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The Fire Reality Training Series focuses on giving firefighters real-life applications. The courses in this series are specifically chosen by Chief Wylie and cover hot topics and relevant training that affect firefighters on a day-to-day basis. Our training videos range from 5 – 15 minutes, allowing first responders to learn and apply the training in shorter time frames. Within the fire reality series, each video presents a real-life scenario clip evaluated by Chief Rob Wylie. Best practices and efficient training are highlighted for departments and individuals to learn and apply firefighting techniques and safety efforts.

Chief Wylie is a certified instructor for FireRescue1 Academy and has been in the fire service for 30 years. He is a graduate of Lindenwood University, University of Maryland Staff and Command School, and the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. Wylie has served as Director of the St. Charles Warren County Hazmat Team, and as President of the Greater St. Louis Fire Chief’s Association. Currently, Chief Wylie serves as the President of the Professional Fire & Fraud Investigator’s Association and is an appointed member of the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, as well as a current board member of the State of Missouri’s Fire Education and Safety Commission.


Course Name Course Description Length
“Ghost Ship” Fire : A Look at Code Enforcement Chief Rob Wylie discusses the Ghost Ship Fire out of Oakland, CA which claimed the lives of 36 people and the importance of maintaining Fire Codes. 15m
4-to-1 Haul System Dorsey Munson with the Fire Rescue Academy demonstrates how to quickly build a 4 to 1 haul system. 5m
A Firefighter’s Unseen Enemy: PPE Contamination In this FIREGROUND Flash Tip, Chief Wylie gives some quick tips on the steps needed to reduce cancer-causing carcinogens in your PPE and duty clothing after a working fire. 5m
Accurate Reports Chief Wylie gives out a few tips on how to “save your bacon” with accuracy in your incident reports. 5m
Apparatus “Pre-Flight Check” Just like pilots, you too should get into the habit of doing a quick “pre-flight” of your apparatus before every call. Chief Wylie explains the advantages of this important safety tip in this episode of FireGround Flash Tips. 5m
Area Familiarization As nice as mapping technology is, it is still critical to drive your response area and know it like the back of your hand. 5m
Attic Ladder Dorsey Munson of the Fire Science Academy demonstrates a simple but effective tool that has many uses. 5m
Basket Lashing Dorsey Munson with the Fire Science Academy demonstrates how to properly lash a patient into a basket for a safe rescue. 5m
BLEVE George Quick of the Fire Science Academy explains a Bleve and uses a clever acronym to help you remember its meaning. 5m
Butterfly hose removal Fire Science Academy Instructor Dorsey Munson demonstrates a technique to quickly remove a hose from the fire scene. 5m
Caught on camera: Social media and firefighters Pranks at the firehouse are as old as the fire service itself. But the rise in social media and video sharing sites gives everyone instant access to the firefighter’s world — both the good and the bad. In this FIREGROUND episode, Chief Rob Wylie out 5m
Classes of Fire Linda Bingaman with the Fire Science Academy reviews the different fire classes. 5m
Commanding the Mayday! In this FIREGROUND Flash Tip episode, Chief Rob Wylie highlights some important tips for the incident commander when dealing with a mayday on the fireground. 5m
Communicate with Dispatch In this FIREGROUND Flash Tip, Chief Wylie presents a few topics to keep in mind when communicating with your dispatch center from the scene. 5m
Company Officer Hand Tools In this FireGround Flash Tip, Chief Wylie highlights a couple tools a company fire officer should consider for every working scene. 5m
Critical fluids on the apparatus Chief Rob Wylie highlights the importance of checking the vehicle fluids and not to rely on the computer as the only source that your apparatus has the proper fluid levels. 10m
Disarming a Suspect With a Fire Hose In this segment, Chief Rob Wylie discusses the benefits and downfalls of using a fire hose as a less lethal form of force when dealing with an armed suspect. 10m
Donning and doffing an airpack Jason Adams with the University of Reno Fire Science Academy demonstrates two different methods for donning and doffing your airpack. 5m
Draining Hoses In this video, Beau Alanis and Dorsey Munson of the Fire Science Academy, demonstrate how to properly drain a hose. 5m
Equipment Readiness In this segment, for the firefighter and officer, Captain Jason Hoevelmann discusses the importance of equipment readiness. 5m
Establishing water supplies Wayne Eder of the Fire Science Academy discusses how to establish varying water supplies. 5m
Fire Determination Wayne Eder of the Fire Science Academy discusses key steps in determining the cause of a fire. 5m
Fire Hose Couplings and Storage Chief John Holcombe goes over important tips regarding firehose couplings and storage. 5m
Fire Prevention: 1. The Case for Change FireRescue1 Training Academy and Fire 20/20 co-present Partnering for Prevention, a multi-lesson series on Fire Prevention, designed to address diversity issues and changing demographics and how that affects response calls. Lesson 1 discusses the issues of language barriers, trust issues, knowledge gaps, and positive proactive relationships. 20m
Fire Prevention: 2. Leading Prevention Lesson 2 discusses the issues involved with instituting change: leadership, building coalitions, and managing expectations and resistance. 15m
Fire Prevention: 3. Community Partnership Mapping Lesson 3 covers the steps for developing community demographic profiles, assessing internal department risks, and finding formal and informal leaders inside and outside the fire department. 15m
