Forcible Entry Training Opportunity in Bedford, VA This Weekend!

Guest post by Nate Camfiord (photos by Nate as well).

What: VPFF Forcible Entry Academy
When: March 23, 2013 8am
Instructors: Dave Barlow & Scott Kraut (Local 2068)
Where: Bedford County (VA) Visitors Center. 816 Burks Hill Road Bedford, VA 24532
Who: Class is open to 24 firefighters. Class is offered at NO cost to members of VPFF affiliated Locals. All Firefighters are welcome.

For those in the Southwestern, VA region (or beyond) please consider attending this outstanding training opportunity being taught by two of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s most seasoned and highly proficient instructors – Captain Dave Barlow and Lt Scott Kraut. I have personally observed both of these men facilitate numerous Field Training Operations (live burns, etc) and each are very “hands-on” oriented in their style. The event is guaranteed not to disappoint! The class is offered free to VPFF members.

View the class information here and here.

To register, send the following information to

Telephone contact
IAFF Local if applicable

Social gathering following the conclusion of class.


Captain Dave Barlow

Dave Barlow

Dave Barlow is currently assigned as the Captain of Field Training at the Fairfax County Fire Training Academy. Dave began his fire service career as a volunteer in 1995 and was appointed to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue in 1998. Over the past 15 years, Dave has been primarily assigned to one of the departments Technical Rescue Companies as both a firefighter and officer. Dave also served as a Rescue Squad Officer on the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team on numerous missions including Haiti and Japan.

Dave has been a fire service instructor since 2002, adopting common sense, principle based teaching methods that promote operational effectiveness and teamwork on the incident scene.

Scott Kraut

Lieutenant Scott Kraut

Scott Kraut is currently assigned as a Lieutenant on the Tower Ladder at Company 40. Prior to his assignment, Scott held a three year position at the Training Academy where he was responsible for and in charge of training the 1400 career and volunteer field personnel.

As an experienced instructor, Scott has a unique way of teaching and a true passion for firefighter safety that begins with operational readiness. Scott is a graduate of the West Point Leadership program and strives to develop leadership qualities in all aspects of training from firefighter to Battalion Chief.