Course Program

OUTDOOR PYROTECHNICS SKILLSET

5-DAY COURSE PROGRAM

COURSE PROGRAM - 5 VERY FULL DAYS!

Below is the full 5-day course outline for the "Outdoor Pyrotechnics Skill Set" training course, conducted by KC'S Fireworks. This course outline also includes the "Festival of Fire" finale held on the last day of training (Saturday), where you will work one-on-one with world-class instructors and practice your skills by creating a real, full-scale, fireworks spectacular - launched live in front of crowd of spectators. 
DAY 1 - TUESDAY MAY 23
RISK MANAGEMENT OHS AND LEGISLATION
 
7:30 AM SIGN IN  

8:00 AM START 
  • Introduction of teacher to students, students to each other around the table. During introductions a brief description of what each student’s current occupation or activities are or hope to be, previous experiences.
8:45 AM
  • Then give details to students briefly outlining the Evacuation Plan and Safety Plan for any safety matters that may arise whilst we are at the course during the week. General housekeeping advice of toilets, tea and coffee, water storage for bags, phones to be turned to silent and no conversations and texting in class. (if you must make a phone call please go outside)
  • Distribution of course materials including books, USB sticks, information sheets, course mapping.  
  • Describe mapping of how the week will progress and a brief overview of the course materials that will guide the students through the course.
9:15 AM
  • Watch a fireworks introductory video showing the basics of fireworks (30 minutes).
9:30 AM
  • Discuss the serious dangers of fireworks before furthering in this course and the importance of understanding what you are handling, how to handle fireworks, what can and will occur if handled incorrectly.
9:45 AM
  • What are fireworks what is gunpowder
  • Brief overview of explosives regulation 2003
  • Code of practice overview step through how to use
10:30 AM (APPROX) TEA BREAK



10:45 AM
  • LEGISLATION Continued
  • In Qld fireworks are conducted under the current legislation
  • QLD code of Practice
  • Australian standard for Explosives
  • Explosives regulations 2003
  • We will briefly view various details of this legislation, all course attendees will have sections of the Qld Code of Practice and access to the full document. Students will have been advised to study this document prior to attending this course. Why was the code introduced explain bray park (show newspaper cuttings). Who does the code apply to (What, when, where). 
  • Section 2.1 in the code 
  • Fireworks in Queensland are covered by Explosives act 1999 Explain acts and obligations
1:00 PM - BREAK FOR LUNCH

1:30 PM 
  • RISK MANAGEMENT FOR FIREWORKS DISPLAYS
  • Overview of Risk Management
  • Group activity to fill in Risk assessment
  • Evaluation of the Risks
  • SMS - how they work
  • Safe Operating Procedures
  • Fireworks Incidents (video) - Post Video Discussion Q & A
3:45 PM - AFTERNOON TEA 

4:00 PM 
  • Recap of Day One 
  • Questionnaire (open book – 15 Questions)
  • Swap papers to mark 
  • Discussion of marks from the Questionnaire to ensure there is a full understanding
5:30 PM 
  • END DAY ONE

DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
FIREWORKS PRODUCTS TYPES AND EFFECTS 
 
8:00 am Sign in  

8:10 am
  •  Video of various effects (fireworks effects to complement discussion)
  •  Pass along fireworks models for students to view
8:25 am
  • Discuss and analyse various types of fireworks and products used in displays Introduction of Mr Tom Mattrocce)
  • Aerial Shells of all sizes (Pictures dummies how they work)
  • Mines (Pictures dummies how they work)
  • Multi shots of various effects including fan cakes (Pictures dummies how they work) 
  • Water cake
  • Fountains (Pictures dummies how they work)
  • Set Pieces various effects (pictures)
  • Roman candles and comets (pictures)
  • Firecrackers (pictures)
  • Display and show props of various firework items
10:30 am - MORNING TEA

Resume 10:45 am
  • Continue Discussion on Fireworks Effects and their use in display situations.
  • What fireworks are for which location, I.E shells for behind trees / buildings. Multishots for football fields, and quiet fireworks for rural areas such as crossetts Roman Candles and Fountains
1:00 pm - LUNCH BREAK

1:30 pm 
  • Fireworks Equipment
2:00 pm
  • Mortars types, sizes, maintenance and cleaning board if hand firing
  • Racks including mortar quantities and materials 
2:15 pm
  • Trailers for quick setup
2:25 pm
  • Multi shot Boxes




2:40 pm
  • Setting up Hand Firing V Electrical Firing
3:00 pm
  • Misfires (Video)
3:30 pm
  • Range finder for distances
  • Loud hailer for people entering area
  • UHF radio / scanners for airport traffic (MUST HAVE)
  • Contact with people outside area at all times
  • Cover for rain freezer bags core flutes signage and ad boards for timed show
  • Discussion and demonstration of electric Matches 
3:45 pm - AFTERNOON TEA
 
