This Cornerstone version introduces students to the basic engine company operations. The class offers firefighters and Officers an opportunity to either sharpen their current skills, or learn new and efficient skills for the all-important task of getting water on the fire. This course includes a classroom component and can be customized to include numerous drills. These can include hose loads, establishing water supply advancing lines through a variety of objectives including stairways, ground level and basement deployment if available are skills vital to the engine company. The course also covers engine company responsibilities with regard to rescue and other tactical priorities are presented and practiced.
This four hour course will provide first responders in any stage of their career with the necessary tools to remain resilient to the stressors that come with the job as well as stress from off the job. Focusing on cutting-edge science, students will see how stress can damage the brain, and also how the brain can recover from this damage. Students will also increase their understanding of how stress and mental health impact not just the brain, but the entire body. Behaviors and mindsets will be presented that will help students to care for themselves as well as support their families at home and at work. First responder resiliency matters, and this course seeks to remove the stigma surrounding the discussion of mental health, trauma, and suicide. Facilitated group discussions will create open dialogues where students can share what has worked well for them and address areas where improvements could be made.