The dates are confirmed and the programme has been finalised! It’s now time to register so that you don’t miss IFIC 2019!
The central theme for the IFIC is: ‘Connecting science and our field of work, highlighting new issues and further exploring some existing issues'.
The costs for attending the IFIW are € 195 per person per day, and for both days € 390. Early birds that register before 1 April 2019 can take part for € 350.
09.00-17.00 hrs, IFV Arnhem
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You can cancel free of charge until 1 May 2019. After this date, cancelling your participation is no longer possible. However, you can always send a replacement. Cancellations must be done in writing (by email) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shan Raffel, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, is an operational Station Officer with 36 years service in Brisbane. He has studied firefighting strategies and tactics on 24 countries and pioneered the introduction of CFBT in Australia in 1997. Since then he has delivered foundational programs in numerous countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and South Korea. In 2009 he was awarded a “Churchill Fellowship” to research “Planning Preparation and Response to Emergencies in Tunnels” which led to intensive study over a period of 10 weeks in the USA (FDNY), Canada, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland. This knowledge was used to develop the construction and operational phase emergency response plans for the 3 largest road tunnels in Australia. He has presented at numerous international conferences, contributes regularly to fire journals and co-authored a number of leading firefighting books. Discription workshopThere is a global tendency for firefighters to have a very small number of tactical approaches. This is usually based on what has traditionally worked most of the time in their particular local context. This narrow approach is further complicated by the fear of change and a lack of confidence in tactical decision making under stress. This presentation will present a model that deconstructs the elements of decision making under stress. The objective is to give fire officers the confidence to break away from the limitations of traditional routines.
Arthur H. Perlini, Ph.D. Algoma University, Department of Psychology Dr. Arthur Perlini is Professor of Psychology at Algoma University in Ontario Canada. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Carleton University (Canada). He has authored numerous scientific papers in the fields of cognitive, personality and social psychology, including the impact of psychological factors on performance. In the past, he has been a contributor to IFIW on the impact of psychological factors in the fire service.Discription workshop (with Dr. Katherine Lamb)Increasingly, it is recognised that firefighters must be more than technically proficient. Firefighters and Officers frequently operate in low time, high-risk environments where fatalities and injuries are consistently linked to decision errors. Improving the safety of emergency service’s personnel require us to define expertise in a different way that recognises the importance of developing technical excellence and decision-making in tandem. This presentation will discuss the decision-making non-negotiables and mechanisms for their application within the emergency response sector.
Ed Hartin, CFBT-US, MS, EFO, FIFireE, CFO has served as a career firefighter and fire officer since 1974 and is currently Fire Chief with Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue and is the owner and chief instructor with CFBT-US, LLC. Ed has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Administration and Master of Science Degree in Education. Ed is a founding member of the International Fire Instructor's Workshop, a member of the Underwriters Laboratories. Firefighter Safety Research Institute Advisory Board, and a member of the Firehouse Magazine Editorial Board. Presentation: Learning from the Experience of Others. Use of short case studies to develop proficiency as the initial incident commander. It is often said that as the first line goes, so goes the fire. The initial Incident Commander must make critical strategic and tactical decision in a matter of minutes that will set the stage for the remainder of the incident. Company officers are unlikely to gain proficiency simply from responding to incidents. This workshop engages the participants in a sound methodology to develop competence in making critical decisions in the initial stages of the incident.
Dr Katherine Lamb MIFireE, MSc (Oxon), BSc (hons) is a respected authority on the training and assessment of Incident Command and crisis decision making. She received her MSc from the University of Oxford and her doctorate at the University of London, she worked as an accomplished and well published, researcher before joining the Fire Service in 2004. During her Fire Service career, she served in Birmingham, Manchester and Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Services, where she held many operational roles, including Station Manager within the incident command training team.In 2015, she established Effective Command, a charitable organisation which develops the concept of the thinking commander, someone who has the capacity to deal with the unexpected. This development tool is accredited by several professional bodies and academic institutions, and is used to train and assess incident command competence and crisis decision making. This methodology is widely used throughout the international emergency response community, within both the public and private sector for the training of crisis decision makers. In addition, Dr Lamb is proficient in the development of courses and facilitation of simulation-based training for both skill acquisition and competence assessment in this domain.In addition, her training company K Lamb Associates has recently been accredited to deliver Skills for Justice Incident command qualifications, in addition to bespoke workshops, simulations and tests of emergency plans for the Fire Service community. She is now also an Associate Lecturer in Incident Command & Disaster Management at Coventry University, UK.Presentation: Effective Command: Decision-Making Non- negotiables.Increasingly, it is recognised that firefighters must be more than technically proficient. Firefighters and Officers frequently operate in low time, high-risk environments where fatalities and injuries are consistently linked to decision errors. Improving the safety of emergency service’s personnel require us to define expertise in a different way that recognises the importance of developing technical excellence and decision-making in tandem. This presentation will discuss the decision-making non-negotiables and mechanisms for their application within the emergency response sector.
