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National Fire Academy: Two State Weekend | Infection Control for Emergency Response Personnel |
Initial Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents: Basic Concepts |
Initial Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents: Concept Implementation |
Methods of Enhancing Safety Education | Community Risk Issues and Prevention Interventions |
Executive Skills Series: Influencing | Executive Skills Series: Managing and Leading Change |
Leadership I: Strategies for Company Success | Leadership II: Strategies for Personal Success |
Leadership III: Strategies for Supervisory Success | Managing Company Tactical Operations: Tactics |
Basic Life Support and Hazardous Materials Response | Incident Safety Officer | Health and Safety Officer |
Incident Command System for Emergency Medical Services |Arson Detection forthe First Responder
 
Course Name: National Fire Academy: Two State Weekend
Career Track: Firefighters and EMS personnel
Hours: 16 (Classroom)
Description: The Two State Weekend Program is offered at NFA annually as an educational opportunity for fire and rescue personnel from New Hampshire and Vermont to attend two-day courses. The NFA hosts the weekend and provides the instruction and course materials. This affords local responders the opportunity to attend classes at the NFA, without requiring the standard two-week commitment of most of the courses. The specific courses offered are chosen by the state training agencies, and will vary based on need.
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30 depending on program
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Course Name: Infection Control for Emergency Response Personnel:
The Supervisor’s Role and Responsibilities
Course ID: ICERP
Career Track: Emergency Medical Services Supervisor
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course focuses on a broad range of infection control issues. Emphasis is placed on the health and safety of the emergency responder and that of the entire department, along with the supervisor’s role and responsibility in the implementation of an effective program. The student learns how to convert classroom knowledge into an action plan by being a role model for training personnel, and promoting a department infection control program.

A Guide to Developing and Managing an Emergency Service Infection Control Program developed by USFA is included as a reference to the course. The Guide contains information on the planning, development, and implementation of an infection control program.

Target Audience: Primary: Career and volunteer fire service/EMS supervisors
Secondary: Managers, training officers, and other personnel with related responsibilities
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Initial Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents:
Basic Concepts
Course ID: IRHMI: BC
Career Track: Hazardous Materials Technician
Hours: 16
Description: This course gives students an understanding of the basic concepts and techniques of hazardous materials first response. Instruction is based on 29 CFR 1910.120 (OSHA) and 40 CFR 311 (EPA) at awareness level, but does not include hands-on applications or exercises.
Target Audience: Emergency personnel who normally might be expected to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials as described in 29 CFR 1910.120 or 40 CFR 311.
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Initial Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents:
Concept Implementation
Course ID: IRHMI: CI
Career Track: Hazardous Materials Technician
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course reinforces and expands upon information presented in the IRHMI:BC course. New concepts and more detail are provided on procedures, usage, and related considerations following the basic chronology of a hazardous materials incident. Instruction is based on 29 CFR 1910.120 and 40 CFR 311 at the operations level, but does not include hands-on applications or exercises.
Target Audience: Emergency personnel who normally might be expected to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials as described in 29 CFR 1910.120 or 40 CFR 311.
Prerequisites: Completion of IRHMI:BC or equivalent training. No other prior comprehensive hazardous materials knowledge is assumed.
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Methods of Enhancing Safety Education
Course ID: MESE
Career Track: Public Safety Education
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course is designed for those who coordinate or assist their organization in public education. The course does not teach people how to deliver safety programs; rather it supports efforts to enhance safety education in their organizations and in their communities. Content is ideal for students from smaller or volunteer organizations who wish to enhance their public education and prevention efforts. Students will outline ideas and plans that they would like to apply when they return home. Students who take this two-day program will be able to determine if public education is valued in their organizations and in their communities. Course content emphasizes three simple methods for establishing "roots" in public fire and safety education.
Target Audience:
  • Those who serve on local or State prevention or public education committees
  • Fire suppression personnel or volunteer firefighters who coordinate public education
  • Volunteer firefighters who wear many "hats," including public education.
  • EMS personnel who coordinate programs such as basic life support
  • Community volunteers wishing to enhance fire and life safety efforts
  • Local school teachers who teach safety topics
  • Citizens who desire a more active role in safety education
  • Community health educators
  • Part-time or full-time public fire educators
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Community Risk Issues and Prevention Interventions
Course ID: CRIPI
Career Track: Fire Prevention
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course is designed for students who work in the field of prevention. Students learn a basic overview of the "three Es" of prevention -- education, engineering, and enforcement. The course concludes that the most effective way to combat community risk issues is to develop strategies that use all "three Es." The course is designed to provide the motivation and leadership for local organizations to enhance their prevention efforts.

