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The overall goal of USFA's Incident Management Team (IMT) program is to develop state, regional, and tribal IMTs to function under the National Incident Management System (NIMS) during a large and/or complex incident or a major event. This course is designed for those who are assigned to function in a Type 3 IMT during a large/complex incident, typically extending into multiple operational periods. The Type 3 IMT can either support an existing ICS structure, or can assume command of an incident if requested to do so. The Type 3 IMT can ease the transition to a National IMT for large scale, long duration, or complex incidents. This course is 5 full days in length, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and presents a demanding environment during simulations to create an incident management environment similar in nature to a large scale incident.

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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 course offers the traditional Rope Rescue Operations content in a “Blended”, 5 week delivery format. During that time, students will have weekly online studies including viewing online presentations, chat sessions, student activities, and quizzes. This course offers the student weekly live interactivity with their instructor via the online classroom page. Students are also provided with presentations that have step-by step directions on how to perform rope rescue skills. Students use this instruction to practice and become proficient prior to the practical session conducted on the final weekend of the course. Students shall evaluate their health and physical abilities before considering this course. This SWMD course is approved by FEMA, ProBoard, and OSFM. The scope of this course is to prepare local responders to operate as a local member of a regional team within the NIMS at a CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive) WMD Event requiring statewide response that has resulted in the need for a low-angle rescue. This course provides those personnel with the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform rescues using rope systems. The class will cover the use of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical advantage systems, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, and patient packaging. Special consideration will be given to the policies of standard-making agencies such as OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and others.

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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.

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