Bobby Eckert, Fire Captain - Camden NJ

Bobby is a second-generation Fireman from Collingswood, NJ, starting out as a junior at age 14. In 2006, after four years as a career Firefighter/ EMT, he left Collingswood to pursue a career in the City Of Camden, NJ. Bobby was assigned to Engine #9 for his first four years and did a year in Ladder #1 before being laid off in 2011. After returning from the layoff, he was assigned to Squad #7, the city’s busiest suppression unit. He remained there for five years until his promotion to Captain in February 2016. He’s currently assigned to Engine #6 at Fire Head Quarters. Bobby is a Pro Board Level II Instructor and has a B.S. in Public Safety Administration from Neumann University. Bobby is the Owner/Operator of Eckert Fire Tactics LLC. An experienced-based street smart approach to Fire Ground Tactics and Leadership. He currently resides in Bellmawr, NJ with his wife Brynlee, and children Bobby, Ryan, Kennedy, and Reese. He can be reached via email @ eckertfiretactics@gmail.com or his Instagram eckert_335. 

Hot Class Description:

Stretching Through Obstacles; Street Smart Engine Company Operations

 

The Fire Ground is an ever-changing place, filled with obstacles where Firefighters have to make split seconds decisions to overcome these obstacles for the betterment of the situation. This one of kind Engine Company Operations class offers experienced-based, street smart solutions to overcome many of the challenges and obstacles faced while making the initial stretch to the seat of the fire. The ordinary is anything but that. This class offers tried and true methods and tactics to work aggressively, think outside the box, and build confidence to foster coordinated positive outcomes on the fire ground. Take some of these experience-based tactics and stretch right through the next obstacle you’re faced with.  

Full P.P.E Bunker gear, mask, S.C.B.A with an extra cylinder.

Jeff Cowen

Jeff currently works as a fireman for the city of Sarnia.  He is in his 12th year with the Sarnia Fire Department.  Prior to being hired in Sarnia Jeff was a volunteer with the Point Edward Fire Department.  Jeff volunteers his time as one of the lead instructors with the Lambton County Fire Academy.  The Fire Academy is responsible for providing most of the Lambton County Fire Department’s new recruits with 1001 FF I & II training.

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Effective Primary Searching and Removing

 

Pre-service fire and many fire department training programs fail to adequately prepare firefighters to search for and remove trapped civilians from a building on fire.  A large gap exists between what is taught from the textbooks and what actually happens on the fire-ground.  Sweeping large open burn rooms with a pike pole while holding onto your search partner’s ankle. Dragging out mannequins that have handles sewn into them, dressed in a sturdy pair of coveralls to pull on, or worse, not dragging the mannequin out at all for ease of resetting the scenario; equates to an ineffective search at a real fire.  Two of the most important conclusions from the UL and NIST fire research are that things can look pretty bad from the outside while there are survivable spaces on the inside and a trapped occupant does not have time for the fire department to conduct an ineffective search.  Effective Primary Searching and Removing is a 16-hour hands-on course designed to bridge the gap between the textbook and the fire ground.  Topics covered are searched with the hose line, oriented search, VES, unconscious victim removal and conscious victim removal from a window.  The course is designed for firefighters and training officers looking to improve their delivery of search and rescue training.

 

Full P.P.E Bunker gear, mask, S.C.B.A with an extra cylinder.

Justin Carson

Justin Carson is a 20 year veteran of the fire service and has been a Firefighter and qualified Training Officer with Windsor Fire & Rescue Services since 2004.
Justin is an instructor for the Lambton Fire Academy, and previously instructed at both St Clair and Lambton Colleges, and for Brotherhood Instructors LLC and Spartan Rescue.

 

Justin is passionate about firefighting and continues to be a student of the trade.

Hot Class Description:

 

Effective Primary Searching and Removing

 

Pre-service fire and many fire department training programs fail to adequately prepare firefighters to search for and remove trapped civilians from a building on fire.  A large gap exists between what is taught from the textbooks and what actually happens on the fire-ground.  Sweeping large open burn rooms with a pike pole while holding onto your search partner’s ankle. Dragging out mannequins that have handles sewn into them, dressed in a sturdy pair of coveralls to pull on, or worse, not dragging the mannequin out at all for ease of resetting the scenario; equates to an ineffective search at a real fire.  Two of the most important conclusions from the UL and NIST fire research are that things can look pretty bad from the outside while there are survivable spaces on the inside and a trapped occupant does not have time for the fire department to conduct an ineffective search.  Effective Primary Searching and Removing is a 16-hour hands-on course designed to bridge the gap between the textbook and the fire ground.  Topics covered are searched with the hose line, oriented search, VES, unconscious victim removal and conscious victim removal from a window.  The course is designed for firefighters and training officers looking to improve their delivery of search and rescue training.

