Course Curriculum

THE EMERGENCY RESPONDER TRAINING FORCE
COURSE CURICULLUM

FIRE OFFICER COURSES

*Fire Prevention Principle

The Fire Prevention Principles course covers materials in the areas of fire inspection, fire investigation, and fire cause determination. Inspection topics include: laws of the authority having jurisdiction, codes, ordinances, life safety code applications, building construction, occupancy, and inspection techniques, installed systems and water supply. Fire investigation concentrates on determining cause and point of origin.

Applicable Certification Level: Fire Prevention Officer I & Fire Officer I Certificate of
Completion

*Instructor I (40 hours)

The Instructor I course is designed to give the student the knowledge and ability to teach from prepared materials which are predominantly skills oriented. Areas covered include: communication, concepts of learning, human relations in the teaching-learning environment, methods of teaching, organizing the learning environment, records and reports, testing and evaluation, instructor's roles and responsibilities, teaching techniques, and use of instructional materials to fulfill the lesson’s objective.

Applicable Certification Level: Fire Officer I Certificate of Completion

*Instructor II (40 hours)

The emphasis of the Instructor II course is on teaching formalized lessons from materials prepared by the instructor, including relating information from one lesson or class to the next. Coverage includes: writing performance objectives, developing lesson plans,
preparing instructional materials i.e. power point presentations, constructing evaluation devices, demonstrating selected teaching methods, completing training records and reports, and identifying reference resources.

Applicable Certification level: Instructor II & Fire Officer II Certificate of Completion

Prerequisite: Instructor I

*Instructor III (80 hours)

The Instructor III course provides training for instructors in the preparation of formalized courses, tests, evaluations, and associated instructional materials. Subject materials include but are not limited to: occupational analysis techniques, technical writing,
instructional materials development, writing tests and other evaluation instruments, and developing training records and reports.

Applicable Certification level: Instructor III Certificate of Completion

Prerequisite: Instructor II

*Management I (40 hours)

The Management I course is designed to provide the Fire Officer, who is in charge of a single fire company or station, with information and skills in supervisory practices and personnel management. Subject areas covered will include: the role and function of the Company Fire Officer, basic management principles and concepts, leadership, motivation, order giving, and conflict resolution, discipline.

Applicable Certification level: Fire Officer I Certificate of Completion

*Management II (40 hours)

The Management II course is designed to provide the Fire Officer, who is in charge of a single fire company or station, with information and developmental skills in personnel management. This course provides coverage in the areas of basics of communications, report writing, interpersonal communication, group dynamics, coaching and counseling skills, and performance appraisal.

Applicable Certification Level: Fire Officer I Certificate of Completion

*Management III (40 hours)

The Management III course is designed to provide the Fire Officer, who is in charge of multiple fire companies or stations, with information and skills in officer supervision and administrative functions. Subject areas covered will include: planning and decision- making, finance and budgeting, inventory, risk management, public relations and the news media.

Applicable Certification Level: Fire Officer II Certificate of Completion

Prerequisite: Management I & II

*Management IV (40 hours)

The Management IV course is designed to provide the Fire Officer, who is in charge of multiple fire companies or stations, with information and skills in personnel management. Subject areas covered will include the role and function of the Fire Officer II, introduction to Total Quality Management, performance evaluation, interviewing techniques, labor relations and collective bargaining, fire officer liability, and team building for better performance.

Applicable Certification Level: Fire Officer II Certificate of Completion
Prerequisite: Management I & II

*Tactics & Strategy I (40 hours)

The Tactics & Strategy I course is designed for the Fire Officer who is responsible for commanding one to two companies at the fire or emergency scene, such as Company Officers and Chief Officers of small fire departments. Subject areas which will be
covered are: company officer leadership, safety, pre-fire planning, fire behavior, building construction, firefighting tactics, engine company and truck company operations, Hazardous Material, and strategic & tactical exercises.

Applicable Certification Level: Fire Officer I Certificate of Completion

*Tactics & Strategy II (40 hours)

The Tactics & Strategy II course is designed for the Fire Officer who is responsible for commanding a fire or emergency scene involving multiple companies. Subject areas which will be covered are: strategic concepts in firefighting, duties and responsibilities
of command officers, incident command system (scene, manpower, and apparatus management), multi-company operations, disasters, high-rise operations, critical incident stress debriefing, and tactical exercises.

Applicable Certification Level: Fire Officer II Certificate of Completion

Prerequisite: Tactics & Strategy I

SEARCH & RESCUE TRAINING

*Roadway Extrication Specialist (Auto Extrication Technician) (40 hours)

The Roadway Extrication course is designed to acquaint the inexperienced firefighter with techniques used in Auto Extrication. Of the 40 hours, 32 hours will be spent
working with the various extrication equipment and tools. Emphasis will be on safety,
functions of the tools, and different techniques to remove victims from auto accidents.
All students will be required to furnish protective clothing. A list of acceptable
alternatives will be provided with the confirmation letter to the students admitted to the
class.

