a hands-on experience returning to Denver – September 27-29, 2019


Simply put, we want to create a platform to bring high-level classroom and hands-on training to Colorado firefighters. As departments and firefighters realize an ever-increasing cost affiliated with sending people to national conferences and trainings, they have been scaling back on the number of people able to experience this type of learning. Through this conference, we will help individuals and departments gain invaluable training opportunities without ever having to leave the Denver-metro area…thus allowing more people to get the training at a lower cost to everyone.

The 2018 class/instructor list included: The Nozzle Forward, Brothers in Battle, Irons and Ladders, Fire by Trade, Elkhart Brass, Chris Piepenburg, Fit to Fight Fire, Ric Jorge, Firefighter Craftsmanship, and Big Rig Rescue with Rescue-4-Operations.

The 2017 instructor cadre included: Brian Brush, Ben Ojinaga, Ben Shultz, Cody Trestrail, Brian Olson, Ryan Royal, Bryan Lynch, Dave McGrail, Dennis LeGear, Matt Fullerton, Jesse Wooten, Jason Haley, Chris Piepenburg, Ross Reinking, Adam Woodin, Justin Sinnett, Kevin Contreras, Ryan Thomas, and many others!

Conference Schedule

Friday: lecture + camaraderie

Saturday & Sunday: hands-on classes

All students who register are invited to attend the Friday September 27th lecture series at Hilton Garden Inn DTC at 7675 E Union Ave. Denver, CO 80237 (additional booking info at bottom of this message).  Please arrive at 0830 for check-in, followed by some amazing speakers.  Note: This is your only opportunity to check-in!  Speakers include Chief Dave McGrail, Chief Brian Brush, and Chief Scott Thompson.  Some sweet MHFC merchandise will be for sale here, so bring cash if you don’t want to miss out!  After the lecture series, plan on attending a social event where students and instructors can share a beer or two before hitting the drill ground the following day.  This will be held at Pint Brothers across the street 4900 S Syracuse St. Attending Students will have free parking at Hilton Garden Inn, but space is limited, so please carpool and be prepared to park nearby if you show up late!

Saturday September 28th, and Sunday September 29th students will arrive at their training site by 0800. Each track has its own training site, and students will be responsible for getting themselves to and from training each day. Here are the track locations:

Track 1: Brothers in Battle- Searching for them (2 day course)

City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center: 25950 E Quincy Ave. Aurora, CO 80016

***PPE requirements: Full turnouts including SCBA w/ two bottles, helmet, eye protection.

Track 2 Irons and Ladders- Forcible Entry (day 1), Practical Ground ladders (day 2)

Metro Fire Training Center: 2301 W Chenango Ave, Englewood, CO 80110

***PPE Requirements: Bunker gear, helmet, gloves, eye and ear protection.

Track 3: Pressler/McCormack/Kraus- First Due Truck, When Things Go Bad- Unconventional Ladders.  Classes are 8 hours each. Students will be split between the two on Saturday morning and will flip on Sunday.

South Metro Fire Training Center: 17801 E. Plaza Drive, Parker, CO 80134

***PPE Requirements: Full turnouts including SCBA w/ two cylinders and facepiece.  Gloves, eye and ear protection.

Track 4: McGrail Fire Ops- Standpipe Operations (day 1), Lead, Stretch, Advance- More Hose!!! (day 2)

North Metro Fire Training Center: 1006 WCR 11, Brighton, CO 80516

***PPE Requirements: Full turnouts, helmet and gloves

 Track 5: Tactics on Tap- Short a mucker extrication (2 day course)

Littleton U-Pull: 5100 Aspen Leaf Dr. Littleton, CO 80125

            ***PPE Requirements: Full Turnouts, helmet, gloves and eye protection

Track 6: Rescue 4 Operations- Big Rig Rescue 2 Day Workshop

LKQ Heavy Truck: 9090 Brighton Rd., Henderson CO 80640

***PPE Requirements: bunker gear or long sleeve BDUs, helmet, gloves, eye protection, steel toe boots.

Track 7: Brian Brush/Scott Thompson- Bottom Up, Top Down Leadership and Development

City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center: 25950 E Quincy Ave. Aurora, CO 80016

***PPE Requirements: Pocket protector

Expect long days of hard work. Lunch will be provided on Saturday September 28th, and Sunday September 29th. There will not likely be a choice in food, so if you have special dietary needs please bring your own.

