Using Building Knowledge To Outsmart Fire

Every fire starts small, and every building is equipped to burn with ferocity. It is our job as aggressive firemen to stop the extension of fire thus protecting lives and property.

In this class we are going to take aggressive firefighters to an entirely new level of understanding about building construction and fire spread. We will build on what every true fireman should already know, buildings are built to burn, and our job is to stop the fire.

Fire spread in concealed voids, walls, attics, and other spaces is always discussed in firefighting classes, yet we still manage to make the 6 o’clock news when the fire takes control of the building.

The first part of the class we will look at and have interactive discussions about construction, fire spread, and aggressive firefights with the use of videos and photographs.

Then it’s time to load up and hit the streets of the City of Harrisburg.  We will look at some real life, unadulterated building challenges in some of the most difficult and tight areas of the City. 

We will offer up real-world challenges with aggressive firefighting ideas to equip you to be able tackle nearly any building you may encounter that is on fire.  We will also discuss and equip you with many outside the box ideas to deal with scenarios that occur when a building decides to not cooperate during the firefight.

“The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.” -- Napoleon Bonaparte


Brian Enterline

Brian grew up just doors from his hometown fire station in Highspire, PA.  He was a regular around the firehouse from an early age, and always had the dream of being a Harrisburg fireman. 

In 1990 he became a junior firefighter in Highspire.  Brian arrived in Harrisburg as a volunteer at Squad 8 in 1994, and achieved his childhood dream in 2000 when he was hired as a career fireman.  Brian worked in nearly every position on every rig in the city from firefighter thru battalion chief.  In october of 2013 he was tasked to be the acting fire chief, a position which was formally accepted on october 28, 2014.  

In addition to his desire to constantly learn and explore the craft of firemanship, Brian is also an avid fire historian and collector of firefighting antiques.