2019 - Classes Offered

Each participant may attend any three of the listed courses!



Course 101 - "Cars Hanging Around" - Taught by Les Baker

Cars Hanging Around covers the topic of vehicles hanging from structures, trees, guide wires, etc. and the challenges responders must manage. These extrication incidents also require the use of ladders and in many cases high angle rescue tactics while operating tools. Students will complete scenarios with vehicles in suspended positions utilizing a variety of tools, tactics and rope operations. In this course vehicles are hung from a structure and participants must rappel down to perform their extrication assignments.  


Course 102 - "Bus Extrication & Rescue" - Taught by Jim Bolton

In this course participants are taught extrication and rescue techniques for school busses, transit busses and tour busses. Specific techniques for busses are covered in stabilization, making space, extrication evolutions and more. The program also presents common issues associated with MCI response. Hand tools and hydraulic equipment are both utilized.  


Course 103 - "Advanced Rapid Response Extrication" - Taught by Jason Defosse

This is designed specifically for those departments that are covering large areas and when time is critical....every second counts!

Firefighters will be challenged to create a plan with the clock running, perform fast , safe rescue. The following scenarios are- multi vehicle accidents, roll over pin jobs, and T-Bone & head-on impacts. Firefighters will receive extensive tool time.  The course includes training in the following areas:

• New car technology, including hybrids ( Late model cars will be on site )

• Quick stabilization 

• Rapid extrication 

• Resources 

• Truly understanding rescue tool operations and how to maximize their power. 

This must-have program will share all the latest rapid extrication techniques that will help firefighters improve their rescue times and build confidence. Non-tariffed Maple Syrup treats will be given to those who attend :).

Training Program or Standard:  NFPA 1006 Compliant


Course 104 - "A Methodical Approach to Heavy Vehicle Rescue" - Taught by Jeff Hakola

Large vehicles drive through our communities on a daily basis. When the tones drop for a vehicle under a tractor-trailer with the driver trapped, it is too late for practice. These five pits are developed to guide students through; calculating loads, using stabilization/lifting equipment based off of the situation, and provide instruction of techniques to separate larger vehicles from the passenger vehicle. 

Heavy Lifting and Stabilization: A Methodical Approach to Heavy Vehicle Rescue 

Large vehicles drive through our communities on a daily basis. When the tones drop in the middle of the night for a vehicle under a tractor-trailer with the driver trapped, it is too late for practice. The victim and community are expecting rescuers to show up and expeditiously handle the problem at hand. This class is designed to breakdown operations during heavy vehicle accidents by utilizing a step-by-step process through facilitated learning. Students will be presented with five, "real-life" pits designed to challenge and enhance their operations. These five pits are developed to guide students through; calculating loads, using stabilization/lifting equipment based off of the situation, and providing instruction of techniques to separate larger vehicles from the passenger vehicles. The pits will also include different pieces of equipment that demonstrate various ways to overcome obstacles dealt with on the street. Students will physically get to see the forces being applied to both the equipment and larger vehicles within the system. Our instructors do not just teach tactics; they strive to explain “how” and “why” it works within the entire operation. This is a fast-paced, one-day class that will leave participants feeling more confident when confronted with these incidents. Come ready to think, work, and get your hands dirty.


Course 105 - "Patient Vehicle Movement" - Taught by Toranze Lee

The patient vehicle movement class will be tought to make you think of it as a first option and not a last!! We will cover topics of when, where, and how to move vehicles in a safe and controlled fashion. You will learn how to use struts, rams, spreaders, shovels, grip hoist, and other pulling devices to help safely relocate vehicles. We will show you how to move vehicles from trees, Jersey walls, other vehicles and so on. Once class is completed you will have a stronger understanding of how to relocate vehicles.


