In-Service Training


What tactical decisions do you make at a wildland fire? Where do these decisions come from? In four different fire scenarios Fire Captain Kevin Kinney illustrates how your Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG) leads you through the engagement process of determining the best method to attack wildland fires for the most safe and effective outcomes.


The Incident Radio Communications Plan, or IRCP, provides the on scene commander with a new set of tools to more effectively manage the fireground. One of the latest enhancements of the IRCP is that Wildland Complans (WCPs) are now assigned within two minutes of initial dispatch. In addition, beginning June 1st, all WCPs Department-wide will have the assigned Command Frequency on VHF.  Fire Captain Tim Bloom explains what you need to know about these new improvements.


The unique geography of Los Angeles County presents an array of challenges to our firefighters, particularly the mountains and forest areas.  Low-angle rope rescues are often required to assist injured hikers, car accident victims, or other residents needing our help.  However, these types of rescues are a perishable skill that require frequent refresher training to keep our personnel ready to assist at a moment’s notice. In this video, LACoFD demonstrates successful low-angle rope rescue techniques to help you sharpen your skill sets in this critical function.


There is no question that the uncontrolled release of ammonia presents an immediate danger to the public. Not only is it lethally poisonous, but it can quickly ignite into a deadly blaze.  Recently, our firefighters hosted a multi-agency live ammonia leak training drill with the Ammonia Safety Training Institute at our Del Valle Training Center to prepare for such an emergency.  During the training, attendees learned how to effectively mitigate an ammonia release incident to protect both the public and themselves from the dangers of this toxic chemical.


Firefighters constantly train on advancing a hose line into a building.  But we do not train enough on withdrawing when the scene becomes unstable.  Do you and your crew know how to get out quickly and safely?  Watch as we illustrate best practices of effectively maneuvering a hose line into and out of a structure.


In December 2014, Training Services launched its inaugural Fire Captain Academy to prepare newly promoted fire captains to be “First Day – First In Ready” to command emergency incidents and effectively lead their personnel. Addressing key concepts in the areas of Leadership, Management, Emergency Medical Services, and Emergency Operations, the FCA gives our first line officers the right tools to succeed in their new roles. In this video, graduates of FCA Class 1 share their thoughts on this innovative course.


During auto extrication incidents, making space for victim removal and treatment quickly and safely is our number one priority.  Dash displacement is one of the more effective techniques to accomplish this, especially in cases of significant entrapment.  This video illustrates step-by-step dash displacement operations for the most optimal patient outcomes.


Recently, our Battalion Training Officers (BTOs) sharpened their firefighting skills during live fire burn training at our East County Training Center. Utilizing flashover containers, these BTOs had the opportunity to witness firsthand the fire behavior leading up to an actual flashover in a controlled, safe environment. Flashovers continue to be one of the leading causes of firefighter deaths.  Through these innovative training tools, our firefighters will know the signs of a flashover as well as nozzle techniques to possibly give them time to escape should one occur.



High-rise building incidents pose a unique set of challenges to firefighters, including safe evacuation of victims, stretching hose line across multiple floors, and navigating a complex building layout. Initial size up is a crucial first step in effectively managing these types of emergencies. In this video, Fire Station 8 personnel demonstrate standard size up tactics in a high-rise incident that will lay the foundation for an overall successful firefighting operation.



In this video, Fire Fighter Steven Chavez gives a brief overview of the Department’s new Multi-Casualty Incident Chest Packs. These innovative hands-free trauma bags contain all the medical equipment needed for our EMTs and Paramedics to rapidly treat victims suffering from any number of injuries at the scene of a multi-casualty incident. Through these MCI chest packs, our first responders will have the critical tools at the right place and the right time to improve the chance of survival for victims of any man-made or natural disasters.



Since 2010, LACoFD has assigned Incident Command Post Support Companies (ICPSC) to assist the Incident Commander (IC) during major emergencies. The ICPSC serves a critical function, allowing the IC to step back and focus on strategic and tactical priorities, firefighter safety, and developing contingencies to effectively manage an incident. This video focuses on the components of an ICPSC and the role each member plays during firefighting operations.



Just as the modern fire environment has affected the way we fight fires, it also affects our decision making for the search and rescue of potential victims.  In this PowerPoint, LACoFD reviews the modern fire environment, it’s effects on victim survivability and how to address this evolving threat.




The Los Angeles County Fire Department incident priorities are life, incident stabilization, and the protection of property and the environment.  Battalion Chief Dennis Breshears discusses the importance of critical thinking and decision-making on the fire ground, and how controlling the fire is often the best way to protect lives and ultimately extinguish a structure fire.



On May 12-14, LACoFD participated in the annual Tonner Canyon training exercise. This annual drill helps foster better communication and partnerships with neighboring agencies who share Tonner Canyon as a common geographical area – San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside (SOLAR) Counties. Over three days, an impressive list consisting of 10 different agencies gathered in the canyon to participate in an exercise specifically designed to address a dynamic wildland fire incident.



In 2013, the Los Angeles County Fire Department officially adopted the “Smokey Pack” as the department standard wild land hose pack.  The use of a “Smokey Pack” allows our firefighters to deploy a progressive hose lay while simultaneously fighting fire.  The configuration of both 1 1/2” and 1” hose lines ensures that the lead firefighter always has a loaded hose line in their hand while putting in a line around the fire.  Last year, our Training Services Section utilized the on-line training platform, BlackBoard, to train all 3,000 of our firefighters.  These are the videos we used to give our firefighters the skills and knowledge to effectively use of the “Smokey Pack”.  Watch the videos to see how to the LACoFD uses the “Smokey Pack” and how we rebuild those packs back at the station.