Full P.P.E Bunker gear, mask, S.C.B.A with an extra cylinder.

Andrew Brassard

Andrew is a full-time firefighter with the Milton Fire Department since 2001 and is also a volunteer firefighter with the Centre Wellington Fire Department Station 40. He is also an instructor with Take the Door Training, The Fire Department Training Network, and RS Rescue. 

Hot Class Description:

Machinery Rescue

 

This class is designed to teach students how to deal with people stuck in machinery and other personal entrapments. From people with rings stuck on their finger to hands and limbs stuck in large industrial machines. This class will prepare you and your department for these types of emergencies. 

Class is 8 hrs

Chris Ogg

Chris a 25 year veteran of the fire service currently serving as the Captain of Rescue Squad 106 in the City of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Mississauga is a major Canadian city with a population closing in on one million people. The busiest highway in North America the 401 snakes its way through the heart of the city with an average of 420,000 vehicles a day. Other major highways in Mississauga include the 403, 410, 407 and the QEW.

 

Chris started his firefighting career in Tilbury, Ontario as a dedicated volunteer firefighter(5 years) throughout his career Chris has been assigned to Rescue 1 (9 years), Squad 107 (1 year) and Squad 111(10 years). He has been the lead shift training instructor for auto extrication, trench rescue, rope rescue, and firefighter survival. He is a lead instructor at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute in Toronto, as well as an associate instructor for EmergencyResponse Solutions International in Plymouth Michigan which has allowed him to teach and learn internationally. His primary focus is technical rescue

including rope rescue and confined space rescue. He developed and taught forcible entry for FirefighterTraining Day in Canada for the past 3 years. 

Hot Class Description:

8 Hour Advanced Heavy Auto/Truck Extrication

 

Extractions involving transport trailers or busses vs automobiles are becoming more frequent and can

happen at any time. Are you and your department prepared to be able to lift and properly crib a 30,000

lb transport truck? Are you able to do the needed calculations to facilitate this lift? This class will teach

you advanced cribbing and lifting techniques as to how to extricate people from automobiles involved in

these types of accidents. This is not how you would use a tool class you will have your hands all types

of tools currently on the market. Knowing how to do this properly will help keep you and your co-

workers safe.

This class will include – advanced cribbing – traditional wood box cribbing as well as pneumatic struts,

airbags, weight calculations, and using the latest cutters and spreaders. 

 

Full P.P.E Required – turnout gear, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, and gloves.

 

 

Jay Arns

Jay Arns currently holds the rank of Fire Chief for the town of Petrolia. Jay is a veteran of the fire services where he started his career with the Calgary Fire Department. Jay worked through the ranks and held the position of Hazardous Materials Officer where he mentored and lead a highly-skilled crew. Years later Jay relocated to Ontario for a role as Professor and Coordinator of the Fire Science and Pre Service Programs at Lambton College in Sarnia. Jay spent much time establishing curriculum, delivering hands-on training in a vast array of Firefighting topics. Then in 2015, Jay took a position with Chatham Kent Fire and Emergency Services as Training Officer, he was instrumental in establishing the Auxiliary and Recruit Training Programs they currently use today. Jay was also a proud member of Point Edward Fire Rescue. Jay’s experiences and diverse backgrounds offer a well-rounded approach to the science and best practices of our trade.

Hot Class Description:

 

Elite Tactical Rapid Intervention 

 

A Rapid Intervention Team is a highly specialized area of firefighting reserved for elite-level firefighters with well-rounded skills and a solid understanding of all things firefighting. Often combined with survival and other aspects of firefighting the tactical skills required for RIT should be trained on as stand-alone training. Rapid Intervention training skills should be treated with the highest level of professionalism, drilling the specific skills to bring you to mastery. Knowing skills are not enough when called upon to act, muscle memory and a functional resiliency are mandatory for successful extrication of firefighters.

This course will equip you with the skillsets and knowledge to become highly proficient at RIT skills including rotary and chainsaw, high-pressure lift bags, rope rigging, rope-assisted searches, firefighter packaging …skills well beyond the conventional air cylinder trans-fills. …though this will be practiced skill as well!

 

This will be intensive hands-on training and will require full P.P.E Bunker gear, mask, S.C.B.A with an extra cylinder.

CONTACT

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Direct

Rob Thibert, P.O Box 764 Tilbury, Ontario. N0P 2L0 

Venue

John D. Bradley Convention Centre
565 Richmond St, Chatham, ON 

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