This is the first class of a series laying the foundation for basic fire fighting skills and "hands on" activities of a first responder. Beginning with personal safety, fire behavior, the hands-on fundamentals of utilizing self contained breathing apparatus, ladder raising and climbing skills as well as hose loads and advances. A portion of class will deal with the rudimentary principles of pumping apparatus for the purpose of maintaining an adequate fire stream. Although thorough in its scope, this should be considered a starting point for departments with a young and inexperienced roster. A great class for the veterans to refresh their skills and mentor the new firefighters on the department rolls. 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
Essentials II is the second class of a series of fire fighting skills and "hands-on" activities building on the hose, ladders and breathing apparatus skills of Essentials I. Against a background of Fire Scene Operations, the class focuses on fire attack techniques, ventilation and forcible entry with instruction on the proper use of the tools of the trade. Emphasis is placed on the safety skills with the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), fire service ladders, small tools and hose evolutions rounding out this 16-hour offering. 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 Fire Service Vehicle Operator course is designed for Firefighters or Engineers who are assigned, or may be assigned, to operate fire department apparatus during the normal course of their duties. Students will learn about their role as an emergency vehicle driver, proper care and maintenance of fire apparatus, vehicle characteristics, safe driving practices, emergency response driving, and scene positioning. This course, when combined with an AHJ-provided driving portion, lets the student complete OSFM certification. IFSI does not offer the driving portion of this course.
This course is FEMA approved and may also eligible for certification with ProBoard. This course prepares local responders to operate as a team within the NIMS at a CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive) WMD Event. Statewide WMD Response: Technician “A” and “B” are required to satisfy the Technician level of NFPA 472. Students are trained to meet the following performance requirements: know NIMS and Unified Command; know self protection measures and rescue and evacuation procedures for WMD. Students are trained to mitigate incidents involving hazardous materials. Students will show an understanding of monitoring, detection, and basic skills needed to evaluate and work at an incident such as, identifying basic hazard and risk assessment techniques; selecting and using proper personal protective equipment. Students will demonstrate an understanding of relevant standard operating guidelines and termination procedures for incidents involving the release of hazardous materials and/or CBRNE agents.