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The Region 3 Fire Symposium 2020 is offering the largest variety of classes it has ever presented.  Classes will be held on and off the Skagit Valley College campus and appeal to line firefighters, supervising fire officers, and fire service managers.  The full menu of class options is listed below.


Unless otherwise described, each class is taught in a two-day format, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until about 5:00 p.m.  There is a lunch break at mid-day and lunch is provided for attendees.

Class Dates Are January Friday 24th,Saturday 25th,& January The 26th Please Mark The Following Dates On Your Calendar We Look Forward Seeing You At This Years Classes Thank you !

Incident Safety Officer


Mike Dettmer

The Incident Safety Officer course examines the safety officer’s role at emergency responses.  A specific focus on operations within an incident command system as a safety officer is the main theme.  Response to all-hazards types of situations will be emphasized.

The ISO course is designed for fire and EMS responders who may be designated by the IC and an incident safety officer while working within ICS.  These assignments may occur during firefighting, EMS, special-operations-type incidents, and training evolutions.

The ISO course is an incident-specific, scenario-oriented course designed to teach students what an ISO needs to know at an incident.  The course uses instructor-led discussion, multimedia activities, and small group discussions to convey instructional points.


Nozzle Forward


Aaron Fields


The Nozzle Forward program was developed to gain more mechanical advantage and “create a system rather than a grab bag of techniques.”  Nozzle Forward is a systematic study and methodology for hoseline management, movement, and fire attack.  Nozzle Forward skills are adapted from many sources, reconstructed around simple principles that maximize mechanical advantage.

Nozzle Forward techniques have been adopted in full or part by fire service agencies across America.  The principles of hoseline management taught in Nozzle Forward apply to every engine, every fire, and every firefighter.

Despite the popularity of Nozzle Forward training and larger class sizes, students will not stand around waiting to work.  Nozzle Forward is presented by a cadre of fire service experts, who keep every student learning and developing their skills throughout the days and into the evenings. 

Nozzle Forward is a two-day course, plus.  Students must be prepared to train beyond 5:00 p.m. each day.  Students registering for this course must bring full structural PPEs.


Wildland Fire Assessment Train-the-Trainer


Ron Roy


Wildland Fire Assessment is a four-part, train-the-trainer series that covers understanding the wildland urban interface problem, identifying the zones, evaluating the home, and available resources. WFAP participants can take this information back to their departments and teach members how to properly conduct a home assessment for those susceptible to wildfire.

WFAP is a one-day course.  Students will receive classroom information, followed by field exercises in performing interface structural assessments.


Rural Pump Operations


Paul Spencer


The Rural Pump Operations course will take you from basic pump operations to a new level of understanding water flow, troubleshooting, and getting the best performance from the pump for a rural fire response.  Students learn how to operate a fire pump from draft, tender operations, and relay pumping where water supply is limited.

Rural Pump Operations is presented in the classroom and in field operations. Students will learn the principles of pump operations in the classroom.  There they will also use simulated pumping systems to test principles and expand understanding.  They will then transition into the field, practicing the taught and tested principles they have come to understand using engines, tenders, and portable tanks.

Students registering for Rural Pump Operation must bring with them full structural PPE.


Hydrants to Nozzles


Dennis LeGear


Hydrants to Nozzles is a two-day course taking a comprehensive look at engine layout, equipment specs (pumps/hose/nozzles), hydraulics and the direct impact on strategies and tactics on the fire ground. Students of all ranks will build a strong foundation for success and be better prepared to make strategic and tactical decisions on the fire ground with a realistic working look at gold standard movement of water from the Hydrant to the Nozzle. This will include how to best use the equipment you have at hand including suggested changes to spec, deployment and equipment layout to vastly improve pumping operations, fire stream development (large and small) and apparatus placement.

Hydrants to Nozzles will not sell you anything but knowledge and review items you already understand.  The goal is to jointly create a base understanding of all these interrelated items and their fire ground impacts. Lessons learned can be taken back to your agency and worked, tested, researched etc. to assist in the goal of ensuring the best system possible fire stream development.


