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Bill Gustin

Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue
BILL GUSTIN is a 47-year veteran of the fire service and a captain with the Miami-Dade (FL) FireRescue Department. He began his fire service career in the Chicago area and is a lead instructor in his department?s Officer Development Program. He teaches tactics and company officer training programs throughout North America. He is an advisory board member of Fire Engineering and FDIC International.

Follow the Water

Gustin gives this on-camera demonstration on the basics of standpipes, their myriad functions and uses, the various types found in specific buildings, and how they are to be used I case of fire.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 75 min

Size-Up for Safety and Effectiveness

This class will examine why the strategy chosen by first-arriving companies and the tactics they perform can be entirely appropriate in the initial stages of a firefighting operation but may become ineffective and unreasonably dangerous later in an incident. Learn why size-up isn’t just performed on arrival but must continue throughout the duration of an incident; why size-up must be performed from two perspectives--inside and outside a fire building; why a red flag should go up when an inside size-up and outside size-up are not in agreement; and why experienced firefighters do not operate at every phase of a firefighting operation with the same strategy, tactics, or level of risk. This class will also examine factors to consider in an ongoing size-up that continuously evaluates the risk to civilians and firefighters vs. the intended benefits.

Course Type: Full-length Course

Course Duration: 60 min

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