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.
This five-day class is designed to help command officers gain the knowledge and practical skills required to effectively direct multiple companies at a fire. Classroom discussions of leadership, responsibilities, and tactics will be coupled with four days of demonstrations and hands-on practice of directing live-fire evolutions. Each student will take the role of a command officer. Afterwards, each evolution will be critiqued by their fellow students and instructors. First priority will be given to applicants who are in a Command Officer position on their department, officers who act in a Command role will be given second priority, and any other opening will be given to the remaining applicants on a first come-first serve basis.
This class is designed to help company officers gain the knowledge and practical skills required to effectively lead a fire company.Classroom discussions of leadership, responsibilities, and tactics will be coupled with four days of demonstrations and hands-on practice of directing live-fire evolutions. Each student will take the role of a company officer.Afterwards, each evolution will be critiqued by their fellow students and instructors.
The emphasis of this course will be the safe and efficient use of self-contained breathing apparatus. This program emphasizes core skills such as: donning, doffing, shifting, dumping, emergency procedures, and buddy breathing. Following demonstrated mastery of these core skills, the student will work in real and simulated fire conditions while performing functions where self-contained breathing apparatus are essential, including fire ground search, air conservation, self rescue, and firefighter rescue techniques.
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 deep intersecting trench rescue. The Trench Rescue Technician course has been designed in accordance with NFPA 1006, Standard for Technical Rescue Professional Qualifications. This course pertains to trench rescues involving injured or entrapped persons. The class covers the federal and state regulations, use of specialized equipment for atmospheric monitoring, emergency shoring systems, victim excavation, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval systems. Special emphasis will be given to rescuer safety and scene evolutions involving various trench rescue problems.
This 3 day program is designed for firefighters seeking to improve their knowledge of truck company operations regardless if their department has an aerial apparatus. This course is ideal for firefighters assigned to a truck company. Firefighters will learn the fundamental concepts of truck company operations, apparatus positioning, forcible entry, ground laddering considerations, VES, search strategies and tactics, victim removal procedures, ventilation, and overhaul operations. This course is intended for experienced firefighters with a minimum of three (3) years with a fire department.
The Vehicle and Machinery Operations course is designed to acquaint the student with techniques used in Auto Extrication. More specifically the student will become familiar with the different classifications and characteristics of vehicles and machines. Students will also become familiar with the different tools used in extrication, stabilization of the vehicle/machine,disentanglement of the patient(s), and initiating patient care. The student will become familiar with initiating the Incident Command System and how to terminate the incident when finished. The majority of the course will be spent working on the various skills/techniques each student will learn during this course.
Fire department members that intend to seek Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) certification in Vehicle Machinery Operations, may require completion of other certification requirements or courses (eg. Technical Rescue Awareness, Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations, NIMS etc.) prior to submission of OSFM paper work. Please refer to the OSFM site or contact OSFM directly for specific details and information.