Lars Axelsson, The Swedish Firenerd, is a former incident commander from Sweden, now part time firefighter. Now he mainly works with firefighter training and education all over the world.Presentation: Straight and fog streams for interior attack. The question of nozzle selection and nozzle technique for interior firefighting has long been at the heart of both training and debates. It is therefore a source of great divide between firefighters, many holding a strong position on the subject.During this presentation, Lars will give his view of the history. Why are we here, why do we hold the beliefs we hold. And he will present his views on where we are going next. While doing so also putting nozzle selection and nozzle technique into the broader context of firefighting.
Michael Reick, prof. Dr. Ing. Being a voluntary fire fighter since I was 18 years old, I studied civil engineering in Stuttgart/Germany and Calgary/Canada. With this diploma I did some research about “connections between steel to concrete in fire” which was also the topic of my PhD Thesis. After leading a fire research laboratory at the University of Stuttgart for two years and performing about 200 fire tests on construction products I joined a 18 month career training for the fire service and continued my work experience as a regional fire chief. This work is structural fire safety on one side and also supervising the fire departments in my region (38 towns, 78 fire stations, 2 500 volunteer fire fighters and 20 professionals serving for about 260 000 inhabitants in a fairly industrialized area). Besides that I still do some research, experiments and lectures at a University of Applied Sciences and at the State Fire Academy. In 2004 I stayed about a half year at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch as visiting academic and did multiple computational fluid calculations about positive pressure ventilation. My aim was to prevent smoke movement into stairways to keep people and fire fighters safe by controlling the smoke flow in buildings. One big answer I got from all that theoretical work was that the fire service should be able to keep the upper half of the door closed! In theory this was very helpful to prevent smoke spread in case of a fire. Additionally I wanted to reduce the mixing caused by bi-directional flows (cold air going in low and hot smoke leaving through the upper part of the door). A lot of theoretical work and real fire tests have been performed in the last 10 years about this concept and it is now a standard procedure in many countries especially in Europe.Presentation: 2345 uses of smoke curtains in building fires.Ten thousands of smoke curtains are used worldwide, mainly in Europe but also in America and Asia. The reasons for using them differ around the world and the awareness of protecting escape routes, reducing smoke damage, smoke spread of flow path control is not the same in our fire services. The symbolic number of 2345 documented uses in real incidents has been reached about 14 years after they have been introduced to the fire service. What these incidents can tell us and what the intention to use smoke curtains can tell us about the fire service will be discussed in this presentation.
John McDonough, Fire & Rescue NSW, Australia, has been a professional firefighter for 32 years and is an Inspector with the Fire & Rescue NSW, Australia. He is currently an operational Duty Commander in charge of 14 stations in the busy inner west zone of Sydney.John has travelled extensively in order to study modern firefighting trends and benchmark against these for world’s best practice in developing training programs. He has delivered fire training courses in Germany, Croatia, Belgium, Poland, France, Canada, Hong Kong and the US. He is a founding member of the International Fire Instructor’s Workshop (IFIW).He was a lead instructor on the Canadian ‘F.I.R.E’ project and a panel member of UL’s, ‘Study of the Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival’. He is a co-author of 3D Firefighting – Training, Tactics and Techniques. John’s interests lie in bringing 'fire' and 'firefighter' behaviour together and the importance of ensuring that strategies and tactics are driven by a valid understanding of the prevailing fire behaviour. Similarly, there must also be an understanding of the 'human' element and recognition of how firefighters act under certain conditions and how they interpret information during time critical situations.Presentation: Future Firefighter – a glimpse into our near future. A look into the very near future through the lens of recent and rapid change. Have we really changed? Should we change? Will we change? What will be the consequences (intended or unintended), to changes in how we define risk and the effect on our ‘rules of engagement’ when fighting a structure fire? Will firefighters continue to work in such challenging environments or will they be removed from that environment completely? Does Mrs De Vries know? A philosophical and though provoking presentation designed to trigger conversations that we need to have - now.