Course 106 - "Extrication Confined"- Taught by Steve Jason

This class will challenge students with vehicles pinned in some tight spaces such as in trenches, under concrete and in gullies. Each scenario will have its own set of challenges for the students like driverside down into a trench with limited access. This is a think out side the box class where each student will need to have multiple plans at the ready. Your not going to want to miss it


Course 107 - "Lifting Struts As An Active Rescue Tool" - Taught by Cris Pasto

In this program, you are going to learn the simple yet critical physics and geometry behind proper strut application in both static stabilization and dynamic lifting. There’s a great deal of confusion and misinformation presented in the rescue field with regards to struts and we will clear that up for you.  We will then apply these concepts in using struts as an active rescue tool to free pinned victims in a variety of seemingly complicated scenarios in a timeframe that gives the patient a chance.  You’ll go away with a whole new understanding and appreciation for lifting struts.  


Course 107.5 - "Real World Stabilization" - Taught by  Tim O’Connell

This class will provide knowledge and hands-on skills on the newest technology tools available. You will also learn advanced techniques and education on the application of these tools and older tools in today's increasingly complex world of vehicle rescue.


Course 108 - "Up On Red" - Taught by Robert Hnatko

Airbags have been a part of the rescue tool box for decades. New designs and technologies have made an even more valuable tool in heavy vehicle extrication. Hands on rotations will place students in challenging scenarios between heavy and light vehicles and focus on the use of high-pressure airbags and control systems to accomplish the rescue. Stressing a methodical approach, instructors will guide students in developing a rescue plan to engage critical thinking and problem solving.  


Course 109 - "Farm Tractor and Machinery Rescue" - Taught by Eric Rickenbach

 Farm tractor and machinery accidents happen very infrequently but when they do, they are usually serious and require special skills and good teamwork by all the responders on scene. Today, many responders may not be familiar with the equipment involved and the tools and techniques needed to perform a safe patient-oriented rescue.  This scenario-based hands-on training will allow the student a chance to practice for these types of incidents to be better prepared to serve their farm community.  Many of the techniques that the students will learn have application in other non-farm emergencies that involve machines as well.


Course 110 - "Big Rig HOT" - Taught by Randy Schmitz

 This learning symposium will provide an opportunity for firefighters to participate in and witness extremely complicated large vehicle extrications. Including B-train Rollover onto multiple vehicles, Bridge deck collapse scenario, Under- rides and Over-turns involving tractor trailers and passenger vehicles etc. Participants of this symposium will have the opportunity to be involved in workshops that demonstrate “Advanced Stabilization & Extrication Techniques” using heavy duty struts, 6 x 6 cribbing, heavy wreckers and recovery lift bags. Many emergency departments, as a result of the Advanced Heavy Rescue course, will benefit from the new techniques learned and tools used to improve their rescue skills and pre-hospital care management.


Course 111 - "Over the Road Incident Extrication" - Taught by Todd Taylor 

This class will allow students to better prepare for an incident involving heavy vehicles and the types of extrication scenarios that are found with vehicles of this type by discussing vehicle design and construction and how this relates to the incident. These vehicles are constructed much differently than regular vehicles. Therefore, normal vehicle extrication techniques will not accomplish the objective of safe patient removal. Students will be able to perform various techniques on actual heavy vehicles which may include semi trailers and larger vehicles. This will show techniques such as rescue from side under-rides, rollovers, and rear under-rides. In addition, students will be introduced to the use of rotating wreckers to assist in the rescue of potential victims.

During this class there will be class room sessions that take the student through construction and what these vehicles look like, working with private industry, and rescue. We will also have case studies from incidents our instructors have been involved with.

The practical portion includes extrication scenarios from real world incidents. We will focus on using tools that are available to most rescuers. From undersides and overrides to working with the air bags on the trailers to assist in rescues. The student will be involved hands on with props and resources not usually available for training. We will have semis for the student to perform extrication on step by step. All in eight hours.


Course 112 - "Bridge Collapse Extrication" - Taught by Randy Wells

In light of recent events worldwide in regards to bridge collapse, participants will  learn how to extricate Victims trapped in a confined space environment. Learn advanced techniques on how to get tools to the location and confined tool placement. This class brings body mechanics and vehicle manipulation into a placement to a whole new level. This course includes realistic bridge collapse  scenarios

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