Essentials II is the second class of a series of fire fighting skills and "hands-on" activities building on the hose, ladders and breathing apparatus skills of Essentials I. Against a background of Fire Scene Operations, the class focuses on fire attack techniques, ventilation and forcible entry with instruction on the proper use of the tools of the trade. Emphasis is placed on the safety skills with the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), fire service ladders, small tools and hose evolutions rounding out this 16-hour offering. 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.
This class focuses on how to develop, implement, and evaluate fire ground communications. During this session new and seasoned firefighters will have the opportunity to practice tactical and strategic size up procedures assuring the proper communication benchmarks are used.
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.