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.
Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. Their courage allows them to willingly risk their own lives so that others can be saved. A different type of courage is required to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations, avoiding needless risks and tragic consequences. This provocative and moving presentation is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of firefighters as a normal occurrence. Building on the untold story of LODD survivors, it reveals how family members must live with the consequences of a firefighter death and provides a focus on the need for firefighters and officers to change fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent line of duty deaths. The central theme promotes the courage to do the right thing in order to protect yourself and other firefighters and ensure that "Everyone Goes Home" at the end of the day.
Describes the relationship between heat stress and cardiovascular strain and how this is likely to impact firefighter injuries and fatalities. Instructors review recommendations for on-scene rehabilitation and discuss methods for implementing effective programs. Discussion on the leadership issues required to institute programs that will impact line of duty deaths continues throughout the course. Strategies are examined for forming partnerships and collaborations that enable fire departments to implement effective rehabilitation programs aimed at meeting the needs of firefighters while recognizing that most departments are working in an environment of limited resources. Examples of recommended rehab policies and best practices will be provided or referenced.
The Flammable Liquids by Rail Awareness class will introduce students to the recent increase in crude oil shipments by rail. This course will cover the basic chemical and physical properties of the types of crude being transported. In addition, we will discuss basic railcar design features, unit vs. manifest trains, common railroad terminology, and techniques for contacting and working with the railroad. The course will touch on tactics and strategies for handling crude oil train derailments, but will not teach the student how to employ these tactics. Lastly, the course will look at case studies of recent crude train
derailments and discuss lessons learned.
The Traffic Incident Management - Operations course is designed for Firefighters who may be called to operate at traffic incidents. This course will teach Firefighters how to operate in a safe and coordinated manner with other responder agencies to quickly clear traffic incidents from the roadway. Students will learn the need for proper Traffic Incident Management, how to establish a Traffic Incident Management Area, safe positioning of response vehicles, scene safety, and how to demobilize a Traffic Incident Management Area.