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Join the Firefighter Air Coalition  for a comprehensive 3-day training program in Shenandoah, TX, on September 10-12, 2024, featuring expert-led sessions on various critical fire management topics. Registration is open starting May 15, 2024, to enhance your skills and knowledge with insights from top instructors and invaluable training videos.

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The Firefighter Air Coalition and American Drill Towers bring you the next 3-day training program in Houston, Texas, September 10-12, 2024.

The Firefighter Air Coalition, in partnership with Affordable Drill Towers, will present a 3-day firefighter training program (Fire in the Sky) in cooperation with Houston Fire Department and Local 341. Presentation topics include:

  • Big box structures
  • Mid-rise
  • High-rise
  • Buildings under construction
  • Fire suppression systems/standpipes
  • Nozzle/hose selection
  • Air management/fire smoke and firefighter cancer
  • Air management technology

The Firefighter Air Coalition, in partnership with Affordable Drill Towers, will present a 3-day firefighter training program (Fire in the Sky) in cooperation with Houston Fire Department and Local 341. Presentation topics include:Big box structuresMid-riseHigh-riseBuildings under constructionFire suppression systems/standpipesNozzle/hose selectionAir management/fire smoke and firefighter cancerAir management technologyInstructors Include: John Norman, Mike Dugan, David McGrail, Daniel DeYear, Clyde Gordon, Eric Abbt, Mo Davis, Clark Lamping, Jimmy Davis, Kris Blume, and Mike Gagliano.

If you would like to receive detail and event details, please register here.  Registration will begin May 15, 2024 and those registered for information will be contacted that registration is open.

Air Management:  Firefighter Training Videos

The following is a list of training videos for use with department or individual air management training.

The Genesis of ROAM:  Starting with Mike Gagliano providing the genesis of ROAM (Rules of Air Management), how it came to be and how it eventually became the NFPA standard for firefighter air management.  

Out of Air is an air management training program that has been widely used and distributed.  There are no other air management programs as comprehensive as this.  Funded by DHS, and written and narrated by Mike Gagliano, co-author of Air Management for the Fire Service. This documentary takes you through the conception and development of best practices for air management for the fire service by iconic fire service leaders.

To Hell and Back:  Cyanide Poisoning was the very first training program in the fire service to deliver the message that hydrogen cyanide is present at all fires and when combined with carbon monoxide, (Toxic Twins), it is deadly.  The program takes you inside the body to show how the Toxic Twins work; carbon monoxide kills the blood and hydrogen cyanide kills the organs.  If you've ever found yourself dizzy or disoriented on the fireground- this video will explain the physiological processes of inhaling the Toxic Twins.

Air Management: Situational Awareness Training Videos

Learning from the past.

Southwest Supermarket Fire:  Alan Brunacini discusses what was learned from that day and the forever changes made in the fire service.

Lt. Bill Kilcoyne, Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire, discusses the seconds that were life changing for so many.

Lt. Bart Bradberry, Fort Worth Fire Department, shares how you can do everything right - and life changes in a second.  

Air Management: Leadership in the Fire Service

During the filming of Out of Air, some of the greatest leaders of the fire service shared their thoughts about fire smoke and air management.  Sadly, Chief Bobby Halton and Chief Alan Brunacini, are no longer with us but their messages carry more weight today than ten years ago.  The reason - 10 years ago firefighters were not dropping dead from cancer at alarming rates.  The fire service was only starting to recognize the extreme risks associated with fire.  

Alan Brunacini:  Key issues that lead Chief Brunacini (deceased) to call for practical and comprehensive air management in the fire service.

Bobby Halton:  "Smoke is a loaded gun."

John Norman:  Long term impacts of fire smoke exposure.

The Fireground, Our Mission and You

Firefighter Air:  The Fireground, Our Mission and You - the FDIC 2024 supplement this year. Please take moment to download your copy to explore new science and research, new breathing techniques and training opportunities for air management, tactical operations for high rise and much more.  Please share this information with your department.

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Our mission

The Firefighter Air Coalition is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization dedicated to advancing firefighter safety through education and training on air management best practices. We promote new air management technologies that enhance firefighter safety and advocate for the implementation of codes requiring these innovative solutions.

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Our vision is for all firefighters to have the tools and expertise they need to operate safely and effectively, protecting themselves and the communities they serve.

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Advocating for Innovations in Air Management Technology Integration

We follow the development of air management technologies and advocate for integration into firefighting best practices. These technologies include portable breathing air, gas detection, fireground and training tools, PPE and more.

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Leadership in the Fire Service

The air on your back is what enables you to do your work and survive. And like every other resource on the fireground, that air needs to be deliberately planned, practiced and managed.

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It's a simple equation

Smoke is a killer. Understanding the enemy is crucial to reduce the chance of illness, disease and death.

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Fire science studies the causes and effects of fire,  fire management, fire behavior, and firefighter health and safety. We will bring you the latest science and research related to firefighter health and safety.

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The Firefighter Air Coalition (FAC) focuses on the need for smart, responsible air management. It’s our passion and our privilege to advance firefighter safety through continued education and training programs and the advancement of important life-saving air supply technology.