Fire Prevention: 4. Increasing Cultural Understanding Lesson 4 discusses learning about cultural differences, how to address them with different cultures, non-verbal communications, building respect, earning trust, and conflicting beliefs. 20m
Fire Prevention: 5. Marketing Prevention Lesson 5 discusses the elements necessary to deliver an effective campaign to market fire prevention. 25m
Fire Prevention: 7. Putting It All Together Lesson 7 reviews two other community-oriented campaigns which used the Partnering for Prevention model. 25m
Fire Prevention: 8. Tracking Your Success Lesson 8 concludes the series with the student giving a Best Practices report card on his/her department. 5m
Fire Reality Training: A Semi-Trailer Truck Fire Chief Rob Wylie examines a semi-trailer truck fire and discusses the importance of being aware of potential hazards and exposures. 10m
Fire Reality Training: A Strip Mall Wall Collapse Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of wearing full protective gear while in the hazard zone as well as having a strong command presence during working fires. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Assisted Living Structure Fire After viewing the video the student will be able to identify the challenges associated with a fire at a large, residential care facility. Lessons to include pre-operative planning, on-scene prioritization ad the importance of familiarity with specialized occupancies within the students first due response area. 10m
Fire Reality Training: BLEVE Rob Wylie discusses best practices when encountering a boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Cancer in the Fire Service We know cancer and toxic chemicals exist in the fire service, this Fire Reality segments explores what departments need to know to combat this terrible disease. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Code Enforcement This fire reality video talks about how code enforcement could be used to help in an emergency situation. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Community Outreach Chief Rob Wylie explains the importance of community outreach in order to become the agency of first resort. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Creative Thinking on the Fireground The ability to think on your feet could save the day. In this video, Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of creative thinking on the scene. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Don’t let your Adrenaline drive your tactics In this short video, Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of taking tactical pauses before immediately taking action at the scene of an emergency and the truth about what can happen if someone forgets to do so. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Double House Fire After viewing the video the viewer will have an understanding of fireground operational priorities, the importance of wearing full PPE in the hazard zone and the importance of a strong command presence. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Emergency Driving Safety Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of having a driving plan that considers the safety of everyone on the road. 15m
Fire Reality Training: Extrication Involving Police Vehicle This segment will provide a greater understanding of the special hazards that are present in a police officer involved accident or injury as well as strategies to mitigate those hazards. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Fire and Its Use as a Weapon After viewing the video the viewer will understand the concept of fire as a weapon as well as the importance of pre-fire planning and fire inspection and code enforcement programs. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Fire House Security and Safety This segment highlights the importance of safety and security policies and practices in the firehouse. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Firefighter Falls from Roof After viewing the video, the student will understand the importance of key safety procedures at a working structure fire. Those procedures include wearing the full turnout gear with SCBA, proper ladder placement and operations, and risk-benefit analysis before placing firefighters on the roof of a vented structure fire. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Firetruck Driving Safety This segment will explore the importance of operating emergency vehicles safely and with due regard for the safety of others. 10m
Fire Reality Training: First Care Providers Chief Rob Wylie examines how communities can aid Fire and EMS before they arrive at a scene in order to improve the survivability of injured people. 15m
Fire Reality Training: In Context Training In this video, Chief Rob Wylie discusses how to create realistic training and why this training is essential. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Inadequate Use of PPE Chief Rob Wiley takes a look at the importance of using appropriate PPE during hire hazard activities. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Incidents in Limited Access Buildings In this short video, Chief Rob Wylie explains possible tactics when dealing with limited access areas. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Interagency Joint Training In this video, Rob Wylie promotes different agencies working together during an incident to save lives. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Interference on the Job In this short video, Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of maintaining situational awareness during operations and the correct measures to ensure the safety of all parties involved, while making sure to complete the operation. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Labor Management Issues In this episode of fire reality training, Chief Rob Wylie explains the importance of communication and urgency in resolving labor-management issues. