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* Changing the Culture of Safety in the Fire Service
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Ron Siarnicki, Richard Gist

42

What if there were one simple thing you could do to make a major shift toward a safety culture in your fire department? There is, and it's something you already do almost instinctively. Ron Siarnicki and Richard Gist discuss the relationship between firefighters' attitudes and behaviors and how consistent and systematic After-Action Reviews can promote a culture of safety in the fire service.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Outline the components of “culture” as it applies to the fire service.
  2. Discuss the relationship between attitude and behavior
  3. Identify the main components of the Theory of Planned Behavior and apply them to creating cultural change.
  4. Conduct a basic “hot wash” following company-level operations.
  5. Explain the implications of consistent and systematic After-Action Review (AAR) for promoting a culture of safety.

* Courage to Be Safe/Everyone Goes Home: A Look Inside the Program
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Ron Kanterman

34

We need to instill the safety culture in the current and the future generation of firefighters. Here are some tools and tips for getting the safety message to hit home in your department.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand the meaning and intent of the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives (LSIs).
  2. Understand how to implement the 16 LSIs in their fire department.
  3. Discover how to evaluate what their department’s status is in relation to firefighter safety.
  4. Have the tools to implement change.

* Technology and ARFF: Saving Lives Through Innovation
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Jeff Giraud

40

A look at four essential elements of aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF): agents, applications, appliances, and apparatus.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Identify and know the current status of the four essential elements of ARFF—Agents, Applications, Appliances, and Apparatus.
  2. Understand the timeline of ARFF’s operations: where the general strategies and tactics came from and where they are headed.
  3. Know some basic concepts with which all ARFF firefighters should be familiar, including the melting point of aluminum, the toxicity of the environment, and the priorities of operation.
  4. Recognize how current and future technologies may enhance ARFF, including thermal imaging

* Truck Company Operations: Maximizing Firefighter Safety
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: John Mittendorf

30

Fireground operations consist of two viewpoints--fire attack and logistical operations, which are interrelated from the perspective of safety and the timely mitigation of an incident. The importance of truck company operations (or logistical operations) cannot be overstated. Five basic rules of fireground safety and 10 commandments for truck operators are presented.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Define the five basic rules of fireground safety.
  2. Understand the importance of reading the environment and understanding the fireground clock.
  3. Recommend a method for prioritizing fireground considerations from a truck company perspective.
  4. Define the three major concerns when ensuring the viability of an escape route.

*Rope-Assisted Search Procedures in Large-Area Structures
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Mike Mason

41

Searching a large area when there is an urgency to save lives is a huge undertaking. Presented are simple, but concrete, techniques that can help you turn a huge task into a successful and safe accomplishment.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Identify and understand the need for search in largearea structures while being able to recognize hazards when searching for distressed firefighters or civilians.
  2. Assemble and construct the proper search rope bag system as well as position members and identify their roles and responsibilities in a rope-assisted search.
  3. Identify and demonstrate the principles of anchor, point, and shoot as they pertain to object and human anchors while also identifying techniques in rope tethering.
  4. Identify and perform the techniques and maneuvers of proficient rope line management, including locating distressed firefighters or civilians, incorporating their health assessment, and removing them along the main search rope line when exiting a large-area structure.
  5. Recognize and discuss the importance of air management, accountability, command and control, and communications regarding firefighter Maydays and civilian rescues.

*Timber Cribbing Use
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Billy Leach

58

Cribbing is one of the most frequently used and essential tools during rescue operations and is considered to be among the strongest means of support. In this course, Billy Leach discusses stabilization, how cribbing is used to manage gravity, and some important considerations when using cribbing.

A Side-By-Side Comparison of New and Old Construction
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Scott Joerger

51

Two houses that sit side-by-side and look alike from the outside are dramatically different under fire because of the differences on the interior. In many cities, legacy construction prevails in many neighborhoods. Newer buildings are constructed in these neighborhoods to look aesthetically similar to the vintage of buildings they reside around. This can confuse firefighters as conventional operations in these newer buildings can be hazardous. Knowing the differences between older and newly-constructed occupancies is crucial, and this course will describe the differences and how to operate on the fireground accordingly. 

Basement Fire Strategy and Tactics
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: John Lewis, Robert Moran

53

There are several characteristics associated with basement fires such as obvious smoke conditions with no visible fire. Although these conditions may indicate a basement fire, there are other considerations to take into account. Basement fires can challenge the most well-prepared and well-trained fire departments. This course will outline the operational and tactical considerations for fighting basement fires. 

Big Storms, Big Emergencies
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Jerry Knapp

81

In this course, discuss the reason unusual conditions lead to unusual problems during big storms and iscover how to preplan with your local utility. Learn the hazards bystanders pose to first responders and how to identify critical and dangerous infrastructure in your area.

Code Enforcement: Critical for a Successful Fire Prevention Program
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Ben Coffman

71

This course Identifies the role and need of code enforcement and discusses its negative side and administrative issues.

Developing a Fire Service Training Program
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Brad Pinsky

76

Determine if your fire department's training programs reach their potential and how to consult your Organizational Statement when developing a training program. Also, learn how to prepare lesson plans and the legal requirements for firefighter training.

Evaluating the Human Factor on the Fireground
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Thomas Dunne

68

This course from Tom Dunne deals with the nonphysical aspect of firefighting and deals with what human behavior is the first response in a fire. Review several fires that resulted in a large loss of life due to specific human behaviors and get recommendations to manage the human factor on the fireground.

Firefighter Casualties: When “Old-School Firefighting” Doesn’t Work
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Anthony Avillo

32

A cavalier approach to structural firefighting shows a gross misunderstanding of risk management and usually leads to needless injuries and deaths on the fireground. Your job is to keep personnel from developing such an old-school attitude.