4:00 pm 
  • Display of Pyromate (Firing System) and how to use Finale Fireworks firing 
  • Discussion on multimedia shows, use of fireworks with gas flames C02 Cannons lasers, water screens, live performance. (show brief video of multimedia show)
4:15 pm
  • Brief insight to Choreographed firing.
  • Electrical firing
4:40 pm
  • Programme (wireless, remote, cabled)
4:50 pm
  • Display of Finale on giant screen
5:30 pm 
  • Q & A Questionnaire 
5:45 pm
  • Pass around books for marking
  • Discussion on answer Recap of Day Two
6:00 pm 
  • END DAY TWO
  • A link given for anyone wanting to produce their own show overnight on Finale Fireworks
 

DAY 3 - THURSDAY, MAY 25
 FIREWORKS DISPLAYS #1
 
8:00 am – Sign in   

8:10 am
  • Planning a professional fireworks display (there are many variables from small weddings to a major sky show). 
  • Firework operator responsibilities including insurance introduction by insurance specialist Miguel Rodriguez
  • Display and display site requirements (first your budget then what is needed on the site to enable the display to proceed safely and successfully.
  • Site security planning for the display
10:30 am TEA BREAK
  • Resume 10:45 am
  • Permitting (permits)
  • FDN’s (7 day hours prior)
  • PDN’s (Post display) (7 days after at most)
  • neighbour’s notification (Must be 72 hours prior to the display)
  • Associated Authorities (CASA) How when and why not to fire
  • Adverse weather scenarios (Bush fire)
  • Lightning
1:00 pm – LUNCH BREAK

1:30 PM 
  • Working with various stake holders and event managers (introduction of Mr Simon Ball, Event Manager of Sunshine Coast Stadium)
  • Multiple arena attractions
  • Site plans and event plans for the event (other activities may occur before you such as the precision driving team, (fast set up) demolition derby after you (fast clean up)). This we will discuss with a white board scenario.
3:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA 

3:15 PM Resume
  • Questions on today’s class
  • 15 Questions
  • Swap for marking + Discussion on answers
  • Discussions on this evenings agenda
4:30 PM BREAK FOR EVENING'S ACTIVITIES

5:30 PM Meet at site – manual training commencement
  • Tool box talk and sign in
  • Inspect PPE & all inductions
  • Enter on site class area
  • Site walk through with talk and discussion

 

6:00 PM 
  •  Jointly setup mortar racks
  •  Lay out basic $2000 fireworks display using mock product
  •  Each person will be given a turn (see equipment list provided) (and ideal site layout plan)
  •  Run through on fire extinguisher and use
  •  All persons are fully trained in there use, instructed by Clive who has full qualifications
  •  Assess each person’s site and discuss 
  •  Layout again to ensure competency
  •  Live items brought onto site
 One of each of the following items
  • 1 Shell 50mm
  • 1 Candle 8 ball 25mm
  • 1 1-inch fountain (GERB)
  • 1 16 shot multi shot
  • 1 25 shot multi shot
  • 1 50 mm mine
  • 1 25 shot fan
  • 1 50 mm comet Crossett 
  • 1 30 mm Comet
  • (The majority of these items will be of a quiet nature)
All electrically fired we will set up correctly and each student will fire under supervision. Each student will set up
  • 1 Shell 50mm
  • 1 Candle
  • 1 8ball 25mm
  • 1 16 shot multi shot
  • 1 50 mm mine
  • Fire from 100m with barrier using a 50 mm shell half way down the tube (This is important knowledge to show what can happen if not loaded correctly)
  • Fire 4 shells from varying angles to show how even the slightest angle can make such a large impact 80 M in the air
  • Each student under the supervision of Clive will hand fire 1 50 MM Shell (This is essential knowledge)
  • In the future if firing system issues occur although operators might not regularly use hand firing major operators will still be competent in the skill
  • Much time and care will be taken teaching the methods for securing, placing and assessing of fireworks and display area in relation to wind conditions and other factors with the placement of the product.
  • Discussion of the effects of the placement and loading of products 
  • Clean up and inspection of site area and each operators FPDN – Sign Out
9:00 PM - CONCLUSION

DAY 5 - FRIDAY, MAY 26
FIREWORKS DISPLAYS #2
 
8:30 am – Sign in 
  • Discuss display previous evening (to assess what people understand and don’t understand). 
  • Show video of some of the previous evening’s highlights. 
9:30 am
  • Requirements for floating platforms (how to set up additional legislation, aquatic permit requirements additional needs to conduct a pontoon show i.e. if your pontoon is surveyed do you have a 4wd to get it in the water. A support vessel etc ideal layouts
11:00 am TEA BREAK

