This class is designed to continue where the Basic Auto Extrication course left off. Knowledge of common techniques and tools is a prerequisite. The course will involve hands-on practical training involving various scenarios and address scene safety, evaluation and management. Hands-on experience using various methods to stabilize vehicles on their side, upside down, and on other vehicles or barriers is necessary. Operations will involve laying down, crouching, or crawling in vehicles. Includes challenging scenarios where all members of the team must be working to keep from pushing out of the golden hour. Participants must furnish approved helmet, fire boots or leather safety boots, eye protection, gloves, coveralls or turnout gear for class. If conducted off-site, is the responsibility of the host department to provide vehicles and means for positioning them.
This course is designed for firefighters who are interested in operating the pumps on their fire department. This class uses locally-available apparatus to provide core competencies with pumps and their related controls. Instructors lead discussion on types of pumps, pump controls, establishing water supply from draft and hydrants, establishing relay pumping operations, troubleshooting common problems, and placing lines in service. Upon completion of this course, the student will have a better understanding of how pumping apparatus work.
The responsibilities of the first-in truck company are discussed - deploying, raising and climbing ladders, forcible entry operations, controlling utilities and ventilation. Working off ladders, performing ladder rescues, carrying and working with tools on ladders, as well as roof ladder deployment are a few of the practical skills presented. Reviewing tools available locally for various forcible entry, ventilation and overhaul skills and their proper application are demonstrated and practiced. Hoisting equipment and performing search and rescue tasks round out the instruction. Students can practice regardless of whether the department has a straight "stick," snorkel, tower or no "truck" at all since the practical tasks still need to be done for victim and firefighter safety alike. 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
Company Inspections is a course designed to prepare an individual to conduct basic fire prevention inspections at the company level. The class focuses on the importance of fire prevention as part of the fire service mission and on presenting the activities and skills involved in conducting company-level inspections.
Driver Readiness Interactive Vehicle Experience. This blended course is designed for students who have never operated large vehicles. Students will complete a series of online presentations covering safe driving practices, defensive driving principles, emergency vehicle response principles, and emergency driver responsibilities. The driving simulator will be used to acclimate students to the characteristics unique to large emergency vehicles including; vehicle dimensions, vehicle handling, and vehicle features by operating these vehicles in realistic exercises. Students will also participate in scenarios that practice spatial recognition, maneuvering large emergency vehicles in confined areas, as well as operation in both normal traffic situations and emergency responses.
Driver Readiness Interactive Vehicle Experience. This blended course is designed for students with limited or no experience operating emergency vehicles. Students will complete an online presentation covering the complexities of emergency responses, legal principles, roadway and intersection hazard management, and emergency vehicle defensive driving principles. The driving simulator will be used to practice techniques such as hazard management and defensive driving practices while responding to an emergency. Proper apparatus placement considerations will also be discussed upon arrival to the scene.
This 40-hour class is designed for firefighters who are assigned to or may be assigned to operate fire department apparatus in the normal course of their duties. This course is designed to develop firefighters understanding of mechanical principles of fire pumps and their controls, principles of water and water systems, intake and discharge hydraulics, fire stream production, relay pumping operations, care and maintenance of pumper apparatus, and troubleshooting. Students will practice producing effective fire streams from hydrants, relay operations, and drafting from static sources. Students will also practice determining pump discharge pressures for hydraulic situations that range from single line problems to multiple-line relay operations to provide a solid understanding of fire ground hydraulics and practical solutions to apply these concepts to their department.
The goal of this 16-hour 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) event requiring statewide response that has resulted in the exposure to a hazardous material. During this course the students will demonstrate the individual skills necessary to direct and coordinate all aspects of a hazardous materials incident; implement the incident management system; simulate an activation of the emergency response plan, state and federal regional response plans; show knowledge and understanding of the importance of decontamination procedures; demonstrate an understanding of hazards associated with employees working in chemical protective clothing; analyze a hazardous materials incident, set objectives, identify potential action plans, evaluate the planned response, documentation, and complete the final termination requirements.
This course introduces students to new technologies not encountered in the past that can impact rescue efforts. Topics covered include hybrid or electric driven vehicles, alternative fuel systems, dangerous drive train components, hazardous mechanical and hydraulic systems, plus more. Rescue challenges associated with air bags and their deployment and detonation systems, pre-tension systems and other passive restraint devices throughout the passenger compartment are also discussed. Methods of construction, vehicle body components and their materials of construction offer challenges not found at accident scenes in the past. The course is a recommended follow-up class to the Basic Auto Extrication course.