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Tactics From The Right Seat

Winter Fire School

Jim Silvernail

Kirkwood Fire Department (MO)

Jim Silvernail is the Fire Chief of the Kirkwood Fire Department of St. Louis County, MO 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 AAS in Fire Protection Technology, a BA in Business Administration, and an MS 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.


  • 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

Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

This class is designed to simulate fireground decision making; it will identify the fireground factors that affect decision making and create challenges through a variety of situations. Scenarios include challenges at residential structure fires, rescue profiling, mode determination, multi-family structures, and commercial occupancies. Discussion also focuses on topics unique to the non-urban settings, such as staffing constraints, limited resources, and response area challenges. Company officers will then be tasked to implement actions based on safety, effectiveness, and efficiency. Critical elements of a safe, coordinated fire attack will be discussed and circumstantially prioritized.