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.
- 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.