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Ladder Rescue After viewing the video the viewer will understand the importance of good risk, benefit analysis on the fire ground as well as the importance of proper ladder techniques and the importance of strong safety officer or incident commander control of the activities on the fireground. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Massive Warehouse Fire In this video, we discuss concepts of the collapse zone, the importance of wearing full protective equipment in a hazard zone, the importance of strong command presence to control access to the hazard zone, as well as how to ensure compliance with safety procedures. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Media Outlets and the Firehouse Inviting the media is inviting scrutiny. Watch this video segment to be sure your department is ready. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Mentoring in the Fire Service Rob Wylie talks about modeling proper procedures for your community. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Moral Standards in the Fire House This segment urges firefighters to be professional to gain the community’s trust. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Operational Interference In this segment, we explore best practices in how to maintain a safe scene and not allow civilians to interfere. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Preparing for the MAYDAY In this short video, Chief Rob Wylie discuss the importance of proper preparation for MAYDAY occurrences. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Preplanning and a Massive Fire Chief Rob Wylie examines a massive fire that firefighters were able to handle due to preplanning and coordinated efforts. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Recruitment Chief Rob Wylie presents strategies on how your department can find diverse and qualified personnel. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Rescue Task Force In this Fire Reality series, Chief Wylie talks about what makes a successful Rescue Task Force from a Fire and EMS perspective. 10m
Fire Reality Training: The Impact of Endorsements Rob Wylie emphasizes due diligence when endorsing political candidates. 10m
Fire Reality Training: The Importance of Proper Training Chief Rob Wiley focuses on the importance of training that concentrates on building good habits through muscle memory rather than speed. 10m
Fire Reality Training: The Importance of Water Shuttles and Drafting Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of practicing water shuttle and drafting operations and being aware of the water response in your area, especially if you live in a rural community with less access to water hydrants. 10m
Fire Reality Training: The Right of the Patient and HIPAA In this short video, Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of understanding the correct legality behind HIPAA and the first amendment. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Train the Way You Fight In this short video, Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of adhering to all practices correctly, whether it is in training or real emergency operations. This allows for less deviation, which ultimately means less chance of error during emergency operations. 10m
Fire Reality Training: Truck Placement and Situational Awareness Situational awareness can make a huge difference in how circumstances unravel. Chief Rob Wylie emphasizes how preparation and attentiveness can save the situation. 10m
Fire Reality Training: What is your COOP? In this short video, Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of having a continuity of operations plan in place before a tragedy occurs. 10m
Fire Scene Safety Learn, learn, learn! Stay safe!Actual fireground photos raising questions about PPE and risk management issues. 10m
Fire Triangle, Tetrahedron and Elements of Fire Control George Quick of the Fire Science Academy says in order to extinguish a fire you must understand what a fire is made. In this video, George discusses the four elements necessary to make fire. 5m
Firefighter Rehab: Hydration on the Fireground Noted expert on NFPA 1584 Mike McEvoy discusses the steps for firefighter hydration on the fireground. 10m
Firefighter Rehab: NFPA Overview of Firefighter Rehab Noted author, EMS coordinator, and NFPA 1584 expert, Mike McEvoy provides an overview of the NFPA standard for firefighter rehab on the incident scene as well as training. 15m
Firefighter Rehab: Vital Signs Noted author and expert on NFPA 1584, Mike McEvoy discussed how vital signs are used as part of the fireground rehab process. 10m
Firefighter Survival Tools In this episode Chief Ernie Rhodes takes a close look at some essential tools that every firefighter should carry for better safety and survival. 10m
Fireground Flash Tip: Aerial Apparatus Deployment Chief Rob Wylie outlines the steps for efficient and safe deployment of aerial apparatus on the fireground by developing a systematic, safety-minded approach that emphasizes safety, crew by-in, and practice. 10m
FireGround Flash Tip: Check Those Nozzles Chief Wylie offers up a couple great pointers on making sure your nozzles will be ready when you need them. 5m
FireGround Flash Tip: Equipment and Personal Cold Weather Tips With cold weather hitting much of the country, Chief Rob Wylie reveals a few tips on keeping your pumps and lines from freezing as well as some handy personal gear tips to help firefighters stay warm. 15m
FireGround Flash Tip: O2 Pet Masks Chief Rob Wylie highlights the importance of commercially available O2 pet masks and their importance for every fire service. 5m
Fireground Flash Tip: Passenger Car Airbag Safety Chief Rob Wylie raises awareness about the undeployed airbag and presents some basic airbag safety tips every firefighter and rescuer should keep in mind. These techniques will help keep you and the vehicle occupants safe. 10m
