Emergency Services

Course Descriptions

 2014 Training Schedule 

Essentials of Fire Fighting and Emergency Response
Delmar Entry Level Training Curriculum

Course One - Introduction to the Fire Service (16 hours) (ELIS)
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose:This course is intended for all members of a fire department, regardless of age and covers the following subjects:

  1. Fire Service History and Tradition
  2. Fire Department Organization, Command and Control
  3. Fire Fighter Safety
  4. Terrorism Awareness
  5. Personal Protective Equipment

Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, Fire Fighter's Handbook (must remain in possession of the student throughout the entire course), Fire Fighter's Handbook Student Workbook/Skill Sheet Book (must remain possession of the student at the end of the program), TOG


Course Two - Fire Ground Support (48 hours) (ELFG)
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service (ELIS)
Purpose:This course is intended for all members of a fire department, regardless of age. This course begins to build fire ground skills, used to support an emergency operation and covers the following subjects:

  1. Fire Behavior
  2. Fire Extinguishers
  3. Ropes and Knots
  4. Water Supply
  5. Hose and Appliances
  6. Hazardous Materials Training

Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, Fire Fighter's Handbook (must remain in possession of the student throughout the entire course), Fire Fighter's Handbook Student Workbook/Skill Sheet Book (must remain possession of the student at the end of the program), TOG, 15' ½" (12mm) Static Kernmantle Rope, Emergency Response Guidebook.


Course Three - Exterior Fire Fighter (42 hours) (ELEF)
Pre-requisite: Intro to Fire Ground Support (ELFG)
Purpose:The third of the four course curriculum is intended for all members of a fire department, regardless of age. This course continues developing the skills needed to become part of the fire ground operation and introduce new fire fighters to the following topics:

  1. Communications
  2. Protective Systems/Sprinklers
  3. Building Construction
  4. Forcible Entry
  5. Prevention, Public Education, and Pre-Incident Planning
  6. Ladders

Students will need:Pen/pencil, notebook, Fire Fighter's Handbook (must remain in possession of the student throughout the entire course), Fire Fighter's Handbook Student Workbook/Skill Sheet Book (must remain possession of the student at the end of the program), TOG



Course Four - Interior Fire Fighter (60 hours) (ELIF)
Pre-requisite: Haz-Mat Operations and Exterior Fire Fighter (ELEF)
The final course in the curriculum is limited to students over the age of 18. No exceptions. This course prepares the student to be a functional member of the fire ground operation including fire suppression, rescue, and ventilation practices. The course covers the following subjects:

  1. SCBA
  2. Nozzles, Fire Streams, and Foam
  3. Rescue Procedures (structural and vehicle)
  4. Ventilation
  5. Salvage, Overhaul, and Fire Cause Determination
  6. Fire Fighter Survival
  7. Live Fire Suppression

Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, Fire Fighter's Handbook (must remain in possession of the student throughout the entire course), Fire Fighter's Handbook Student Workbook/Skill Sheet Book (must remain possession of the student at the end of the program), TOG/SCBA needed first day of class.

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Arson Courses 

Arson Detection for the First Responder
Pre-requisite
(for Fire Service Personnel): Intro to the Fire Service 
Purpose:This course provides a more in depth exposure to the operating principles and procedures for aerial devices through hands-on exercises. The course also includes maintenance and testing requirements for aerial apparatus.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Vehicle Fire Investigation
Prerequisite:  Essentials
Purpose:  Although each year motor vehicles increase in value and expense. Vehicle fires are often overlooked. The purpose of this course is to stress the importance of vehicle fires from an investigative perspective, and to enhance the awareness level of responding units fire crews when dispatched to a motor vehicle fire. Course topics will include but are not limited to scene awareness, hazards, vehicle arsons, component failures, fire scene preservation, and origin and cause investigation. Students will have the opportunity to enhance skills such as incident command, fire suppression efforts, forcible entry, and overhaul. During live-fire evolutions, students may be faced with obstacles such as security, crowd control, utility control, and exposure issues. This class is best suited for newly appointed line officers. This class will be a prerequisite course for a future vehicle fire investigation course currently in development. Class size is limited to 20 students.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

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Fire Courses 

Advanced Ladder Practices
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter
Purpose: This course reviews basic ladder practices that include placement, raises and working on ladders. The course will also teach the student real work rescue concepts on fire service ladders. Once these concepts are mastered the class puts these skills to work in realistic evolutions that will test your abilities to use ladders on the fire ground.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Aerial Apparatus Practices
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training
Purpose: This course provides instruction in basic operating principles and procedures for aerial apparatus. The type of apparatus available, their advantages and disadvantages, and their operability will be discussed. Proper placement and safety issues will be stressed.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Aerial Apparatus Practices Extended
Pre-requisite: Aerial Apparatus Practices, Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training
Purpose: This course provides a more in depth exposure to the operating principles and procedures for aerial devices through hands-on exercises. The course also includes maintenance and testing requirements for aerial apparatus.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Basic Wildland Firefighting (PA 130)
Pre-requisite:
 Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training
Purpose: The course emphasized safety, basic skills and teamwork in preparing individual wildland firefighters to work together as an effective firefighting unit.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Educational Methodology for Local Level Instructors
Fee: There is a $100 fee (textbook included) payable to CCAC for this program that must be submitted with the student's registration to be enrolled in this course. NO CASH ACCEPTED.
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course will instruct students in the theory and practice of adult education in order to prepare them to effectively instruct fire and emergency service subjects. The theories of adult learning, instructor attributes, instructor ethics, class environment demeanor, effective objective writing, and selection/preparation of course materials such as lesson plans and supporting job aids will be taught.  Students will actually prepare and deliver several lessons on which they will be evaluated.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook
 
 

2012 Dates   Time  

Hours  

   Topic  
Friday, September 28, 2012 6:30-10:30 pm

4

  Class
Saturday, September 29, 2012 8 am-5 pm

8

  Class
Sunday, September 30, 2012 8 am-5 pm

8

  Class
Friday, October 12, 2012 6:30-10:30 pm

4

  Class
Saturday, October 13, 2012 8 am-5 pm

8

  Class
Sunday, October 14, 2012 8 am-5 pm

8

  Class
Friday, October 26, 2012 7 pm

 

  Written Test
Sunday, October 28, 2012 8 am

 

  Practical Skills

 

Emergency Vehicle Driver Training Program (EVDT)(Formerly EVOC)
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service 
Purpose: Sadly, a large proportion of emergency responder deaths and injuries occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents involving emergency response vehicles. This course is suitable for both novice and veteran emergency vehicle operators. Consisting of 8 hours of classroom and 8 hours of driving on a competency course, it will teach, reinforce, and review those issues and skills needed by anyone who operates a motor vehicle in responding to an emergency.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, vehicle for hours 8 through 16.

Engine Company Operations I
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter or Fire Fighter 1 - certification
Purpose: This course provides instruction in the duties and responsibilities of an engine company. Topics include: positioning of apparatus, use of attack and back-up lines, search and rescue, and water supply.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Engine Company Operations II
Pre-requisite: Engine Company Operations I
Purpose: This class focuses on engine company operations that are not engaged in that often. The course focuses on fixed and portable master streams as well as elevated master streams. The class also focuses on using multiple and different water sources to obtain sustained flows of up to 2000 gpm. Classroom discussion will consist of high-rise and large buildings as well as their associated construction problems, water supplies, apparatus positioning.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Fire Fighter I Prep
Fee: There is a $7.50 materials fee payable as a check made out to CCAC. NO CASH ACCEPTED.
Pre-requisite: 18 years of age, Live Burn, CPR, First Aid, Haz-Mat Awareness
Purpose: This course is designed to help fire fighter candidates prepare for a Fire Fighter I certification exam. This course will cover the referenced textbook, and will include the practical skill stations used for Fire Fighter I certification.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, Essentials textbook, TOG and SCBA

Fire Fighter II Prep
Pre-requisite: Fire Fighter 1 certification, BVR Operations or BVR Tech, Haz-Mat Operations
Purpose: This course is designed to help the certified Fire Fighter I in preparing for a Fire Fighter II certification exam. This course will cover the referenced textbook, and will include the practical skill stations used for Fire Fighter II certification.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, Essentials textbook, TOG and SCBA

Fire Fighter Survival
Pre-requisite:  Essentials; recommended RITC, SFR, NICS-FS, Incident Command System (ICS). Student must be physically able to crawl, climb and descend ladders, slide on rope, and SUPPORT OWN BODY WEIGHT WHILE HANGING BY ARMS. PA State Fire Academy facial hair policy applies.
Purpose: A physically demanding, comprehensive program dealing with the necessary knowledge and skills relative to rescue procedures needed for self rescue. Emphasis will be placed on search techniques, communications, accountability/location and self rescue procedures. Students must be in adequate physical condition to perform 100% of all practical exercises.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG, SCBA with spare cylinder, PASS device

Fire Officer I and Certification
Pre-requisite: Fire Fighter II, Incident Command System (ICS), Haz-Mat Operations, Fire Instructor I
Purpose: This program is designed to prepare experienced fire fighters and officers for the task of becoming better trained as fire officers. This 40-hour program will emphasize the necessary skills for managing people, fire stations, and fire ground incidents. Certification is included.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, textbook: Fire Dept. Company Officer (3rd ed.). Textbook can be purchased through IFSTA. Call IFSTA at 1-800-456-6932 or visit their World Wide Web site Web site.

