FDIC 2014: Firefighting Tactics for Modern Wood-Frame Construction

Rochester (NY) Fire Department Captain Scott Joerger will present a classroom on firefighting tactics for fires in modern wood-frame construction at this year's FDIC.

New tactics for facing this type of fire will be presented in this class. Among topics covered are the basement, noting construction features and floor support systems; a review of tests from UL and the wood industry; first and upper floors; the fire problem with attics, garages, and exteriors; and an analysis of how differences in construction in these areas affect hazards to firefighters throughout tactics and operations. Videos and line-of-duty deaths are used to emphasize the dangers. Firefighting tactics for modern wood-frame construction stressing firefighter safety and methods for quickly searching for victims after finding and confining the fire from a safe, defensive position will be presented.

SCOTT JOERGER is the captain of Engine 5 in the Rochester (NY) Fire Department, where he has worked for the past 20 years.  He is also an assistant chief with the Pittsford Volunteer Fire Department and a former wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon. He has an associate degree in fire protection and a bachelor's degree in management.

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