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Building Construction Types – Characteristics, Operational Strategies, Tactics and Considerations

January 25 - January 26


Hosted by the Westfield Fire Department   17535  Dartown Road   Westfield, IN

This program will introduce students to features and firefighting operations in the five types of building construction.

It will consist of classroom sessions focusing on building construction, fire behavior considerations, and firefighting strategies and tactics specific to each type of building class.  Presentation and critique of previous fires in each type of building classification and of local area construction is presented in order to discuss real issues involving these structures.  Chief, Company Officer, and Firefighter considerations will be discussed and coordinated.

Students will be faced with interactive fire exercises.

Lead Instructor:  Battalion Chief Billy Hines, FDNY (ret.) 

Billy is a retired Battalion Chief of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).  His FDNY career spanned over 27 years. As a Captain, he chaired a committee that researched and created an SOP for operations in buildings of light weight construction.  His assignment as a Chief brought him to Manhattan to supervise operations in one of the most high profile areas of the city.  One of several sensitive landmark sites in his district was Penn Station and its associated tunnel system where he formalized and coordinated response and operational procedures. He was a member of the FDNY’s Incident Management Team. Chief Hines is currently a Senior Instructor for the National Transit Institute, an educational subsidy of the Federal Transit Administration, who provides safety and educational programs for transportation agencies.

For details: Contact Division Chief Russell Shoaf  317-804-3306


January 25
January 26
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Westfield Fire Department


Westfield Fire Department
17535 Dartown Road  
Westfield, IN, IN 46074 United States
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