Fire Officer II
Pre-requisite: Fire Officer I
Purpose: This course is to provide officers at the second level of progression with the knowledge and skills to meet the minimum job performance requirements for paid and volunteer fire officers. Fire Officer II candidates must demonstrate the depth of knowledge and skills necessary to function under general supervision. A person trained at the Fire Officer II level will function safely and effectively as an integral member of a team of equally or less experienced fire fighters to accomplish a series of tasks.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Fire Police
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course provides an introduction to fire police procedures for fire police on duty. Topics include: traffic and crowd control, the Special Fire Police Act of Pennsylvania, vehicle code, crime code, professionalism, and handcuffing.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Fire Police, Advanced
Pre-requisite: Fire Police 
Fee: Book fee $15.  No personal checks - money orders should be made out to Treasurer of Allegheny County.
Purpose: This course will touch upon training and the training officer’s qualifications, policy and procedures, legal liabilities, court appearance, leadership, communications and public relations, defensive driving, traffic control, security, self-protection and uniforms.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

First Responder Response to Radiological Incidents
Pre-requisite:
 Radiological Response Team Initial Training (RRT INT)
Purpose: This course is designed for emergency responders who will be first on the scene of an incident involving radioactive materials. The course will review basics of radiation, RAM shipments, hazard identifications, patient handling, and response actions. Emphasis will be on hazard assessments; proper selection and use of instruments;and initial response actions.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Flashover Simulator
Students must submit the Consent Form with their application to be enrolled in this program.
Fee: There is a $15 materials fee payable to CCAC for this program that must be submitted with the student's registration to be enrolled in this course. NO CASH ACCEPTED.
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter
Purpose: This course is designed to give the fire fighter the skills and knowledge that are required to recognize and understand the flashover stage of an interior compartment fire. The primary focus of this course is to give the student a thorough knowledge of flashover and pre-flashover conditions. The goal of this course is to teach the student how to deal with these conditions in a safe and productive manner. The ultimate outcome is to equip fire fighters with the skills to avoid becoming victims of this violent phenomenon.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA.

Foam Fire Fighting Basic (National Foam)
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Fire Ground Support
Purpose: Students in this course will be introduced to basic information concerning the use foam, as flammable liquid fire extinguishing agent.  This module is targeted at the first responder, who will be faced with the task of fire suppression.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Foam Fire Fighting Technician (National Foam NFFT)
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Fire Ground Support
Purpose: Students in this course should be of the decision maker’s level who will be responsible for size-up and suppression. They will be introduced to basic information concerning the history of foam concentrates. They will receive the information to make the correct selection of foam concentrates based on the hazards; foam terminology; application rates and techniques; proportioning equipment and trouble shooting; and discharge devised associated with foam fire fighting.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Forcible Entry
Pre- requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter
Purpose: This course will provide the fire fighter with a better understanding of building construction as it applies to forcible entry. Also covered will be opening techniques and the use of tools for safe, quick access to a structure.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Health and Safety Officer (HSO)
Pre-requisite: Intro to Fire Officership (INFO) or 5 years as a line officer
Purpose: The target audience of this National Fire Academy (NFA) course is any individual who has an active involvement in planning, organizing, implementing, or monitoring a department-level occupational health and safety program within their fire service organization. Such topics as risk analysis, wellness, program management, and other occupational safety issues are covered in depth.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Incident Safety Officer (ISO) (NFA Course)
Pre-requisites: NIMS-FS or NIMS-EMS or Incident Command System (ICS) and training to the Haz-Mat First Responder Operations level
Purpose: The Safety officers responsibilities fall into two clear cut categories: those associated with responding at the incident scene, and those associated with managing the day to day affairs of the department. The Incident Safety Officer (ISO) course is focused on the incident and the role the Safety Officer plays as part of the Command Staff. The target audience is Company Officers (CO) who are experienced in firefighter safety issues and are familiar with an Incident Command System, hazardous
materials management, and related emergency operations. The program provides the student with the decision-making process and skills required to recognize unsafe acts and conditions and take appropriate corrective actions.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Integrated Exercise
Pre-requisites: Essentials, letter from your Fire Chief stating you are a member in good standing and you must be 18 years of age. You must include a copy of your Essentials certificate when submitting your application for this class.
Purpose: This is a live burn exercise for those students that have turned 18 since they have finished their essentials program. The burn will cover hose management, fire behavior, and truck operations. This class is for only those that need their burn exercise and were not able to take it due to age or other mitigating circumstance.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Introduction to Fire Officership
Pre-requisite: Essentials
Purpose: This course, designed for new line officers or as a refresher for experienced ones, will give the student a basic overview of fire ground officer responsibilities, personnel issues, fire ground operations, and the development of a sound and effective administrative and fire ground organizational structure.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Introduction to Unified Command for Multi-Agency and Catastrophic Incidents (IUC/MCI)
Pre-requisite: NICS-FS, Incident Command System (ICS), or IS-700
Purpose: This course is designed to assist emergency response personnel in the understanding of, and the ability to apply, the Incident Command System (ICS) when multiple agencies are involved at major and catastrophic incidents, and to provide a better understanding of operations under Unified Command (UC).
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Instructional Techniques for Company Officers
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training
Purpose: Every fire officer is, or should be, a trainer. Being an officer, especially at the company (Lieutenant, Captain, etc.) level, always involves the act of training ones' subordinates at one time or another. This course will give the officer or officer candidate the basic knowledge of adult educational principles needed to perform this important task at the level.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Leadership Challenge: Building and Leading Effective Teams
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: Effective leaders and effective teams are made not born. Forging the bonds of teamwork and honing the skills of leadership is what this program is all about. It is an intensive hands-on experience designed to draw out the best in people. The skills learned will be valuable to life in general not just emergency services. It will be well worth the investment of time and effort. This is like nothing the academy has ever presented.
Students will need: Full TOG required and SCBA, safety glasses and work gloves (not just fire gloves). Personal flashlights recommended.

