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2017 Courses

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(January - December)

(Catalog updated 02/14/17)

Firefighter 1 Application            Firefighter 1 Candidate Handbook
(October 6th; 18:30, & 7th; 08:00 - 17:00)
(Applications MUST be typed, with exception of signatures)
Firefighter 2 Application              Firefighter 2 Candidate Handbook
(No Exam scheduled yet)
Key:
Course Canceled: Course has been canceled. Please do not attend.
Course Full: The class has filled to capacity. Students will be placed on a waiting list.
CE Credits: Continuing Education Credits, (M/T): Medical Trauma, (O): Other

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Advanced Fire Police: Class Fee: $25 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 18) This course will touch upon training and the training officer's qualifications, policy & procedures, legal liabilities, court appearance, leadership, communications and public relations, defensive driving, traffic control, security, self-protection and uniforms.
Dates: (November 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th; 18:30 – 22:30) 
                                                                                    Instructor: Randy Rice           Registration Form

Basic Fire Police: Class Fee: $25 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 18) This course provides instruction on the proper method to be appointed, the laws pertaining to fire police, fire police powers, and the expected duties of a new fire police officer.
Dates: (August 7th, 9th, 14th, & 16th; 18:30 – 22:30)
                                                                                    Instructor: Randy Rice           Registration Form

Basic Rigging for Rope Rescue: Class Fee: $95 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 14)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 2 (M/T)
Participants in this course will be introduced to characteristics of rope, rope hardware and various knots and hitches.  Students will participate in patient packaging and stokes basket handling exercises.  Students will be introduced to basic haul and lowering systems and their practical uses. Most of the program is hands on and time is allotted for practice to build proficiency.
Dates: (July 31st & August 2nd; 18:30 – 22:30 & 5th; 08:00 – 17:00)
                                                                                    Instructor: Will Shaver           Registration Form

Building Construction - Combustible: Class Fee: $40 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 14)
This course focuses on Type III, Type IV and Type V constructed buildings and what the first-in firefighter as well as the new and experienced officer need to know about the hazards associated with these types of construction.  Student will be introduced to recognizing combustible construction prior to entering the structure as well as receiving an introduction to building codes associated with combustible construction, the collapse potential and fire behavior one can expect when working in this environment.
Dates: (November 6th & 8th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 12th; 08:00 – 17:00)
                                                                                    Instructor: Bob Sells               Registration Form

Building Construction – Non Combustible: Class Fee: $40 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 14)
The failure of a building or building components under fire conditions is a leading cause of fire fighter death and injury.  The ability to recognize and locate relevant information about a building before a fire, and to "read" a building during the course of a fire incident, are essential survival skills.  This course gives the student the ability to accomplish these tasks when confronted with a building of fire-resistive or non-combustible construction.  The unique problems of conducting emergency operations in buildings under construction are also addressed.
Dates: (August 22nd & 24th; 18:30 - 22:30 & 27th; 08:00 - 17:00)
                                                                                    Instructor: Bob Sells               Registration Form

Emergency Vehicle Operations Course: Class Fee: $30 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 16 (O)
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.
Dates: (August 22nd & 23rd; 18:30 - 22:30 & 27th; 08:00 - 17:00) 
                                                                                    Instructor: Randy Rice           Registration Form
           
(November 27th & 29th; 18:30 - 22:30 & December 2nd; 08:00 - 17:00)
                                                                                   Instructor: Randy Rice           Registration Form

Engine Company Operations: Class Fee: $40 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
A discussion of fire behavior and spread in structures, methods of calculating needed fire flow and organizing and equipping engine company is followed by a series of "hands on" drills involving various engine company evolutions.
Dates: (September 30th & October 1st; 08:00 – 17:00)  
                                                                                   Instructor: Will Shaver            Registration Form

Entry Level Intro to the Fire Service: Class Fee: $35 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 14)
This entry level course is designed to introduce new firefighters to basic information including an overview of
the fire service, fire service organization, firefighter safety, personal protective equipment and terrorism awareness. This is the first of four courses in the curriculum.
Dates: (August 5th & 12th; 08:00 – 17:00)              Instructor: John Livingston    Registration Form

