State Exam review courses
1403 Live Fire Training Instructor Program
To participate in the class the student must be a State Certified Firefighter II, must be a Firefighter I Instructor, and must bring Personal Protective Equipment (if the student does not have access to a SCBA, one can be provided).
This class teaches the information that is required to pass the State Exam to be a Live Fire Training Instructor I.
Some of the topics that are in this class are: Safety in conducting a live burn, NFPA 1402, NFPA 1403, How to plan and conduct burns at an acquired structure, How to conduct burns at a recognized burn structure, All laws pertaining to a burn, What agencies are required to be contacted to have a burn and case studies of fire burns that have gone wrong. The student must actively participate in burns to show their abilities to lead a group and to work at an assigned function at the burn (i.e. Interior Safety Officer, Overall Safety Officer, Incident Commander, Rapid Intervention Team, etc.).
ENGINE COMPANY OPERATIONS
The fire goes as the first line goes, clearly words to live by. Out of all the fire ground functions stretching and operating the initial attack line will determine how successful you are at your next fire.
It’s the mission of a fire department to train in basic engine operations. Engine company operations are the back-bone of the fire service. It takes an aggressive, properly trained and sharp engine company to fulfill this critical task.
This program is geared to basic yet essential functions of the engine company. We will focus on:
- 1. Size up (know before you go) 360.
- 2. Size up factors discussed will include the type of occupancy, time of day and year, the number of firefighters arriving, setbacks, obstacles etc..
- 3. Stretching and operating the initial attack line.
- 4. Hose management.
- 5. Attacking from the uninvolved side?
- 6. Exceptions to the front door.
- 7. Fires divided occupancies.
- 8. Basement fires.
- 9. The attached garage.
10.When a pre-connect stretch falls short.
11.Stretching the backup line.
13.The blitz attack with the ground monitor.
Construction old vs. new
Row frame, garden apartments, courtyards etc..
Fire attack from the adjacent apartment (enclosed and open hallways)
Hoisting hose lines to upper floors using the rope, wells, and tools.
Standpipe vs. the conventional hose stretch.
This course is intended to reduce the number of fire fighters killed or injured while performing their duties on an annual basis. During this program, you will gain a greater understanding of fire fighter survival terminology, developing a survival attitude, increasing situational awareness, and being trained in problem- solving techniques so you can become more self reliant in an emergency. The Denver drill, SCBA low profile maneuvers, & managing your mayday are just a few important drills we will cover.
Case studies will be reviewed to outline factors common in many line-of-duty deaths (LODDs) across the nation.
TRUCK COMPANY OPERATIONS
FIREGROUND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TRUCK
In the modern day fire service with depleted staffing levels, who performs your basic yet essential truck company functions?
- 1. Do we combine companies?
- 2. Do we comnine fire houses?
- 3. Do we have a mutual aid agreement with nieghboring cities?
- 4. Do we have the right tools for the job?
In many departments across America these are questions that must be answered not when the bells go off for a fire, but during everyday operations. This program will examine staffing level priorities and tasks that cannot be neglected on the fire ground by truck company members.
Topics covered are the following, by not limited too:
- 1. Size up, locating the fire, & utilizing the “search rope”.
- 2. South Florida light wieght building construction “old vs. new”. Does it matter? Balloon Frame vs. plateform framing is it pertains to fire spread.
- 3. Forcibe entry: Hurricane impact glass, window bars, different techniques for forcing inward and outward swinging doors. Overhead sectional, rolling, and sheet curtian doors etc…
- 4. Proper tools for the job.
- 5. Rotary saw safety and operation to include a variety of blades and their uses.
- 6. VES & search & rescue. Venting for fire & venting for life.
- 7. Can we really operate like the big cities?
The job of truck company members is a thankless one. We hope that this program will serve as a vivid reminder that the medic rig, ladder, or tower ladder in your fire department plays a vital role in determining the outcome of lives that must be saved in your commnunity.