**** For courses that require SCBA, we need you to bring your own!  With the number of students and instructors that require SCBA, it is impossible for MHFC to provide them all.  Please bring your own equipment and spare air cylinders.  If you are flying into Denver and cannot bring bottles, please bring SCBA if possible, and email milehighfirecon@gmail.com if you cannot obtain these items.



We have secured a discounted rate at our host hotel Hilton Garden Inn DTC at 7675 E Union Ave. Denver, CO 80237.

To book a room at our host hotel follow the link below. Space is limited at the discounted rate so hurry and book.  There are multiple other affordable hotels nearby as well.



-all track information provided by the instructors-

Track 1: Brothers in Battle: Searching For Them.

Firefighters have been attacking fires from the interior for at least 200 years. The reason? It puts you in the best position to apply water directly to the seat of the fire and it puts you in position to occupy the areas of the structure where victims are found. We will use experience, data (from actual documented rescues), tempo, fire behavior and building construction knowledge to prepare ourselves to put THEM first. Performing searches should not be an afterthought, it should be regarded as our highest mission on the fire ground…We will focus on performing a flanked approach with an engine search, inside team oriented & split searches and outside teams VES.

Track 2: Irons and Ladders: Two Day FE and Ground Ladders.

Forcible Entry: This is a full day forcible entry class beginning with a morning classroom session designed primarily for door size up. Students will view videos and pictures regarding residential and commercial forcible entry, through the lock forcible entry and other forcible entry techniques followed by a hands on through the lock class where participants practice manipulating every common lock found on the market today. The remainder of the day is hands on forcible entry. Students will rotate through four stations and will force inward and outward swinging doors numerous times using one and two person techniques. Participants will also defeat carriage bolts and drop bars using the irons and practice numerous saw techniques to disable security devices. Other evolutions include forcing security screen doors, commercial saw work and window security bars. Participants will also discuss garage door tactics and cover padlock forcible entry.

Practical Ground Ladders: This is a full day adders class beginning with a morning classroom session designed to help participants determine ladder priorities, ladder types, placement, ladder packages, unusual ladder throws and ladder size up for different types of buildings. Participants will be shown practical and proven ways to carry and throw ladders, ladder packages, shooting ladders, vertical carries and carrying ladders with tools. This class will be above and beyond the industry standard that is currently taught in most academy based ladder classes. Students will leave this class with an understanding of how to decide from the tailboard what ladder will work on different types of buildings and be confident in sizing up the proper length ladder for the target. This class provides plenty of repetition for fine tuning technique and will make throwing ladders second nature.

Tracks 3: Pressler/McCormack/Kraus and When Good Things Go Bad: First Due Truck and Unconventional Ground Ladders.

First Due Truck: There are a lot of different theories on Truck company operations and duties of the 1st to arrive ladder company at working fires. Some believe throwing portable ladders is the most important aspect of truck work. Others feel vertical ventilation is paramount. This class will focus on our true mission; getting Firefighters into available areas of a burning building in an attempt to save lives. The class will focus on Forcible Entry, and Search, both via the interior and from the exterior. The class hammers home the “Basics” to ensure safe and efficient operations that give civilians the greatest chance of survival.

Unconventional Ground Ladders: There can never be enough second means of egress to make our fire scenes safer and provide for a more productive work place. In this 8-hour course, we will train on conventional and unconventional ground ladder skills in its entirety. Starting with ladder facts we quickly proceed to: multiple ladder raises including; marquee and shoot raise, ally raise, upside down balcony raise, rope butt, chicken wing, etc. Moving on to; ground ladder victim removals from windows and roofs, hoisting, climbing techniques, alternative leg and arm locks, and more. All sections will conclude in various micro-scenarios to allow the student the ability to apply learned material in realistic time sensitive situations. After this course you will feel free of “ladder intimidation” and will find yourself throwing more ground ladders than ever before thus creating a safer fire scene for you and your members.

