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  • Location: Jacksonville, AR
  • Instructor: Mike Prete,
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Join us for Big Box Store Fires: Strategy and Tactics on June 20 and 21, 2017. This program is  hosted by the Jacksonville  Fire Department at1400 Marshall Rd   Jacksonville, AR.

About the class:

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.

The Lead Instructor: 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 More Details:  Captain Dew Laws  dlaws@cityofjacksonville.net





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