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Firefighter 1 & 2

Fire

The Mission, History, and Traditions of Fire Service

You are one in a long line of firefighters who have put their lives at risk for others. But how much do you know about the fire service’s mission, history, and traditions? In this module, you’ll investigate the core values of fire service and how they’re put into action, key historical figures and events, and traditions you might encounter locally or regionally. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.1.1., “General Knowledge Requirements.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

The Modern Fire Service: How Fire Departments Are Organized

Firefighters do much more than fight fires. Because of that, it’s important that they understand all the components of the modern fire service. This module will examine how fire departments are organized and the types of services they perform. You’ll also become familiar with the sister agencies it partners with and the policies, regulations, and standards that govern fire department operations. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.1.1., “General Knowledge Requirements.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Fire Service Communications

Communication is the cornerstone of the fire service. The communication system – between the community, dispatch, departments, and department personnel – must work even when other things do not. This module will examine the standards and procedures for fire department communications, from initial calls to incident scenes. Content in this module is aligned with NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3, and 4.2.4, “Fire Department Communications.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Fire Behavior

Fire behavior is a core principle to becoming a proficient firefighter. Understanding fire behavior will allow firefighters to progress with smarter and safer firefighting tactics. This module examines the science behind fire, heat, combustion, decay, and the hazards that may appear along each stage. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.3.11 and 4.3.12, “Fireground Operations.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Fire Extinguishers

Even small fires endanger lives and property. Portable fire extinguishers can stop the spread of fire. However, to be effective, they must be appropriate for the fire being fought and in proper working order. This module will review the classes of fire, extinguishing agents, and how to choose the correct extinguisher for each job. We’ll also cover fire extinguisher operations, care, and maintenance. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.3.8 and 4.3.16, “Fireground Operations.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Building Construction

As long as there have been buildings, firefighters have been called upon to extinguish fires within them. This module covers building construction elements firefighters need to know to conduct safe and efficient fireground operations. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.3.4, 4.3.10, and 4.3.12; and Fire Fighter II: 5.3.2, “Fireground Operations.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Ropes and Knots

Rope work is an important part of the fire service. Firefighters need to understand how to select ropes based on construction, strength, and use. Firefighters also need to know how to tie essential fire service knots and properly care for, clean, and store ropes. That is what this module will cover. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.3.20 and 4.5.1, “Fireground Operations” and Fire Fighter II: 5.5.4, “Fire and Life Safety Initiatives, Preparedness, and Maintenance.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a firefighter’s first, but not last, line of defense. In this module, you’ll learn about the different types and limitations of each PPE as well as how to inspect and maintain PPE. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.3.2 and 4.5.1, “Fireground Operations” and Fire Fighter II: 5.5.4, “Fire and Life Safety Initiatives, Preparedness and Maintenance.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

Self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBA, provides respiratory protection so firefighters can operate safely in all kinds of hazardous environments. This module will teach you about SCBA for fireground operations and how to operate, troubleshoot, and care for it. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.3.1, 4.3.5, 4.3.10, 4.3.11, and 4.5.1, “Fireground Operations;” and Fire Fighter II: 5.5.4, “Fire and Life Safety Initiatives, Preparedness, and Maintenance.” It also is compliant with components of NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health and NFPA 1981 Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for Emergency Services.

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Firefighting Tools

Firefighting is a labor-intensive, tool-dependent occupation. Tools accomplish various tasks on the fireground. This module will cover the different types of tools used in fire service, how they are used, and their care and maintenance. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.5.1, “Fireground Operations;” and Fire Fighter II: 5.5.4, “Fire and Life Safety Initiatives, Preparedness, and Maintenance.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Forcible Entry

Forcible entry is often the first step before a fire attack, search, or rescue can begin. It takes place through a door, window, wall, or other opening. Firefighters must be proficient in forcible entry, choosing the right tool for the job, and operating safely. This module will cover the different types of locks, doors, and windows, breaching floors and walls, and the appropriate tools used to force entry. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Job Performance Requirements, Fire Fighter I: 4.3.4 and 4.3.9, “Fireground Operations;” and Fire Fighter II: 5.3.2, “Fireground Operations.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Advanced Communications

Communication is an essential but often overlooked aspect of fire services. Well-managed communications are essential to achieving positive outcomes and avoiding lapses that put lives and property at risk. This module builds off the Fire Fighter I knowledge base established in “Fire Department Communications.” This module will teach Fire Fighter II-level information about fire department communication and reporting procedures. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter II: 5.2.1 and 5.2.2, “Fire Department Communications.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Fire Streams