Leadership II
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training
Purpose: Running an effective fire service organization, whether career, combination, or volunteer, requires leaders. Many line and administrative officers are very competent in technical areas, but need training and skill practice in key managerial strategies to reach their full potential in leading their organizations. This course is targeted at company level junior line officers (lieutenant, captain, etc.) who wish to improve basic leadership skills in such areas as managing multiple roles, creativity, establishment of a "personal power base" and ethics. It may also be applicable to those administrative officers of volunteer organizations (president, secretary, treasurer, etc.) who find that their responsibilities require similar skills.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

NFIRS - Basic and Advanced
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose:These courses will give students a good working knowledge of NFIRS and Penn FIRS using Firehouse software. Topics include basic incident reports, user defined fields, and the other features of software. The course is 8 hours. The Basic NFIRS class is intended for new users while the Advanced class is intended for current users who would like to get more information and power from the software.
Students will need:Pen/pencil, notebook

NIMS ICS – 100
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course will discuss the need for a management system during major emergencies and disasters. The student will learn the five functions of the ICS, the command staff functions, organizational structure of the ICS, common terminology used the ICS, responsibilities of emergency responders, and the facilities used in the ICS. The student will also learn what Multi-Agency Coordination Systems are and do; as well as, when Unified Command Systems are used.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

ICS - 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents 
Pre-requisite: ICS-200.A: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, Ver. 2, -OR- NIMS ICS for the Fire Service NFA (NICS-FS ), -OR- Incident Command System NFA (ICS) plus NIMS An Introduction (IS-700), -OR- NIMS ICS for Emergency Medical Services (NICS-EMS), -OR- Incident Command System for Emergency Medical Services NFA (ICS/EMS) plus NIMS An Introduction (IS-700), -OR- an equivalent course(s) accredited by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), National Fire Academy (NFA), National Wildland Coordinating Group (NWCG), US Coast Guard (USCG), or the National Park Service (NPS).
Purpose: This course is designed to provide overall incident management skills rather than tactical expertise. The course will cover the implementation of the incident management process on expanding incidents; define incident types, and the development of an Incident Action Plan. Determining capabilities to match Incident complexity will be discussed. When and how to add appropriate ICS positions to match the complexity of the incident will be explored. The use of Incident Management Teams will be discussed.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

ICS - 400: Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff, Complex Incidents and MACS
Pre-requisite:
 ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents or an equivalent 300 level course accredited by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), National Fire Academy (NFA), National Wildland Coordinating Group (NWCG), US Coast Guard (USCG), or the National Park Service (NPS).
Purpose: This course will discuss how major incidents pose special management challenges. It will explore the circumstances in which an Area Command is established and describe the circumstances in which multi-agency coordination systems are established.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

IS - 700
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course introduces the student to the National Incident Management System (NIMS); the need for NIMS, what NIMS is, and NIMS compliance. On February 29, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5, which directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer NIMS. This 4-hour course will answer the following questions:

  • What is NIMS?
  • Why do we need NIMS?
  • What are the concepts and principles of NIMS?
  • What are the components of NIMS?
  • What are the NIMS requirements?
  • What does our Fire Department need to do so we comply?

Although there is no pre-requisite, this course is principally designed to bring those already trained or experienced in the NFA ICS system "up-to-date" with the NIMS concept.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

NIMS IS - 800
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: On February 29, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5 which directed that the Department of Homeland Security develop a National Response Plan (NRP) to align Federal coordinating structures, capabilities, and resources into a unified, all- discipline, and all hazards approach to domestic incident management.
This 4 hour course will provide an overview of the National Response Plan and its correlation to NIMS via lecture and by Instructor led small group exercises and activities to address the following:

  • Roles and responsibilities of Federal, State, local, and tribal governments, and private-sector organizations.
  • Coordinating structures in the field and at the regional and national levels.
  • Field-level organizations and teams that support and manage an incident.
  • Incident management actions, including notification and assessment, activation, deployment, and demobilization.
  • Implementation schedule for the National Response Plan and its supporting protocols.

Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

 

NIMS Incident Command - Fire Service  (NICS-FS)
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter
Purpose: Incident Command is a concept given considerable attention within the fire service. This course will help students recognize the importance of an effective management system and understand the various components that provide the basis for that system. The requirements necessary to make the system functional will be discussed. With DHS assistance in providing and mandating a single ICS, this nation’s emergency response personnel will move in the direction of greater management harmony, which will ensure more effective management of America’s major emergencies. Many municipalities and boroughs are requiring emergency responders to complete IS-100, IS-200, and IS-700. Completion of this class will provide you with the IS-100 and IS-200 training.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Preparation for Initial Company Operations(replaces MCTO-P)
Pre-requisite: Interior Firefighter or Essentials or FFI Certification.
Purpose: The first in the series of programs designed to meet the needs of fire officers and crew leaders with responsibilities to manage the operations of one or more companies in structural fire fighting operations. This course will provide a basic foundation for the management of one or more companies operating at a structure fire emergency. The focus of these five modules is a review of basic concepts and development of proficiency in critical skills. Key content includes Roles and Responsibilities, Readiness, Communication, Building Construction and Fire Behavior Factors, and Pre-incident Preparation.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Principles of Building Construction Combustible (NFA) (BCP)
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training
Purpose: The overall goal of this course is to provide knowledge about the classification system of buildings, the importance of fire resistance for structural support elements, and the risks associated with performing fire-suppression activities inside and around buildings involved in fire. One additional major goal of this course is to enhance the skills of emergency response personnel so that they can read a building correctly and apply the information to the action plan for the incident. This course is intended for fire response personnel.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Propane Emergencies Operations (PPEO)
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter and training or certification to the OSHA/EPA Haz-Mat First Responder Operations level or greater. NOTE: Propane Emergencies Awareness (PPEA) is NOT a pre-requisite for this course; each course in this series is designed to be a stand-alone course. The material in PPEA is repeated in PPEO.
Purpose: This program has been designed for fire fighters and related emergency response personnel (such as entry-level haz-mat team members) whose duties meet OSHA definition of the Operations level of hazardous materials response. Students will learn about the basic properties and hazards of propane and liquefied petroleum gases, containment vessel characteristics, and control strategies for the more common types of propane emergencies (consistent with the limitations of the Operations level).
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Propane Gas Practical Exercise
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter, Propane Emergencies Operations (PPEO)
Purpose: This course is designed for the student who is competent in basic fire fighting skills such as hose line handling and SCBA, and who has a fundamental knowledge of propane/LNG and LNG container behavior under emergency conditions. It permits the material learned in the prerequisite SFA local level course, Propane Emergencies Operations (PPEO), to be applied to live-fire LNG scenarios using a variety of props.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Pump Operations I
Pre-requisite: Fire Ground Support or Intro to Safety and Training
Purpose: This course provides the fire fighter with an introduction to basic pump construction and theory as well as operating techniques in this course. Emphasis is placed on getting water to the pump, getting water from the pump for hose streams, and prevention of common mistakes in pump operations.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook and TOG

Pump Operations II
Pre-requisite: Pump Operations I
Purpose: This course is designed to instruct the student in advanced techniques of operating fire pumps. Topics covered include: friction loss, relay pumping, master and elevated master streams.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook and TOG

Rapid Intervention Crew Exercises
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter
Purpose: A comprehensive program dealing with the necessary knowledge and skills relative to firefighter rescue procedures needed for rapid intervention crews. Emphasis will be placed on RIC search techniques, victim assessment, victim removal, extrication, communication and accountability.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, PPE, SCBA with spare cylinder, PASS device.

Resource Accountability Responder Level
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This new PA State Fire Academy 3 hour course is designed for responders in public and industrial safety settings. The following topics are covered in 3 modules: what is accountability, why practice accountability, when should it be implemented, accountability models, how to track resources, SOPS, and scenarios.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Resource Accountability Officer
Pre-requisite: Resource Accountability Responder Level
Purpose: This course is designed for commanders, officers, section chiefs, branch directors and chiefs, and supervisors. The following topics are covered in 6 modules: what is accountability, why practice accountability, when should it be implemented, how to track resources in the field, SOPS, different systems and design set-ups, training plan, personal and single resource accountability, scene functional, emergency evacuation, site security, maintaining collection boards, officer’s role, demobilization and mutual aid accountability, PAR checks, and scenarios.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Rural Fire Ground Water Movement
Pre-requisite:
 Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training
Purpose: This course introduces the student to basic methods of water movement in the rural area for fire fighting. Tank trucks and large diameter hose are utilized. Safe, efficient and recommended methods are discussed, demonstrated, and practiced.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

RIT for the Fire Fighter
Pre-requisite:
 Essentials AND ROBR or RORE
Purpose: This course is designed for commanders, officers, section chiefs, branch directors and chiefs, and supervisors. The following topics are covered in 6 modules: what is accountability, why practice accountability, when should it be implemented, how to track resources in the field, SOPS, different systems and design set-ups, training plan, personal and single resource accountability, scene functional, emergency evacuation, site security, maintaining collection boards, officer’s role, demobilization and mutual aid accountability, PAR checks, and scenarios.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG, SCBA

SCBA Emergency Practices
Pre-requisite:Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter
Purpose:This program is designed to improve a fire fighter’s familiarity and proficiency with their SCBA through participation in various exercises, drills, and mazes. MAYDAY, fire fighter safety, SCBA history and equipment review/awareness will be covered, and evolutions will include (but are not limited to) donning, low profile, disentanglement and air consumption. Upon completion of the course, students will have confidence in their SCBA, as well as their own ability. While this program is not designed to fail, students unable to master the skills of the first day will not progress to the second day.
Students will need:Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA, pass device if not integrated, long pants and minimum short-sleeved shirt as dictated by ACFA dress code policy.