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The Firefighter Air Coalition advocates for codes requiring proven technologies that improve air management in the fire service and help reduce cancer risk. We support the efforts of code compliance professionals in their code review, adoption, and implementation process.

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Municipal & Legislative Representatives

Codes requiring Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems (FARS) are a growing trend nationwide as cities look to keeping pace with infrastructure development, fire department manpower, reduce risk, and maintain the highest level of public safety.

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FARS Installation & Maintenance Contractors

A Firefighter Air Replenishment System (FARS) is a building installed standpipe system and distribution systems that delivers breathing air to firefighters inside large structures.

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Building Owners

As with most building-installed fire safety systems, the cost of FARS and the on-going testing, certification and maintenance of the system is borne by the builder and the building owner.

Our team is here to answer your questions and help you get started on turning your vision into reality.

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Mark E. Fessenden

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Mark Fessenden is well known throughout the fire protection industry for his passion, dedication, and commitment to innovation. Mark currently serves as director of industry relations for Johnson Controls, Inc. His involvement with the manufacturing of active fire protection systems spans more than 25 years and is focused on the development of new technologies, codes and standards, technical services, and training. He holds three U.S. patents in automatic sprinkler and fire alarm technology. He's a member of numerous National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees and serves as chairman of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Committee on Professional Development and as vice president of the Wisconsin Chapter of SFPE. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for both the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) and the International Fire Suppression Alliance (IFSA). In 2017, Mark received the NFPA Industrial Fire Protection Section Fire Prevention Award, and in 2021 the SFPE honored him with the Harold E. Nelson Service Award. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from New England Institute of Technology and his MBA from Corban University.

Rodger Reiswig

Rodger Reiswig is a Fellow with Johnson Controls and serves as VP, Industry Relations. With over 37 years in the fire protection industry including training, product support, application design, sales, and management experience. Rodger currently serves on numerous NFPA Technical Committees. Rodger serves as a board member for the Center for Campus Fire Safety. He is the Immediate Past Chair of NEMA’s Life Safety Signaling Section and serves as Vice-Chair on NEMA’s Plenary Codes and Standards Committee. Rodger serves as Chair of the Electronic Security Association’s Codes and Standards Committee. Rodger Co-Chairs the USA delegation for ISO TC21 for Fire Alarm Systems and IEC TC 79 Security Systems and Components Committees. Rodger holds a NICET level IV Fire Alarm Systems Certification, NICET level II Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems and NICET level I Special Hazards Layout Certification. Rodger holds certifications from Two Rivers Technologies as a Master in Telecommunications and from Eastern Technical holds a certification in Electronics Technology and Microprocessor Design. Additionally, Rodger holds both a Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Theology from Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Bill Dickson

Bill Dickson is a 30-year veteran of the high-pressure breathing air industry, currently serving as Vice President of Sales for Bauer Compressors, Inc. (BCI). Combined with his fire industry background, he has more than 40 years of experience in BCI's core market. Bill's innovative thinking has helped generate interest in Bauer's line of high-pressure breathing air products. He is the task group chair for the high-pressure breathing air team on the NFPA-1989 standards committees and participates as a voting member on other standards committees. As a certified open water diver, he holds an advanced open certification. He also likes to mountain bike, kayak, and work out in his rowing shell or on his road bike. He holds a degree in Business with emphasis on Marketing.

David Rhodes

As Editor-in-Chief for Fire & Rescue Media, David Rhodes is helping to shape the national conversation on topics important to the fire service -- from innovation to training to safety and more. He leads the editorial direction of Fire Engineering, Fire Apparatus, Firefighter Nation, and the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). David is known for his keen eye for talent, amplifying new voices while maintaining partnerships with long-established subject matter experts from the fire service and industry. David also serves as the educational director for FDIC International. His 37-year career includes 17 years spent as battalion chief with the Atlanta (GA) Fire Department. He is a Chief Elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, served as an incident commander for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency – Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team, and was a task force leader for the Georgia Search and Rescue Team. David also served on the FDIC Educational Advisory Board, was a Hands-on-Training coordinator for the FDIC conference, an editorial advisor and author for Fire Engineering and Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment, a columnist for Fire Rescue, an adjunct instructor at the Georgia Fire Academy, and an Advisory Board Member Emeritus for Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute.

Ronald J. Siarnicki

Ronald J. Siarnicki is a true visionary and a tireless advocate for firefighter health and safety. His 50-year career includes his service as executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) from 2001 until 2023. In addition to managing the National Memorial Services, construction of the National Memorial Park, and the renovation of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel in Emmitsburg, MD, Ron was the driving force behind the Everyone Goes Home Program, designed to reduce the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths. Ron started his career in western Pennsylvania as a volunteer firefighter at the Monessen Volunteer Fire Department, following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. He became a professional firefighter in Prince George’s County, where he rose in the ranks to serve as chief of all 47 fire stations in the county. His many honors include the Fire Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Association of Fire Chiefs' Alan Brunacini Fire Services Executive Safety Award, the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs’ President's Award of Distinction, the University of Maryland, University College Distinguished Alumnus, and the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Silver Medal of Valor. Ron earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and served as a UMUC faculty member for the Fire Science Curriculum.
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