Not Your Garden Variety Fire: Operations in Townhomes, Condos, and Garden Apartments
Saturday, June 17, 2023
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
With rapid changes to today’s socioeconomical landscape and the rapid growth of suburban communities, we are seeing more American’s forego the white picket fence to take up residence in a multi-family occupancy. These buildings are also following today’s trends in modern construction, creating hazards and operational difficulty for fire departments. This program provides a tactical insight into operations in garden-style apartments, condominiums, and townhomes. We will go into building construction, tactics, and incident management, as well as many other important tidbits that will make your next fire a success. Fires in these types of residences pose a high life hazard and may be some of the toughest fires we may face as the modern fire company.
Kevin Manhardt currently serves as the captain of Squad Company 8 for Horry County Fire Rescue, in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Kevin is a graduate from Eastern Kentucky University’s Fire Protection Administration program and a current member of SC-TF1. He believes in a diverse background to be a well-rounded fire officer. Kevin holds passion for both engine company operations and marine rescue. During his time at HCFR, Capt. Manhardt participates in the department’s Honor Guard, acts as an adjunct recruit school instructor, and helps lead the department’s Marine Division. He holds a plethora of fire service certifications from both the state and national levels, to include the National Fire Academy. Kevin is the president of the SALTWATER FOOLS and calls Myrtle Beach home with his wife Allison.