Firefighter Safety Depends on Gas Detector Accuracy
Credit Hours: 4.00 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Bruce Lake

65

Departments can reduce the chance of injuries from natural gas explosions by maximizing the accuracy of gas detection equipment and training personnel to correctly interpret gas readings.

Firefighter Safety: Fire Leaders’ Perspectives
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Scott Rounds

84

In this course, students will learn how the decisions of chiefs can affect firefighter safety in the fire department. They will be understand the historical problem of chiefs’ decisions and how they have not had an significant impact of firefighter safety, discover what research has shown when no penalties exist for violating safety standards, and learn how recognize and work on reinforcing positive safety habits.

Flat-Roof Operations: From the Street to the Roof and Back
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Anthony Avillo

48

 There are few areas more important than the roof when you are trying to mitigate a structure fire. In this course, Chief Avillo describes why the roof is the most pivotal, strategic points of operations. In this course, basic roof activities, operational tips and awareness considerations will be discussed; as well as pre-fire activities, roof access and egress, operational  tactics, and termination of the roof operation. 

How Prepared Is Your Engine Company?
Credit Hours: 2 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Brett Snow

33

The information provided in this course/article comes from lessons learned and skills handed down by very experienced firefighters and officers of the Chicago Fire Department. At the end of this course you will better understand effective ways to stretch a hose line, the roles of each member of the hose team, the do’s and don’ts of hose line management, and how to properly operate the pipe (nozzle). Also, this course will encourage self evaluation of one’s skill level as well as the skill level of your engine company as a whole.

Is Your Department Complying with the NFPA 1404 Air Management Policy?
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): Text  / PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Steve Bernocco, Mike Gagliano, Phil Jose, Casey Phillips

8

To comply with the new standard, the authors say, follow the Rule of Air Management: Know how much air you have in your SCBA and manage that air so that you leave the hazardous environment before your low-air alarm activates.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Safety for Firefighters
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): Text  / PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Craig Jones

11

Although only a few firefighters have been injured by MRI machines, a little knowledge and good preplans can prevent future injuries.

Mastering Fireground Command: 10 Commandments of Command
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Anthony Kastros

52

This course is an accompanyment to Mastering Fireground Command: Calming the Chaos. This course builds upon the incident scene failures discussed in Calming the Chaos with regards to: improper risk assessment, lack of incident command and accountability, inadequate communications and lack of standard operating guidelines. Students will be introduced to a command formula and templates that can be applied to incidents such as duplexes, townhomes and apartments. By applying this formula to incident operations, incident commanders have sound incident command and accounatibility, communications, and have a process to develop standard operating guidelines.

Qualities of Effective Incident Commanders
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Daniel P. Sheridan

54

 This course describes and examines 16 qualities effective incident commanders should possess. These principles apply no only to managment of wildland and structural fires, but to every aspect of good fire service management. Students will learn to apply these 16 qualities by using the L.E.C.E. and L.O.D.A.N.C.E acronymns to prevent fireground and firehouse mistakes.

Recognizing and Combating Firefighter Stress
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: P.J. Norwood, James Rascati

69

In this course, students will learn why firefighter stress and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been a taboo topic in the fire service and learn the warning signs of stress.

Responding to “Unknown” Emergencies
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Mark Waters

72

Routine emergencies often turn out to be complex. In this course, students will develop size-up skills to combat the hazards encountered with unknown emergencies.

Response to Homemade Explosives
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: August Vernon

55

 First responders will be faced with myriad challenges when responding to IED/HME incidents. August Vernon discusses how to identify IEDs and HMEs and their principle hazards, as well as how to guard against intitial and secondary attacks. This course provides the first responder with the means to respond, identify, safeguard and mitigate IED/HME incidents.

RIT Communications, Activities, and Deployments at Structural Fires
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Mike Mason

60

In this course, students will review the NFPA Standard on Rapid Intervention Crews (RIC), discover recommendations for proactive RIC behaviors and philosophies, and determine variables to improve function and understanding of rapid intervention operations.

Tactical Decision Making
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): Interactive Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Steve Chikerotis

26

Examine case studies and lessons learned from the chief’s personal experiences in almost 30 years of crawling down hallways on the Chicago (IL) Fire Department. Each incident is brought to life through exciting pictures and video. Each story reinforces a powerful lesson learned, including risk management, reading smoke, building construction and collapse, fireground tactics, flashover, communications and accountability, commanding the Mayday, and RIT rescue. This course is geared to the seasoned veteran as well as the new recruit. The goal is to prevent firefighter deaths through safer and more effective fireground tactics.

The Company Officers Role in Safety and Survival
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): Interactive Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Forest Reeder

23

This course will take a look at some of the most hazardous areas of fireground operations and identify what the company officer should be looking for to keep the crews safe.  Students will also be encouraged to rethink some typical tactical assignments when presented with hazardous fire and building conditions. You will be challenged to identify what the officer should be looking for and monitoring during operations. This program supports the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives by advocating better risk management and empowering the fire service membership to stop repeating history.

The Link Between Disorientation and Situational Awareness
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Credit Hours: Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Christopher Brennan

56

Teaching personnel to maintain their situational awareness will give them a better chance of avoiding disorientation at a fire, a risk factor that can lead to firefighter fatalities. Realistic, challenging, scenario-based training is key. This course will discuss the link between situational awareness and disorientation.

Transitioning from Offensive to Defensive
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Michael Terpak, Frank Viscuso

63

In this course, learn how to announce a strategic change to a defensive fire, determine when to request additional alarms, and learn how to deal with the potential of structural collapse.