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.
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.
Wax candles are great tools to understand and teach firefighting.
In this experiment, the wax from the candle is used to discuss gas cooling.
With this model, attic fires and other structure fires are shown and discussed.
In this exercise hot smoke is used to simulate the use of fans and the coordination between outside and inside actions.
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.
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.
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.
With this model, the flammabillity of smoke is shown and discussed.