This class provides an understanding of construction types from fire resistive materials such as brick, block, concrete and steel, to wood frame structures. These typical single family and multifamily residential or business occupancies may be balloon frame, “stick built” with full dimensional lumber, or engineered components. The structural members of floor and roof systems are discussed as they relate to their intended purpose and what they do under live and dead loads while under the stress of fire and suppression activities. Openings such as windows, doors, skylights and ventilation shafts are discussed as they relate to the firefighting, search and rescue profile.
This third Essentials class expands upon Essentials I and II and covers communication, tactical priorities, plus advanced SCBA and other evolutions. Related Fire Scene operational skills focus on proactive portions of the duties of the fire attack. Subjects like public education, pre-fire planning and its relationship to local building construction, calculating critical fire flow, and maintaining adequate fire streams are included in Essentials III. The class includes various evolutions working with obtaining and maintaining an adequate water supply, plus working with hand lines and/or master streams. Fire service rope practices for utilization on the fire ground for hoisting and other uses complete this module. NOTE: Protective Clothing Required -- Participants must furnish approved helmet, turn out gear, eye protection, gloves, SCBA and boots for this class. This course is delivered at local fire departments
The class explains how fires grow and spread and how to recognize and anticipate what is happening in a burning building by observing the smoke and fire conditions. Students will learn about the relationships between fuel, oxygen, heat and the chemical chain reaction, physical properties, heat transfer from ignition through flashover and their associated hazards. Understanding the difference in color, thickness, speed of movement, and location of smoke within the structure are important skills examined in this course.
This course is the advanced course offered after taking Vehicle/Machinery Operations and meets the guidelines of NFPA 1006. The 40 hours is spent mostly with hands-on training using semi-trucks, (large/heavy vehicles), buses, automobiles and various types of machinery. Each student will have hands on training in stabilization devices, creating additional openings in vehicles for proper patient removal, extrication processes with vehicles and machinery on their side and upside down, practicing on disentanglement of victims in equipment, plus establishing landing zones all the while using the Incident Command System. This class is designed for those who respond to large/heavy vehicle accidents. Upon successful completion of this class, the student will have an increased level of technical knowledge regarding large/heavy vehicles, automobiles in positions other than on their wheels and construction and industrial machinery.