Prospect Heights Fire Protection District, IL
Drew Smith, EFO, CFO, LP is the Fire Chief of the Prospect Heights (IL) Fire District. He has been a member of the fire service for 39 years, the past 28 as a chief officer. He has served in volunteer, part-time, private, and municipal career departments. He has served as department training officer, regional firefighter academy director and executive committee, regional technical rescue team director for 20 years, and chair of the MABAS-IL Statewide Technical Rescue committee. He is a community college faculty member. Chief Smith holds multiple state certifications in firefighting, technical rescue, hazardous materials, officer, and Instructor/Training Program Manager. His experiences include the formation of a new fire department, implementation of paramedic transport ambulances into existing fire departments, transitions from volunteer to career staff, the implementation of a first aerial apparatus into fire departments, and the formation and operation of two recruit fire academies. He is a member of several state and national fire service organizations including the IAFC and ISFSI. He has presented at FDIC numerous times over the past 23 years.
Many fire departments utilize aerial apparatus at structure fires. Whether the stricken department owns the aerial or summoned it using mutual aid, preplanning its use strategically and tactically will improve its value on the fireground. In this four-part program the general considerations for use, positioning, and set-up are presented followed by a detailed examination of rescue operations, then elevated stream operations, and then concluded by several case studies. Accounts of actual fires will be studied where aerial operations complimented the strategy and others where perhaps the use of an aerial may have done so. The emphasis of this presentation is on the vehicle and its driver/operator and officer and not on traditional “truck work.” How to build skills is as much a part of the presentation as is the nuts and bolts of positioning, spotting, and operating. When the driver/operator and officer have a detailed understanding of their vehicle, its capabilities, and a variety of skills, they can implement tactics that can successfully achieve the incident commander’s strategy.