Below is a list of classes covered during the recruit-training program:
Orientation (8 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to describe basic fire department organizational structure and operating procedures and distinguish among the duties and functions of fire department personnel.
Firefighter Safety (13 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to follow basic fire station, apparatus, and tool safety procedures and guidelines.
Fire Behavior (6.5 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to predict probable fire behaviors and know the actions necessary to change or prevent these behaviors.
Building Construction (6.5 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to identify structural characteristics of building construction types and recognize signs and causes of potential building collapse.
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) (19 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to recognize toxic atmospheres, don and doff protection clothing, use a PASS device, and safely use, clean, refill, inspect, and store SCBA.
Arson Detection (6.5 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to identify his or her responsibilities in fire cause determination and protect evidence of fire cause and origin.
Ropes & Knots (16 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to identify and properly knot, use, and maintain various types of ropes used in the fire service.
Fire Apparatus (4 hours): covers operating, positioning, types, construction, and use of fire apparatus for firefighting and water supplies.
Fire Hose (24 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to identify and use hose couplings, tools, and appliances and will be able to load and roll hose. The student will also be able to make hydrant connections from various lays, and will be able to carry, drag, advance, and handle.
Auto Extrication (16 hours): this class deals with subject matter of light rescue using hand-operated hydraulic tools and hands-on using heavy power tools. Junk cars are used for training.
Electrical Emergencies (4 hours): covers electrical hazards associated with dealing with high voltage wires and how to deal with emergency situations associated with the first responder. This class is instructed by AmerenUE.
Water Supply (3 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to describe the fundamentals of a water supply system, measure hydrant flow pressure, and connect a fire department pumper to various water sources.
Fire Streams (15 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to explain water and foam streams. The student will also be able to identify and operate a given selection of nozzles and tips, and assemble and operate a foam fire stream system.
Forcible Entry (13) hours: after completing this lesson, the student will be able to identify and know appropriate applications and maintenance procedures for forcible entry tools.
Loss Control (6.5 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to safely and efficiently perform salvage and overhaul at a fire scene while protecting evidence for fire cause.
Ladders (23 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to identify, carry, raise, climb, inspect, and maintain fire service ground ladders.
Ground Cover Fires (8 hours): class matter deals with wildland firefighting. Goes into depth on firefighting, topography, weather, size-up, and tactics and strategy to protect wildland areas.
Fire Control (4 hours): after completing this class, the student will be able to operate as part of a team to control and/or extinguish interior and exterior Class A, C, and D fires and passenger vehicle and wildland fires.
Prevention & I.D. (6.5 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be above to identify residential fire hazards, conduct a fire station tour and a residential fire safety survey, and make and document a fire and life safety presentation.
E.M.S. (3 hours): minimum emergency medical care performance capabilities to include infection control, CPR, bleeding control, and shock management.
Diversity in the Fire Service (4 hours)
Ventilation (10) hours: after completing this lesson, the student will be able to apply the principles of ventilation to appropriately ventilate a building.
Public Fire Education (6.5 hours): consists of planning and implementing fire prevention campaigns. Explains how to target age groups and work with the media to control fires before they happen.
Report Writing (4 hours): after completing this class, the student should be familiar with the procedure of filing an incident report and the importance of obtaining accurate and complete information.
Critical Incident Stress (3 hours)
Auto Fires (6.5 hours): NFPA states that vehicle fires are one of the most common fires within the United States. With the advent of airbags, side impact protection, hybrids, and other alternative fueled vehicles, these “common” fires have become anything but routine. Fire recruits learn both basic and advanced skills to mitigate these common, yet highly hazardous and potentially deadly events. Skills such s forcible entry, hose and nozzle streams, and fire control are reinforced while students learn to safely extinguish a passenger vehicle fire emergency using live fire training.
Emergency Control of Natural Gas/Natural Gas burn (8 hours): studies the hazards of natural gas, explosive ranges, and properties of same. Also explores the dos and don’ts of dealing with natural gas. Focuses on firefighting duties of first-in engine company to a scene. Consists of four hours in classroom and four hours live fire training.
Sprinklers (4 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to perform basic operations at properties protected by automatic sprinklers.
Alarms & Communications (4 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to identify and properly use various fire service communications systems and equipment.
Extinguishers (8 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to identify and use portable fire extinguishers to extinguish small Class A, Class B, and Class C fires.
Flammable Liquids (8 hours): This class deals with the chemistry of foam for fire suppression. Topics include: concentrated foams, mixing, eductors, limitations, understanding fog nozzles, aspirating nozzles, and foam tubes. Includes hands-on live fire training field exercise.
Liquified Propane Gas (8 hours): focuses on useful handling of hazardous materials incidents involving flammable gases. Students will learn about tank construction, properties of liquid propane gas, proper tactics for dealing with liquid propane gas, and will receive live fire training with liquid propane gas on site.
Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations (27 hours): recognition and identification of hazardous materials, labeling, placarding, scene control, and use of D.O.T. Response book.
Search & Rescue (24 hours): after completing this lesson, the student will be able to safely use various rescue and extrication tools, and conduct a search and rescue in a structure operating as a member of a team.
High Rise (8 hours): covers construction, fireground management, tactical considerations, elevators, life safety, ventilation, and water supply.
Structure burns (16 hours): live fire training evolutions. Class incorporates all skills taught for firefighting: suppression, safety, rescue, ICS, hose handling, PPV, water supply, etc.
Fire Ground Survival (16 hours): the purpose of the Fire Ground Survival program is to ensure that training for Mayday prevention operations are consistent between all firefighters, company officers and chief officers. Firefighters must be training to perform potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air or trapped. These training exercises must be consistent throughout the fire service.
Incident Command (4 hours): this class combines command strategy with organizational procedures and is designed to be used for structural firefighting incidents using up to 25 companies. It is also used for other types of emergency incidents.
NIMS (4 hours): National Incident Management System class: ICS 100, 200 & 700.
Everyone Goes Home (3 hours): Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. Their courage allows them to willingly risk their own lives so that others can be saved. A different type of courage is required to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations, avoiding needless risks and tragic consequences. This provocative and moving presentation is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of firefighters as a normal occurrence. Building on the untold story of LODD survivors, it reveals how family members must live with the consequences of a firefighter death and provides a focus on the need for firefighters and officers to change fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent line of duty deaths. The central theme promotes the courage to do the right thing in order to protect yourself and other firefighters and ensure that “Everyone Goes Home” at the end of the day.