Entry Level Fire Ground Support: Class Fee: $75 Lab Fee: $10 (32 Hours, Minimum Age: 14)
This course is designed to introduce new firefighters to fire ground operation including water supply, fire hose, ropes, SCBA support, tools, communications and alarms. This is the second of four courses in the curriculum.
Dates: (August 16th; 18:30 – 22:30, 19th & 20th; 08:00 – 17:00, 23rd; 18:30 – 22:30, &
                     26th; 08:00 – 17:00)   
                         Instructor: John Livingston     Registration Form

Entry Level Exterior Firefighter: Class Fee: $75 (52 Hours, Minimum Age: 14)
This course is designed to introduce new firefighters to exterior fire ground operations including ladders, forcible entry, fire behavior, fire extinguishers, SCBA, fire streams, hose line advancement, and utility control. This is the third of four courses in the curriculum.
Dates: (September 13th; 18:30 – 22:30, 16th & 17th; 08:00 – 17:00, 20th; 18:30 – 22:30, 23rd &
                     24th; 08:00 – 17:00, 27th; 18:30 – 22:30, & 30th; 08:00 – 17:00)

                                                                                    Instructor: John Livingston    Registration Form

Entry Level Interior Firefighter: Class Fee: $130 (40 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This course is designed to introduce new firefighters to interior fire ground operations, SCBA, rescue, ventilation, fire suppression, salvage, protective systems, and firefighter survival. This is the fourth of four courses in the curriculum.
Dates: Sean Roth Dates have changed. Class is scheduled as follows
            (July 17th & 19th; 18:30 – 22:30, 22nd; 08:00 – 17:00, 25th; 18:30 – 22:30, 29th; 08:00 – 17:00,   
                     August 2nd & 3rd; 18:30 – 22:30 & August 6th; 08:00 – 17:00)
                                                                                    Instructor: Sean Roth             Registration Form
           
(October 18th; 18:30 – 22:30, 21st & 22nd; 08:00 – 17:00, 25th; 18:30 – 22:30, 29th; 08:00 – 17:00,                        November 3rd; 18:30 – 22:30 & 4th; 08:00 – 17:00)
                                                                                   Instructor: John Livingston     Registration Form

Firefighter 1 Certifiation Review: Class Fee: $ 50 (32 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This 32 hour program is targeted to train and / or experienced Firefighters who wish to refresher basic knowledge and skills in preparation for taking the written and practical National Pro-Board exams for NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 Certification.
          
Turnout Gear, SCBA, & Spare Cylinder REQUIRED For All Classes
Dates: (September 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th & 28th, 2017; 18:30 – 22:30)
                                                                                    Instructor: Bill Hoover & John Livingston
                                                                                                                                      Registration Form

Fire Attack in Attic Fires: Class Fee: $110 (8 Hours, Minimum Age, 18)
This course will build upon the students' knowledge and skills of structural fire fighting by focusing on the hazards associated in attacking attic fires.
           Turnout Gear, SCBA, Pants & Long Sleeve Shirt REQUIRED For Class
Dates: (July 16th; 08:00 – 17:00)                             Instructors: Bill Hoover & John Livingston
                                                                                                                                      Registration Form

Fire Attack in Basement Fires: Class Fee: $110 (8 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This course will build upon the students' knowledge and skills of structural fire fighting by focusing on the hazards associated in attacking basement fires. 
           Turnout Gear, SCBA, Pants & Long Sleeve Shirt REQUIRED For Class
Dates: (August 13th; 08:00 – 17:00)                        Instructors: Bill Hoover & John Livingston
                                                                                                                                      Registration Form

Fire Officer 1: Certification Fee: $400 (48 Hours, Minimum Age:18)
This course will provide the student with a basic knowledge of management principles in a fire/rescue organization. Topics of discussion will include management style, communication modes, leadership, organizational structure, pre-planning, health and safety, and legal aspects for a fire officer. Successful completion of the program requires proficiency demonstration in written practical skills and a multiple choice examination.
Date: (September 12th, 14th, 26th, October 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th &
                     November 7th; 18:30 - 22:30)              Instructor: Chad Deardorff     Registration Form

