2018 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar

Saturday, November 3 - Sunday, November 4, 2018

The 2018 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar offers great firefighter training taught by world-class fire service leaders. You’re not only developing your firefighting skills, you’re also helping keep the community and other firefighters safe. This training weekend benefits the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation’s grant program which helps fire departments provide personal life safety rope systems (PSS) to their firefighters.


  • Hands-On and Lecture (Both Days) – $175
  • Hands-On Only (Saturday AM and PM) – $125
  • Lecture Only (Sunday) – $100
  • Fire Police (Saturday AM Session Only) – $65

Department vouchers are accepted until October 15, 2018 (No Cancellations After October 15, 2018). Online registration and personal checks are accepted.

Hands-On Firefighter Training
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Suffolk County Fire Academy
676 Maple Street
Yaphank, NY 11980

We would like to thank the Suffolk County Fire Academy for their support of this year’s seminar.

Join the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Foundation for its second year of hands-on training during the 2018 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar. Prepare yourself for your next response with two of our hands-on training opportunities. With over a dozen courses available, there’s something for everyone!

Pick one morning and one afternoon session. 2018 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar Hands-On Courses include:


One of the leading causes of traumatic LODDs is failure to recognize changing fire conditions. This course teaches the participant to recognize the critical warning signs of flashover and the science related to fire development.


These evolutions are designed for inexperienced firefighters or officers to develop skills for the fireground. Hose handling, search, and communications are some of the areas that will be stressed during the drills.


These evolutions are designed for the firefighter or officer to develop skills on the fireground in a commercial setting. Hose handling, search and communications are some of the areas that will be stressed during the drills.


Firefighters will improve their ability to operate in difficult and stressful environments. Students will participate in a challenging room orientation scenario and negotiate an advanced Mask Confidence course.


Not all standpipe operations are performed in the same way. This course will outline tasks that will always be performed before firefighters advance a hoselines.


After a brief refresher on hydraulics and tactics, students will get hands-on training with basic pump operations, foam, and relay pumping.


This course is design to keep today’s truck company firefighter on his/her “A” game. Experienced instructors will provide tips and tricks of the trade on forcible entry in both residential and commercial structures. Students will conduct VEIS and Search operations under live smoke conditions. The program is a must for any firefighter who is new to the Truck Company. It will provide new tactical considerations for the experienced firefighter.


This interactive program is designed to place students in role of the incident commander. They will discuss fireground operations based on information gathered from the transmission of the alarm.


This course focuses on basics of vehicle design and components. Students will get hands-on including door pops, removing the roof, and a dash displacement. This is an excellent class for the extrication novice or those officers who want to get a better understanding of the tools and their capabilities.


This class challenges firefighters with difficult extrication scenarios. Vehicles are staged in precarious positions with victims trapped. Students, under the guidance of seasoned instructors, will work together to successfully extricate the victims.


Whether it’s a basic ring removal, a person with their arm stuck in a snow blower, or a full entrapment involving agricultural equipment, our instructors will guide you through the steps necessary to perform these extrications.


This interactive class will provide experience on how to successfully operate at “routine alarms.” Automatic alarms and sprinkler system activations will be explored in detail. Students will get an understanding of the systems and how to overcome the problems associated with numerous responses.


Participants will set up the rehabilitation area, tent, and equipment. Class will be held inside the tent and will include national standards for firefighter rehab and open discussion. The class will conclude with the breakdown of the tent and all of the associated equipment (heat/ac units, water fans, generator, etc.)

FIRE POLICE (Morning Session Only)

Flares, cones, and vest are not enough. This class teaches the tactics necessary to ensure that all personnel operates safely on dangerous roadways.

Classroom Firefighter Training
Sunday, November 4, 2018

R.C. Murphy Junior High School
351 Oxhead Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790

Keynote: U.S. Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott

Ryan “Birdman” ParrottRyan is an author, public speaker, and founder of two non-­profits benefiting Veterans and First Responders is originally from Detroit, Michigan. He enlisted in the Navy after watching the Twin Towers fall on 9/11, and Parrott served eight years as a U.S. Navy SEAL attached to Team SEVEN, completing three combat tours to Iraq before being assigned to Advanced Training Command as an Instructor.

Read More About Ryan “Birdman” Parrott

Day two of the 2018 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar will feature three different world-class fire service instructors who will discuss relevant topics that are sure to keep you sharp for your next call!


Rapid intervention teams (RIT) are common at fires and emergencies and a set of specific skills are required for those assignments. There are specific tactics that firefighters need to master in order to be a successful rapid intervention team and some basic concepts that need to be observed by the incident commander. Some RIT operations are successful and some are not. Join Chief Salka for a look at some issues that have a negative impact on RIT operations. Subjects include: changing channels for RIT, using the LUNAR acronym, RIT staffing and using the “mayday” properly on the radio.


Success is “Always About Leadership.” Chief Dennis Rubin and Chief Rob Fling have developed 13 mission-critical “Rules To Live By” and will present them in an open, honest, and humorous way. Students will learn how they can adopt and implement these rules with these own leadership style.


Enhance your extinguishment culture and improve the safety of civilians and fellow firefighters by being on top of your game. Learn how to locate, confine, and extinguish fires in private houses, apartments, and commercial occupancies. Topics include: hose stretches, fire attack, leadership, size up, positions on the attack line, nozzle technique, aggressive tactics, standpipe operations, hoseline choices, engine company emergencies, the impact of the UL studies, and more.

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