Command: Mayday and Your Fireground

Winter Fire School

Brian Kazmierzak, EFO, CTO

Division Chief of Training
Penn Township Fire Department, Mishawaka, IN

Brian P. Kazmierzak, EFO, CTO is the Division Chief of Training for the Penn Twp. Fire Dept. in Mishawaka, IN and also serves as the Co-Chair of the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association Technical Rescue Team. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration from Southern Illinois University and serves as the Director of Operations for www.firefighterclosecalls.com. Brian was the recipient of the 2006 F.O.O.L.S. International Dana Hannon Instructor of the Year Award, the 2008 Indiana Fire Chiefs Training Officer of the Year Award Recipient and the 2011 ISFSI/FDIC George D. Post Fire Instructor of the Year.

  • 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

Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

This class will look at how strong officers and incident commanders prevent Mayday calls in the first place, and what truly is getting us into trouble on today’s fireground. It will use case studies to see how some departments set themselves up for a line of duty death or other organizational failures without even realizing it. In the end it’s the little things that matter! These topics will aid your department and leaders in charting a future of drifting away from failure for the organization. Repeatedly we see Mayday calls on the fireground. We practice rapid intervention, transfills, carries and drags, but are you really prepared? Are you prepared as a firefighter, a company officer, and a chief officer? Can your system handle a Mayday? How many channels do you use to run it? How many chief officers? Do you know the root causes of a Mayday on the fireground?