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List of Courses

Basic Firefighter Skills

Hours:

36

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

Description:

This course will cover the necessary skills for basic firefighting operations. While some class time will be devoted to lecture, the majority of class time will be spent building students’ skills and competencies through practical applications. Topics will include orientation and communication, firefighter safety, fire behavior, breathing apparatus, ladders, hose and nozzles, water supply and pump operations, forcible entry and ventilation, salvage and overhaul, rescue, and fire control. This course is perfect for students who want to learn the basic firefighting skills needed to operate on the fireground but who don’t have the time currently to pursue Firefighter I or II certification. (Several of these basic skills may be used toward Firefighter I requirements.)

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Electrical Problems at Emergency Incidents

Hours:

4

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/50

CEU:

DFS 4-Investigator

Description:

All of us have responded to an incident involving electricity. This workshop will cover how to control electricity safely and how to identify the dangers present. Topics will include understanding the distribution system, electric meters and what to do with them, transformer fires, handling downed power lines, and fires in substations. Instruction and video presentations will provide students with a good understanding of how electricity can injure or kill an emergency responder.

This course is available on a limited basis dependent upon instructor availability.

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Fire Cause Determination and Arson Awareness

Hours:

16

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/25

Description:

This course is designed to provide the basic knowledge and skills necessary for senior firefighters and fire officers to conduct initial fire cause determinations at structural fire scenes. Improved determination of fire cause helps identify a community's fire problem that can enable the development of effective fire prevention strategies to improve public safety. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to make observations and gather information that will assist in identifying the area(s) of origin, and assess the need for additional assistance to accurately determine the cause of a fire. Subjects include, but are not limited to; fire behavior, determining area of origin, accidental and incendiary fire cause determination, fire scene examinations, documentation, and handling/ preservation of evidence. This course includes classroom presentations along with a hands-on realistic fire cause determination module, utilizing a mobile fire cause simulation trainer.

This course is available on a limited basis dependent upon instructor availability.

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Firefighter Friendly Thermal Imaging

Thermal Image

Hours:

4

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/25

Description:

Thermal imaging can be a misunderstood discipline. It is of immense value in functional mitigation, but is accompanied by inherent dangers. These dangers are most often associated with misinterpreting the display and deficient appreciation for the camera’s intrinsic limitations. This class evaluates the benefits afforded to the common fireground functions by imaging alongside the pitfalls of each that can lend themselves to an unsuccessful operation or risks to the company’s safety.

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Firefighter Line of Duty Death and Injury – Why

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/35

Description:

Statistics show that while the number of fires is decreasing, the number of firefighter injuries and deaths is increasing proportionately! What can we do to stop this trend? This workshop will look in-depth at the contributing factors and ways to reduce death and injury of firefighters. Topics covered will include the impact of a line-of-duty death or injury, defining the problem, fitness and wellness concepts, pre-incident planning, training safety, and comprehensive incident management.

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Health and Safety Officer

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/40

ACE Credit Recommendation:

In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in occupational health and safety, fire science, or emergency management (7/14).

POST:

2-hrs Legal, 1-hr Interpersonal,
8-hrs Technical, 1-hr Skill

Description:

The Health and Safety Officer’s role in identifying, evaluating and implementing policy and procedure that affect health and safety aspects for emergency responders will be examined in this course. Risk analysis, wellness issues and other occupational safety issues will be emphasized. Persons attending this course should have a working knowledge of ICS, NFPA and OSHA requirements and recommendations, and authority to set policy for the department on such issues. Students will receive a National Fire Academy certificate of training for this course.

This class is part of the MU FRTI Fire Officer Certificate Program.

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Highway Safety for Emergency Service Personnel

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/40

Description:

In today's' legally accountable" society, simply shutting the roadway down has become an unacceptable practice. This course is designed to provide all emergency responders with a basic knowledge of response and traffic control techniques, so that they may effectively manage the safety of all on-scene personnel and the motoring public. Topics include the need for advanced warning; apparatus positioning and placement; pros and cons of shutting down highways; multi-agency communication, training and coordination; scene lighting; limiting time, personnel and apparatus on the scene; retro-reflective and florescent personal protective equipment; and, innovative fire apparatus safety features.

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Incident Safety Officer

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

ACE Credit Recommendation:

In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in occupational health and safety or fire science (7/14).

Description:

The Safety Officer’s role during emergency response situations will be examined in this course with a focus on operations within an Incident Command System (ICS). Participants should have a working knowledge of ICS, building construction principles, hazardous materials management, applicable NFPA guidelines and federal regulations.

This class is part of the MU FRTI Fire Officer Certificate Program.

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Killer in the Attic

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/25

Description:

Many firefighter injuries and deaths have occurred in half-story homes. This course addresses fire behavior, fire travel, half-story construction features, collapse zones, ventilation, and interior attack options. Using 15 video segments, students will see flashover, backdraft, rollover, and 16 case studies where firefighters were at high risk, injured, or killed. In small-groups, students will analyze case studies from the class and from local incidents and will develop response, ventilation, and interior attack procedures for these incidents.

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Live Fire Training

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

Basic Firefighter Skills

Min/Max:

15/25

Description:

This course is only for individuals who have successfully completed the Basic Firefighter Skills course or are currently certified at a minimum of Firefighter I with the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. This course removes the lecture portion of the Structural Firefighting Techniques course and focuses only on live-fire training. In this 8-hour course, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of live-fire training activities using the MU FRTI mobile fire-training simulator.

