J. Scott Quirarte

J. Scott Quirarte

Battalion Chief, Ventura County FD

J. Scott Quirarte is a Battalion Chief with the Ventura County Fire Department. He is a lead member of the Ventura County Interagency Active Shooter Hostile Event Response Workgroup. This workgroup developed coordinated response procedures including rescue task force operations, fire as a weapon, and Stop the Bleed.

Chief Quirarte is the board chair for the International Public Safety Association (IPSA) and member of the RTF and TEMS committee. As vice-chair of the RTF committee he helped developed the IPSA RTF Best Practices Guide. He is the IPSA representative on the NFPA 3000 Technical Committee. Chief Quirarte is a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP).

He has developed and delivered numerous training programs/exercises across the country to a wide array of audiences and disciplines public, private and military.

Fire as a Weapon

Cascade C

Fire as a weapon is not new.  Fire and smoke have always been an effective weapon. Fire has become a common occurrence of violent incidents.  When the building or block is burning is not the time to develop a plan.  We must plan and train for an integrated response to fire suppression just as we […]

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Scene Safety

Cascade C

Every EMT practical exams start with a scene safety check.  What does this mean?  What is safe? What are we supposed to be looking for? And what can be done to put ourselves in the best position to maintain safety or escape if needed.  This course will review past examples of attacks against first responders. […]

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Scene Safety

Cascade A-B

Every EMT practical exams start with a scene safety check.  What does this mean?  What is safe? What are we supposed to be looking for? And what can be done to put ourselves in the best position to maintain safety or escape if needed.  This course will review past examples of attacks against first responders. […]

Advanced Basic
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HazMat Safety – What to do in the First 10 Minutes

Cascade A-B

Every response has the potential to involve hazardous material.  Whether it’s an accident in the home, an industrial accident or something illegal such as drug labs or overdose, the risk to responders is ever-present.   This session will cover tips and tricks that will help manage the critical first 10 minutes of the incident.  It will include […]

Advanced Basic
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Borderline Bar and Grill Shooting, Hill Fire, and Woolsey Fire – Three Disasters in 24 Hours

Grand Ballroom

Since 2005, the emergency response in Ventura County has been working towards truly integrating the response to acts of violence. In 2010 we developed a workgroup with local law, fire, and EMS agencies to develop the Rescue Task Force program. By 2013 we were able to train all firefighters within the county and a large […]

Advanced Basic
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Fire as a Weapon

Cascade A-B

Fire as a weapon is not new.  Fire and smoke have always been an effective weapon. Fire has become a common occurrence of violent incidents.  When the building or block is burning is not the time to develop a plan.  We must plan and train for an integrated response to fire suppression just as we […]

Advanced Basic
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