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Engine Company Operations in Large Structures – Hughestown, PA

November 9, 2018 - November 10, 2018


Engine Company Operations In Large Structures

Hosted by the Hughestown Fire Department 30 Center Street in Hughestown, PA
Friday, November 9, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM
Saturday, November 10, 2018 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

About the  program:  

This program will delve into the roles and responsibilities of engine companies when faced with fire situations in large structures.  High rise, mid-rise or any structure with a large footprint falls into this category. Less frequent than dwelling fires, a fire in one of these structures will challenge even the best engine companies. Large diameter lines are a must and long stretches can be expected. Labor intensive, engine companies may have to combine forces to make the long stretch.

This program will cover a wide range of content including use of standpipe systems, flying standpipes, use of large diameter attack lines and the “long stretch”.   At the same time attention will be focused on insuring a sustainable water supply to support interior operations. This program is appropriate for firefighters through company officers. Command officers can also benefit by attending.

The Lead Instructor: Chris Tobola

Chris is a 24-year veteran of the fire service, and Sr. Captain in the Houston Fire Department. Chris is assigned to Ladder Company 51 B-Shift, on the Southwest side in the City of Houston. Previously, he was assigned to Engine 60 as a Captain, also on the SW side of Town.  Chris has been assigned to several of Houston’s hottest stations performing multiple roles as an EMT, Driver and Officer.  Chris began his career as a volunteer on the Northside of Houston in the suburbs. He attended fire school and transitioned to the Texas City Fire Department as a FF/Paramedic, before being hired as a firefighter for the Houston Fire Department.  Chris continued his education obtaining a Master’s degree in Emergency Management, and a Bachelors in Business Management. Chris holds multiple state and national certifications. Some of Chris’s certifications are Master Firefighter, Executive Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, Field Examiner, Hazmat Technician & I.C., Safety Officer and Incident Command Technician. He’s also a Fire Academy Instructor for Lone Star College and the Houston Community College.

For additional information: Chief Jamie Merlino 570-654-4188


Hughestown Fire Department
30 Center Street
Hughestown, PA United States
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