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Big Box Store Fires – Channahon, IL

April 25, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Big Box Store Fires
Hosted by the Channahon Fire Protection District
Class Location:   24929 S. Center Street  Channahon, IL

April 25, 2018 at 8:30 AM

The Program
Big boxes are basically disposable shells to cover merchandise for a relatively short period of time. This is due to retail cycles being volatile and retailers potentially needing to change location or undergo major renovations to remain competitive. Firefighters need to understand how construction methods, building systems, and content will play important roles during any firefight in these buildings.

These structures most often will have heavy fire loads, may have high rack storage and fortified rear access points. While these structures will be sprinklered, a rapidly growing fire may overtake the structure quickly.

On-going risk assessment, tactic driven strategies will be the linchpin of this program. Following an interactive classroom presentation and review of case studies, students will participate in a series of interactive scenario based training exercises involving fires in these structures.

Lead Instructor: Assistant Fire Chief  Mike Prete, (ret.) Montgomery County (MD) Fire—Rescue
Mike recently retired as the Assistant Fire Chief at Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Services. With  nearly 35 years of experience, he served as the Executive Chief. In addition to his role directly relating to fire and rescue operations, he managed daily operational and administrative issues including budget, daily oversight and scheduling for 1100 full time personnel.  With national and state instructor certifications, he served as an adjunct instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, NIMS Instructor for MEMA, Anne Arundel Community College adjunct instructor, Practical Incident Control Training lead instructor and holds various certifications in the public safety field.

For Details:  Jeffrey S. Toepper Deputy Chief  Channahon FPD  815-467-6767


April 25, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Channahon Fire Protection District


Channahon Fire Protection District
24929 S. Center Street
Channahon, IL 60401 United States
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