Keith Stakes, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute, is a member of the Underwriters Laboratories – Firefighter Safety Research Institute. As a Fire Protection Engineer, he studies the effectiveness of fire service tactics as well as advances in firefighter safety and fireground operations. He has both a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a Masters of Engineering Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. Keith has over 12 years of fire service experience as a firefighter with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Bethesda, Maryland where he currently holds the rank of Fire/Rescue Battalion Chief. Keith continues to serve on the NFPA Technical Committee for Fire Service Training and is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.Presentation: The Latest UL Research With the Fire ServiceThis presentation will share the latest fire service research being conducted by UL-FSRI. Research results from projects such as Fire Attack, Training Fires, Basement Fires and Fire Safety Public Education will be shared including details on how to learn more.
Stefan Särdqvist, FPE, Ph.D, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, works as a researcher and teacher in Fire Science at the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, College Revinge, Sweden. He is the author of books on fire extinguishing agents and on accident investigation. Stefan is currently responsible for Fire Inspectors courses.Presentation: Three different modes of firefighting.Getting water on a fire is the basic. The possibilities but also the limitations of the fire service for a successful firefighting attack is described, based on the three modes of firefighting: 1) the standard nozzle approach, 2) the perimeter approach and 3) the maximum flow approach. This gives both the optimum and critical water flow rates, which show to be not physical constants but depend on the resources and the context of the specific fire service organisation.
Steve Brisebois, président Flash Formation inc., is a Montreal firefighter as of 2002 and holds the rank of lieutenant since 2013 and captain since 2015. Since 2002, Steve has been an instructor on the flashover simulator for the Montreal Fire Department, IPIQ (Quebec’s public fire academy) and the Blainville Fire Department training center. He also has conducted « train the trainer» sessions on the flashover simulator for the instructors of many fire schools.Steve wrote the training manuals on fire behaviour and thermal phenomenon for the Montreal Fire Department and 2 of Quebec’s fire academie. He served as a consultant for the Blainville Fire Department on the purchase of a flashover simulator.In 2007 and 2008, he participated in the in the LODD investigation of Capt. Marcel Marleau as an instructor for the Montreal Fire Department training academy held at the National Research Laboratories in Ottawa (National Research Council of Canada). 2011 he wrote the book (le phénomènes thermiques de l’incendie de bâtiment) and he becomes the co owner of Flash Formation.Always on the lookout for new techniques and training, Steve did an internship in Bordeaux, France and Borden, Canada on how to interpret fire behaviour and the use of flashover simulators. In 2014 he has selected for the committee of IFSTA initial response strategy and tactics book. In 2015 he has selected for fire attack UL FSRI technical panel. 2018 he was selected for the technical panel NFPA 1403 (Standard on live Fire Training Evolutio) and 1407 (Standard for Fire Service Respiratory Protection Training). With his experience and numerous training, Steve has perfected his techniques on live fire burns in acquired structures adhering to the strict observance of NFPA 1403. He wrote the Québec procedure to drive a live acquired structure burn.
Ricardo Weewer, Fire Service Academy (IFV) Ricardo Weewer (1961) started as a professor of Fire Service Science at the Netherlands Fire service academy (part of IFV) in 2011 (part time and in 2015 full time). He leads the research of the academy and is especially interested in doing practical participative research for the fire service which can be easily applied in practice by the fire and rescue service. Before he became a professor he was a fire officer in Amsterddam and he became DCFO in 2004. He studied metals science at Delft University of Technology (NL) and finished his phD in 1991.Presentation: Smoke cooling techniques and smoke explosions: results of recent research at the fire service academy in the NetherlandsIn his presentation Ricardo will report about recent results of research into the causes of smoke explosions. He presents an update on the present results of the studies don on smoke cooling with three different techniques: CAFS, surface cooling and smoke cooling.