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2017 Courses

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(January - December)

(Catalog updated 02/14/17)

Firefighter 1 Application            Firefighter 1 Candidate Handbook
Firefighter 1 Skill Sheets
(October 6th; 18:30, & 7th; 08:00 - 17:00)
(Applications MUST be typed, with exception of signatures)
Firefighter 2 Application              Firefighter 2 Candidate Handbook
Firefighter 2 Skill Sheets
(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          
Course Canceled

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

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: (November 27th & 29th; 18:30 - 22:30 & December 2nd; 08:00 - 17:00)
                                                                                   Instructor: Randy Rice           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: (December 16th; 08:00 – 16:30)                   Instructor: Justin Koller         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

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

Riding the Front Seat: Class Fee: $50 (16 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This course is designed to orient the new or aspiring company officer to the responsibilities of the position and to provide them with an orientation to the process of managing the first ten (10) minutes of an incident pending the arrival of an experienced line officer. This course is divided into a series of modules covering critical topics. These topics are combined in a series of exercises including simulations designed to provide experience relative to operations at the most common fire scenarios.
Dates: (December 2nd & 3rd; 08:00 - 17:00)          Instructor: Rick Brocius          Registration Form

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

2018 Courses

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(January - December)

(Catalog updated 10/17/17)

Firefighter 1 Application            Firefighter 1 Candidate Handbook
Firefighter 1 Skill Sheets
(Dates To Be Announced)
(Applications MUST be typed, with exception of signatures)
Firefighter 2 Application              Firefighter 2 Candidate Handbook
Firefighter 2 Skill Sheets
(Dates To Be Announced)
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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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: Registration Form August 7th & 9th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 11th; 08:00 – 17:00 
                                                                                                                        
Instructor: Will Shaver

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: Registration Form November 12th & 14th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 18th; 08:00 – 17:00 
                                                                                                                        
Instructor: Bob Sells

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: Registration Form January 23rd & 25th; 18:30 – 22:30, & 28th; 08:00 – 17:00
                                                                                                                        
Instructor: Bob Sells

Emergency Vehicle Operations Course: Class Fee: $40 (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: Registration Form March 5th & 7th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 10th; 08:00 – 17:00
                                                                                                                         Instructor: John Livingston

          
Registration Form June 12th & 14th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 16th; 08:00 – 17:00          
                                                                                                                         Instructor: John Livingston
            Registration Form
August 14th & 16th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 18th; 08:00 – 17:00          
                                                                                                                         Instructor: John Livingston
            Registration Form
November 27th & 29th; 18:30 – 22:30 & December 1st; 08:00 – 17:00
                                                                                                                        
Instructor: John Livingston

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: Registration Form October 2nd & 4th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 6th; 08:00 – 17:00 
                                                                                                                         Instructor: Will Shaver

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: Registration Form January 23rd & 25th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 27th; 08:00 – 17:00 
                                                                                                                        
Instructor: Bill Hoover

 
          Registration Form April 16th, & 18th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 21st; 08:00 – 17:00 
                                                                                                                         Instructor: Sean Roth
            Registration Form
August 21st & 23rd; 18:30 – 22:30 & 25th; 08:00 – 17:00         
                                                                                                                       
Instructor: John Livingston

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: Registration Form February 6th & 8th; 18:30 – 22:30, 10th; 08:00 – 17:00, 13th &
                     15th; 18:30 – 22:30, & 17th; 08:00 – 17:00
                             Instructor: Bill Hoover
            Registration Form May 1st & 3rd; 18:30 – 22:30, 6th; 08:00 – 17:00, 8th, 10th, 15th &
                     17th; 18:30 – 22:30
                                                                    Instructor: Sean Roth
            Registration Form
September 8th & 9th; 08:00 – 17:00, 12th; 18:30 – 22:30, 16th; 08:00 – 17:00
                     & 19th; 18:30 – 22:30
                                                               Instructor: John Livingston

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: Registration Form March 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th; 18:30 – 22:30, 17th; 08:00 – 17:00, 20th &
                      22nd; 18:30 – 22:30, 24th; 08:00 – 17:00, 27th & 29th & April 3rd; 18:30 – 22:30 

                                                                                                                        
Instructor: Bill Hoover
            Registration Form
June 2nd; 08:00 – 17:00, 4th & 7th; 18:30 – 22:30, 10th; 08:00 – 17:00, 14th,     
                     19th, & 21st; 18:30 – 22:30, 23rd & 30th; 08:00 – 17:00
       Instructor: Sean Roth
            Registration Form
October 3rd; 18:30 – 22:30, 6th & 7th; 08:00 – 17:00, 10th; 18:30 – 22:30, 13th  
                     & 14th; 08:00 – 17:00, 17th; 18:30 – 22:30, & 20th; 08:00 – 17:00 

                                                                                                                        Instructor: John Livingston

Entry Level Interior Firefighter: Class Fee: $130 / $200 (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: Registration Form April 17th, 19th, 24th, & 26th; 18:30 – 22:30, 28th; 08:00 – 17:00, May 1st &
                      4th; 18:30 – 22:30, 5th; 08:00 – 17:00, 8th & 10th; 18:30 – 22:30, & 12th; 08:00 – 17:00