Tracks 4: Lead Stretch Advance and McGrail Fire Ops: More hose! and Standpipe Operations.

Concepts for Street Smart Residential Fire Attack. More Hose!!: How many times have you said these words at a fire? Today’s fire ground requires us to place water on the fire as fast as possible to protect lives and save property. This makes the ability to effectively advance the first hand-line the single most important task on the fireground. This dynamic hands-on course will center on the concept of “segmenting” the advancement of the 1¾” hand-line in single and multi-family occupancies. Students will learn street-level methods to correctly estimate stretches, manage hand-lines, and flow water in realistic environments. Students will rotate through dynamic skill stations and will put it all together with Box Alarm Drills

McGrail Fire Ops: The engine company standpipe operation is arguably one of the most important functions the engine company will perform. There must be a pre-established standard operating procedure for this low frequency operation, and there must be an ongoing and continuous program of hands on training. This hands on training program will give attendees a comprehensive understanding of the essential appliances, equipment, and tools necessary for successful standpipe operations. Coupled with the appropriate equipment, attendees will be given a solid foundation of operational procedures that can be utilized for their most frequently encountered fire attack situations in high-rise and other standpipe equipped buildings.

Track 5: Tactics on Tap: Short a Mucker Extrication.

Tactics on Tap is stepping away from the brew house to bring you a two day Hand on Training. Whether you are a harden extrication expert or a rookie; from the rural county roads to highway to the city, Tactics on Tap instructors have techniques you will use on your next pinned victim. This HOT class will cover how to maximize your firefighters while using the best methods for getting victims out faster. It will include Engine and Truck company operations including b-post removal, vehicle on its side, victim under a vehicle, impalements in a vehicle and a wide array of dash lifts. By the end, you will have the confidence to be “Short a Mucker” while giving the next victim the best chance for survival.

Track 6: Rescue 4 Operations: Big Rig Rescue.

In this class you will get an intro into the heavy rescue world, you will get to lift and move heavy semi trucks , dump trucks, and tankers. You will cut semi tractors, and learn the tricks of the trade. In this class we will do load calculations on struts and potential weights. Along with learning the anatomy of a big rig, you will lower suspensions and deal with air brake systems as well as air ride and learn how to use a big rig to help you make the rescue without fancy gear. This class is the down and dirty of big rig rescue, You will be taught the arrival methodology and systematic approach. Rescue 4 operations is a cadre of instructors that are engaged in the rescue world of the fire service, rescue 4 operations will be bringing the big rig cadre to the mile high fire conference. Come join rescue 4 operations in the second annual “BIG RIG RESCUE CLASS”

Track 7: Brian Brush and Scott Thompson: Bottom Up and Top Down Leadership Development.

This two-day program focuses the training and leadership principles and practices necessary for positioning firefighters and fire companies for success and survival. An emphasis will be placed on creating an organizational culture that supports training, and getting training done in the battalion and at the fire company levee. Topics that will be discusses include developing and implementing company level training, the value of performance standards, measuring the effectiveness of training, cultivating learning cultures, and training and development roles and responsibilities.

Track 8: PL Vulcan and Kevin Fields and Co: Man vs Machine and Elevator Rescue.

Man vs Machinery: Students are instructed on methods they can use to disentangle victims from various forms of machinery. Basic techniques for removing rings are addressed. Evolutions progress in complexity as operations come to involve auger entrapments, impalements on fencing, persons trapped under a vehicle, and hands stuck in machinery (meat grinders). The focus is on finding the least complicated method of performing such rescues instead of overthinking the situation. For ALL Levels.

Elevator Rescue: This is one of the most common call types that fire departments respond to in the technical rescue realm. However, elevator rescue is one of the least understood disciplines in tech rescue. This may be due to lack of guiding documents and the availability of elevator rescue courses. This 8-hour operations level course is a combination of lecture and hands on. In the lecture you will go over elevator history, terminology, types, components of elevator systems and the recall and rescue sequences. During the hands on portion, you will get to practice recall and rescue techniques. These will include a step-by-step process to restore the elevator to normal operations. You will also have the opportunity to practice picking, poling, car-top rescue and drifting a hydraulic elevator. Finally, Phase I and Phase II operations will be addressed.



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