Knowing how to manage fire streams is a crucial and potentially lifesaving part of a firefighter’s job. This module will teach you how to select, deploy, and use the proper hoselines, nozzles, and fire streams. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001, Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.3.10, 4.3.11, and 4.3.13, “Fireground Operations;” and Fire Fighter II: 5.3.2, “Fireground Operations.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Incident Command System

The incident command system (ICS) is as much about firefighter safety as effective incident management. In this module, you’ll learn about the history of ICS, why it exists, how it operates, and what role the firefighter plays within it. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001 Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter II: 5.1.1, “General Knowledge Requirements.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Ladders

Fire service ladders are essential in the performance of both saving human life and extinguishing fires. Constructed under rigid specifications, their use during adverse conditions requires them to provide a margin of safety not usually expected of commercial ladders. On the fire ground, they require close and coordinated teamwork quickly and accurately using established and proper techniques. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001, Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter I: 4.3.6 and 4.3.20, “Fireground Operations;” and 4.5.1, “Preparedness and Maintenance;” and Fire Fighter II: 5.5.4, “Fire and Life Safety Initiatives, Preparedness, and Maintenance.”

Firefighter 1 & 2
Fire

Pre-Incident Planning

The ability to successfully handle a fire in a building is greatly enhanced by one critical factor: a pre-incident plan. Formulating a plan of action before an incident gives a foreground commander inside information about the building and its contents, allowing the officer to anticipate problems and best use their resources. This module will review how to conduct a pre-incident survey and develop a pre-incident plan. Content in this module is aligned with the NFPA 1001, Standards for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Fire Fighter II: 5.5.3, “Fire and Life Safety Initiatives, Preparedness, and Maintenance.”
Firefighter 1 & 2

Fire Academy Webinars

Leadership & Management

Training Future Company Officers

This class from Amy Hanifan takes a different approach in teaching those already in officer roles how to prepare future company officers. The focus is on professional qualifications, training priorities, and mentoring.

Webinars
Incident Management

Fireground Strategies: When Buildings Change the Rules of the Game

Anthony Avillo goes through the timeline of what first-arriving crews should expect when arriving at the fireground and how to approach and train for the many types of responses faced by every engine company.

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Truck Company

Truck Company Operations Without the Truck

Arthur Ashley talks about performing “truck work” at fire scene when no ladder truck is present while also being prepared to take on a multitude of other fireground responsibilities.
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Engine Company

Gaining Relative Superiority: The 2 1/2-Inch Attack Line

Brian Brush discusses some of the advantages of the 2 1/2-inch hoseline in fire attack.

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Engine Company

The Exponential Engine

Brush focuses on the responsibilities, requirements, tactics, training, and preparation expected of this all-important facet of fire department response.

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EMS

EMS Drills for the Engine Company

Brian Pond looks at the basic EMS skills firefighters should have just in the case an EMT is needed but not around.
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Strategy & Tactics

The First Five Minutes

Chuck Ryan and Keith Padgett give this comprehensive overview of what should be required of all first-arriving companies just pulling up to any fireground.

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Company Officer

Developing the Seven Steps to Mastery on the Fireground

The class from Dan Shaw and Doug Mitchell provides detailed information on each step along with a strategic plan to train and hone the skills to execute them on the fireground.

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Strategy & Tactics

Art of Reading Smoke

Dave Dodson and Phil Jose provide a tutorial on the the processes, science, and physical characteristics of fire smoke and how best to anticipate and base your tactics on observations of this tell-tale sign.
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Apparatus

Quick Drills for the Driver Operator

Eric Hankins offers these quick tips to allow apparatus driver-operators to improve their skills and become more efficient attheir job.

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Extrication

Gaining the Tactical Advantage

Isaac Frazier discusses the importance of preparation, training, and mental focus firefighters need to handle the physical and mental pressures before the tones drop.

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Engine Company

Overcoming Common Engine Company Mistakes and Fireground Problems

Jason Rivera takes this hands-on, back-to-basics approach on getting the initial attack line quickly in place and how to avoid and overcome problems when things go wrong.

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Apparatus

Pump Panel Pointers

Jerry Naylis offers his pactical solutions to common problems apparatus pump operators can encounter in the field.

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Leadership & Management

Dealing with Difficult People and Their Organizational Impact

Jerry Streich discusses how the fire service must handle personnel who cause unneeded mental stress in and out of the firehouse, including bullies, lawbreakers, and angry or violent members.

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Volunteers

Size-Up and Command for the Small Department

Joe Pronesti explains how small fire departments can make the most out of their limited resources to help them avoid the pitfalls that some larger fire departments are able to contain.

