Ventilation: East Coast vs. West Coast

The Firefighters Support Foundation‘s (FSF) newest training program is now available. Ventilation: East Coast & West Coast: Tricks of the Trade addresses the differences in regional ventilation techniques and provides some “tricks of the trade” for more efficient and effective application of techniques from both coasts. The program consists of a 20-minute video presentation, including discussion and demonstrations, and an accompanying 20-slide PowerPoint. The turn-key program is ideal for both in-service and academy instruction.

Covered topics include: ventilation considerations, roof type and construction, differences in tools and approaches between the East and West Coast, and tactics for enhancing your ventilation technique. The presenter is Engineer Abraham Madrigal, an professional firefighter with the Hillsboro (OR) Fire Department and an instructor with Unifire and several other firefighting instruction organizations.

The program is free to all members of public safety and emergency management agencies. Simply view in the player below, or download the video HERE and the PPT HERE.

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About the Firefighters Support Foundation

The Firefighters Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to assisting firefighters, emergency management, EMS, and Search & Rescue personnel perform their jobs effectively and safely. They also set aside a portion of their funds to aid underfunded agencies and assist families of fallen firefighters.


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