Firefighter Education Registration

Join us for our 9th annual

Free Firefighter Education Seminar

When: Saturday, February 27th, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Apollo Career Center, 3325 Shawnee Rd., Lima, Ohio 45806

Lunch will be provided


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Sean DeCrane, Lead Regulatory Engineer UL LLC Liasion


Sean DeCrane started his career with the Cleveland (OH) Fire Department in 1991 where he is currently a Battalion Chief assigned to the 3rd Battalion while previously serving as Chief of Training for the Cleveland Fire Training Academy. He is a State of Ohio certified instructor and represents the International Association of Fire Fighters in the International Code Council. He also served on the 2009 and 2012 International Fire Code Development Committees and is the current committee chair for the 2015 Edition. He was awarded the 2010 International Code Council’s Fire Service Award, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Life Safety Section’s 2013 Fire Service Award, and gave the 2015 FDIC General Session Keynote Speech. DeCrane also serves on the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 1 Fire Code Technical Committee. In addition, he serves on the Underwriters Laboratories Fire Council, the U.S. Administration’s Residential Fire Environment Workshop Project, the U.S. Fire Administration’s project on Fire Fighting Tactics in Wood-Frame Residential Construction, and the Modern Fire Environment Education Committee.

Course Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the research conducted at the Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute. FSRI is dedicated to the reduction of fire fighter injuries and fatalities through increasing the knowledge of the fire service. The goal of the research is to develop and disseminate to the fire service science-based knowledge on the modern environment.

During the presentation the instructor will summarize a series of research projects and the applicability to suppression operations. The session will culminate with an overview of the recent project studying various methods of fire attack operations including the measured impact on potential within the structure.


Joe Pronesti, Elyria Ohio Fire DepartmentJoe Pronesti

Bio: Joe Pronesti is a 31 year old veteran of the city of Elyria, Ohio fire department in Northern Ohio. He is a multi year instructor at FDIC, national lecturer, frequent contributor to Fire Engineering and Firefighter Nation and is the host of two Fire Engineering podcasts, “In their own Words” and “Main Street Firefighting.”


Course Description: Everyday in America fire departments respond to fires in legacy constructed Type III buildings, these buildings can pose major hazards and tactical indecision can lead to a burned out block. Everyone reading this, close your eyes and pretend you are the Chief of a small department paid or volunteer it doesn’t matter you are in front of TV crews giving them a report about a major fire that has destroyed a large block of your downtown. You give them the standard answers about the age of the buildings and the speed of the re etc., but inside you ask what could your department have done different? Were your members prepared enough? Were your decisions in the first few minutes after arrival geared towards the re instead of forecasting where to cut it off. You get the picture, my class is designed to help guide all fire fighters through these legacy buildings and hopefully provide them with the tools to be successful when their future Main Street fire hits!


Learning Objectives: Attendees will begin with the review of Type III construction and continue through size up, fire attack, search, apparatus placement, the use of drones and rapid intervention.

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