FireGround Flash Tip: Precautions to Avoid a Mayday Chief Rob Wylie reviews the precautions to take in advance so you can avoid a Mayday incident on the fireground. These include SCBA maintenance, taking the right tools, conducting a 360 survey, and formulating a Mayday policy and practicing it. 10m
FireGround Flash Tip: Purging Air from LDH Chief Rob Wylie shows us a neat tip to quickly purge air from large diameter hose lays over a long distance. 5m
FireGround Flash Tip: Tools to Keep Doors Open Chief Rob Wylie shows us a variety of tools and techniques to keep doors open while on the fireground; to keep doors open to allow entry of a hose line and to keep doors from locking behind you. 10m
FireGround Flash Tip: Vent, enter and search In this Fireground Flash Tip Chief Rhodes looks at the importance of situational awareness and practice for vent, enter and search. 10m
FireGround Flash Tip: Winter Ready Bag Chief Ernie Rhodes gives some tips on essential equipment to pack with you while on duty in the winter months. 5m
Fireground!: Calling mayday! Chief Rob Wylie gives an in depth look from the command side as well as the firefighter’s when a Mayday is called. Essential firefighter steps are outlined in this episode. One of the themes for this year’s Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week, 10m
FireGround: Benefits of a Bailout Prop Chief Ernie Rhodes and Dave Lewis take a closer look at the benefits and economics of building and using a fire bailout prop. 10m
FireGround: SOG for Multi Mutual Aid Response Chief Ernie Rhodes shares a tip on establishing SOGs for multiple mutual aid responses. This concept is particularly useful during early stages of equipment arriving on the scene and command has yet to be established. 5m
FireGround: Using simple tools for door extrication Chief Ernie Rhodes and Chief Steve Rinehart demonstrate how simple hand tools can be used in some cases for gaining access to the trapped patient in an automobile. 10m
FireGround: Vehicle Stabilization Chief Ernie Rhodes shows some basics to scene safety and cribbing when working with an unstabilized vehicle. 10m
Flashover Fire Science Academy Director Wayne Eder discusses the near simultaneous ignition of all combustible material in an enclosed area, otherwise known as Flashover. 5m
Gear essentials of the wildland firefighter In this latest FIREGROUND Flash Tip, Chief Rob Wylie visits Captain Clint Gould of the U.S. Forest Service and gets a glimpse at some of the basic equipment carried by the wildland firefighter in Mt. Charleston, Nevada. 5m
Gratuities While on Duty – Bad Idea? In this FireGround commentary, Chief Wylie takes a look at an incident that cost several firefighters some time off and a demotion for another over their Facebook posts about not getting a discount at a local restaurant. 10m
Hasty Harness Bear Crawl Technique Ferguson, Missouri firefighter Ericka Artz demonstrates how to tie a hasty harness to a downed firefighter and use a crab crawl technique to evacuate the firefighter. 5m
Heat Transfer Chief John Holcombe talks about critical concepts when it comes to heat transfer. 5m
High Rise Hose Packs – Vegas Style Captain Rian Glassford, with the Clark County Fire Department in Las Vegas, gives us an overview and practicality of using 2.5 inch high rise hose packs in Las Vegas. 5m
Highway Safety Jeff Lindsey with the Health and Safety Institute explains why highway safety is an overlooked factor with first responders and what we can do to keep safe on highway incidents. 10m
Hitting the Hydrant Take these steps to make sure your fire hydrant is in good working order before connecting to the truck. 5m
Horizontal Ventilation Wayne Eder of the Fire Science Academy discusses key elements of horizontal ventilation. 5m
Hose Rolling with an Apparatus Beau Alanis demonstrates how to roll up a hose using a homemade apparatus. 5m
Hose rolls Dorsey Munson with the Fire Science Academy demonstrates a froward and reverse hose roll. 5m
How to choose the right saw for the right job The fire service prides itself on being able to handle anything that comes its way. In this FIREGROUND Flash Tip, Chief Wylie explains how using the right saw for the right job is critical to ensure success. 5m
Hydrant Connection for Water Supply In this video, Training Officer Sean Grabbe and his team demonstrate an effective drill for attacking a fire on multi-story building. 5m
Ladders and salvage covers George Quick of the Fire Science Academy demonstrates a simple but effective method for draining water from a structure using ladders and a salvage cover. 5m
Ladders: Types and Uses Check out this informative video on the wide variety of ladders out there for use in the fire service, and how they can be used. 5m
Live up to their Expectations Chief Wylie gives us his perspective to living up to the expectations your community demands of the fire service. 5m
Master Stream Nozzles Associate Director of the Fire Science Academy in Reno, Nevada presents a side-by-side comparison of master stream nozzles which provides insight into a nozzle choice that’s often overlooked. 5m
Mechanical Hose Draining and Rolling Beau Alanis demonstrates a piece of equipment that helps reduce firefighter fatigue when draining hoses. 5m
MSA Airpack Inspection Beau Alanis with the Fire Science Academy demonstrates how to properly inspect your MSA Airpack. 5m
Muscle Memory Techniques In this segment, for the firefighter and officer, Captain Jason Hoevelmann discusses practicing a muscle memory technique that could save your life. 5m
New Car Designs – Can Your Extrication Tools Cut It? In this FIREGROUND Flash Tip episode, Chief Wylie compares using different hydraulic cutters to cut through the boron treated steel found on many of today’s automobiles. 5m
Overview of Positive Pressure Ventilation In this episode of Fireground, Chief Wylie gives us an overview of using positive pressure ventilation to fight fires. 10m