Course content includes:

  • evaluation of the types and levels of community prevention
  • how injuries, fires, and burns can be prevented
  • strategies and countermeasures to help people understand the injury, fire, or burn event and reduce the loss
  • prevention approaches -- behavior changes, legislation, and enforcement and engineering
Target Audience:
  • Prevention personnel in local organizations
  • Persons serving on local or State prevention committees
  • Fire marshals, inspectors, and public educators
  • Career and volunteer firefighters who have prevention responsibilities
  • EMS personnel who coordinate community life-support programs
  • Community volunteers wishing to enhance fire and life safety efforts
  • Community health educators
  • Part-time or full-time public educators
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Executive Skills Series: Influencing
Course ID: ESS: I
Career Track: Chief Officer
Hours: 16
Description: Influencing is considered a critical leadership skill, particularly at the executive level. This two-day course will examine how leaders successfully influence others to accomplish common goals. Formally planning to influence others will be a primary discussion area within the course. Case studies of executives influencing others will be analyzed to illustrate the challenges and opportunities associated with complex situations in the public sector. This course is for senior officers of both career and volunteer fire/emergency services organizations.
Target Audience:
  • Chief of department or equivalent
  • Chief officers who head major bureaus or functions within a department (e.g., suppression, prevention, training, emergency medical services, etc.
  • Battalion-level officers of IAFC-designated "metro-size" fire departments
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Executive Skills Series: Managing and Leading Change
Course ID: ESS: MLC
Career Track: Chief Officer
Hours: 16
Description: In this two-day course, students will be introduced to a four-step model for managing change effectively. These activities include analysis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. The same model will be used to examine the executive role of leading change. A variety of activities and simulations will apply theories to contemporary issues that executive officers experience daily. This course is for senior fire officers of both career and volunteer fire/emergency services organizations.
Target Audience:
  • Chief of department or equivalent
  • Chief officers who head major bureaus or functionswithin a department (e.g., suppression, prevention, training, emergency medical services, etc.)
  • Battalion-level officers of IAFC-designated "metro-size" fire departments.
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Leadership I: Strategies for Company Success
Course ID: LSI
Career Track: Company Officer
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course presents the company officer with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course includes techniques and approaches to problem-solving, ways to identify and assess the needs of the company officer’s subordinates, methods for running meetings effectively in the fire service environment, and decision-making skills for the company officer.
Target Audience:
  • Line fire officers, unit commanders, or program supervisors
  • Fire or rescue personnel due for promotion/appointment to officer rank or supervisory position within six months
  • Training officers, staff, or administrative officers of fire and rescue organizations
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Leadership II: Strategies for Personal Success
Course ID: LSII
Career Track: Company Officer
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course provides the company officer with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course addresses ethics, use and abuse of power at the company officer level, creativity in the fire service environment, and management of the multiple roles of the company officer.
Target Audience:
  • Line fire officers, unit commanders, or program supervisors
  • Fire or rescue personnel due for promotion/appointment to officer rank or supervisory position within six months
  • Training officers, staff, or administrative officers of fire and rescue organizations
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Leadership III: Strategies for Supervisory Success
Course ID: LSIII
Career Track: Company Officer
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course provides the company officer with the basic leadership skills and tools to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course covers when and how to delegate to subordinates, assess personal leadership styles through situational leadership, discipline subordinates, and apply coaching/motivating techniques.
Target Audience:
  • Chief of department or equivalent
  • Chief officers who head major bureaus or functions within a department (e.g., suppression, prevention, training, emergency medical services, etc.)
  • Battalion-level officers of IAFC-designated "metro-size" fire departments.
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Managing Company Tactical Operations: Tactics
Course ID: MCTO: T
Career Track: Company and Chief Officers
Hours: 16
Description: This in-depth two-day course examines fire and rescue practices dealing with confinement, extinguishment, water supply, salvage, and offensive and defensive fire fighting operations. This course concludes with a major fire simulation activity.