Note: Due to logistical issues in moving the trailer, the course will be delivered on a regional basis only. Host agency may be required to pay for moving the trailer.

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Principles of Building Construction: Combustible

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

ACE Credit Recommendation:

In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in fire science or general building construction. As of July 2014, this course is recommended for 1 semester hour in fire science at the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category. (7/14).

Description:

The course will provide an introduction to basic construction principles and to the special characteristics of wood and ordinary construction as they concern the fire service. The primary focus will be on improving firefighters’ abilities to ensure their safety by recognizing common causes and indicators of failure and other hazards related to wood and ordinary construction and its contents.

This class is part of the MU FRTI Fire Officer Certificate Program.

Available as an Online Course.

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Principles of Building Construction: Noncombustible

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

ACE Credit Recommendation:

In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in fire service or fire administration (7/14).

Description:

This course will address the need for fire service personnel to understand building construction, methods of construction, materials used in building construction, and fire-resistance requirements in order to conduct fire scene operations safely and to make sound strategic decisions. By completion, students will be able to correctly apply the classification system to any building in accordance with NFPA 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction; identify the important structural feature of a building and use this information when forming the incident action plan; identify critical size-up issues, such as smoke, heat, and fire travel inside a structure and predict the path or method of travel based upon the building’s construction features; and to identify critical safety issues that affect firefighter safety for each classification of construction and to identify appropriate measures to enhance the safety of emergency responders.

This class is part of the MU FRTI Fire Officer Certificate Program.

Available as an Online Course.

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Rail Safety for First Responders

Hours:

4

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

Description:

This course is designed for all emergency service agencies that may respond to emergencies involving railroad equipment and property. These emergencies involve collisions between trains and cars or pedestrians, as well as rail carrier disasters (e.g., derailments). This course will provide important safety information, will discuss how to work with a railroad company when the emergency is on their property, and will familiarize students with relevant equipment and paperwork. Most importantly, this workshop will stress safety tips for emergency personnel when crossing railroad tracks in their own districts and mutual aid districts as they respond to daily emergencies and when working on or near tracks and railroad equipment.

This course is available on a limited basis dependent upon instructor availability.

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Rapid Intervention Crew Tactics

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

Firefighter I

Min/Max:

15/25

Host Requirements:

  • Extension ladder (24 foot);
  • Facility with open second-story window and basement;
  • Facility with restricted access window prop; facility with stairwell;
  • Rescue ropes (2) 110” minimum; rope or webbing,

Description:

This course will provide a history of firefighter injuries and fatalities at structure fires, as well as the knowledge and techniques firefighters need for self-survival. This course also will include a short history of the need for rapid intervention teams. Various tactics covered in this course will include, but will not be limited to, how to drag a downed firefighter, SCBA change profile, removing an SCBA from a downed firefighter, lowering a downed firefighter, indications and contraindications, and safety awareness for the low-profile ladder escape. Students will participate in hands-on activities designed to reinforce these techniques.

This course is approved by the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.

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Responding to Utility Emergencies

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

None

Min/Max:

15/30

Description:

This course will educate emergency personnel about the serious hazards and risks they face when responding to electrical and natural gas emergencies. This course is appropriate for all emergency responders, including firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, industry personnel, incident commanders, and emergency response supervisors. Designed by Michael Callan in collaboration with several utility experts, this course is the first experienced-based training curriculum designed with the explicit goal of helping to eliminate unnecessary injuries to personnel responding to utility emergencies.

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Structural Firefighting Techniques

Hours:

12

Prerequisites:

Basic Firefighter Skills or Firefighter I

Min/Max:

15/30

Host Requirements:

  • Pumper-operator equipped with standard compliment
  • Air supply
  • PPV fan
  • Smoke machine
  • Hand held propane torch with striker
  • 10-4 x 8 sheets of 1/2” OSB
  • Ventilation saw or chain saw with carbide tip
  • NFPA 1403 approved burn facility

Description:

This course will explain, demonstrate, and provide hands-on skills training in fire ground operations necessary in interior structural fire attack. Topics include IMS, size-up, search and rescue, ventilation, forcible entry and hose stream management. This course will be taught in a lecture/practical format, including "live" fire training evolutions.

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Traffic Control for the Emergency Responder

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

Emergency Vehicle Driver Training

Min/Max:

15/40

Description:

Today, simply shutting a roadway down during an emergency has become an unacceptable practice. This course will provide all emergency response personnel with basic knowledge of response and traffic control techniques they need to effectively manage the safety of all on-scene personnel and the motoring public. Topics will include legal aspects of traffic control by emergency responders, apparatus response and positioning, and proper scene and traffic control techniques. Video and photo presentations, case studies, and practical exercises will be used to help students develop the necessary skills they need to safely and effectively control traffic movement through an emergency incident while limiting exposure to the emergency responder.

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Vehicle Fire Fighting

Hours:

8

Prerequisites:

Basic Firefighter Skills or Firefighter I

Min/Max:

15/30

Host Requirements:

  • 250 gallons of LP Gas
  • Pumper

Description:

One of the least recognized aspects of fire threat is the vehicle fire. Recent changes in vehicle design and construction have forced us to change the way we fight vehicle fires. This course will present safe, efficient strategies and tactics fire service personnel can use to extinguish vehicles fires based on vehicle design, construction materials, location, and ignition and coolant systems. Students will participate in live fire evolutions using a vehicle firefighting simulator.

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