Paramedic Ice Rescue Unit The Ottawa Paramedic Service Marine Unit teams up with police and fire to perform ice rescue exercises on the Rideau River in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Video features John Blythe from the Ottawa Paramedic Service Marine Unit jumping into the water. 5m
PASS Method Beau Alanis with the University of Reno Fire Science Academy demonstrates how to properly use a fire extinguisher and a creative acronym to help you remember it. 5m
Personal Health and Safety for the First Responder Jeff Lindsey discusses how first responder personal health contributes to better patient care. 10m
Pick Head Axe Chief Rob Wylie discusses how to use and care for the pick-head ax. 5m
Pike Pole Chief Rob Wylie goes over the fundamentals of proper pike pole use. 10m
Portable Extinguisher Types Chief John Holcombe discusses the different types of portable fire extinguisher, and what each is appropriate for. 5m
PPE Bunker Gear Rhonda Powrie with the Fire Science Academy discusses how to properly wear PPE: Structural Bunker Gear. 5m
Pre-Incident Planning In this video, Wayne Eder of the Fire Science Academy discusses a critical element of a firefighter’s job, pre-incident planning. 5m
Preplanning for Firefighter Funerals No one likes to talk about the death of a firefighter, let alone plan for it. But it is something departments need to be thinking about. In this FIREGROUND episode, Chief Wylie talks about the importance of pre-planning for firefighter funerals within 5m
Pre-Planning Residential Fire Operations Pre-planning commercial fire operations is a vital part of firefighting operations. But pre-planning residential fire operations may be even more important due to their frequency. In this FIREGROUND episode, Chief Wylie provides a couple tips for res 5m
Primary search In this video, Wayne Eder of the Fire Science Academy discusses a primary search, including rescue, exposures, confinement, extinguishment, and overhaul. 5m
Reality Training – 720-Degree Awareness Chief Rob Wylie examines some helmet-cam footage of fully involved house fire. Lessons to be learned cover hose handling alone and use of water and the need to keep 720-degree awareness (all around, plus up and down) when on scene. 10m
Reality Training – A Car Fire and Explosion This 15-minute course analyzes a car fire and explosion and points out the potential for danger to firefighters as well as civilians and makes suggestions to make such incidents safer. 15m
Reality Training – A Heroic Rescue: Fire and Police Working Together Chief Rob Wylie examines the realities of firefighters and police working together, and how with a little bit of training and information, that partnership can be more effective and more safe for both partners. 10m
Reality Training – A Notable Defensive Fire Attack Chief Rob Wylie takes a look at house fire that’s gone defensive and the correct way the attack was handled by the fire crew. The emphasis is on the exposure that can still be saved, not the house on fire that can’st. 10m
Reality Training – A Parapet Collapse Chief Rob Wiley examines a video where a gas station fire results in the falling of a parapet on top of a firefighter. In this part of our training series, learners will identify the importance of being aware of the construction of these types of buildings and how to practice safety when on call at such structures. 10m
Reality Training – A Structure Fire with a Heavy Fire Load Chief Rob Wylie examines a residential structure fire in a hoarder’s home. The increased fire load means you probably can’t extinguish this fire and that means an evacuation and all it entails. The value of vertical ventilation is also questioned. 10m
Reality Training – An Agency of First Resort Chief Rob Wylie examines the concept of making your agency of first resort — the agency that people always think about and turn to when they need help. It’s all about becoming indispensable to your citizens all the time, not just during emergencies. 10m
Reality Training – Analyzing Risks Fighting a Warehouse Fire Chief Rob Wylie discusses the use of risk analysis when confronted with any large fire. It’s a key component of incident command and it has a huge impact on the safety of firefighters. 10m
Reality Training – Approaching the Scene: Strategies and Tactics Reality training uses real incidents to show us what’s right — and wrong. Chief Rob Wylie examines apparatus placement at this residential structure fire and makes some good suggestions as to where and why apparatus should be placed so it provides departments with the best strategic advantage. 10m
Reality Training – Backdrafts Chief Rob Wylie reviews the phenomenon of backdraft, the clues that it is imminent, and what you can do to prevent it. The key is to keep your eye on the smoke. 10m
Reality Training – Car Fires Chief Rob Wylie examines the right way to attack a car fire including immobilizing the vehicle, the correct approach, safety hazards, scene management, protecting exposures, and more. 10m
Reality Training – Car Fires and SCBA Chief Rob Wylie takes a hard look at a fire crew attacking a car fire without wearing SCBA. You will graphically see why that is a mistake you do not want to make. Regardless of the fire, you must always wear your SCBA it comes with the job! 10m
Reality Training – Citizens as First Care Providers The concept of Citizens as First Care Providers combines training with the unplanned presence of citizens at an accident scene. Since they are there before first responders, the idea is to take advantage of that and train them to provide essential services that are within their comfort range. 10m
Reality Training – Committing to the Attack Chief Rob Wylie covers the importance of committing to an attack strategy once one is chosen by Command — all firefighters have to be on board with it. The video also shows an excellent a backdraft and setting up well for a defensive attack. 10m
