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A Tactical and Strategic look at Private Dwelling Fires

Winter Fire School

Jim Duffy

Battalion Chief
Wallingford Fire Department, CT

Jim Duffy has more than 40 years in the fire service, a career firefighter for 26, and Battalion Chief / Shift Commander in the Wallingford (CT) Fire Department for the since 2000.  He is an Ex-Captain from the Mineola, Long Island (NY) Fire Department. He is a nationally certified fire instructor. He is an adjunct instructor for Middlesex County Regional Fire School. Jim co-hosts Fireground Strategies on Fire Engineering Talk Radio with Anthony Avillo. He has been published in firefighter trade magazines in Canada and the United States, including Fire Engineering. Jim is a co-author for the bestselling Tactical Perspective DVD series from Fire Engineering, lead on the Search DVD.  He was the division chief in charge of the Yale School of Medicine Survivability Study on the Last Chance SCBA Back-Up Filter. Jim lectures on a variety of firefighting subjects throughout the country, and is a regular presenter at FDIC. Jim Also Teaches for the Wallingford Fire Department’s Recruit/Firefighter 1. Chief Duffy is a member of ISFSI, IAFC, and NYSAFC.

  • SAT AM
  • Start: 8:00 A.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • End: 12:00 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Repeat Delivery
  • SAT PM
  • Start: 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • End: 5:30 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Repeat Delivery
  • SUN AM
  • Start: 8:00 A.M., Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • End: 12:00 P.M., Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • DFS 4-Incident Safety Officer
  • DFS 4-Inspector
  • DFS 4-Investigator
  • DFS 4-NFPA 1403

Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

Private dwelling fires are the most common structure fire in North America. Historically more than 75% (2,500) of civilian fire deaths and 47% of firefighter combat deaths occur in the more than 360,000 residential dwelling fires in the United States. It is no secret that buildings are more energy efficient, and structural members are being made lighter and cheaper, and fuel loads have higher heat release rates. Is it really just a routine fire anymore? You may go to the occasional commercial or warehouse fire, but odds are most of your structure fires are in one or two-family homes (private dwellings). Just because this is the most common fire you go to, it does not mean that you can let your guard down. This highly interactive and challenging workshop explores fire dynamics, command, fire attack, ventilation and search in private dwelling fires. Topics will cover the importance of coordinating all fireground tactics safely and efficiently in spite of today’s staffing. We’ll discuss current scientific studies and how it should impact your tactics. Just a note, there were 102 home fire fatalities reported in the month of July 2017 alone, in private dwelling fires.