NOTE: The MCTO:T course deals with operational issues relating to buildings up to three stories in height. Various types of occupancies will be included within this framework; however, buildings taller than three stories will not be covered.

Target Audience:
  • Company officers or senior firefighters responsible for the management of a single fire company during fireground operations (NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, Levels I and II)
  • Senior firefighters who may at times assume the responsibility of the company officer (NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, Levels I)
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Basic Life Support and Hazardous Materials Response
Course ID: BLS&HMR
Career Track: Emergency Medical Services/Haz-mat Technician
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course will emphasize critical concerns for emergency medical responders at hazardous materials incidents. Elements of this course include safety issues for emergency medical service/hazardous materials response, managing contaminated victims requiring emergency medical assistance, decontamination and treatment procedures of a basic life support nature, and transportation and receiving facilities. The course will assist the student in understanding and complying with Federal regulations and national recommendations concerning emergency medical response to hazardous materials incidents.
Target Audience: Fire and emergency medical personnel who have a responsibility for managing basic life support emergency medical care at hazardous materials (operations level) incidents.
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Incident Safety Officer
Course ID: ISO
Career Track: Safety Officers
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course examines the Safety Officer’s role at emergency responses. A specific focus on operations within an Incident Command System (ICS) as a Safety Officer is a main theme. Response to all-hazard types of situations will be emphasized.
Target Audience: Individuals who have a Safety Officer responsibility at emergency operation situations. Persons attending this course should have a working knowledge of the ICS, as taught by NFA, building construction principles, hazardous materials management, applicable NFPA guidelines, and Federal regulations.
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Health and Safety Officer
Course ID: HSO
Career Track: Safety Officers
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course examines the Health and Safety Officer’s role in identifying, evaluating, and implementing policy and procedures that affect health and safety aspects for emergency responders. Risk analysis, wellness and other occupational safety issues will be the main emphasis of this course.
Target Audience: Individuals who have department-level health and safety responsibilities. Persons attending this course should have a working knowledge of the Incident Command System, as taught by NFA, applicable NFPA and OSHA requirements and recommendations, and responsibility for setting policy for the department on such issues.
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Incident Command System for Emergency Medical Services
Course ID: ICS/EMS
Career Track: Incident Command/Emergency Medical Services
Hours: 16
Description: In this course, students will be introduced to the concepts of EMS-specific incident command through lecture and guided discussion. They will use scenarios, case studies, graphics, audio visuals, and role-play to demonstrate understanding of the concepts.
Target Audience: Emergency response personnel who, as a part of their regular duties, respond to small to medium-sized emergency medical incidents requiring scene management skills. Students’ responsibilities can range from first responder to field operations chief.
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: None
Class Size: 24-30
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Course Name: Arson Detection for the First Responder
Course ID: ADFR
Career Track: Firefighter/Fire Investigation
Hours: 16
Description: This two-day course is designed specifically to provide a clear definition of the role of initial responder organizations, and to provide essential knowledge to enable them to recognize the potential of an intentionally set fire, preserve evidence, and properly report the information to appropriate officials. The course includes the following basic topics: fire behavior, critical observations of the first responder, fire cause, scene security and evidence preservation, legal considerations, and how to report findings properly to appropriate officials.
Target Audience: This training is designed specifically for the firefighter who is inexperienced in arson detection and the preservation of evidence at the fire scene. It is not designated for the arson-experienced firefighter or investigator.
Prerequisites: None
Equipment Needs: Resource kit provided
Class Size: 24-30
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