From the Command Post


Chief Rick Lasky

It’s Still the Best Job In The World: Leading Through Tough Times


Today more than ever fire service leaders are facing tougher times.  Reduction in funding resources, budget cuts, staffing cuts, unfunded mandates, personnel problems, that whole “culture” thing, and a long list of other obstacles and challenges, all of which have a direct impact on service delivery.  On the other hand, nobody said that being the leader was going to be easy.  Learn what is actually needed to face these tougher times and how to still enjoy the most incredible profession in the world!


The Three Degrees of Mayday

This program is a discussion about 3 categories or situations that firefighters can find themselves in that could result in a Mayday operation.  Not every Mayday is the same and as a result not every RIT operation will be the same.  Rapid Intervention Teams need to prepare for various urgent and dangerous situations of increasing difficulty.

Learn a new perspective on Mayday and RIT operations and how you can prepare your firefighters to handle ANY mayday situation with confidence.


Great Leaders Make Difficult Decisions


Great leaders understand how to balance emotion with reason and make decisions that positively impact themselves, their employees, their customers and stakeholders, and their organizations. When we think of what makes someone a great leader, one characteristic that comes to mind is decisiveness. 

Standing behind a decision that everyone agrees with is easy to do. Having the guts to make the difficult one is what separates true leaders from those who are just along for the ride.


The Kitchen Tabled (Roundtable)


The fire service itself has been a family for a long, long time, and as with any family the best conversations tend to be those in the kitchen. It doesn’t matter whether it’s at lunch, dinner or just for a coffee break, the kitchen is where some of our best experiences are gained.

We learned more from those seasoned veterans right there at the kitchen table than in any classroom and wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything. It made us a better firefighter, officer, chief and person.

Discuss and debate what seems to be going right and what seems to be going wrong in the Fire Service today. Bring your ideas and opinions too and join the conversation at “The Kitchen Table.”

Instructor 1


Dena Adkins


This course prepares fire service personnel to deliver instruction from a prepared lesson plan. Additional areas of responsibility will include assembling course materials, using instructional aides and evaluation tools, reviewing and adapting lesson plans to meet the needs of individual students or groups, organizing and providing a safe learning environment. The class will also cover the methods used to prepare and maintain training records in accordance with fire service standards.

Reading material is not provided by the Fire Training Academy. We recommend you read IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor, 8thEdition and NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, 2012 Edition prior to class and bring the references to reference during class


Initial Company Operations 


Ian Bennet


Initial Company Operations is a two-day course beginning in the classroom and quickly transitioning into the field with live-fire training.

During Day One the instructor will cover the effectiveness of interior attack, transitional attack, locating the fire, and extinguishment philosophy.  Discussion will include UL studies in water mapping & interior attack and VES. The afternoon will include life-fire training in advancing while flowing water, supporting the advance, searching behind the hose line, and VES.

During Day Two students will participate in live fire operations including students will laying and charging a line, advancing on and extinguishing a fire and then searching back from the fire room.  Students will learn and gain skills in conducting a Vent-Enter-Search operation.

Students must meet the training requirements and provide structural PPE and SCBA described in WAC 296-305. Students must be assigned firefighters with a public fire department, fire authority or fire district in the state of Washington.


Recruit Academy Physical Fitness Programming


Ryan Provencher


Fire training academy recruits are “in-season” athletes and physical fitness programs designed for them should augment occupational training.

This course will provide an overview of specific and comprehensive physical training programming for recruit academy firefighters. General topics of discussion will include injury prevention strategies for physical training and firefighter training, use of physical training to improve firefighter performance, and development of the “athlete mindset” for new firefighters.

Specific key concepts include energy system development, physical training protocols, varied intensity training, intuitive training principles, exercise progression and regression in a group setting, biomechanics, total training load, prioritizing recovery, and compliance scoring.

We will identify common challenges in facilitating recruit academy physical training programs and identify potential solutions. Students will participate in a 40 minute bodyweight workout at the end of the class to reinforce key concepts.

Recruit Academy Physical Fitness Programming is a two-hour course offered on Friday evening. Students registering for this course should bring appropriate physical training gear. This course will be offered Friday evening, in Roberts Hall.

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