11:15 am resume
  • Transportation of fireworks in display (pick up from your contractor what paperwork required and who can collect with what vehicle)
1:00 PM– LUNCH BREAK
FIREWORKS DISPLAYS #2
 

1:00 PM– LUNCH BREAK

1:30 PM – Resume
  •  General information
  • Drugs alcohol and fireworks
  • Fireworks how they work and what makes their colour 
  • Emergency contacts
  •  Final questionnaire (20 questions)
  •  Swap for marking + Discussions 
3:30 PM - AFTERNOON TEA

3:45 PM Resume
  •  Discussion for Saturday finale
  •  Planning of schedule
  •  Hand out of schedule notes
  •  Operator to determine if they wish for any further product 
5:30 PM 
  • Close of discussion
  • Arrange to meet on site with PPE at 8:00 next day. 
DAY 6 - SAT May 27, "FESTIVAL OF FIRE"
FESTIVAL OF FIRE DISPLAY DAY
 
8:00 am – Sign in  
  • Briefing (also working with techs sound/lighting)
  • Tool box talking
  • Site Induction
  • Discussion of show operations and site
  • Layout all students given show plan, operations plan and running sheet
  • This site will accommodate multiple fireworks displays, water screen show, monster truck and stunt
  • show activities 
9:15 am 
  • Ensure all students have sunscreen water ETC (correct attire)
  • Commence site layout
  • Fireworks lay out
  • Erection of barriers 
  • PA Systems
  • Water screen
  • Superstring
  • Demo products
  • Stunt effects
  • Gas cannons
  • Streamer cannons
  • Co2 Cannons
  • Lighting
12:00 PM – LUNCH BREAK

12:30 PM
  • Discussion of what has occurred so far
1:00 PM – RESUME WORK

3:00 PM 
  •  Conclude setup
3:30 PM  
  • Full run through of evenings program
  • Final check all safety equipment is in place
  • Clear Display area
  • Test of each shows continuity with firing module
  • Each team member tends to his own show as directed by instructor
 4:00 PM
  • Conclude testing 
  • Clear display area
  • Gates to venue open (general public to enter outer venue)
  • Light and music begins on PA
  • Catering and rides / bar commence operations in outer arena
4:15 PM 
  •  Kids face painting begins
4:30 PM
  •  Live music commences
5:30 PM
  •  Music ends



5:50 PM
  •  Line up pyro students on utes for grand parade holding their name boards in font of them
  •  Rolly polly cars
  •  Stunt cars
  •  Motorbikes
  •  Monster trucks to go find their pyro champs

6:00 PM – Start Grand Parade
  • Pyro bursts from in field (KC’s)(2 x 50 MM shells)
  • Grand parade commence with parade soundtrack
  • 1 x 36 shot battle of colours from centre of arena
  • Vehicles all do 2 laps of the oval
  • All truck / stunt vehicles exit arena
  • Fireworks students / contestants stop at selected areas around track 
  • Announcer then introduces each contestant to the crowd and judges
  • Following this announcer states all stand for national anthem
  • End of anthem Shell and ground mine explode
  • Vehicle then proceed in line back to pit assembly area

6:15 PM – START EVENTS
  • Event 1: Junior bike outer arena 4 laps
  • Event 2: Superstring of crackers (see 1 million firecrackers in 60 seconds)
  • Event 3: Fireworks demonstration a quick live fireworks tutorial of what’s what in the world of pyrotechnics
  • Event 4: Monster truck Hello!
  • Event 5: Fireworks display 1 duration 6 minutes (judges score)
  • Event 6: Fireworks display 2 duration 6 minutes (Judges score)
  • Event 7: Junior bikes 4 laps
  • Event 8: Jet vehicle Hello!
  • Event 9: Steal war car stunt and pyro effect
  • Event 10: Fireworks display 3 duration 6 minutes (judges score)
 
INTERMISSION 15 MINS: Monster Truck tug of war

  • Event 11: Fireworks display 4 duration 6 minutes (Judges score)
  • Event 12: Monster truck sky wheelies best of 3
  • Event 13: T-shirt time, Lots of great giveaways.
  • Event 14: Dipsy and Tipsy roly poly comedy car act
  • Event 15: Fireworks display 5 duration 6 minutes (judges score)
  • Event 16: Fireworks display 6 duration 6 minutes (judges score) Presentation of winner’s trophy  
  • Event 17: Monster truck Freestyle + dipsy and tipsy
  • Event 18: Jet car showdown
  • Event 19: Water screen + Fire and lights laser and fireworks spectacular (performed by entire group of pyro technicians)

END OF SHOW
  • Check of grounds by course trainers and students.
  • Debrief of all students walk around with group discussion
  • Clean up / pack away Arena
  • Sign out of students

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