Reality Training – Confronting a Flashover Chief Rob Wylie reviews an apartment fire video with an impending flashover. However, the crew was there to rescue an occupant thought to be inside. The lesson here is making a needed risk-benefit decision: save the victim or keep yourself safe. 10m
Reality Training – Dangerous Roof Ventilation Chief Rob Wylie takes a look at a small house fire and a truck crew that doesn’t act professionally on a roof they’re ventilating (and shouldn’t even be doing that!). The lesson here is safety and professionalism, whether you’re paid or volunteer. 10m
Reality Training – Defensive Fire Attack Chief Rob Wylie examines the right way to set up a defensive fire attack. The duties of a safety officer, tendencies to be lazy, the dangers of cold-weather firefighting, and the ongoing risk assessments that must be conducted are also covered. 10m
Reality Training – Dumpster Fire Training Chief Rob Wylie examines a dumpster fire and how it is being attacked. Wearing PPE is covered along with officer supervision, as well as not taking dumpster fires for granted. 10m
Reality Training – Electrical Substation Fire Chief Rob Wylie examines the correct approach to an electrical substation fire. Safety is the key factor you’re not going to win an offensive fire attack. Get power company representatives on scene and then fire-suppress in a coordinated manner. 10m
Reality Training – Emergency Response and Law Enforcement This course reviews the proper procedure for lights and sirens and procedures emergency responders should use when arriving at the scene of an officer-involved accident. 15m
Reality Training – Expect the Unexpected Chief Rob Wylie explores what can happen when something unexpected occurs on the fireground. He stresses the importance of ,keeping your head on a swivel and maintaining awareness of what else is going on. 10m
Reality Training – Fire and the Hazards of Tilt-up Construction This 30-minutes course covers Fire and The hazards of Tilt-up Construction, a part of our Fire Reality Training series. The course is designed to enhance your ability to become a safer and more effective firefighter; specifically, how to manage tilt-up construction on the fire ground. 30m
Reality Training – Firearms in the Fire Service This course covers the issues that firefighters should consider before bringing a firearm to an emergency scene. 15m
Reality Training – Firefighter Without a Ladder Chief Rob Wylie examines the plight of a seemingly misguided firefighter without SCBA who seems to have no business being on the roof of a structure on fire. The emphasis here is on knowing your task and purpose. 10m
Reality Training – Fireground Habits: Good and Bad Chief Rob Wylie examines proper fireground procedures and some of the bad habits departments have: not wearing PPE and SCBA and unnecessary ventilation. A good habit to develop is learning what smoke can tell you. 10m
Reality Training – Good Command and Attack Chief Rob Wylie reviews an apartment fire video where everything was done correctly: strong fireground operations and command, and firefighters are all wearing their safety gear. This one has a good outcome for firefighters and occupants alike. 10m
Reality Training – High Pressure Gas Line Fires Chief Rob Wylie examines the realities of firefighters and police working together, and how with a little bit of training and information, that partnership can be more effective and more safe for both partners. 10m
Reality Training – Highway Driving Precautions Chief Rob Wylie reviews the video of a pumper making a U-turn on an interstate highway and nearly collides with an oncoming tractor-trailer. This lesson has great tips for highway and surface driving and precautions that increase everyone’s safety. 10m
Reality Training – Highway Scene Safety Chief Wylie comments on a highway accident response scene where everything was done correctly and a drunk driver still struck a protecting police care and then the back of a fire apparatus. Setting up an effective response scene demands coordination between EMS, police, and fire. 10m
Reality Training – Interior Live Fire Education Chief Rob Wylie reviews the steps and precautions to take when planning and executing live fire training using a video shot by a department. There are NFPA codes that should be followed as well as training plan that looks at ,What-If? 10m
Reality Training – Large Commercial Building Fire Chief Rob Wylie takes a look at how to respond to large commercial buildings: the importance of pre-incident planning, building contents and layout, possible life hazards, progression of the fire, and more. 10m
Reality Training – Large Fire with Exposure Problem Chief Rob Wylie takes a look at a well-involved house fire with a tight exposure. Choosing the fire attack vs. exposure protection and the right fire suppression tactic for the amount of fire are some of the issues. 10m
Reality Training – Large Two-Story House Fire Chief Rob Wylie makes some important points on this two-story residential fire. Don’t be standing around; immediately execute the necessary tactics. Throw ladders to upper floors and communicate with neighbors and bystanders regarding what you did. 10m
Reality Training – Live Fire Training and Safeguards Chief Rob Wylie explores the value of live-fire training and its importance. However, he also critiques the video which shows some incorrect practices, mostly dealing with not wearing PPE and SCBA. An instructor on scene is essential 10m
Reality Training – Live Fire Training/Demonstration Precautions Chief Rob Wylie critiques a live fire demonstration that, frankly, was a disaster. No NFPA standards and firefighter lives were put in jeopardy. There were PPE violations, use of insufficient hose lines, and ignorance of dangerous fire conditions. 10m
Reality Training – Magnesium Fires Magnesium fires are just plain nasty. They are hard to put out and are dangerous to responders as they tend to explode when extinguishment is attempted. Chief Rob Wiley stresses the dangers of magnesium and offers some techniques to fight these fires. 10m