Since January of this year, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Fire Behavior Cadre has trained an unprecedented 180 companies and 730 firefighters to fight the fires of the 21st Century by conducting 100 live fire burns at Fire City in Pomona and in the Training Tower at 129s in Lancaster.  The Training Services Section is ready to train each and every firefighter on our department to be ready to meet the challenge of the modern fire ground.  Here is what some of those firefighters have said about the training so far.

“Good training for all members.  All personnel should attend.”  “Actual fire ground experience.”  “Reinforces Blackboard, great hands on training.”  “First time in 10 years for live fire training.”  “Training is always necessary, and this was in depth, hands on (the best way) and well thought out.



An important element of “door control” when initiating fire attack is to make sure you check for victims. Prior to closing the door to control the flow path, ensure that the area near the point of entry is clear of all victims. Watch the updated “door control” video to reinforce these essential skills.



The Los Angeles County Fire Department has a new state of the art training simulator. And to the layperson, the Doron “Driving Simulator” may look like a videogame, but it is so much more than that. This dynamic new training tool will allow our firefighters to hone their skills in navigating the maze of Southern California traffic in a realistic and safe environment. Interacting with computer-generated vehicles, our Apparatus/Operators can practice driving to emergency incidents while learning to avoid catastrophic accidents and collisions. Watch this video, as Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Fighter Specialist Andy Ahten gives us a sneak peek at our most recent train-the-trainer.



As students of fire behavior, we realize that the fire environment has changed and continues to change. Recent UL and NIST studies have discovered that some of our traditional firefighting methods may need to be modified to ensure swift, effective, and safe fire suppression. Watch this video as LACoFD Battalion Chief Stan Brawer discusses how to use exterior water application as an offensive fire attack tactical option and challenges the myth of “pushing fire.” As with all of the videos from the LACoFD Training Services Section, TSS is providing this information as a consideration during fire attack.

Door Control: Interior Fire Attack

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has 3,000 firefighters in 180 fire stations and fire suppression camps that are responsible for protecting over 2,400 square miles of densely populated urban areas and wildland urban interface.  Our challenge in Training is providing each firefighter with contemporary, timely, high quality, instructional materials that draw on the newest research findings from UL, NIST and NIOSH. We do this by posting our information on Blackboard, the web based learning management system of our educational partner College of the Canyons.  Our monthly drills are college classes instructed by our battalion chiefs where our personnel earn college credit by completing online and hands on lessons as individuals and as a crew.  Because Blackboard is available on the web, a firefighter can now access training materials at work, on the drill ground, on the apparatus while assigned to a strike team, and even while at home recovering from an injury.  Included in this issue of Turnout is our July lesson on Door Control.  Due to the number of e-mails received from our followers requesting more information on our Blackboard drills, we thought we would post an entire lesson so you can see what every LACoFD firefighter is required to review.  Enjoy!

Training Video

A fire needs air to grow and water to slow.  This video covers the WHY and HOW of LACoFD Door Control when fighting a fire that needs more air to grow.  It does not cover all possible structure fire scenarios you respond to in the field.  It provides the basics of door control when arriving with 4-persons and 3-persons.


1 3/4″ Interior Fire Attack Hose Lay PowerPoint

How do you handle door control, forcible entry, 360 size up, search and rescue, exposures, water supply, RIC, and ventilation?  Now factor in you are arriving with a 3-person engine and 2-person squad, or with a 4-person engine and a 2-person squad.  What is your plan?  Consider your options for each one of these scenarios as you practice controlling the door during your drill.


Hands On Drill Plan

After watching the video, and reviewing the PowerPoint presentation, use the Hands On Drill Plan to guide you in preparing the practical portion of the drill.


Forcible Entry Introduction


The 2013 Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Fighter Specialist Examination Practical begins on October 22nd and time is running out to practice the rodeo portion down at LAO. The Grinder will officially close on October 14th in preparation for the test. Check out the video as DMV Coordinator, FFS Matt Briones, talks about the last weekend to practice and get ready for the big day.

Apparatus Operator 1B

Next week, TSS is having another Apparatus Driver/Operator 1B at the LACoFD Headquarters Training Center. 1B teaches the fundamentals of pump theory and hydraulics. Taught entirely by our cadre of LACoFD Firefighter Specialists and Captains, the class has both classroom and manipulative components. You will learn hydrant operations, draft/pumping and even how to “mule your own line” and applying real world scenarios.Class size is limited, so sign up early to take advantage of one of the best courses the Training Services Section provides to the members of the LACoFD. Visit the LA County Firefighter’s Association Website to enroll in the next class.

102nd Street Live Fire Training – DAY 15

Once again, the TURNOUT CREW visited the Fire Behavior Cadre at the 102nd Street Live Burns in Inglewood. After 15 days of extensive and grueling training they have put over 200 firefighters through their paces. Watch as they describe the effective real life training experiences of the men and women of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

102nd Street Live Fire Training

The TSS video crew was invited to the 102nd St. Burns in Inglewood.  The Fire Behavior Cadre will continue to put on great live fire training Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of April. Check out the video.

Draeger Phase One, Flashover Container

East County Training Center, November 2012 – In an effort to enhance In-Service and Recruit Training, the Department has purchased a state of the art, Draeger Phase One, Flashover Container and installed it at the East County Training Center.  The Fire Behavior Cadre, the Recruit Training Captains and the Department’s Safety Officers have begun Fire Control training.  Lead instructor Firefighter Specialist Jim Golondzinier (FS 14) talks all about the benefits of live fire training as TSS takes a “GoPro” camera into our new cutting-edge, fire behavior classroom.


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