SIMCO Incident Command Simulator
Pre-requisite: Public Safety Experience
Purpose: Do you want to know if you could handle commanding an incident? Maybe the “Big One”? Now you can find out. The Simulated County (SIMCO) Incident Simulator is a table-top model that challenges the students to command a wide variety of incidents in a simulated city or town. You will be faced with making crucial decisions. Simco enhances experience and provides knowledge on which to base these decisions. This program will provide the experienced, and inexperienced, emergency responder with the opportunity to challenge themselves in a variety of scenarios including fire, hazmat, mass casualty incidents and others. The course will include a brief review of the Incident Command System followed by application of the IC system to incidents.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Structural Burn Session I
Students must submit the Consent Form with their application to be enrolled in this program.
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter
Purpose: This course will provide the student with review of the techniques used in safe fire fighting tactics in an actual structural fire environment. Emphasis is placed on safety for both interior and exterior operations.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Structural Burn Session II
Students must submit the Consent Form with their application to be enrolled in this program.
Pre-requisite: Structural Burn Session I and Essentials
Purpose: This course is designed for the student to use Integrated Fire Ground Attack (truck , engine, and command functions) positive pressure ventilation, 2 ½" handlines, leader lines, and blitz attacks in several different live fire training scenarios.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG, SCBA, spare cylinder

Structural Fire Rescue (SFR)
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter
Purpose: This course will instruct the student in methods of rescue of victims from buildings under fire conditions. Safe operations will be emphasized during drills under fire conditions.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Truck Company Operations I
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter
Purpose: This course will introduce the student to the basic duties of a truck company including hand and power tool operation, search and rescue, and ventilation. Truck company support to the engine company is also covered.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Truck Company Operations II
Fee: There is a $15 materials fee.
Pre-requisite: Truck Company Operations I
Purpose: This course will allow the student to practice and further refine his/her ability to effectively and safely perform the fire ground duties normally assigned to truck companies.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Ventilation Practices
Fee:There is a $10 class fee payable to CCAC for this program that must be submitted with the student's registration to be enrolled in this course. NO CASH ACCEPTED. Make checks payable to CCAC.
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter
Purpose: This course will provide the student with the knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently perform ventilation in various situations. The course will build on the basic ventilation concepts learned in the Essentials I Course or Interior Fire Fighter. Topics included: building construction, air movement, tools and their use, natural and forced ventilation, and negative and positive pressure ventilation.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

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Medical Courses 

CPR
Fee:
There is a $35 class fee. Make checks payable to John Steiminger.
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: BLS for healthcare provider uses materials from the American Heart Association which is a 2 year certification. This course includes (adult, child, and infant) procedures for the following: recognizing emergencies, chain of survival, checking for responsiveness, CPR (one and two person), rescue breathing, trauma jaw thrust, barrier devices, bag valve mask (BVM), and mouth to mask techniques, choking (conscious and unconscious), and automated external defibrillator (AED).
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Dept. of Health First Responder
Fee:  There is a $75 class fee. Make checks payable to CCAC.
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This is a training program in emergency medical care for first responders to an accident or medical emergency. The program provides general training, and  instruction in emergency medical care required at the scene of a traffic accident, assuming that the rescuer is not an EMT. The course is limited in scope with the various roles defined pertaining to legality, roles and responsibilities at an emergency scene. Examples of this include airway care, cardio-Pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), bleeding and prevention of shock. This course also includes a final written exam of knowledge and a final practical evaluation of skills.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Emergency Medical Technician
Fee:
There is a $125 materials fee payable to CCAC for this program that must be submitted with the student's registration to be enrolled in this course. NO CASH ACCEPTED.
Pre-requisite: Meet Basic Eligibility requirements of PA Dept. of Health
Purpose: This is the standard course of instruction approved by the PA Dept. of Health for the training of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s).   The written and practical examinations necessary for certification as an EMT by that agency are administered as part of the course.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

First Aid
Fee:
There is a $35 class fee. Make checks payable to John Steiminger.
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: Heart Saver First Aid uses materials from the American Heart Association which is a 2 year certification. This course contains four sections:
Section Onecontains general principles: responsibility and liability issues, BLS, safety, when and how to phone for help, finding the problem with patients and after the emergency is over.
Section Twocontains medical emergencies: allergic reactions, chest pains, breathing problems, heart attacks, fainting, diabetes, strokes, and seizures.
Sections Threecontains injury emergencies: bleeding (external and internal), nosebleeds, bleeding in the mouth, impaled objects, amputations, shock, head and spine injures, burns, and broken bones.
Section Fourcontains environmental emergencies: bite (animals and human), stings, snake bites, ticks, cold and heart related emergencies, hypothermia, and poisons.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

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Rescue Courses 

1006 Core Prep
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course will prepare a candidate for the practical skills exam which encompasses the following areas: Search Control and Resource Management; Conducting a Search; Helicopter Ground Search; Patient Triage, Assessment and Stabilization; Low-Angle Patient Evacuation; Equipment Inspection and Maintenance; Knots; Single Point Anchor and Simple Mechanical Advantage Systems; Team Direction in Using a Simple Mechanical Advantage System; and Construction and Operation of a Belay System. Any candidate wishing to be recognized as a Rescue Technician must successfully pass the written and practical/skills exams for the Rescue Technician - General Requirements (NFPA 1006 Chapter 6).
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG.

Basic Vehicle Rescue Courses
Courses taken separately but sequentially:
     BVRA - Basic Vehicle Rescue Awareness
      BVRO - Basic Vehicle Rescue Operations
      BVRT - Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician
48-hour Course:
      BVRC - Basic Vehicle Rescue Complete

Basic Rescue Practices Bridge Course/PA Essentials
Pre-requisite: Essentials or Interior Fire Fighter or certification as a Fire Fighter I or II by a NBFSPQ or IFSAC accepted entity.
Purpose: This course is designed to allow persons who have successfully completed Essentials of Fire Fighting (or demonstrated their competency by certifying as a Fire Fighter I or II) to acquire the additional knowledge and skills required to certify as a Basic Rescue Technician under the Department of Health Rescue program.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Basic Vehicle Rescue Course (BVR Tech)
Pre-requisite: Must be 18 years as of opening day of class.
Fee: There is a $50 charge payable to CCAC for this program that must be submitted with the student's registration to be enrolled in this course. NO CASH ACCEPTED.
Purpose: This module contains all materials necessary to meet the needs of fire, rescue and ambulance services currently providing for vehicle rescue operations on our highways. While not teaching patient care, i.e. medical treatment, this program will provide those rescue personnel with no formal medical training with a strong orientation to patient related rescue. The Vehicle Rescue Training Module places emphasis upon the development of knowledge and skills to be used by rescue personnel to achieve a safe and efficient vehicle rescue operation.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook and TOG

Special Vehicle Rescue Course (SVR)
Pre-requisite:
DOH VR or BVRT or BVRC
Purpose: This course will prepare the student who is knowledgeable in basic vehicle rescue operations to deal with large scale vehicle accidents in a safe, effective, patient-oriented manner.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Confined Space Rescue
Pre-requisite: Persons attending this program should have experience, expertise, or training in subjects such as respiratory protection equipment including SCBA and/or rope
rescue or rigging techniques. REPA and RORA are preferred prerequisites.
Purpose: This 16 hour program deals primarily with rescues involving confined spaces. Subjects include definition, regulations, identification, needs, psychology, and techniques. Practical application of rescue techniques are practiced in real confined spaces.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook. Additional list will be supplied to students on the first day of class.

Elevator Rescue Awareness
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service (ELIS)
Purpose: This course will introduce the basic knowledge and skills to be used by fire fighters during incidents in structures with elevators, and by rescue personnel to achieve a safe and efficient rescue during elevator incidents.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook.

