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Fire Attack/Fireground Operations

The key to successful fire attack and fireground operations is applying foundational knowledge during an event. Enhance your knowledge by taking courses on assessment and size-up, fire suppression, ventilation, and hose line deployment in different structure types.

Course Name Course Description Length
Drone Use for First Responders – NEW! Drones can be valuable assets to law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, and local governments. These devices can assist in aiding search and rescue teams, locating suspects who have fled, and identifying access points during wildfires or large crowds. This course, presented in collaboration with the Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, and written by Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) Instructor James D. Daniels will explore how public safety can use UAS effectively. 2h
Electric Car Fires – NEW!

This course is a focused exploration of electric vehicle (EV) fire safety, tailored for emergency responders and safety professionals. It delves into the unique challenges posed by EV fires, including understanding the distinct properties of lithium-ion batteries and the risks during fire incidents. Learners will compare EV fires with conventional vehicle fires, learn about current safety measures, and gain hands-on experience with extinguishing methods. The program synthesizes theory and practice, aiming to provide participants with the skills needed to evaluate risks and improve EV fire response strategies effectively.

Learners will receive a condensed yet comprehensive overview of EV design and operation, alongside real-world case studies on EV fire incidents, highlighting the development of safety standards. The course is designed to cultivate a solid understanding of the complexities surrounding EV fires, ensuring that by its conclusion, participants will be equipped with both the knowledge and practical abilities required for enhancing electric vehicle safety in their professional roles.

Lithium-Ion Battery Fires – NEW! Lithium-ion batteries have become an integral part of our daily lives, powering everything from smartphones to electric vehicles. However, they present unique challenges and hazards, especially when they malfunction or are involved in fires. This eLearning course is tailored to equip firefighters with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely handle incidents involving lithium-ion batteries. Through a combination of interactive modules and expert guidance, participants will gain a deep understanding of the risks and best practices for mitigating them. 1h
Performing a V-E-I-S (Vent-Enter-Isolate-Search) Operation In this course, we will explore the fire tactic of Vent-Enter-Isolate-Search or VEIS. Using this tactic requires keen observation of fireground conditions and building construction. The ability to identify conditions that are tenable, as well as areas of the structure that may still be occupied, is essential when deciding whether to perform VEIS over other traditional means of search and rescue. Although this tactic brings about its own inherent risks, it can and is performed safely by fire departments across the country every day. 1h
Response to Railroad Incidents – NEW! This comprehensive course is designed specifically for firefighters, focusing on effective responses to various railroad incidents. Through five detailed lessons, participants will gain a deep understanding of the unique challenges and procedures involved in addressing emergencies on railroad systems. The course combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills, ensuring that firefighters are well-equipped to handle situations ranging from derailments to hazardous material spills. 2h
RT-130 Annual Wildland Refresher – NEW! This course is designed to promote best practices, safety procedures, and general knowledge on how to best interact with wildland fires in a safe and responsible way. After taking this course firefighters should be able to minimize the loss of property and minimize the risk to life and health of not only the fire crews but the general public. 1h
S-190 Wildland Firefighter Fire Behavior – NEW! This course will provide the necessary information for firefighters to responsibly engage with wildland fires. Doing so will help ensure safe conditions and mitigate potential risks for themselves and their crew. 1h
Salvage and Overhaul: Chutes This course addresses the mitigation of water run-off to preserve a homeowners possessions by using a variety of methods involving chutes and catch-alls made from tarps and other equipment such as pike poles and ladders. This course is part of a series including an introduction and tarps course and a course in gas monitoring. 30m
Salvage and Overhaul: Gas Monitoring This course addresses the mitigation of water run-off to preserve a homeowner’s possessions by using a variety of methods involving chutes and catch-alls made from tarps and other equipment such as pike poles and ladders. This course is part of a series including an introduction and tarps course and a course in gas monitoring. 30m
Salvage and Overhaul: Introduction and Tarps This course deals with the importance of monitoring fireground air quality. This is one course in the series, Salvage and Overhaul, which also includes an introductory course on tarp usage and a course on chutes. 30m
Scene Size-Up – NEW! This course offers a comprehensive journey through the various stages of scene size-up, tailored for fire fighters keen on honing their tactical abilities in the face of rapidly evolving fireground scenarios. 1h
Wildland Fire Observations & Origin Scene Protection Last year, our country suffered from 71,499 wildfires. The number of acres burned was higher than the previous 10-year average. Studies show an increase in future wildfires due to more frequent unexpected weather patterns. With these figures in mind, fire investigation has become more important than ever, It must start at the time a fire is reported or discovered. First responders play an important role in protecting evidence, so it is vital for the origin and cause investigator to help train all first responders to identify and protect the area of origin of the fire. In this course, we will focus on two main aspects that are weaved into fire investigations: wildland fire observations and origin scene protection. 1h

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Structure Defense

Wildland firefighting by itself is very challenging and adding structures and other improvements into the equation greatly increases the complexity. Over the last several decades an expansion of communities, homes and other improvements into wildland areas has created a significant challenge for the fire service agencies responsible for providing fire protection in those areas. Firefighters can prepare themselves for structure defense activities by developing a sound understanding of the wildland structure environment, as noted in this course, which are fire behavior and forecasting, the Risk Management process, tactical terms and associated tactical actions.