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: Billy Hines, Battalion Chief, FDNY, (ret.)
Billy is a retired Battalion Chief of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). His FDNY career spanned over 27 years where he worked in some of the most demanding areas in New York City. He has responded and operated at a wide range of incidents and emergencies, which included fires, medical emergencies, building collapses, rail incidents, hazardous materials, and terrorist events. Mr. Hines was assigned to the original FDNY Type II Incident Management Team. His career in emergency services and emergency management has now expanded to 37 years. Since retiring from the FDNY, Mr. Hines is currently active in several positions.
As an independent safety and training consultant, he develops and conducts incident management and life safety operations training courses for emergency services and agency personnel nationally and internationally. He is a Senior Instructor for the National Transit Institute (NTI), an educational branch of the Federal Transit Administration which is based out of Rutgers University. He is also an adjunct instructor for Louisiana State University. In this role, his responsibilities include preparation and delivery of safety, security awareness, terrorism, emergency preparedness and incident management programs delivered to transit agencies throughout the United States. Mr. Hines has recently retired from service as an Operations Reservist for FEMA where he responded to and operated at federally declared U.S. disasters/emergencies.
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