Highway Incident Scene Safety and Management
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service (ELIS)
Purpose: Students completing this course will be able to enhance responder and public safety at motor vehicle accidents and other highway incidents by implementing responder safe work practices and establishing emergency operations work zones that allow for restricted traffic movement options (versus full road closure) to be implemented wherever possible.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook and TOG

Ice Rescue
Pre-requisite: Water Rescue I
Purpose: This course is designed to survey the concerns associated with ice rescue and give the individual an idea of what is expected of a rescuer in an ice environment. The rescuer will realize the danger and difficulties associated with ice rescue. The students will participate in both on shore and in water/on ice evolutions. Course consists of lecture and practical sessions at a pool and on ice. Students must be prepared to engage in strenuous activities in EXTREME weather and water conditions. Students with a heart condition, respiratory problem, bad back, seizure activity, high blood pressure, or any other limiting ailment should not attempt, and will not be permitted to participate.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook.

Life Flight Safety Program (Medical Aircraft Safety)
Pre-requisite: Work in public safety and currently affiliated with an ambulance service, fire department or police department.
Purpose: This course will introduce the student to the procedures for landing helicopters at scenes of emergency with a focus on potential hazards.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Rope Rescue - Basic Rigging (ROBR)
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training
Purpose: This course will be introduced to rope, rope hardware, patent packaging, and basic haul systems, which can be used in various aspects of rescue. The intent of this course is to provide rope and basic rigging experience for anyone interested in rope rescue, but particularly those who do not want to, or are unable to rappel.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Rope Rescue - Advanced Rigging
Pre-requisite: ROBR
Purpose: This course will be introduced to rope, rope hardware, patent packaging, and basic haul systems, which can be used in various aspects of rescue. The intent of this course is to provide rope and basic rigging experience for anyone interested in rope rescue, but particularly those who do not want to, or are unable to rappel.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Rope and High Angle Rescue I (RORE)
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training, or DOH First Responder or equivalent
Purpose: This course provides an introduction to rope, basic rope construction, knots, safe rappelling techniques, and basic haul systems construction.
Students will need: List will be supplied to students on the first day of class.

Rope and High Angle Rescue II (RORA)
Pre-requisite: Rope and High Angle Rescue I or Basic Rescue Practices
Purpose: This course re-introduces the various types of rescue equipment. Students will be trained in: mechanical advantage systems, safeties, basic ascending, basic rappelling technique and tie-offs with rappel rack, rope changes, and one person rescue. The students will perform a low angle raise and lower evolutions simulating patient transport on embankments. Most of the program is hands-on and time is allotted for practice in order to build proficiency.
Students will need: Helmet, work boots, eye protection, work gloves

Rope and High Angle Rescue III
Pre-requisite:
Rope and High Angle Rescue II
Purpose: Students in this course will be re-introduced to the basics of RORE and RORA.  Students will be trained in critical angles advanced vertical rigging, picketing, load distributing anchor systems, tie-backs, artificial anchors, rigging a stokes for vertical lifts, passing a knot in a raising/lowering system, tying a patient in to a stokes while hanging on a vertical wall.  Most of the program is hands on and time is allotted for practice in order to build proficiency.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, boots, helmet, eye protection, rope gloves

Rope and High Angle Rescue IV
Pre-requisite:
Rope and High Angle Rescue III
Purpose: Students in this course will be re-introduced to the basic skills of RORE, RORA, and Rope Level 3.  Students will be trained in critical angles as they pertain to highlines, single, and dual rope highlines, english reeves, and the operations of highlines. Most of the program is hands on and time is allotted for practice in order to build proficiency.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Rope and High Angle Rescue V
Pre-requisite:
Rope and High Angle Rescue IV
Purpose: Students will be re-introduced to all of the phases of rope/vertical rescues. This course is made up of multiple rescue scenarios. Students will be given a scenario with different students put in command and rotated to various other parts of the team to accomplish the rescues. Scenarios will include; low angle, vertical highline and English reeves rescues. To build proficiency, most of the program includes supervised hands-on activities.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Rope and High Angle Rescue VI
Pre-requisite:
Rope and High Angle Rescue IV
Purpose: Students in this class will be re-introduced to the basics during adverse conditions, these include; tying knots, basic rappel, tie-off systems, change ropes, self-rescue, stokes tie-in, raising, lowering systems, english reeves. A large portion of this course is hands on and time is allotted for additional practice.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Structural Collapse Operations Level I
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course will familiarize students with operations at the scene of a structural collapse. It prepares them to function effectively during the first stages of such an emergency, and if necessary, effectively integrated with specialized Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams, activities. Situation assessment, location and using available resources and personnel safety are stressed.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook.

Structural Collapse Operations Level II
Fee: There is a $30 materials fee payable to CCAC for this program that must be submitted with the student's registration to be enrolled in this course. NO CASH ACCEPTED.
Pre-requisite: Structural Collapse Operations Level I
Purpose: This course gives rescue personnel the knowledge and skills to operate effectively at incidents involving the collapse of light frame and heavy wall structures. The course contains considerable hands-on instruction in situation assessment, emergency shoring and stabilization, breaching building materials and patient packaging and extrication.
Students will need: Pen/pencil; notebook; work clothes; head, hand, eye, ear, and foot protection.

Tower Rescue Operations
Pre-requisite:
 ROBR and RORE or RORA
Purpose: This class will be refreshed on basic knots and raising and lowering systems. They will also be introduced to the hazards of Tower Rescue and the OSHA standards applying to the work to be done to perform Tower Rescues, lock-out tag-out, preplanning, PPE, different climbing and lowering techniques used for Tower Rescue. Students will learn the different instruction and uses of Towers.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, boots, helmet, eye protection, rope gloves.

Tower Rescue Technician
Pre-requisite:
 Tower Rescue Operations
Purpose: This class will be refreshed on basic knots and raising and lowering systems.  They will also be refreshed to the hazards of Tower Rescue and the OSHA standards applying to the work to be done to perform Tower Rescues, lock-out tag-out, preplanning, PPE, different climbing and lowering techniques both ground based and tower based using multiple pitches and transfers on the tower used for Tower Rescue. Also the use of immobilization devices.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, boots, helmet, eye protection, rope gloves.

Trench Rescue
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training or equivalent discipline-specific training in occupational safety.
Purpose: This course will introduce the student to the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively perform complex rescue operations in collapsed trench excavations. Course work will include practical drills and demonstration in simulated trench excavations.
Students will need: List will be supplied to students upon enrollment.

Vehicle Rescue Refresher and Technology Review
Pre-requisite:
 None
Purpose: This course is intended for personnel who have already taken a vehicle rescue course in the past. Through a series of classroom lecture/discussion and practical activity, VRTU will give a needed review of the concepts of vehicle rescue, and an awareness of the new vehicle designs and technology, new tool design and technology, and new disentanglement techniques to deal with the air bag locations.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Water Rescue and Emergency Response I
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service or Intro to Safety and Training, CPR and the ability to swim continuously for 50 yards
Purpose: This 16-hour program involves the basic knowledge and skills necessary for rescuers who are or may be called upon to perform water rescues. Students will become familiar with planning for water emergencies, dynamics of moving water, medical conditions, personal safety, and fundamental rescue techniques (self and shore based rescue).
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook and a rented wet suit

Water Rescue Awareness
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course will provide the public safety first responder with the knowledge of the intrinsic and unique dangers of response to a water related incident. Emphasis will be placed on the water environment and the proper personal protective equipment to be used at these events. 

Wilderness Search and Rescue/Search Responder
Pre-requisite: Intro to the Fire Service (ELIS)
Purpose: This course is presented in a combination of classroom and field work to present basic search operation techniques and organizational skills to the first responding units on a lost person incident.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, long pants, and sturdy shoes.

