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Introduction to Joint Public Safety Tactical Response to Fire-as-a-Weapon (FOR-0010)

This course was developed to train law enforcement and firefighting personnel how to operate when fire is either intentionally or unintentionally introduced during law enforcement operations. This course focuses on events in which there is both an armed perpetrator and a simultaneous fire.

The use of fire as a weapon adds to the complexity and lethality of any hostile incident. Not only do officers have to deal with the dangers normally associated with tactical entries and building sweeps, but fires quickly make the situation much more complex and dangerous for victims and responders. Fire growth and fire spread times do not allow for a long decision-making process; requiring law enforcement to have contingency plans in place before the first sign of smoke or fire.

In this four-hour lecture course, participants will learn about the history of fire-as-a-weapon in combat, at terrorism events, and during criminal activities. The participants will review multiple case studies of fire-as-a-weapon events. This course will cover the “ABC” fire-as-a-weapon events; this includes (A) ambush, (B) barricade, (C) civil unrest, and (C) complex-coordinated attacks. Participants will then learn about considerations in their community when addressing integrated police/fire response to these events.

The second part of the lecture focuses on tactics at these events. These tactics were developed using years of research and conducting multiple structural burns with local, state, and federal SWAT teams. Participants will discuss a “basic” fire-as-a-weapon event, a “moderately complex” fire-as-a-weapon event, and a “complex” fire-as-a-weapon event. Participants will discuss “go” versus “no-go” fires and have the opportunity to make these decisions with case studies. Participants will learn specific tactics for SWAT operators to use when effecting hostage rescues in a fire-as-a-weapon event.

Participants will also learn how to use armored vehicles as a protected firefighting area, including deploying and moving hose with armored vehicles. Participants will also discuss the various types of equipment available for use at these events. Last, participants will have a fire-as-a-weapon simulated event that they must analyze to effectively mitigate the event.

Date(s)  Mon. Oct 28, 2019 1pm - 5pm 
Location Kernersville FD, Station 42
1180 Highway 66 South, Kernersville NC 27284 
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Building/Room Training Room 
Handicap Accessibility No
WiFi Access  
ESF ESF4 - Firefighting, ESF5 - Emergency Management, ESF13 - Law Enforcement, Local Response Team
Functional Areas Emergency Services
Offered By Forsyth County 
Primary Instructor TBD, To Be Determined 
Course Length 0.5 d 
Course Hours
Target Audience Law Enforcement / Fire / EMS 

Offering Specific Information

This course is best taken in conjunction with: Capable Guardian: Instruct, Evacuate, Shelter, Defend (FOR-0009)

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