Now in its eighth year, the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar offers world-class firefighter training taught by fire service leaders. This great weekend of fire department training not only helps firefighters to develop their skills, it also benefits the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation’s grant program. Our grant program helps fire departments in need provide Personal Safety Systems (PSS) to their firefighters.
As the Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Foundation continues to plan and prepare for our annual seminar please know that the health and safety of our attendees, instructors, sponsors, and volunteers is paramount. At this time, we hope to proceed with an in-person event with additional health and safety precautions in place. In addition to our traditional training, we will also offer the option for firefighters to join us virtually for the classroom portion of the conference. We continue to monitor changes, if we are not able to offer training in person, you can participate virtually, receive a refund, or donate your registration fees. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the ever-changing social distancing and travel guidelines and other challenges that our communities are facing during this time.
Firefighter Hands-On Training
Join us for the fourth year of hands-on training at the 2020 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar. Train for your next response with one of our 8-hour courses or two of our half-day hands-on opportunities including:
ADVANCED RAPID INTERVENTION
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.
ADVANCED VEHICLE EXTRICATION
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.
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.
CONFINED SPACE RESCUE*
ELEVATOR RESCUE (8-HOUR PROGRAM, LIMITED AVAILABILITY)
ENGINE COMPANY OPERATIONS (8-HOUR PROGRAM)
FIRE POLICE REFRESHER (SATURDAY AM ONLY)
Flares, cones, and vest are not enough. This class teaches the tactics necessary to ensure that all personnel operates safely on dangerous roadways.
This forcible entry class includes hands-on stations for both conventional forcible entry and forcing outward opening doors. Conventional inward forcible entry will consist of size-up and utilization of the gap, set, and force technique on real doors. Outward forcible entry will also utilize the gap, set, and force technique. It will also show ways to enhance leverage and force for fortified exterior doors. Metal cutting will focus on proper saw and blade selection and allow students the opportunity to operate portable power saws. Students will become comfortable cutting a variety of different metals in a variety of different positions (i.e. overhead, vertical, horizontal, etc).
LADDER COMPANY OPERATIONS (8-HOUR PROGRAM)
LIVE FIRE – COMMERCIAL FIRES
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.
LIVE FIRE – RESIDENTIAL FIRES
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.
MAN VS. MACHINE
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 extrication.
SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS: TOWER LADDER OPERATIONS AND PLACEMENT
This presentation is an interactive discussion on tower ladder placement. The student will review how to prepare, rehearse, execute tower ladder placement. Building construction, occupancy, placement obstructions will be discussed.
THERMAL IMAGING (8-HOUR PROGRAM, LIMITED AVAILABILITY)
Classroom & Virtual Firefighter Training
Day two of the 2020 Lt. Joseph P. DiBernardo Memorial Training Seminar will feature world-class fire service instructors who will discuss relevant topics that are sure get you ready for your next call!
THE ENGINE COMPANY OFFICER – FROM THE FIREHOUSE
TO THE FIRE FLOOR
This class covers the many keys decisions before, during and after any fire incident. These decisions can ultimately make or break the operation and put lives at risk. Knowing your firefighters strengths and weaknesses will make your decisions more effective and productive. The size, placement and operation of the first line have a direct impact on the success of the operation and all of these decisions fall on the shoulders of the first due Engine officer, making him a key player on the fireground.
LIGHT FRAME CONSTRUCTION, FIRE OPERATIONS, AND THE NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY TRUSS ID LAWS
In this course, students will learn the differences between legacy and lightweight construction methods and how they effect our firefighting operations. A portion of the class will also be devoted to explaining New York’s “Truss Law” and how it should be applied strategically and tactically on the fireground. Several other states, including New Jersey, have similar laws which will also be discussed.
TRUCK COMPANY OPERATIONS WITH OR WITHOUT A TRUCK COMPANY
This is a back-to-basics review of the truck company’s basic responsibilties and SOPs to assist firefighters whether they are operating as a dedicated truck company or who are assigned that role on the fireground. The class will cover operations at private dwelling fires by first due fire companies including: search techniques, team safety, and the importance of search plan and procedures when operating in the fire building. We will also discuss ventilation practices, how it effects the fire building, and how to coordinate and control venting.