Description:

This course will exclusively focus on small scale teaching tools and experiments. They provide the best way to interact with the physics and chemistry needed to understand firefighting. And the exercises are also easily brought back home for anyone wanting to teach the concepts further.

The exercises are primarily aimed to understand and experience fire behavior, fire suppression theory and fire suppression methods.

At the end of the course we will tie the suppression methods together, and do tactical training in small scale. The small scale tactical training provides a good overview over the coordination and communication needed to accomplish different tactics.

Small scale training does not replace full scale live fire training. It provides a better understanding of different concepts which will make full scale live fire training more effective.

Course participants will leave with new ideas, more knowledge and also new friends from all over the world.

Lars Axelsson - The Swedish Firenerd - is teaching firefighters with small scale experiments.
A small scale alcohol prop is used to teach firefighters about flow paths.

Short info:

When?

February 4 to February 7.


Where?

Los Cristianos, Canary Islands, Spain.


What?


Cost?

Price per participant: €600.

Photo of a crib fire used to teach firefighters with small scale exercises.Photo of a crib fire used to teach firefighters with small scale exercises.

Small scale exercises are great to visualize and interact with the physics and chemistry that is involved in firefighting.

In this exercise, both fire behavior and fire suppression is discussed when water is applied to the crib.

Lars Axelsson is using candles to teach firefighting.Lars Axelsson is using candles to teach firefighting.

Wax candles are great tools to understand and teach firefighting.

In this experiment, the wax from the candle is used to discuss gas cooling.

A model is used to conduct tactical training for firefighters and officers.A model is used to conduct tactical training for firefighters and officers.

With this model, attic fires and other structure fires are shown and discussed.

Hot smoke is used to simulate fans used by firefighters at a fire.Hot smoke is used to simulate fans used by firefighters at a fire.

In this exercise hot smoke is used to simulate the use of fans and the coordination between outside and inside actions.

Lars Axelsson is showing firefighters steam expansion and contraction in small scale experiments.Lars Axelsson is showing firefighters steam expansion and contraction in small scale experiments.

When water turns to steam it expands in volume.

In this experiment, steam is created and allowed to expand and contract to discuss water in different forms.

Photo of Mats Rosander teaching firefighters.Photo of Mats Rosander teaching firefighters.

It is important to know the history of firefighting to understand the context to the equipment, methods and tactics we use.

In this course Mats Rosander, a pioneer in firefighting, lectured for the first day and gave history and context to many things that are distorted or lost today.

Mats participation was a one time event in 2017.

A model is used to conduct tactical training for firefighters and officers.A model is used to conduct tactical training for firefighters and officers.

Tactical exercises are visualized better with small scale models, compared to full scale exercises. Different models may create understanding how methods and tactics need to be adapted, based on the building and situation.

Hot smoke is used to simulate fans used by firefighters at a fire.Hot smoke is used to simulate fans used by firefighters at a fire.

With this model, the flammabillity of smoke is shown and discussed.

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