Applicable Certification Level(s): Roadway Extrication Specialist Certificate of
Completion

*Confined Space / Trench Rescue Awareness (8 hours)

This course will provide the first responders with the knowledge to identify confined
space and trench rescue situations, and the hazards associated with them. The Authority
having jurisdiction regulations, which govern emergency response to these rescue
situations, will be covered. Discussion will identify the equipment and training needed to
perform these types of rescues. Review of rescue situations and the action taken will be
discussed.

Applicable Certification Level: Confined Space/Trench Rescue Awareness Certificate of
Completion

Prerequisites: None

*Confined Space Rescue (40 hours)

This course concerns rescues involving confined spaces. The class covers the authority
having jurisdiction regulations, use of specialized equipment for atmospheric monitoring,

commercial entry and retrieval systems, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval
systems. Special emphasis will be given to rescuer safety, scene management, patient
care and movement, and construction and operation of retrieval systems. Simulated
rescue evolutions involving various rescue problems will be conducted. Written and
practical skill testing will be conducted at the completion of the course.

Applicable Certification Level: Rescue Specialist/Confined Space Certificate of
Completion

Prerequisites: Confined Space/Trench Rescue Awareness & Vertical Rescue I - Ropes &
Rigging

*Trench Rescue (24 hours)

This course concerns below grade excavation entrapment rescues. The class covers the
authority having jurisdiction, use of specialized equipment for atmospheric monitoring,
shoring systems, victim excavation, and employment of rescuer constructed retrieval
systems. Special emphasis will be given to rescuer safety, and scene evolutions involving
various trench rescue problems will be conducted. Written and practical skill testing will
be conducted at the completion of the course.

Applicable Certification Level: Rescue Specialist/Trench Rescue Certificate of
Completion

Prerequisites: Confined Space/Trench Rescue Awareness

*Vertical Rescue I - Ropes & Rigging (40 hours)

The Ropes & Rigging course provides those personnel, who are or will be operating as a member of a rescue team, with the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform rescues using rope systems. The class will cover the use of rope, rope equipment, hardware, construction of mechanical advantage systems, belay and safety systems, anchor systems, and patient packaging. Special consideration will be given to policies of standard- making agencies such as OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and others. Written and practical skill
examinations will be administered at the completion of the course.

Applicable Certification Level: Rescue Specialist/Vertical I - Ropes & Rigging
Certificate of Completion.

Prerequisites: none

*Vertical Rescue II - High Angle Rescue Techniques (40 hours)

This course concerns rescues involving elevation differences. The class covers fixed and floating brake rappels, transfer of personnel from one line onto a second line, and patient movement in litter systems. The students will construct and operate mechanical
advantage systems, belay and safety systems, anchor systems using accepted vertical rescue practices. The physics and dynamics of rescue systems will be explored. Practical evolutions will include lowering and hauling systems in simulated rescue situations.
Written and practical skill examinations will be administered at the completion of the course.

Applicable Certification Level: Rescue Specialist/Vertical II - High Angle

Prerequisites: Vertical Rescue I - Ropes & Rigging

*Vertical Rescue III - Advanced High Angle Rescue (54 hours)

This is an advanced course which emphasizes team development and team management. Advanced vertical rescue skills will be introduced. The student will participate in team applications of vertical rescue skills in simulated rescue situations. Practical evolutions will include rescues from vessels, confined space, towers, structural, industrial and agricultural environments. Written and practical skill examinations will be administered at the completion of the course.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Vertical Rescue II - High Angle Rescue, Rescue
Specialist/Vertical II - High Angle Certification of Completion.

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL COURSES

*Hazardous Materials Awareness (8 - 12 hours)

This course will provide first responders with the knowledge and skills to: Understand what hazardous substances are and the risk associated with them in an incident; Recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency; Understand the
role of the emergency responder at the awareness level, including site security and control; Have understanding of the U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook; Realize the need for additional resources, and to make appropriate notifications to the community.

*Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations Level (40 hours)

The Hazardous Materials First Responder/Operations Level course provides to those personnel, who are or will be operating as a member of a fire department, the basic skills needed to evaluate and work defensively at an incident involving the release of hazardous materials. The objectives of the course are to teach participants:

Knowledge of basic hazard and risk-assessment techniques; Knowledge of selecting and using proper personal protective equipment provided to the first responder operational level; Knowledge of performing basic control, containment and/or confinement
operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available; Understanding of the relevant standard operating guidelines and termination procedures.

Applicable Certification Level: Firefighter III & Hazardous Materials First Responder/
Operations Level Certificate of Completion

Prerequisite: Hazardous Materials Awareness & Firefighter II

*Hazardous Materials Technician Module A (40 hours) and Module B (40 hours)

The Hazardous Materials Technician course provides those personnel who are or will be operating as a member of a hazardous material response team with the basic skills needed to evaluate and mitigate an incident involving the release of hazardous materials.

