Safety Seminar 2018

By Northwood Firefighters (other events)

Saturday, November 17 2018 8:00 AM 5:00 PM


 Seminar 2018

The Northwood Firefighters Safety Seminar returns Saturday November 17th with special guests Estero, Florida Lt. Grant Schwalbe (formerly of Perrysburg City) and FDNY Lt. Mike Ciampo.

Saturday 11/17/2018. 0800-1700. Two 4 hour sessions. Lunch included.

Register before October 17th: $50/person. Includes a t-shirt and lunch.

After October 17th = No t-shirt, but lunch included. 

If your department requires an invoice for a P.O. for training, send an email to [email protected] to request an invoice and we’ll set you up another way.  

AM Session:
Establishing An Aggressive Search Culture
Lt. Grant Schwalbe

Approximately 95% of civilian fire deaths occur in the residential setting. This should be our bread and butter. Yet many departments are plagued with a passive search culture due to poor SOGs, overcautious safety concerns and poor training. This class makes a case that our goal should be to complete a primary search within the first 10 minutes of all structures. Through case studies, class discussion and videos this course covers:
1) Search-The Big Picture
2) Best Practice Search Skills
3) Executing the Search (Hasty Search, Oriented Search and VES)
4) Victim Removal including Drags, Window lifts and upper-floor removal.

PM Session:
Truck Company Operations-Tactics, Tips and Tricks
Lt. Mike Ciampo

Provide a 3.5-4 hour power-point lecture in operational techniques, tactics, tips and tricks of ladder company operations. This dynamic lecture will cover all facets of the “LOVERS-U” mantra of truck operations at various types of fire, structures and emergencies. The students will gain knowledge in how to work more safely and effectively in overall truck company skills. Safety will especially be covered in showing new and improved leg lock maneuvers and the arm lock while working on portable ladders. It will also be shown in overhauling and forcible entry skills by saving time and energy on the body.

Instructor Bios 

Grant Schwalbe has been a firefighter since 1994. He currently works for Estero Fire Rescue (Fort Myers, FL) as a Lieutenant/Paramedic on Engine 43. He is an Instructor for When Things Go Bad, Inc. and for Fort Myers Fire Academy. Grant has taught at various conferences including FDIC, The Orlando Fire Conference, Firemanship PDX, Wichita HOT, Fort Lauderdale Fire Expo and Fire Rescue East. He is the lead instructor for the FDIC HOT program “Residential Search-Making the Grab”. His areas of passion include Search, Engine Company Ops, Firefighter Survival, and RIT. Grant is a proud member of FL Gulf Coast FOOLS.

Michael Ciampo is a 33-year veteran of the fire service and a lieutenant in the FDNY where he has served the last 28 years. Previously, he served 5 years with the District of Columbia Fire Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He is the lead instructor for the FDIC Truck Essentials H.O.T. program and has taught at numerous seminars/conferences around the country. He wrote the Ladder chapter and co-authored the Ventilation chapter for Fire Engineering's Handbook for Firefighter I and II (Fire Engineering, 2009), the Bread & Butter DVD on Portable Ladders (Pennwell) and is featured in “Training Minutes” truck company videos on He also writes the monthly back page column On Fire in Fire Engineering.


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