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Fire Behavior and Firefighter Survival: Keeping Firefighters From Killing Themselves

Winter Fire School

John Norman

Deputy Assistant Chief (RET)
Fire Department of the City of New York

Deputy Assistant Chief (RET), John Norman is a veteran of more than 40 years in the fire service, including over 27 years with the FDNY, the majority of that time in Special Operations units. Chief Norman served as a firefighter with Engine Co. 290, and Ladder Co. 103 in Brooklyn, Rescue Co. #3 which covered the Bronx and Harlem, and helped organize Hazardous Materials Company #1 at its inception in 1984. As a Lieutenant, he served with Rescue Co.#2, which covered all of Brooklyn, and as a Captain, he was the Company Commander of Rescue Company #1 which is located in the heart of Manhattan's high rise district, just off Times Square. While still assigned to Rescue 1, John worked with the Safety Command and the Fire Commissioner's High Rise Fire Safety Task Force, investigating and then developing high-rise fire safety legislation in the wake of the fatal Vandalia Avenue and Macauley Culkin fires, which killed three firefighters and six civilians. In the days after September 11th, 2001, John was designated as the Search and Rescue Manager for the World Trade Center site. He operated in that position for two months before assuming the job of Chief of Special Operations on a full-time basis.

  • 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-NFPA 1403

Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

This class is intended to keep firefighters from repeating the same deadly mistakes others have made, so they can avoid the tragedies that others have suffered. It focuses heavily on the changes occurring in today’s modern fire environment, and includes segments on the following: changing causes of firefighter deaths and injuries, the changing fire environment and its effect on firefighters, warning signs of impending firefighter casualties, and the prevention of catastrophes.