Reality Training – Managing the Irate Citizen Chief Rob Wylie discusses how to handle an irate citizen and the importance of sticking to your game plan. It may be the citizens first fire but it isn’t yours so don’t act like it. Be professional and don’t buy into the citizens emotion. 10m
Reality Training – Multistory Fire with Limited Access Chief Wylie comments positively on a textbook response to a multistory apartment complex fire where full PPE was worn, room was provided for a ladder truck, and alternative egress options were provide for. Remember, big fire, big water. 10m
Reality Training – Offensive and Defensive Tactics Chief Rob Wylie examines a really well-run fire and the decision to go offensive or defensive, when and why to make the decision, and how to communicate it. Experience and the ,gut are important factors, as is observation, 360 size-ups, etc. 10m
Reality Training – Oil Storage Facility Fire Chief Rob Wylie reviews a video of an oil storage facility fire. He talks about the importance of having the right mindset and the response strategy to expect. Reimbursements for fighting hazmat fires may also be possible via the Federal government. 10m
Reality Training – Precautions around Live Ammunition during a Fire Chief Rob Wylie discusses the fairly common problem of encountering live ammunition at residential fires. He covers the dangers and how responders can protect themselves by following some basic steps. The key to it is environmental awareness. 10m
Reality Training – Precautions Fighting a Recreational Vehicle Fire This segment discusses recreational vehicles on fire. They aren’t really vehicles, they’re little houses on wheels. They have all the same hazards as houses and should be approached accordingly. Chief Wiley gives tips on how to attack them. 10m
Reality Training – Preparing Mentally When Responding to a Call Chief Rob Wylie analyzes an apartment building fire and covers the importance of being prepared mentally upon arrival and then being ready to change your priorities instantly. The importance of calling for sufficient manpower and assets is also covered. 10m
Reality Training – Proper Radio Traffic This 15-minute course analyzes the net effect of undesired radio traffic and the after-effects stemming from it. 15m
Reality Training – Rolling Vehicle Fires This 15 minute video course covers the preventative measures and tactics to be used when attacking vehicle fires in vehicles that begin to move. 15m
Reality Training – Safe Driving Practices Chief Rob Wylie gives a great overview of the issues of driver safety. The apparatus driver must know the vehicle’s capabilities and limitations, but it’s the captain’s job to be ultimately responsible. It all goes back to training and a strong SOG. 10m
Reality Training – Setting Up Incident Command Chief Rob Wylie takes a look at a video where incident command is set up well. Position of the command post, sizing up, and anticipating additional resources are all covered. The first five minutes will determine how the rest of the incident will go. 10m
Reality Training – Snowy Conditions and a Heavy Structure Fire Chief Rob Wylie looks at responding to a structure fire in snow. The importance of a 360 size-up, plus switching from defensive to offensive attack strategies, management of water supply, intelligent ventilation, and slip, trip, and fall hazards. 10m
Reality Training – Structure Fire Collapse Chief Rob Wylie examines the important issues involved with building collapse: the mindset to deal with it and accept it, and ways to protect yourself and your fellow firefighters on the fireground. 10m
Reality Training – Taking Command of a Fully Involved Fire Chief Rob Wylie offers some steps to take and some things to avoid — when rolling up on a fully involved structure fire: taking a defensive tactic, firefighters standing around, breaking windows without a plan, and taking the global view. 10m
Reality Training – The 360-Degree Survey This course covers the importance of and the value gained from conducting a 360-degree survey at an emergency scene. 15m
Reality Training – The American Flag and its Use in the Fire Service This 15-minute course covers the issues involved with putting an American Flag on the back of an apparatus. Though it may seem like an act of pure patriotism, it may not be perceived as such by everyone. The motives and authority to execute such an act are discussed. 15m
Reality Training – The Danger of Gas-Fed Fires Chief Rob Wylie reviews a gas-fed fire. He reviews the dangers of such fires and what you can learn by being observant of the fire color and behavior, smoke, and the presence of debris indicating an explosion. Wear PPE and SCBA — safety first! 10m
Reality Training – The Importance of Good Communication Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance communications from the company officer to his crew as they are en route to a fire, to be on the same page mentally, discussing strategies based on the dispatch, and communicating throughout the incident. 10m
Reality Training – Triple Deck Residential Fire Chief Rob Wylie observes conditions at a triple-decker apartment building. Smoke and fire conditions indicate that this building is destined to fail. Officers in command must be watching for them. The importance of PPE is also emphasized. 10m
Reality Training – Using UAVs in the Fire Service Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of UAVs unmanned aerial vehicles to the future of the fire service and the need to get FAA restrictions lifted. The 720-degree awareness and perspective will make us safer and better at our jobs. 10m
Reality Training – Watching Your Exposures Chief Wylie comments on a wind-driven fire that has consumed a residential structure. In such a case, firefighters should be checking on and protecting exposures. Also mentioned is the futility of climbing to a roof that has already vented. 10m