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Hazardous Materials Courses (Haz-Mat) 

Air Monitoring/Detection (Intermediate)
Pre-requisite: Haz-Mat Operations
Purpose:
Those participating in this course will enhance their understanding of ethanol and blended fuel products. Ethanol is not a new hazard to emergency responders but the potential has grown over the last several years due to increased usage. Locally we fixed ethanol storage facilities, and ethanol being transported via truck, train and now barges. Discussion will include but not be limited to a basic knowledge of ethanol, different types of foam used to extinguish ethanol fires, application rates, and proper foam application methods.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Air Monitoring/Detection (Advanced)
Pre-requisite: Intermediate Air Monitoring
Purpose: Recent technological advances and funding increases have led to a dramatic increase in detection instrumentation that hazardous materials technicians use.  This program will cover all of the major detection techniques, including colorimetric detectors and papers, electrochemical sensors, ionization detectors, ion mobility spectroscopy, surface acoustic wave detectors, flame photometric detectors, gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, atomic absorption, Raman scattering, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.  This course starts with lecture, followed by skills stations and field exercises, and then ends with a final exercise.  More than 50% of the class time is hands on training and exercises.
This course is Department of Homeland Security (DHS) accepted and applicable to the use of DHS grant funds.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Barges and Waterways
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course is designed to prepare the emergency responder to handle emergencies (mainly Haz-Mat) on the area’s waterways. Discussion will include but not be limited to boat and barge design and enhancing the responders ability in handling incidents involving one of these vessels during water and river responses.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Chlorine Emergencies
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: This course covers the uses of chlorine, manufacturing of chlorine, properties of chlorine, health effects and first aid procedures, contingency planning, container construction, personal protective equipment, site management, and use of chlorine kits, followed by hands on scenarios.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, PPE, and SCBA, spare cylinder (optional)

Corrosives and Caustics
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: This program is designed to provide Haz-Mat responders with the information necessary to properly handle emergencies involving Corrosives and Caustics. Topics include but are not limited to which PPE to wear to avoid exposure to corrosive chemicals, chemical burns and the damage they inflict on body tissue, and protection of the respiratory system.  Students will be instructed in the proper use of PH paper to determine the strength of corrosives and caustics, and the techniques/ratios used for dilution or neutralization of these materials to make the incident safe.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Damming and Diking Operations
Pre-requisite: Haz-Mat Operations
Purpose: At many Haz-Mat emergencies, damning and diking is an essential operation that needs to be completed effectively to produce good outcomes. This seminar will enhance the student’s abilities to accomplish this vital task. It is important that Fire and Haz-Mat personnel be knowledgeable of proper damming and diking techniques. Course topics will include over and under dams and construction of retention ponds to prevent the spread of contamination.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Decontamination Practices
Pre-requisite: Haz-Mat Operations
Purpose: Upon successful completion of this course, the student shall be able to identify and demonstrate proper levels of PPE as they relate to Decon. They will also be able to identify and demonstrate proper decontamination procedures in various scenarios. This is a hands-on program, developing proficiencies when working with hazardous material and WMD emergencies, to assist Haz-Mat Teams and Strike Teams at the Operations Level. This will be done with drills in setting up zones, identifying material and its properties, and identifying levels of protective clothing necessary. Drills in proper types of decontamination will be included. This will be achieved using as many items commonly available or easily accessibly to fire personnel and Haz-Mat Teams.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Ethanol Hazards and Foam Operations
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: Those participating in this course will enhance their understanding of ethanol and blended fuel products. Ethanol is not a new hazard to emergency responders but the potential has grown over the last several years due to increased usage. Locally we fixed ethanol storage facilities, and ethanol being transported via truck, train and now barges. Discussion will include but not be limited to a basic knowledge of ethanol, different types of foam used to extinguish ethanol fires, application rates, and proper foam application methods.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Fixed Facilities and Pipe Lines
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course is designed to prepare Haz-Mat team members to respond to leaks, spills or other damage to storage tanks or at bulk facilities. With the variety of chemicals that are stored in tanks or at bulk facilities for processing or being used as distribution centers, responders need to be prepared. Additional discussion will include pipeline emergencies, which occur on a regular basis as underground pipes get older or are struck during excavation.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Gasoline Tanker Emergencies
Pre-requisite: Haz-Mat Operations
Purpose: The Gasoline Tank Truck emergencies program will address the hazards of the fuels carried, the MC 406/DOT 306 trailer, and safe procedures in dealing with fire and no fire emergencies.
Students will need: TOG

Hazardous Materials Awareness Level (Delmar - DHMA)
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders charged with response actions associated with hazardous materials releases. Student will learn and adapt the knowledge and skill requirements for effective scene and response management.  The goal of this program is to provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 4 Competencies for the First Responder at the Awareness Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Awareness Level.  This program is designed to give the first responder the necessary skills to handle hazardous materials emergencies.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Hazardous Materials Awareness Refresher (Delmar - DHMAR)
Pre-requisite:
 Haz-Mat Awareness
Purpose: The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders charged with response actions associated with hazardous materials releases. Student will learn and adapt the knowledge and skill requirements for effective scene and response management.  The goal of this program is to provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 4 Competencies for the First Responder at the Awareness Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Awareness Level.  This program is designed to give the first responder the necessary skills to handle hazardous materials emergencies.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Hazardous Materials Operations (Delmar - DHMO)
Pre-requisite: Haz-Mat Awareness
Purpose: The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders charged with response actions associated with hazardous materials releases. Student will learn and adapt the knowledge and skill requirements for effective scene and response management.  This program is designed to train and educate the student in hazardous materials response at the Hazardous Materials Operations level and in accordance with NFPA 472 of 2008 and 29 CFR 1910.120.  This program is designed to give the first responder the necessary skills to handle hazardous materials emergencies.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Hazardous Materials Operations Level Refresher (Delmar - DHMOR)
Pre-requisite: Haz-Mat Operations
Purpose: The primary target audiences for this course are the First Responders who have successfully completed a Hazardous Materials Operations course. Student will review the knowledge and skill requirements for effective scene and response management.  This course will  provide the First Responder with the refresher training needed to comply with NFPA 472  Competencies for the First Responder at the Operations Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Operations Level annual refresher training.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Hazardous Materials Research
Pre-requisite: Haz-Mat Operations
Purpose: This course will cover the use of research manuals, computer programs, material safety data sheets, Chemtrac, and aid from outside manufacturers to acquire information regarding the materials at your incident. This information is necessary for proper selection of PPE and proper decons solutions/techniques. Because a large amount of our information is loaded on to our Haz-Mat computers, much of the class will train individuals in use of the software and programs provided. This training meets two of the requirements of Level II training.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG and SCBA

Haz-Mat Suits and Levels of Protection
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: This course will include the selection and use of chemical protective clothing at all levels, with special emphases on Level–A protection.  Participants will practice donning and doffing, working in chemical suits, and dealing with in-suit emergencies.  This course is accredited to Technician Level III.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Hazardous Materials Technician
Pre-requisite: Haz-Mat Operations
Purpose: This technician course will expand the knowledge of the emergency responder at the Operations Level. Information gained in this program will include most importantly, the health and safety of the responder and hazardous materials management systems. Hazard and risk evaluation, and the proper choice, use of personnel protective clothing, equipment will also be explained and covered in field exercises. The need for information management and resources coordination, along with implementation of response objectives, decontamination, and terminating the incident will be explained in class and supported with practical exercise.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher
Pre-requisite:
 Haz-Mat Operations
Purpose: This course will provide students with 8 hours of review on knowledge of the emergency responder at the operations level.  Information gained in this program will include most importantly, the health and safety of the responder and hazardous materials management systems. Hazard and risk evaluation, and the proper choice, use of personnel protective clothing, equipment will also be explained and covered in field exercises.  The need for information management and resources coordination, along with implementation of response objectives, decontamination, and terminating the incident will be explained in class and supported with practical exercise.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Interstate Highway Response
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: Course is designed to educate the responder on how to properly and safely operate at Roadway Incidents. Special emphasis is placed on highways and limited access Highways. Best practices will be presented and students will be able to practice skills learned in a tabletop exercise.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Introduction to Explosive Devices
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This awareness procedure course will help the first responder to survive when a bomb threat has been made and the proper steps to take when a device has been discovered.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