The objectives of the course are to teach participants:

Knowledge of implementation of the Emergency Response Plan; Knowledge of the classification, identification, and verification of known and unknown material by using field-survey instruments and equipment; Being able to function within an assigned role in the Incident Management System; Knowledge of selecting and using the proper specialized chemical personal protective equipment provided to the hazardous material technician; Understanding hazard and risk-assessment techniques; Being able to perform advance control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with the unit; Understanding and implementing decontamination procedures; Understanding basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior; Being able to perform specialized control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and
personal protective equipment available; Understanding chemical, radiological, and toxicological terminology and behavior; Having the ability to develop a site safety and control plan; Understanding classification, identification, and verification of known and
unknown materials by using advanced survey instruments and equipment.

Applicable Certification Level: Hazardous Materials Technician I Certification of
Completion

Prerequisite: Hazardous Materials First Responder/ Operations Level

*Hazardous Materials Incident Commander (16 hours)

This course offers the individual skills necessary to direct and coordinate all aspects of a hazardous materials incident. This includes: Knowledge of and the ability to implement the incident management system; Knowledge of how to implement the emergency
response plan, state and federal regional response plans; Knowledge and understanding of the importance of decontamination procedures; Knowledge and understanding of hazards associated with employees working in chemical protective clothing; Analyzing

a hazardous materials incident, setting objectives, identifying potential action options,
evaluation of the planned response, documentation, and final termination requirements.

*Hazardous Materials Branch Officer (40 hours)

This class contains the advance skills necessary to make command decisions at an incident involving the release of hazardous materials. Responders will be learning from leaders of the field of emergency response. They will share techniques and skills used to run any type of hazardous incident. As part of the class assignment, participants will develop standard operating guidelines, perform a hazard analysis for a fixed site facility, and operate as command staff for a simulated incident using the material they developed during the week long class.

Applicable Certification Level: None

Prerequisites: Hazardous Materials Technician

*Municipality Emergency Response to Terrorism: Basic Awareness Concepts
(16 hours)

The primary target audience for this course includes three groups of people: Fire Service Personnel, Emergency Medical Services Responders, and Hazardous-Material Responders. In addition, this course is designed to benefit: Law Enforcement Personnel,
Emergency Communications Personnel, Public Works Management, Public Health Workers, Armed Forces, Reserves, and National Guard, Disaster Response Agencies.

This program is designed to help responders to recognize and understand acts of Terrorism, both domestic and international. It will provide responders with knowledge on implementing self-protective measures, scene security and tactical considerations when
dealing with terrorism. Explosives, chemical, radiological and etiological types of harm shall be discussed. This class will also give the responders an overview of the incident command structure and their role within a mass casualty disaster involving a multi-
jurisdictional command system.

Applicable Certification Level: None

Prerequisites: None

*Emergency Response to Terrorism and Mass Casualty Disasters: Advanced Response (24 hours)

The primary target audience for this course includes three groups of people: Fire Service Personnel, EMS Responders, and Hazardous-Material Responders. In addition, this course is designed to benefit: Law Enforcement Personnel, Emergency Communications
Personnel, Public Works Management, Public Health Workers, Armed Forces, Reserves, Military Guard and Disaster Response Agencies.

This training is designed for Technician level responders. It will be a three-day symposium on topics dealing with Terrorism, both domestic and international. This training will involve both classroom and hands-on activities designed to prepare Technicians to respond to Terrorism Emergencies. Some of the events planned are: Targeted exposures, Demonstrations on incendiary devices, bombs and clandestine drug
laboratories, Demonstration on proper tactics and strategy of dealing with chemical, etiological and radiological emergencies; Monitoring and Chemical Protective Clothing; Table-top exercises on incidents involving mass casualty and acts of terrorism; Mass
casualty evacuation and decontamination demonstration.

Applicable Certification Level: None
Prerequisites: None

THE EMERGENCY RESPONDER TRAINING FORCE COURSE CURRICULUM

GENERAL INFORMATION

CUSTOMIZED COURSE:
Courses can be customized to meet the municipality’s requirements. Accelerated courses are generally developed to meet specific client generated requests. Development of a customized/accelerated course entails selecting specific classes/lessons from a variety of
courses; the combination of the selected classes/lessons results in the design of a unique course that meets the needs of the request.

TRAINING FEES:
The training fees will be determined by the particular courses chosen. Payment must be received prior to the beginning of each class. Wire transfer is the preferred mode of payment, Cashiers checks will be accepted made payable to the order of International Emergency Responder Training Force.

LOCATION OF CLASS:
Course will be conducted at the locations agreed upon in the host country.

CERTIFICATIONS:
Certification of Completion will be granted upon completion of the particular course.

 

 

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