“Fire Attack” Class in Conshohocken, PA: Another great success!

This weekend TT Instructors Nick Martin, Tony Kelleher, Dan Shaw, Doug Mitchell, and Danny Doyle headed to the Montgomery County Fire Academy in Conshohocken, PA for another weekend of training.  On Friday night we met for some drinks and good times with the guys from Erskine Lakes, NJ who traveled all the way from the northern New Jersey to attend.  Due to demand for the class, we ran two separate 8-hour sessions: one on Saturday and another on Sunday.  The class was entirely hands-on and we spent all day outside working.


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The focus of this weekend was entirely on getting handlines into place for interior fire attack.  We covered a variety of hose-load methods & options covering everything from 150′ “bumper lines” to 400′ preconnects.  We talked about forward lays, reverse lays and high-rise packs using 1.75″, 2″, and 2.5″ hose.  

Tony Kelleher covered tips & techniques for a smooth stretch off the rig including getting the line around obstacles and flaked-out appropriately.  Nick Martin picked it up at the front door, giving students techniques to be “Combat Ready” and getting masked-up at the fire area in under 30 seconds.  

Danny Doyle had students push-in flowing water from the front door, simulating a fully involved floor.  Students had to push through numerous rooms, around obstacles and up stairs, flowing water the whole time.  This required excellent nozzle work, flawless back-up firefighter techniques, and teamwork.  

Next, students spent time with Dan Shaw and Doug Mitchell who talked about the pro’s and con’s of smooth-bore and combination nozzles.  Everyone then got plenty of nozzle-time as they worked with each type picking up a variety of tips and techniques for aggressive fire extinguishment when they’re “on the pipe”.

In the afternoon we had three fresh stations.  Doug & Nick talked about the differences in 2.5″ and 1.75″ standpipe racks and a variety of ways to load the hose.  We deployed the lines off the standpipe and worked on tips and techniques for a smooth stretch and overcoming obstacles such as a “jammed” fire department connection.  We covered techniques for un-standpiped multi-story buildings such as well-stretches, stair-stretch, window-stretches, etc.

Danny Doyle ran another push-in station, this time making the students work a 2.5″ line through the same course from the morning.  Everyone got a new appreciation not only for the power of a 2.5″ line, but the coordination and teamwork it takes to MOVE it.  Danny went over a few techniques to handle the heavy nozzle reaction as well as tips for the backup FF’s moving the line.

Tony Kelleher covered “long lines” and had students stretching distances over 400′ in under 90 seconds while navigating a series of obstacles.  Attention was also paid to quickly extending these lines to over 600′.


All in all it was a long, tough day, but a good time was had by all and MUCH information was exchanged – not only from the instructors to the students, but from the students back to us and amongst each other as well.  It is always a pleasure to work with a motivated, “gung-ho” group of firefighters, and this was no exception.  It was particularly rewarding to work with firefighters from so many diverse backgrounds and departments.

Thanks to students from the following departments who attended:

  • Monroe Fire Company (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Lookout Fire Company (Penn Argyl, PA)
  • Warminster Fire Department
  • Downingtown Fire Department
  • Baron Hills Fire Company
  • Erskine Lakes Fire Department (Passaic County, NJ)
  • Susquehanna Hose Company (Havre de Grace, MD)
  • Union Fire Company (Oxford, PA)
  • Goshen Fire Company (West Chester, PA)
  • Minquadale Fire Company (New Castle, DE)
  • Swatara Twp. Fire Department (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Claymont Fire Company (Claymont, DE)

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2 Responses

  1. Another great class. The team at Traditions has alot of energy and you really keep it interesting. And, what’s important is that you take the extra time to explain and demonstrate things to the “new guys” that don’t have alot of experience yet.

    My guys talked about the class – the whole way home! Keep up the great job.

  2. Just to let you guys know, the Minquadale Fire Company is in New Castle, DE. Just thought I’d let you know.
    Also, The guys from the house said it was a great class. After taking a number of the Traditions Training classes, I wouldn’t expect anything less. Thank you.

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