NIOSH
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. NIOSH is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services. This course will teach the fire fighter how NIOSH relates to the fire service. Discussion will center on NIOSH's regulatory authority on equipment, industry standards and health and safety issues as it relates to the fire service.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Prevention and Response to Suicide Bombers
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: As changes occur everyday in the world we live in emergency responders need to be prepared to handle an increased variety of incidents. One of those is the suicide bomber, which is for the most part a law enforcement issue. But the Haz-Mat team or fire department may be requested to respond depending on the situation and what materials are in the immediate area of the potential blast. A key compound of this training session is responder safety.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Radiological Response Team Initial Course (RRT Initial)
Pre-requisite:
FEMA Independent Study (IS-3) Radiological Emergency Management and FEMA Independent Study (IS-100) Basic Incident Command System
Purpose: This course will provide participants with an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of radiological response team members, describe the framework within which the radiological response team functions, provide fundamental knowledge of radiation and its affects, proper initial assessment/size-up procedures for a RAM incident.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Radiological Response Team Refresher Course (RRT)
Pre-requisite:
HM RRT Initial or RRT Intial
Purpose: This course is to provide the participants with an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of radiological response team members, describe the framework within which the radiological response team functions provide fundamental knowledge of radiation and its affects, proper initial assessment/size-up procedures for a RAM incident.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Railroad Containers
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course will enable students to safely work around railcars. The student will be able to recognize pressure and non pressure cars as well as specialized cars. The students will be able to determine the location of important information on the various railcars.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Railroad Emergencies
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course will provide the student with the common railroad terminology in reference to the rail cars and their fittings; in addition this class will educate you in pressure, non-pressure cars and specialty cars (chlorine, etc.). Today in rail transportation hauling intermodals is a common practice; this course will enhance your knowledge of these containers.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Railroad Tank Car Awareness (Norfolk Southern)
Pre-quisite: None
Purpose: This will provide Emergency Responders with knowledge that will help them in case of an incident on a railroad. Tank car valves and fittings will be covered using the slides and actual examples on the Norfolk Southern training trailer.
This will include the following subjects:
  1. How the Norfolk Southern responds to an incident and fits into an Incident Command Structure.
  2. How to contact Norfolk Southern in case of an emergency
  3. Safety rules when working on or near a railroad
  4. What the paperwork carried on trains looks like and how to read it
  5. Information about locomotives
  6. Information about railcars
  7. Tank car valves and fittings
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG 

Railroad Tank Cars
Pre-quisite: None
Purpose: This course is being offered to assist in identifying the various types of tank cars generally used to transport hazardous materials; to provide nomenclature commonly used for various loading/unloading fittings, safety devices, etc.; and to provide basic considerations in the event of leakage from a tank or its fittings. This class is designed to educate the students in tank car anatomy and fittings.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Suicide Bombers
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: As changes occur everyday in the world we live in, emergency responders need to be prepared to handle an increased variety of incidents. One of those is the suicide bomber, which is for the most part a law enforcement issue. But the Haz-Mat team or fire department may be requested to respond depending on the situation and what materials are in the immediate area of the potential blast. A key compound of this training session is responder safety.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Suits and Levels of Protection
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course will include the selection and use of chemical protective clothing at all levels, with special emphasis on Level–A protection. Participants will practice donning and doffing, working in chemical suits, and dealing with in-suit emergencies. This course is accredited to Technician Level III.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Terrorism Awareness/Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: Any location, urban, suburban, or rural, has the potential for involvement in terrorist activity, either intentionally as a target or accidentally by virtue of terrorists basing themselves or traveling through our communities.  This course is designed to make all emergency responders aware of the potential for such activity and how it impacts on our jobs as emergency responders.

The four hour performance level Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings course provides basic information on explosive and incendiary devices that could be used as terrorist weapons.

Classroom topics include:

  • Understanding the terrorist threat
  • Improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
  • Safety issues
  • Departmental or agency policies to ensure compliance with local requirements

Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Emergency Response to Terrorism – Tactical Considerations –Hazardous Materials (NFA)
Pre-requisite:One of the following: FEMA’s Basic Concepts course (ERT: BC) or self study course (ERT: SS) or PSFA Terrorism Operations (TODP). Students must also be certified by their employers at the Hazardous Materials Technician or Specialist Level per OSHA 29 CFR1910.120 [q] /EPA 40 CFR 311.
Purpose: This course was designed for the first-on-the-scene career or volunteer hazardous materials technician or persons with hazardous materials responsibilities for developing initial tactical considerations. The student will be trained in security considerations, identifying signs of terrorism, anticipating unusual response circumstances, assessing information and taking corrective actions, and importantly determining strategies for survival. The student will also apply his/her knowledge about response to Biological, Nuclear, Incendiary, Chemical, and Explosive (B-NICE) events: identifying and preserving evidence, managing site safety, mitigating the incident, documenting the event, and debriefing personnel.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Terrorism Operations
Pre-requisite: Terrorism Awareness
Purpose:
This course is designed to build upon the knowledge gained in Terrorism Awareness by preparing the student to select appropriate response actions consistent with Operations Level in event of a terrorist incident, especially one involving a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD).
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Toxics and Pesticides
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: The effects of exposure to toxins and pesticides can subject to the body to seven different types of harm. Therefore it is important that the Haz-Mat responders are aware of these effects and take preventive actions to protect themselves and the public. This course will cover hazard recognition, signs, symptoms, environmental effects, spill control, information resources for these types of incidents. Discussion will include proper PPE and other protective actions; toxicity concerns (exposure values, carcinogens); monitoring (radioactivity, flammability, IDLH, and STEL values) and sampling.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

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Seminars 

Bus Emergencies
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: The Port Authority of Allegheny County provides transportation to approximately 260,000 people every weekday. Transportation is provided via transit bus, light rail and inclined plane. The System Safety staff has developed specific training based on mode of transportation.
The Light Rail System training is designed to give responders a basic knowledge of railroad layout, terminology and the Overhead Power System. Fire / life safety features of the Light Rail Vehicles (LRV's) will be also be reviewed including access, emergency egress and emergency shut down and power removal.
-The Bus portion of the training provides a responder with knowledge to safely secure a bus and immediate area, gain entry into the bus, locate and identify bus components and emergency features and to be aware of critical precautions. As time and attendee number permits, a practical demonstration of the hybrid (diesel - electric) bus can be included.
-Port Authority of Allegheny County Mass Transit Vehicle Emergency Response Guide books will be distributed. Other response-related handouts will also be available.

Chemical Suicides
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: This three hour seminar will examine the recent types of suicides involving dangerous chemicals. Commonalities and how first responders should approach these incidents will be discussed. Additionally, several case studies will be presented.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Company Training Officer - So You're the Training Officer, Now What?
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: This three hour seminar will focus on informing the fire department training officer with the duties of that office. The program will define the role of the training officer within the fire department NFPA standards referring to the training officer will be cited as a guide for that particular job. Federal, State and local training standards will be presented as they relate to the fire department members. Some of the equipment needed for a good training program will be discussed. Areas where the training officer can get guidance or ideas will be revealed. Ideas on how to set up a training system within your department will be presented. Lesson planning will also be discussed.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Duquesne Light Safety
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: This course provides instruction on how to deal with emergencies “live” electrical wires and/or equipment. It will also provide the fire fighter with knowledge of the proper ways to handle electrical emergencies.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Emergency Responders and Electricity
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: This course provides instruction on how to deal with emergencies involving “live” electrical wires and/or equipment.  It will also provide the fire fighter with knowledge of the proper ways to handle electrical emergencies.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Emergency Services Rehab
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: Please join Shane Spielvogle and Scott Dolan UPMC Pre-hospital Care Team as they share research related to the effectiveness of conducting emergency services rehab. This scientifically driven course will outline basic principles that need applied to increase responder safety at incidents of all sizes.
Target audience: EMS, Fire, and Hazmat.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Equitable Gas Seminar
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: The EQT Awareness presentation is designed to build familiarity with Marcellus Shale development for emergency services professionals. It will give a general overview of each onsite process needed to complete a well. EQT representatives will start with the initial response process, including how to find a site where the incident occurred and what to do upon arrival. The presentation breaks the process down into 5 steps: Construction, Drilling, Fracturing preparation, Fracturing, and Flow back & Completions. The purpose of the presentation is not just to build awareness of processes and hazards but also educate about the daily activities associated with development. The presentation will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on how many questions are asked. We also hope to build relationships and give responders the ability to call us directly with any issues or incidents.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG

Evaluator Workshop
Pre-requisite:
The evaluator must be certified in one or more of these certifications levels: Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, Fire Instructor I, Haz-Mat Awareness, and Haz-Mat Operations. Must complete State Evaluator Application, available by request - call (412) 931-3158 ext 3.

Purpose: This class is for those wishing to evaluate Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, Fire Instructor I, Driver/Operator – Pumper, Hazardous Materials Operations, Hazardous Materials Technician, Rescue Technician – General, and Rescue Technician – Vehicle & Machinery Certifications. This class will review all the procedures for each testing station and the policy of the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy. The student will also learn how to properly evaluate a candidate, and present themselves in the evaluation environment. The evaluator must be NBFSPQ and IFSAC certified in the certifications level in which they intend to evaluate.

