Fire Behavior and Dynamics – This hour and a half program depicts the real problem that we as firefighters are facing today.The products of combustion in today’s fires are essentially gasoline in the solid-state. Firefighters operating on an aggressive interior attack must recognize what the fuel package is and the dynamics of ladder fueling. There also needs to be an understanding of how the products of incomplete combustion (smoke) become a top priority and may cause rapid fire extension.
New Vehicle Technology and Construction - This two-hour program will better prepare the student firefighters for incidents involving vehicles from the present into the future. What we know about extrication today will be outdated information in less than five years. This class contains information on new vehicle construction as well as safety systems that will provide the latest information on restraint safety systems, hybrid vehicles, and alternative vehicles.
Construction Based Fire Attack - Emphasis on building construction and its problemsto enable firefighters to make tactical and safety conscious decisions on the fire ground. Course teaching resources will include photographs, thermal imaging video and audiovisual presentations displaying various construction features and how they fail under fire conditions.
How and Why Buildings on Fire Fail - A guide to making tactical and safety-conscious decisions on the fire ground. Audiovisuals will be used to show how various construction features found throughout the country fail under fire conditions. Residential construction from the 1930s to the present will be discussed, as will the fire behaviors of concrete, wood, steel, and gypsum board.
Vehicle Machinery Technician - Includes advanced stabilization techniques, bus extrication, heavy truck and vehicle extrication and multiple scenario driven operations. Additionally, machinery extrication practices are included to give the rescuer a well-rounded experience in this growing field of specialized rescue.
Vehicle Machinery Operations - Vehicle anatomy and safety features, scene safety, tools and their uses, stabilization, and techniques to extricate victims.
Rope Rescue Operations - Ropes, hardware, knots, anchor systems, belaying, mechanical advantage systems, raising and lowering using rope systems, low angle rescue and patient packaging.
High Angle Rope Rescue - System safety factors; appropriate equipment selection; inspection and maintenance; knots; mechanical advantage systems; raising and lowering techniques; repelling and ascending techniques; self rescue techniques; pick-off rescue techniques; patient packing; and litter tending techniques.