Reality Training – Water Rescues Chief Rob Wylie analyzes a citizen water rescue and uses it as a learning tool for fire department water rescuers. He emphasizes the danger involved and planning to effect a rescue including equipment and the ,Row, Throw, Go technique. 10m
Reality Training – Working Fires with Limited Water Supply Chief Rob Wylie examines fighting a fire a large square-footage homes that are often built in remote places without hydrants or static water supplies nearby. The importance of taking the time to set up a consistent water supply is emphasized. 10m
Reality Training – Working Together: Police and Firefighters Chief Rob Wylie analyzes video at a highway response scene and points out some things you should never do and other things that should be done well in advance of the incident: namely, a safe response plan that police and fire can both live with. 10m
Reality Training: An Intentional Car Fire In this segment, Chief Rob Wylie discusses the importance of communication with other first responders on the scene. 5m
Reality Training: Balcony Ladder Rescue In this edition of Reality Training, Chief Rob Wylie discusses a South Carolina condo fire wherein three firemen rescued a man from the second story utilizing an extension ladder. 15m
Reality Training: Well Being Check Chief Rob Wylie discusses a Check the Well Being call that ended in shots fired. 10m
Rescue Knots In this video, Dorsey Munson demonstrates life-saving rescue knots. 10m
RIT Training Using Abandoned Home Maryland Heights, Missouri Assistant Chief, Steve Rinehart, discusses the advantages and economics of using abandoned homes for RIT training. 5m
Rollover Wayne Eder of the Fire Science Academy discusses a Rollover, the stage of a structure fire when fire gasses in a room or other enclosed area ignite. 5m
Room for the Ladder Truck Saving room for the ladder track in front of buildings is vital. In this FIREGROUND Flash Tip, Chief Wylie outlines the factors involved in the placement of your aerial apparatus on fire scenes. 5m
Ropes and Knots Chief John Holcombe goes over some of the most important rope and knot considerations for use in the fire services. 5m
SCBA Air Conservation Chief Ernie Rhodes provides a unique practical demonstration of conserving your SCBA air during a fire entrapment. In this demo, a before and after example is illustrated of what happens when a firefighter runs out of air and waits for a RIT team. 10m
Scene Safety: Part II Scene Safety GLOBE 10m
Sources of Heat In this video, Linda Bingaman with the Fire Science Academy, discusses the four different sources of heat. 5m
Special Events No matter what you encounter when working a special event, from the most difficult task to the simplest request, Steve Whitehead gives us two things to remember when working one of these. 5m
Stream nozzles In this video, George Quick with the Fire Science Academy demonstrates using a fog nozzle versus a solid-bore nozzle. 5m
Swiftwater Rescue Incident: II Firefighters rescue two men trapped against a rock in fast-moving rapids. 5m
Tactical Fire Operations Wayne Eder of the University of Fire Science Academy explains Defensive and Offensive Tactical Fire Operations. 5m
Terms of Incident Command Wayne Eder of the Fire Science Academy reviews important terms for incident command. 5m
Texas Wildfire Discussed Wylie, Texas fire chief Randy Corbin shares some of his thoughts and experiences with the 2010-2011 Texas wildfires. Hosted by Chief Rob Wylie. 10m
The Basics of Drafting In this video, Chief Wylie discusses the importance of minimizing the distance from the water source and describes why it is so important to watch the engine very closely when drafting. 10m
The Importance of Situational Awareness In this course, Chief Rob Wylie discusses a tragedy out of New York in which two EMS personnel were hit by their stolen Ambulance. 10m
The need for perfect practice In a era of declining fires, Chief Rob Wylie talks about “muscle memory” and how to apply it to maintain our firefighting skills. 5m
Tools of the Hotel Pack Kit Chief Ernie Rhodes reviews a common setup for a hotel high rise pack. 10m
Toxic Gases Wayne Eder of the Fire Science Academy discusses how to protect yourself from toxic gases on the fireground. 5m
Vehicle Fire Attack A quick review of the proper way to approach and attack vehicle fires. This includes performing size-ups from dispatch and upon arrival, hazards, and safety tips. 10m
Vehicle Rescue in the New Millennium: Lesson 32 This is the 32nd lesson in a multi-series training on Vehicle Rescue for the New Millennium. Lesson 32 covers Trunk Tunneling, Flapping the Roof, the Brake Pedal Maneuver, and Side Wall Removal using Vertical Crush. 15m
Vehicle Rescue in the New Millennium: Lesson 33 This is the 33rd lesson in a multi-series training on Vehicle Rescue for the New Millennium. Lesson 33 covers Lifting or Rolling the Dash, Lifting the Dash without Cuts, and Lifting the Steering Column and Dash Lift without Cuts. 20m
Vehicle Rescue in the New Millennium: Lesson 34 This is the 34th lesson in a multi-series training on Vehicle Rescue for the New Millennium. Lesson 34 covers general Minivan Access and Minivan Access: Dash Lift from the Outside. 20m
Vehicle Rescue in the New Millennium: Lesson 35 This is the 35th lesson in a multi-series training on Vehicle Rescue for the New Millennium. Lesson 35 covers Cutting through the Floor, Bending a Vehicle in Half, and a final summary. 15m
Vertical Ventilation In this video, Wayne Eder of the Fire Science Academy, discusses vertical ventilation. Its use is critical for firefighter safety and victim survival. 5m
Wear SCBA Correctly In this FIREGROUND Flash Tip episode, Chief Ernie Rhodes shows us why wearing the SCBA correctly is the smart play in firefighting. 5m
What’s in Your Pocket? Bozeman Fire Department’s Josh Charles shows you important tools every firefighter should carry on the job. 5m