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Big Box Store Fires – Niles, IL

September 5 - September 6


Hosted by the Niles Fire Department
September 5 and 6, 2018 at starting at 8:30AM

About 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.  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 in the classroom.

The Instructor:
Michael Prete, Assistant Chief, Montgomery Co. (MD) Fire-Rescue, (ret.)

Mike recently retired as the Assistant Fire Chief at Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Services. With  over 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 for 1100 full time personnel.  He served as a Safety Officer at the Pentagon site following the 9/11 attack. With national and state instructor certifications, he served as an adjunct instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, and Anne Arundel Community College. He currently is a lead instructor for Task Force 1, Inc.

For Details District Chief Orlando Diaz or 847-588-6805


September 5
September 6
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Niles Fire Department


Niles Fire Department
8360 W. Dempster Street
Niles, IL 60714 United States
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