First Aid / CPR / AED: Lab Fee: $60 (7 Hours, Minimum Age: 14)
American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor lead course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to & manage a first aid, choking, or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock & other first aid emergencies. This course also teaches adult CPR and AED use.
Dates: (July 22nd; 08:00 – 16:30)                            Instructor: Justin Koller          Registration Form
          
(October 3rd & 5th; 18:30 – 22:30)             Instructor: Justin Koller          Registration Form
          
(December 16th; 08:00 – 16:30)                   Instructor: Justin Koller         Registration Form

Haz-Mat First Responder Awareness (RIHM): Class Fee: $15 (4 Hours, Minimum Age: 14)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 4 (O)
Seven tasks have been identified as part of a process for analyzing the hazardous material problem. This course focuses on the first four tasks in this process: 1.) Detecting the presence of hazardous materials 2.) Initiating command and control activities 3.) Surveying the hazardous material incident; and 4.) Collecting and interpreting hazard and response information. 5.) The tasks not addressed in this course are discussed in other courses. This course describes how each step is performed and then asks the participants to apply the concepts presented to a particular activity so that the participants can evaluate their mastery of the concept.
Dates: (August 15th; 18:30 - 22:30)                         Instructor: Larry Curry           Registration Form

Haz-Mat Operations (NFPA 472): Class Fee: $50 (24 Hours, Minimum Age: 16)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 5 (M/T) 16.5 (O)
This course is intended to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required at the First Responder/Operations level of hazardous materials response. This course consists of both Classroom and Hands on Training (Lab) where the student will participate in various techniques to control a Haz-Mat Situation.
Dates: (July 2nd, 9th, & 15th; 08:00 - 17:00)          Instructor: Tom Rigling          Registration Form
           
(October 11th & 12th; 18:30 – 22:30, 14th & 15th; 08:00 – 17:00)
                                                                                    Instructor: Larry Curry           Registration Form

Haz-Mat Operations Refresher (HMOR): Class Fee: $25 (6 Hours, Minimum Age: 16)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 5.5 (O)
This course will allow a Haz-Mat emergency responder at the First Responder Operations level to receive refresher training as required annually by Federal Regulation.
                                        Turnout Gear & SCBA NEEDED For Week-end Class
Dates: (October 21st; 08:00 – 15:00)                       Instructor: Larry Curry           Registration Form

Incident Safety Officer: Class Fee: $25 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 5.5 (O)
The Incident Safety Officer 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 whom 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.
Dates: (September 11th, 13th, 19th & 20th; 18:30 – 22:30)  
                                                                                   Instructor: Randy Rice            Registration Form

Pump Operations 1: Class Fee: $40 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This course provides the fire fighter with an introduction to basic pump construction and theory as well as operating techniques.  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.
Dates: (September 25th & 28th; 18:30 - 22:30, & October 1st; 08:00 - 17:00)
                                                                                    Instructor: Dana Baker          Registration Form

Pump Operations 2: Class Fee: $40 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This course is designed to instruct the student in advanced techniques of operating pumps.  Topics covered include friction loss, relay pumping, master streams, elevated master streams.
Dates: (October 23rd & 26th; 18:30 - 22:30 & 28th; 08:00 - 17:00)
                                                                                    Instructor: Dana Baker          Registration Form

Reading the Smoke: Class Fee: $25 (4 Hours, Minimum Age: 14)
This 4 hour class will emphasize that proper training and utilization of available resources for learning to read smoke will help to reduce the number of firefighter death/injuries in Pennsylvania. Officers and firefighters need to develop their ability to read smoke conditions in order to make safe and effective decisions on the fire ground. In this class, students will be introduced to the techniques and “art” of reading smoke and then view videos of actual fires and discuss these situations to be able to better understand how to read smoke.
Dates: (December 5th; 18:30 - 22:30)                      Instructor: John Fogg              Registration Form

