New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

2020 Seminar Series

NYSAFC's annual Seminar Series provides educational opportunities for fire service personnel of all ranks at sites across New York state. three-hour seminars are conducted by some of the nation’s leading fire service instructors at the local level on a variety of timely topics.

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NYSAFC 2020 Seminar Series “Hoarder House Fires: Our Worst Nightmare”
With Lieutenant Tim Klett, FDNY
Three-Hour Seminar

Fires in hoarder houses can present a multitude of problems on the fireground, from water application to searches for possible victims. This seminar will review the signs, including some less-commonly seen ones, that indicate the possible presence of hoarding conditions. It will cover initial operations, including access and egress, to the three main types of conditions where firefighters can expect to find hoarding, as well as how to manage each condition individually. The program will outline some of the serious dangers fires present to firefighters operating in and around areas with hoarding conditions, and explain how firefighters can effectively do their jobs while safely evaluating problems. It will also cover the information chain, as it is critical for the incident commander to constantly monitor for progress or lack thereof, which would require an immediate change in tactics.

Instructor Tim Klett:
Tim Klett is a 36-year veteran of the fire service. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Newington (CT) Fire Department for five years before becoming a paid firefighter with the City of New Britain (CT) Fire Department, where he served for four years before being appointed to the Fire Department City of New York in 1990. Klett worked in Engine Company 69 in Harlem for 12 years and is currently assigned to Engine Company 88, 7th Division, in the Bronx. He has served as a lead instructor for the FDIC H.O.T. program and lectures frequently on a variety of topics, including engine company operations. Klett is the author of “Stretching and Operating the First Line” published in Fire Notes by the Fire Department Training Network, where he also serves as lead engine instructor. He has also written several articles for Fire Engineering,, Firescue Interactive, and SIZE UP. Klett is also the lead instructor for NYSAFC’s Hoarder Fires Hands-On Training program.

Registration Fee:
$25 per person – NYSAFC Individual and Department Members
$40 per person – Non-Members
On-site registration will be available (excluding Clinton County). Registration area opens 30 minutes prior to the start of each seminar. Pre-registration is encouraged. Forms must be received at least two business days prior to the selected seminar. During these uncertain times, there’s no risk to register for any NYSAFC education programs. In the event that NYSAFC is forced to cancel training due to COVID-19, students will have the option to attend on the rescheduled program date or request a full refund.

Dates and Locations (3-Hour Program):

October 19, 2020 – Rockland County
7:00 p.m.
Rockland County Fire Training Center • 35 Firemen’s Memorial Drive • Pomona, NY 10970
*Attendance is limited to 40 students at this site. Pre-registration is recommended.

October 20, 2020 – Onondaga County
7:00 p.m.
Manlius Fire Department • 8200 Cazenovia Road • Manlius, NY 13104

October 28, 2020 – Wyoming County RESCHEDULED DATE
7:00 p.m.
Wyoming North Java Fire Company • 4274 Route 98 • North Java, NY 14113

October 29, 2020 – Fulton County RESCHEDULED DATE
7:00 p.m.
Berkshire Fire Department • 320 Steele Avenue Ext. • Gloversville, NY 12078

November 30, 2020 – Rensselaer County RESCHEDULED DATE
7:00 p.m.
Pittstown Rescue Squad • 60 Parker School Road • Johnsonville, NY 12094