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 Training for Firefighters
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Suffolk County Fire Academy
676 Maple Street
Yaphank, NY 11980

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.


This course is designed for firefighters and fire officers to enhance their ability to operate proficiently as a Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC). The following skills will be covered in this course: air management, emergency communications, downed firefighter removal techniques, and self-survival skills.


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.


Firefighters will learn street smart tactics and tips involving portable ladders. Participants will perform VEIS, rescues, removals, and other operational tasks. Students will learn new and improved methods to perform the leg lock, arm lock, and advanced methods to raise and extend the portable ladders.


This advanced mask confidence course simulates potential hazards and teaches survival techniques necessary to remove themselves from danger. Some of these safety and survival techniques include: wall breaching, moving through confined spaces, radio communications, self-removal from entanglement hazards, issuing mayday messages, and situational awareness.


Participants in this class will gain a better understanding of the role of the line officer on the fireground. Subjects covered will include communications, line placement, safety, officer’s position, and problem-solving on the fireground.


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 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.

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 Training for Firefighters
Sunday, November 4, 2018

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

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.


Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook
3131 Nesconset Highway
Centereach, New York 11720

To reserve your room visit our reservation link or call 1-800-HOLIDAY and use block code JDW. When reserving your room nights, please keep in mind that hands-on training will begin at 7:00 am on Saturday morning. Amenities include hot deluxe breakfast and complimentary airport shuttle. Please book your room before October 3, 2018.

A shuttle will be provided from this hotel to the training venues each day.

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The Lieutenant Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) exists to assist fire departments with their ability to purchase and train with rescue equipment. Toward that end, the Foundation does so without regard to race, religion, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation or age. The Foundation’s By-Laws, Annual Report, and Conflict of Interest Policy are available by writing to the Foundation at its home address.