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This Cornerstone version introduces students to the basic engine company operations. The class offers firefighters and Officers an opportunity to either sharpen their current skills, or learn new and efficient skills for the all-important task of getting water on the fire. This course includes a classroom component and can be customized to include numerous drills. These can include hose loads, establishing water supply advancing lines through a variety of objectives including stairways, ground level and basement deployment if available are skills vital to the engine company. The course also covers engine company responsibilities with regard to rescue and other tactical priorities are presented and practiced.

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Students obtain an understanding of the Incident Command (IC) system, strategic and tactical objectives, risk management, pre-incident planning and accountability. The class also covers personnel safety, occupancy - hazard identification, size up, standard company functions, fire behavior and the variables of fire department responses. Designed for the personnel responsible for commanding one to two companies at the fire or emergency scene, such as Company Officers and Chief Officers of small fire departments. Strategic and tactical priorities are discussed. Subject areas that will be covered are company officer leadership, safety, pre-fire planning, fire behavior, building construction, fire fighting tactics, engine company and truck company operations, and RIT officer. Tactical exercises may be included in this class.

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Multiple story, non-fireproof “taxpayers,” strip malls, cellars, warehouse areas and cocklofts - all pose additional risks to firefighters. Topics in the class include building construction features and collapse potential, as well as nozzles and flows for engine operations. The dangers of fires in cocklofts, cellars, and void spaces from years of remodeling are stressed. The class also covers truck company operations work with forcible entry, ventilation, and roof operations with multiple loads not designed for the original architecture. Thermal Imaging Camera, rope assisted large area searches, and team search of open retail outlets are dealt with. Concerns dealing with sprinkler systems, standpipes, and other suppression operations including the operation of aerial and outside master streams are illustrated. 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 if a structure or adequate practical training site is available.

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This is the first module of three 40-hour classes designed as the foundational level of education and training for fire and arson investigators. The program meets the Job Performance Requirements of NFPA 1033 “Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.” The investigation program includes comprehensive courses covering multiple topics and requiring significant student participation, reading and homework activity. Module 1 includes the following topics: Basic fire science, fire patterns, building systems, electricity and fire, fuel gas systems, fire related human behavior, legal considerations, safety, sources of information and planning the investigation. The text book included with the course is “Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice.” Primary resources for the program are NFPA 921 “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” and “Kirks Fire Investigation.” The practical requirement for the class is a “burn cell” demonstration and investigation. Modules I & II of the program must be taken consecutively. Firefighting gear is not required for the class but old clothes, gloves and work boots are recommended for the practical activity. Students are encouraged to bring personal cameras for use in the practical activity. The text book and NFPA 921 is provided with the program for students to keep and will be distributed the first day of class. These books are utilized for all three modules and students should be sure to bring them to Modules 2 & 3. Students are encouraged to bring any reference material that they feel might be helpful to them.

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This is the second module of three 40-hour classes designed as the foundational level of education and training for fire and arson investigators. The program meets the Job Performance Requirements of NFPA 1033 “Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.” The investigation program includes comprehensive courses covering multiple topics and requiring significant student participation, reading and homework activity. Module II includes the following topics: Documentation of the investigation, physical evidence, origin & cause determination, analyzing the incident for cause and responsibility, failure analysis and analytical tools, explosions and incendiary fires. The text book included with the course is “Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice.” Primary resources for the program are NFPA 921 “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” and “Kirk’s Fire Investigation.” The practical requirements for the class are individual and group investigations of a structured fire scene scenario. Module II must be taken consecutively with Module I. Firefighting gear is not required for the class but old clothes, gloves and work boots are recommended for the practical activity. Students are encouraged to bring personal cameras for the practical activity. The text book and NFPA 921 was provided the first day of Module 1 and should be brought to Modules 2. Students are encouraged to bring any reference material that they feel might be helpful to them.

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This is the third module of three 40-hour classes designed as the foundational level of education and training for fire and arson investigators. The program meets the Job Performance Requirements of NFPA 1033 “Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.” The investigation program includes comprehensive courses covering multiple topics and requiring significant student participation, reading and homework activity. Module III includes the following topics: Fire and explosion deaths and injuries, appliances, motor vehicle fires, wild fire investigations, management of complex investigations and marine fire investigations. The text book included with the course is “Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice.” Primary resources for the program are NFPA 921 “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” and “Kirk’s Fire Investigation.” The practical requirements for the class are individual and group investigations of instructor designed vehicle fires. Students must successfully complete Modules I & II in order to attend Module III. Firefighting gear is not required for the class but old clothes, gloves and work boots are recommended for the practical activity. Students are encouraged to bring personal cameras for the practical activity. The text book and NFPA 921 was provided the first day of Module 1 and should be brought to Module 3. Students are encouraged to bring any reference material that they feel might be helpful to them.

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This 2-day course is designed to assist emergency response officers who have responsibility for managing high-rise incidents. This includes organizing resources, developing strategies, and managing tactical operations to protect life and to minimize damage during an incident. Students attending should have a working knowledge of basic Incident Command System organization; working knowledge of strategy and tactics for structural firefighting; knowledge of building construction; and understanding of the type of building systems existing in high-rise buildings. Anyone who would serve as a company officer/chief officer in communities that have high-rise buildings is eligible to take this course.

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This practical class brings students together with mutual aid association partners to provide water and adequate fire streams in areas where little water exists. Participants will learn the intricacies of tender (tanker) shuttles, relay-pumping operations, drafting, and other methods to provide sufficient water for fire attacks, whether offensive or defensive in nature. The class can be customized to improve Insurance Service Office rural water supply classification. Static water supplies such as lakes, streams, or swimming pools using floating strainers are options to supply multiple tenders, port-a-tanks and engines. Personnel will be comfortable in supply water “out of town” on completion of the class. Note: Engines and Tenders must be supplied locally.

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