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* Alternative Tool Evolutions for Today
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: David Dalrymple

49

Although tool operations are indeed a skill, much can be said there is an “art” to creating or making space. So how do we cross the line from simple tool application to true spacemaking? We know we need to provide a safe and rapid pathway to disentangle our patient. Many times our pathway for access becomes our same pathway to extricate, as well. But with the changes in vehicles today, is this still appropriate? Maybe cutting isn’t as effective as pushing components apart? Is that pathway staring at us and we just haven’t realized it? Many of you will encounter vehicles that might bewilder or downright frustrate you. Much has changed, but there is a common thread through out these times--we need to provide access and a disentanglement pathway for the patients in the vehicle.

In this educational program, we would like to like to put forth some changes in our current mindset in what we do on scene, the tools we choose and use, how we prepare for the incidents we respond to and even some of our education and training.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Identify three types of roof evolutions.
  2. Explain why alternative tool evolutions are needed.
  3. Identify other extrication uses for power hydraulic rams in addition to dash displacement.
  4. Identify the common thread among ALL motor vehicle crashes.
  5. Identify the protective measures we must provide for the patient as we work.

* 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

* Pressurized Fire Attack Precautions: THE “BIG THREEE”
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): Text  / PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Kriss Garcia, Reinhard Kauffmann

29

Using fans to bring a fire under control is effective and safe when employed correctly in structures that lend themselves to such a tactic. Learn when, where, and how to deploy a positive-pressure attack.

Educational Objectives:
  1. Understand the difference between positive-pressure attack (PPA) and positive-pressure ventilation (PPV).
  2. Know the conditions in which fans should not be used.
  3. Know when the Diagnostic Barometer of Interior Conditions indicates that the fire situation is conducive to PPA.
  4. Know to what the three “E”s in the “Big Threee” refer.

*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.

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. 

Assessing Rural Water Supply: A Geospatial Approach
Credit Hours: 4.00 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Jeremy A. Keller

70

Rural fire departments must master the art of identifying and maximizing existing and potential water supplies in their jurisdictions.

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.

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.

Emergency Response to Hybrid Bus Incidents
Not Rated
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Thomas Crist

44

Are you familiar with the types of buses operated in your jurisdiction? Although some of the same principles of operating around hybrid cars apply to hybrid buses, remember that everything is heavier and bigger in the bus. This course will describe the system design, emergency procedures, extrication and firefighting concerns with hybrid buses.

Every Pump Operator's Basic Equation
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Paul Spurgeon

62

The equation EP = NP + FL + APP + ELEV is the basic equation every pump operator needs to calculate when operating the fire pump. In this course, learn how to develop a proper fire stream, define friction loss and explain two ways water flows through hoses, and discover how elevation must be calculated into fire stream calculations.

Fighting Fires in Disposable Structures
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Gary Bowker

74

In this course, discover why lightweight wood-frame structures burn faster and fail sooner and learn the four current residential structural features that pose major risks during fires.

Fire Department Connections: Start to Finish
Credit Hours: 1 Viewing Format(s): Interactive Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: David T. Phelan

43

This program will give firefighters a better understanding of how to utilize the Fire Department Connection, or FDC, found on various types of buildings. FDCs are often associated with standpipes and sprinklers in structures too tall for standard attack hoselines deployed from the engine. However, they are also found in many communities for use in supporting sprinkler systems in a wide variety of building types. As a result it is important that firefighters understand the role FDCs play in fire suppression operations.

The content for this program was developed by David T. Phelan. David has served with Bergenfield NJ Fire Department for 18 years. He is a certified Fire Officer I, as well as a licensed fire protection and construction official who has worked extensively with various public agencies. As an instructor, David has developed several programs relating to fire protection systems, and teaches fire protection licensing programs at the college level.”

Fire Service Management: A Renewed Perspective
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Tim Hyden

59

It's becoming more evident that the fire service needs to conduct its business more efficiently. In this course, students will determine how a management team must be assembled, describe the four common components of management, and learn methods of leading through interaction and intrinsic and extrinsic management.

Fire Without Water: Today’s Truck Company
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Jerry Smith

73

In this course, learn the primary duties of a first-arriving truck company at a residential dwelling fire without an engine on scene and what decisions the truck officer will have to make to maximize effectiveness of his firefighters.

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.

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.

How to Avoid Training Scars
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Christopher Brennan

77

In this course, you'll learn to recognize the instructor’s objective when the student leaves a training drill or shift, learn how to recognize and reduce performance scars, discover the benefits of stress-inoculation training, and understand the impact of psychological scars.

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.

Quality Hoseline Management for a Better Forward Advance
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Ray McCormack

61

In this course from Ray McCormack of Urban Firefighter, students will determine options for hoseline placement, describe a problem encountered when using the first hoseline for both exterior and interior attack, commonly referred to as “Transitional Attack,” and  understand principles of managing hoselines in commercial and high-rise residential fires.

Quick Drills for the Chief Officer
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Steve Prziborowski

50

One of the most important responsibilities a chief officer has is ensuring their personnel are properly trained for any type of emergency they may be faced with. Because of reduced staffing and budgets, a chief officer cannot rely on the administrative training division staff to be able to provide all of the necessary training for their personnel. Thus, it is critical for a chief officer to find the time to provide quality training to their company officers and their personnel, while being creative and thorough in the process.This course provides chief officers with sound drill topics to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of their training.

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.

Simulation Training: Decision-Making Aid
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): Text  / PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Frank C. Montagna

15

Computer simulations can help incident commanders to make life-and-death decisions rapidly on the fireground, regardless of real-world experience.

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 Link Between Disorientation and Situational Awareness
Not Rated
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.

The Six Ts of Fire Service Learning
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Jesse Quinalty

79

In this course, learn a discovered method to change how firefighters can be prepared for the worst, discover how most of a firefighter’s job duties are learned, review the Cone of Experience to estimate learning retention and experience, and review the Six Ts and the components of each.

Ventilation-Limited Fires in Residential Buildings
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Erich Roden

78

In this course, students will review historical significance of self-ventilated fire, understand importance of locating and defining fire, describe impact of further ventilation of fire area, and learn methods of locating fire without increasing ventilation openings.

Why and How to Prepare for a Search in the Wilderness
Credit Hours: 4 Viewing Format(s): PDF Fee: $25.00 Purchase / Take Exam
Faculty: Irvin Lichtenstein

83

In this course, the student will discover why wilderness search is a low-probability/high-risk response for emergency responders. They will define wilderness search, learn the search resources available across the country, and understand the cost and funding issues associated wilderness search.