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Course Description

Continue to evolve your fireground understanding with The Art of Reading Smoke - Velocity. The speed at which smoke travels is key to understanding the fire's location within a building. Smoke velocity is often confused with other attributes, so it becomes extremely critical to separate and properly identify whether the smoke we see is slow and smooth, or fast and violent. This class relies heavily on actual fireground footage to show the distinctly different features of different velocities and what they indicate for firefighters and the fire within the building.

Rob Backer

Rob Backer is a 17-year veteran of the fire service and currently serves as a Captain with Thornton Fire Department in Thornton, Colorado. As the owner and lead instructor of First Due Intelligence, llc, he has taught with Dave Dodson to assume responsibility for continuing the instruction of his popular program "The Art of Reading Smoke" nationwide, in addition to classes on size-up.