leadership and to equip them with the skills they will need to lead, inspire, and motivate their teams. Every organization’s culture is either created by design or default. Creating a culture of exceptional service does not happen by accident. Chief Viscuso connects with his audiences through his passionate and often humorous delivery. His “High energy” and “highly-motivational” seminars are designed to equip people with the necessary skills they will need to excel in their chosen field. His proven theories, methods and techniques will help your organization provide exceptional customer service and make a great impression on the people they connect with on a daily basis.

Understanding and Implementing Core Concepts Arising from the UL-FSRI Research

Starting in April 2017 the Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL-FSRI) research team along with members of their Advisory Board and select fire service educators and leaders from across the country, have teamed up to present Fire Dynamics Bootcamps throughout the US. As part of the 3 day events, FSRI’s Steve Kerber and Dan Madrzykowski lectured on several Core Concepts arising out over a decade’s worth of fire dynamics research at UL and NIST.

Peter Van Dorpe has been intimately involved with the UL/NIST research since 2006 and is lucky to be a member of the instructional team at the bootcamps. At this workshop he will use Madrzykowski’s Fire Dynamics lecture and Kerber’s Core Concepts to lead a discussion on how these ideas and information can assist participants in developing best practices for mounting an intelligent interior fire attacks in a modern fire environment. Along the way, he may help debunk some of the myths, misstatements and misinterpretation that has made its way onto blogs and social media. At the end of the day we need to be more “aggressive” than ever before, BUT we must come to a better understanding of what that means and how we can intelligently do so.

This six hour seminar will be a fast paced event with tons of information and fireground size up and command tools to help any officer of any rank on the fireground regardless of experience level.

Attendees will better understand how to avoid the “Fog of the Fireground” which can catch anyone at any type of event. We will also review and better understand the MAYDAY from a command and company officer viewpoint.

We will also review simulations created on YOUR buildings in YOUR response areas.

Members will also receive a cloud link where all items reviewed in class will be available to share and review upon their return to respective department.

Joe Pronesti is a 32 year fire service veteran and currently an Assistant fire Chief in the Elyria, Ohio Fire Department located in Northern Ohio, he is a frequent contributor to Fire Engineering Magazine and Website and host to the Fire Engineering podcasts, “In their Own Words” and “Main Street Firefighting”

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August 23 - 27, 2021 (40 hours)
Fee $750


This intense 5 day course exceeds NFPA 1006 for rope rescue technician with a special hybrid twist. The course is designed to prepare practitioners for advanced rope operations in environments where swift and flat water are present. Students will also perform bridge rigging to extract victim from water bodies as well as natural environments with moving water in the gorge. Highlines will be of significant focus. This course is fast paced and requires students to have a prerequisite of rope operations and swift water operations. Students must bring rescue gloves and helmets, as well as water shoes. Students should be in good physical condition. This course will be primarily conducted in Dublin, OH

September 6 - 10, 2021 (40 hours)
Fee $750

This intense 5 day course exceeds NFPA 1006 for rope rescue technician. The course is designed to prepare practitioners for advanced rope operations in a variety of environments and conditions. Students will work in natural environments with cliffs as well as commercial settings and hydro pillars. Highlines will be of significant focus. This course is fast paced and requires students to have a prerequisite of rope operations. Students must bring rescue gloves and helmets. Students should be in good physical condition. This course will be primarily conducted in Dublin, OH

September 20 - 23, 2021 (32 hours)
Fee $600

This intense 4 day course exceeds NFPA 1006 for tower rescue technician. The course is designed to prepare practitioners for advanced rope operations on elevated industrial structures. Students will work at significant heights on a transmission tower for this course and will be required to perform both lead and lanyard climbing. This course is fast paced and requires students to have a prerequisite of rope operations. Students must bring rescue gloves and helmets. Students should be in good physical condition. This course will be primarily conducted in Johnstown, OH

October 11 - 15, 2021 (40 hours)
Fee $750

This intense 5 day course exceeds NFPA 1006 for trench rescue technician. The course is designed to prepare practitioners for advanced operations in intersecting, complex, and deep trenches. Students will work in both concrete trench simulator and dynamic soil trenches. Students will also perform advanced lifting and rigging operations with HDA’s. This course is fast paced and requires students to have a prerequisite of trench operations. Students must bring rescue gloves and helmets. Students should be in good physical condition. This course will be primarily conducted in Dublin, OH

October 25 - 29, 2021 (40 hours)
Fee $750

This intense 5 day course exceeds NFPA 1006 for swift water rescue technician. The course is designed to prepare practitioners for advanced operations in moving water with a primary development of rescue swimming. Students must complete the IADRS swim tech test. This course is fast paced and requires students to have a prerequisite of rope operations and swift water operations. Students must bring water gloves, water shoes and helmets. Students should be in outstanding physical condition. This course will be primarily conducted near Dayton, OH


Online Registration Site

*Register online with credit card

Sycamore Twp Fire Department

Fire Officer 3   -NEW DATES-

Online: October 6-30, 2021 (24 hours)
Classroom: October 5 & 15, 2021 (16 hours)

Sycamore Twp Fire Department
Fire Officer 4

Classroom: November 1 - 5, 2021 (40 hours)

Piqua Fire Department
Fire Officer 3

Classroom: November 8 - 12, 2021 (40 hours)

Outreach training at your department...

State Fire School offers customized outreach training for volunteer and paid departments / agencies. These classes focus on training at your department.

Courses can be customized specifically to your departmental needs, and vary in nature from a hands-on training to classroom / leadership style training.

Courses include but not limited to:

  • Fire Officer 1
  • Fire Officer 2
  • Fire Officer 3
  • Fire Officer 4
  • Size Up and Command on the Fireground
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  • Street Smart Truck & Engine Ops
  • Rope
  • Trench
  • Confined Space
  • Auto Extrication
  • Structural Collapse 
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serf instructor tom wilcox

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