Long Program: This course was designed to provide information on the administration of certification testing in PA. Participants will learn the proper techniques for evaluating candidates through the information presented, review of skill sheets and observation/evaluation of video clips of actual testing of skill stations. This course is designed for NEW Evaluators.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Short Program: The annual workshop is a requirement for all evaluators who wish to continue evaluating certification testing. The purpose of this workshop is to provide current evaluators with standardized information in regards to the certification program. Information focuses on changes in administrative policies and procedures, skill sheets and the NFPA standards which pertain to the evaluation process for certification testing. Individuals attending this program will demonstrate an understanding of the administration and goals of the PA Certification Program; and their ability to evaluate fairly, consistently and safely.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Gas and CO Emergencies - Columbia Gas Co.
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course is being presented by Columbia Gas and will teach the student what to do when there are a natural gas odors or leak in structure. This class will also teach the student how to handle CO calls and the dangers assisted with these types of calls. The information in this course has been updated with new procedures and protocols from the gas company.

Gear Inspection (Advanced, NFPA 1851)
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: To comply with NFPA 1851, fire departments must develop a program for "… selection, care and maintenance of structural fire fighting ensembles and … elements," which includes coats, trousers, coveralls, helmets, gloves, boots, etc. Advanced inspections must be performed whenever a routine inspection reveals a problem, or at least every 12 months.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Fire Scene Awareness and Preservation
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: The purpose of this course of instruction is to provide first responding fire department, police, and emergency medical service personnel with the tools necessary to effectively evaluate emergency scenes as possible crime scenes, and when necessary to effectively take action to preserve crime scenes; leading to a greater coordination between first responders and fire department line officers with criminal investigators. This course of instruction will cover various crime scene typologies including arson scenes, homicide scenes, vehicular homicide scenes, suicide scenes, and general investigative scenes. Course topics will include crime scene identification and preservation, evidence identification and preservation, crime scene legal considerations, explosive devices, and Crime scene unit response.

Hero to Zero
Prerequisite: None
Purpose: This PowerPoint based course discusses the following topics:

  • Understanding the fire fighter arson problem
  • Motives of fire setting
  • Know why some fire fighters commit arson
  • Effect of fire fighter arson on community and fire service
  • Understand the Pennsylvania arson statute
  • Basic profile of the fire fighter arsonist
  • Know the fire service’s responsibility in preventing fire fighter arsonists
  • Know what action to take when a fire fighter is suspected

How to Become an Instructor
Pre-requisite:
None
Purpose: This three (3) hour seminar will address the questions and concerns of the process in becoming a Pennsylvania State Fire Academy accredited instructor.  An outline of the process and progression will be presented.  Additionally, how to become associated with this and other Educational Training Agencie will be addressed.  Both Pennsylvania State and Allegheny County Fire Academy staff will be present.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Hybrid Vehicle Rescue Update
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course will debunk a lot of the myths and rumors about vehicle extrication form Hybrid vehicles. This will discuss the different types of hybrids, future hybrids, new airbag technology and other new car technology that will affect vehicle rescue. We will also examine other hazards at a vehicle crash and discuss hazard mitigation.

Hydrant Operations and Water Systems
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This class will present information on the different hydrants with in West View Water System along with their operating procedures and the effect they can have on the water system and fire dept equipment. The authority policy on the use of hydrant and maintenance program and how the fire department is part of our maintenance program.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook

Legal Aspects for Chiefs and Command Officers
Prerequisite:  None
Purpose: This 8-hour seminar will study skills for Fire Command officers in:

  • The current “Impact” Laws – NFPA Standards, OSHA Standards, Mutual  Aid Agreements, SOG’s/SOO’s/SRG’s
  • Other real issues impacting management and control of emergencies, disasters and fire
  • Providing each Command Officer with a structure to perform an analysis of risk  exposure (legal, financial and practical)
  • Identifying critical, legal, and command control problems facing Fire Officers within Pennsylvania
  • Fire Command:  How to Improve Command and Control by Fire Officers
  • How effect change and be an effective officer

MSA Maintenance
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course is excellent for the fire fighters responsible for the maintenance of the fire departments breathing apparatus. This will provide the student with a new awareness and the confidence to properly maintain these critical apparatus. Emphasis is especially placed on general maintenance and repairs permitted by those qualified. Instructed by a certified Mine Safety Appliance personnel.

Natural Gas Emergencies (sponsored by Columbia Gas)
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose:This eight hour program will start with four hours of classroom training at the ACFA, followed by four hours of practical fire suppression training at Columbia Gas’ Training Facility in Ellwood City, PA. Students will be shown the dangers of natural gas, and techniques on how to control these incidents.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook, TOG, SCBA.

Operational Security for the First Responder
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course was developed by IOSS (The Interagency OPSEC Support Staff). It is vetted by the NSA, DOD, DHS, etc. Operations Security (OPSEC) is an analytic process used to deny an adversary information - generally unclassified - concerning our intentions and capabilities by identifying, controlling, and protecting indicators associated with our planning processes or operations. OPSEC does not replace other security disciplines - it supplements them. This class will provide an introduction and overview of the OPSEC process with applications to local fire, police, EMS and HAZMAT operations.

Pet CPR
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This 2 hour seminar is designed to provide individuals with the basic life support skills for domesticated animals. CPR and vital signs will be demonstrated and discussed. NOTE: Please do not bring animals with you to class.
Students will need: Pen/pencil, notebook.

Post Blast Emergency Scenes - Fire Fighters Response
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This course is designed to increase the fire fighter’s awareness of hazards and protection of evidence when they respond to an incident and find the reported explosion was a result of a bomb. The presence of unconsumed explosives can create a significant danger to an untrained person. And because of the bomb, this is now a crime scene. While entering and exiting the scene, the fire fighters could either disturb the evidence by moving it or could remove from the area if it sticks to their boots and turn-out gear.

Rapid Intervention Teams
Pre-requisite: Intro to Safety and Training (IST) or Intro to the Fire Service
Purpose: This program is designed to prepare fire department personnel for implementation of a stand-by rescue team at structure fires and certain other especially hazardous incidents. The course content relies heavily on the successful experiences of departments which have implemented and utilized the concept.

Scene Size Up
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: When arriving at the scene of a fire or emergency, every firefighter, officer and chief is responsible for a size up of the entire situation: our life safety and that of the public we serve is depending upon our diligence. This program will cover some of the acronyms that are being used today along with other clues that can stimulate and initiate the thought process of characterizing priorities of operations upon arrival.

Specifying An Emergency Vehicle
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose:  This 3 hour seminar is designed to assist fire department members tasked writing specifications for rehabbing an older apparatus or designing a new fire or emergency apparatus.  This course will detail some of the highlights of new apparatus, and outline some of the construction requirements for new apparatus.

Survival Skills for Volunteer & Combination Fire Officers
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: This program will provide senior level and chief fire officers in volunteer and combination fire departments with the basic skills needed to survive in today's competitive environment. This interactive program will cover topics such as the recruitment, retention, and rewarding of volunteers; how to effectively deal with the newer generation of fire fighter; building community equity and support; 21st Century leadership, and fire department marketing.

Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition (VRSR)
Pre-requisite: None
Purpose: The Pennsylvania Voluntary Rescue Service Recognition (VRSR) Program was prepared by the Rescue Task Force of the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC) under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (Bureau of EMS). The first phase of the program is the implementation of the vehicle rescue section. The purpose of this program is to recognize those emergency services that can safely and efficiently perform rescue operations on the highways of Pennsylvania. The second phase of the VRSR is the Swiftwater/Flood Management component. This component is designed to establish standards for water rescue and flood evacuation services. Future recognition will grow to include additional specialty rescue disciplines such as structural collapse rescue, confined space rescue, industrial rescue, rope rescue, commercial vehicle rescue, trench rescue wilderness rescue, subterranean rescue and dive rescue. It is the intent of this program to recognized emergency service organizations in any one or more combinations of any or all disciplines included in the program. This document not only takes into account the equipment and rescue hardware requirements of specialty rescue, but includes minimum manpower, training and education requirements.