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Truck Company

Effective Roof Operations: Lessons Learned from East to West

Ken Bailey looks at the numbers as well as tactics and strategies to which fire departments must pay attention when conducting operations on the roofs of structures.

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Company Officer

21st Century Command

This hour-long presentation will cover the meaning of command and control on today’s firegrounds. The session will provide you tools, tips, and processes that will allow the incident commander and the company officer to better interact with each other to ensure tasks have been completed and information is shared on the fireground.

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Apparatus

Aerial Apparatus 101

Lou Sclafani discusses the basic ins and outs of modern aerial apparatus, how they differ from past trucks, terminology, and what to know before purchasing or riding on one for the next call.

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Fire Behavior

Fire Ventilation and Flow Path Control

Michael Reick, a regional fire chief in Germany, looks the differences in how Europe studies flow paths and ventilation as well as LODDs compared to their US counterparts.

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Firefighting

The Art of the Go/No-Go

Mike Gagliano talks safety as he teaches fire departments what to look for when deciding when and when not to make egress at a fire.

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Instructor/Training

Drills You Won’t Find in the Books

Raul Angulo makes drilling more fun, engaging, and educational by presenting a series of firefighting drills not normally found at the academy.

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Apparatus

Foam: There Is a Better Way to Do the Job

Shawn Oke looks at the basic terminology, types, variables, and experiment results of this invaluable water supplement

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Leadership & Management

Leadership Through Training

This class discusses the role all instructors have as leaders and influencers. It delves into ways we can maximize that influence before, during, and after we train. It provides practical advice that is immediately deployable. Training is influence, and influence is leadership. How will you lead through training today, tomorrow, and in the future?

Webinars
Fire Behavior

Top 10 Tactical Considerations from Firefighter Research

UL’s Steve Kerber analyzes the statistics of a number of fire research studies and how each shows firefighters the latest and safest ways to approach the next major fire call.

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Engine Company

The Combat-Ready Engine Company

Tony Kelleher creates this interactive presentation to instruct every engine company on what awaits them when pulling up to that next structure fire.

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Firefighting

SCBA Bootcamp: A Firefighter’s Survival School

Trevor Steedman looks at the best ways for firefighters to get the most out of their self-contained breathing apparatus to avoid line-of-duty injury or death.

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EMS Courses

Airway Management

CPAP and Capnography: A Dynamic Duo

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP is a BLS and ALS tool that can save lives, reduce hospitalization times, and provide better patient management in the field.  This presentation provides a history of CPAP, an overview of patient selection criteria, standards of care, assessment, application of CPAP in the field, and transition of care to the Emergency Department.  Disposable CPAP devices and the use of capnography with the application and titration of CPAP promise to increase utilization and improve patient outcomes.

Length: 1 Hour
Cardiovascular

Cardiac Emergencies in The Pre-Hospital Setting

This course will discuss treating cardiac emergencies in the pre-hospital environment. Topics discussed include predicting patient flow, the cardiovascular system, pit crew CPR, cardiac arrest strategies, cardiac arrest drugs, dysrhythmia, ACLS, what to do if the rhythm is too slow or too fast, and other cardiovascular diseases.

Length: 1 Hour
Cardiovascular

E-CPR, VADs, and ECMO: Oh My!

In this webinar, learners will be introduced to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and its broad applications. It is a well-established therapy, and its use is becoming more widespread. Most tertiary facilities have ECMO programs and capabilities. EMS personnel could be called on to transport these critically ill patients, and this lecture provides a broad overview. ECMO has been used in the field as a resuscitative adjunct.

 

Some centers in the United States may consider this option in the future. In this course, Dr. Misselbeck also provides a provocative look at the potential of this emerging technology for the future.

Length: 1 Hour
EMS Operations

Mobile Stroke Units

A stroke occurs in the U.S. every 40 seconds. The rapid intervention has shown significant increases in the quality of life for those recovering from strokes. Mobile stroke units are designed to help reach stroke patients quickly and improve survival rates. This course will discuss considerations for EMS involving the use of mobile stroke care units.

Length: 1 Hour

Fire Drills Microlearning

If you do not think you have time for training, these 30 microlearning courses’ practical skills are for you and your firefighters. These microlearning courses range from 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length and provide the best practices of various topics for new and experienced firefighters.

Training Minutes

More than 120 short video courses are included in this category and are perfect for refreshing the skills of simple to complex tasks for all firefighters. They are curated by industry experts explaining best practices with real-world examples.

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