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The Non-Traditional Truck Company

Winter Fire School

Jim Silvernail

Kirkwood Fire Department, MO

Jim Silvernail is the fire chief of the Kirkwood Fire Department of St. Louis County, Missouri, and is international accredited as a “Chief Fire Officer” (CPSE). He is the author of Suburban Fire Tactics (Fire Engineering Books and Videos, 2013) and the co-author of Suburban Fire Tactics from the Right Seat video (Fire Engineering Books and Videos, 2016).  Jim has over 21 years of operational experience and is a lead instructor at the St. Louis County Fire Academy, specializing in truck company operations. He also served as a member of MO-TF 1 (a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team), serving as a planning team manager.

Chief Silvernail’s formal education includes: an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology, a Bachelor of the Arts in Business Administration, and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management. In addition to Suburban Fire Tactics, Jim has written numerous articles for Fire Engineering magazine. He is a workshop instructor at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) (2011-2017) and presents at various regional deliveries.  Chief Silvernail served a principle member of NFPA technical committee 1710 and is a western regional director of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.

Arthur Ashley

Lexington Fire Department, KY

Arthur Ashley has been a firefighter since 1986. He has been with the City of Lexington, Kentucky for over twenty-four years, and assigned to both engine and ladder companies. Arthur is currently a captain assigned to Ladder Company 1 in downtown Lexington, the thirty-fourth busiest firehouse in the U.S. He is an FDIC hands-on training instructor as well as a classroom presenter. Captain Ashley is a Kentucky level two instructor and is a Kentucky State Fire School instructor, as well as an instructor with Lexington Fire Training Academy.

He travels throughout the state of Kentucky and around the country teaching hands-on training sessions and speaking on leadership and crew management. Captain Ashley is a co-creator and administrator of Truckie-Talk, a social media based training page focused on passing along training tips and highlighting the rich tradition of the fire service. He is an instructor for Truckie-Talk Training and Task Force 1, Inc.

  • SAT AM
  • Start: 8:00 A.M., Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • End: 12:00 P.M., Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Repeat Delivery
  • SAT PM
  • Start: 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • End: 5:30 P.M., Saturday, February 2, 2019

A large percentage of agencies in the United States have deficiencies in operating dedicated truck companies and have challenges accounting for all truck functions. Does that mean truck work doesn’t happen? Truck company operations are essential and these agencies need a system. This workshop will focus on consistently implementing a coordinated fire attack, even with resource deficiency. The Non-Traditional Truck Company explores the attitudes and realistic modern environments that hinder fireground coordination, developing effective solutions that have been proven from “street-smart” application. It will rely on the experience of Chief Jim Silvernail, who has developed numerous standard operating guidelines for resource deficient agencies, and Captain Arthur Ashley for his vast experiences with truck company operations. This program depicts the specific challenges which affect the decision making for consistently implementing truck company operations, specifically for agencies that do not operate dedicated truck companies. Video segments will be utilized to challenge participants. Fireground functions are prioritized through a lead discussion solving how to develop standard operating guidelines in order to build a system that incorporates all truck company functions. Audience members are highly encouraged to offer differing viewpoints and different tactical perspectives. Participants are requested to follow the supplied handout to detail all functions deemed necessary for a coordinated fire attack, and to provide solutions to examples and video challenges.