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Spotlight on FRI Presenters: John J. Lewis & Robert G. Moran

August 15, 2009

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Lieutenant John J. Lewis of the City of Passaic (N.J.) Fire Department.John J. Lewis
Lieutenant
City of Passaic (N.J.) Fire Department
Years of fire service experience: 30

Lt. Lewis joined the fire service as a volunteer in 1978 and became a career firefighter in 1985. In addition to his career, he has been a team leader on the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Arson Task Force, an instructor at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute, an adjunct instructor for Kean University in New Jersey. With his partner, he has written and presented fire service training programs at various fire service conferences around the country.

Chief Robert G. Moran of the Englewood (N.J.) Fire Department.Robert G. Moran
Chief
City of Englewood (N.J.) Fire Department
Years of fire service experience: 30

Chief Moran began his career with the city of Englewood in 1985; in his 23-year career, he has held the ranks of dispatcher, firefighter, lieutenant, deputy chief and his current rank as chief of department. Chief Moran holds a bachelor’s degree in fire science from New Jersey City University and is an adjunct instructor for Kean University. Moran was formerly the fire marshall in Leonia, N.J., where he served in every rank including chief of the volunteer fire department. In addition, he’s an investigator for the Bergen County Prosecutors Office Arson Task Force and a safety specialist for the State of New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.

Session Name: To Go or Not to Go: Fireground Decision Making
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 3-4:30 pm

Session Takeaways: This session will provide an interactive forum for discussing and defining the key relationships strategy and tactics, street-wise size up and risk-benefit analysis have on the critical first few minutes of structural firefighting operations.

Utilizing “Fire Service Rules of Engagement” first-due video and photo-based scenarios, instructors will explain the mission-essential importance of gathering and evaluating building intelligence, identifying potential risks and weighing the benefits of the chosen strategy and tactics before committing personnel.

This program is designed to keep the students involved in the learning process by challenging them to utilize their existing knowledge as well as the training provided to make safe and intelligent decisions on the fireground. An emphasis on risk-benefit analysis and building construction directs this program.