RIT 2: Class Fee: $90 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This program is designed to build on the concepts covered in the Rapid Intervention Team Operations I program and to give personnel the knowledge, skills and abilities to deal with more complex situations involving Rapid Intervention Teams (RIT) operations. Topics covered include: Advanced concepts in RIT, managing the RIT portion of a mayday incident, considerations for commercial, industrial and multiple residential occupancies, dealing with entrapment and entanglement situations, heavy lift operations, extended operations involving multiple teams, and packaging / removal of downed firefighters. Concepts are presented using focused practical / skill sessions and integrated exercises.
Dates: (November 7th & 9th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 11th; 08:00 – 17:00)
                                                                                  
Instructor: Dustin Poist            Registration Form

Rope / High Angle Rescue 1 Class Fee: $90 Lab Fee: $10 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This course provides an introduction to rope rescue and current rope technology. This hands-on course emphasizes personnel safety, rescue techniques and equipment, knots and hitches, anchor points, harnesses and rappelling, rope construction, rope strength, litter tie-ins, belays, and extensive practical activities. Students must provide clean leather work gloves, ankle-supporting footwear, a helmet with chin strap, safety glasses, and proper dress for all weather conditions. Each class participant will receive (1) 5.5’ x 8mm piece of accessory cord and a 15’ x 1” piece of tubular webbing (LAB FEE).
Dates: (October 14th & 15th; 08:00 – 17:00)          Instructor: Dave Nichols        Registration Form

Structural Burn Refresher: Class Fee: $50 (8 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This refresher course will provide a review of fire attack, search and rescue, and ventilation techniques used in safe firefighting practices in a Live Fire environment. Information, terminology, strategies and tactics from the new PSFA Fire Dynamics programs will be included. Burn day evolutions will include “hot” run-ins with multiple crews “going to work” doing fire attack, search and rescue, and ventilation with emphasis placed on safe and effective fire ground operations.
          
Turnout Gear, SCBA, Pants & Long Sleeve Shirt REQUIRED For Class
Dates:
(September 9th; 08:00 – 17:00)                   Instructor: Bob Sells                Registration Form

Traffic Incident Management: Class Fee $25 (4 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This National TIM Responder Training Program establishes the foundation and promotes consistent training for all responders to incidents involving operations on or near a highway. The PA-TIM objectives primarily target operations and special risks to personnel performing fire, rescue & EMS functions. This program examines those risks and provides nationally recognized actions to minimize / reduce those risks.
Dates: (October 3rd; 18:30 - 22:30)                         Instructor: Randy Rice            Registration Form

Truck Company Operations 2: Class Fee: $100 (16 Hours, Minimum Age 18) 
This course will allow the student to practice and further refine his or her ability to effectively and safely perform the fire ground duties normally assigned to truck companies.
Dates: (July 8th & 9th; 08:00 – 17:00)                    Instructor: Bob Sells                Registration Form

Vehicle Rescue – Awareness (NFPA 1670): Class Fee: $45 (24 Hours, Minimum Age: 16)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 10 (O)
This course will provide awareness-level information and skills as it pertains to vehicle rescue incidents. Topics will include: general vehicle rescue function/operations, incident management of the vehicle rescue scene, vehicle anatomy, design, and construction, recognition and control of hazards relative to a vehicle accident, and the tools and equipment used at a vehicle accident/rescue incident.
Dates: (September 16th, 17th & 24th; 08:00 – 17:00)   
                                                                                   Instructor: Dave Nichols        
Course Full

Vehicle Rescue - Operations: Class Fee: $60 (20 Hours, Minimum Age: 16)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 17 (M/T) 3 (O)
This course is intended for personnel who have already taken BVR-Awareness course in the past. This course teaches the student the use of hand tools in vehicle rescue operations and how to access and package the patient at the accident scene. Post rescue operations are also discussed.
Dates:
(October 27th; 18:30 – 22:30, 28th & 29th; 08:00 – 17:00) 
                                                                                    Instructor: Dave Nichols       
Course Full
                          
State Exam scheduled for November 1st, 2017, at 18:30 hours, at the Fire School

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