                                                                                                                        
Instructor: Bill Hoover
            Registration Form
July 16th & 18th; 18:30 - 22:30, 21st; 08:00 – 17:00, 24th; 18:30 – 22:30, 28th,
                     08:00 – 17:00, August 2nd; 18:30 – 22:30 & 5th; 08:00 – 17:00

                                                                                                                         Instructor: Sean Roth
            Registration Form
November 7th; 18:30 – 22:30, 10th & 11th; 08:00 – 17:00, 14th; 18:30 – 22:30;
                      17th; 08:00 – 17:00, 19th & 20th; 18:30 – 22:30, 24th & 25th; 08:00 – 17:00
                                                                                                                         Instructor: John Livingston

Entry Level Advanced Firefighter: Class Fee: $ 125 (24 Hours, Minimum Age: 18)
This course is designed to introduce firefighters with basic knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to advanced fire ground operations such as building construction, generators & lighting equipment, fire protection systems, hose service testing, and fire ground communications.
Dates: Registration Form May 15th & 17th; 18:30 – 22:30, 19th; 08:00 – 17:00, 22nd &
                      24th; 18:30 – 22:30                                                                   Instructor: John Livingston

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: Registration Form September 22nd; 08:00 - 17:00  Instructors: Bill Hoover & John Livingston

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: Registration Form June 2nd; 08:00 – 17:00             Instructors: Bill Hoover & John Livingston

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-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and 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 and other first aid emergencies. This course also teaches adult CPR and AED use. 
Dates: Registration Form February 24th; 08:00 – 16:30                             Instructor: Justin Koller
           
Registration Form April 28th; 08:00 – 16:30                                    Instructor: Justin Koller
           
Registration Form May 22nd & 24th; 18:30 – 22:30
                      Instructor: Justin Koller
           
Registration Form August 11th; 08:00 – 16:30                                 Instructor: Justin Koller
           
Registration Form October 9th & 11th; 18:30 – 22:30                     Instructor: Justin Koller
           
Registration Form December 15th; 08:00 – 16:30                            Instructor: Justin Koller

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: Registration Form February 5th; 18:30 – 22:30                               Instructor: Larry Curry
           
Registration Form April 24th; 18:30 – 22:30                                    Instructor: Larry Curry
           
Registration Form August 28th; 18:30 – 22:30
                                 Instructor: Larry Curry

Haz-Mat Operations (NFPA 472): Class Fee: $75 (24 Hours, Minimum Age: 16)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 3 (M/T) 18.5 (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: Registration Form April 9th & 12th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 14th & 15th; 08:00 – 17:00 
                                                                                                                         Instructor: Larry Curry
            Registration Form July 9th & 11th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 14th & 15th; 08:00 – 17:00 
                                                                                                                         Instructor: Larry Curry
            Registration Form October 22nd & 24th; 18:30 - 22:30, 28th & November 3rd; 08:00 - 17:00
                                                                                                                        Instructor: Larry Curry

Haz-Mat Operations Refresher (HMOR): Class Fee: $25 (6 Hours, Minimum Age: 16)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 1 (M/T) 4.5 (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.
Dates: Registration Form March 5th & 7th; 18:30 – 22:30                        Instructor: Larry Curry
           
Registration Form October 13th; 08:00 – 16:00
                               Instructor: Larry Curry

Pump Operations 1: Class Fee: $50 (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: Registration Form April 3rd & 5th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 8th; 08:00 – 17:00 
                                                                                                                        
Instructor: Dana Baker
           
Registration Form September 11th & 13th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 21st; 08:00 – 17:00

                                                                                                                         Instructor: Dana Baker

Pump Operations 2: Class Fee: $50 (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: Registration Form October 16th & 18th; 18:30 – 22:30 & 21st 08:00 – 17:00 
                                                                                                                        
Instructor: Dana Baker

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: Registration Form April 7th; 08:00 – 17:00                                      Instructor: Will Shaver
           
Registration Form September 15th; 08:00 – 17:00                           Instructor: Bob Sells

Vehicle Rescue – Awareness (NFPA 1670): Class Fee: $90 (24 Hours, Minimum Age: 16)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 1 (M/T) 23 (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: Registration Form April 14th, 15th & 21st; 08:00 – 17:00               Instructor: Tony Clousher
           
Registration Form September 8th, 9th & 15th; 08:00 – 17:00         Instructor: Dave Nichols

Vehicle Rescue – Operations (NFPA 1670): Class Fee: $100 (20 Hours, Minimum Age: 16)
Pa DOH CE Credits: FR, EMT & ALS: 17 (M/T) 3 (O)
This course will provide operations-level information and a skill as it pertains to vehicle rescue incidents. Topics will include: incident management, tools/equipment, vehicle anatomy/design, hazard control, patient access, care and packaging, disentanglement, extrication, and termination.
Dates: (Dates Coming Soon)                                                                          Instructor: Tony Clousher
           
(Dates Coming Soon)
                                                                         Instructor: Dave Nichols
                                                      
State Exam Dates To Be Announced

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