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Incident Command System (ICS) - 100 - Lyndonville

Location: Lyndonville Fire Station
When:  October 14 & 16, 2019 (1800 - 2200) 
Application Deadline:  October 1, 2019
Please apply by submitting a general admission application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the Application deadline listed above. 

This course provides training on and resources for personnel who require a basic understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS).  This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System.  It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  This course is for entry-level first responders (firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services providers, public works, public health personnel, others) and other personnel that require introductory ICS

Monday, October 14, 2019 (All day)

Reducing Firefighter Risk: Pre-Incident, During, and Post-Incident - Pittsford

Saturday, October 19, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at Vermont Fire Academy, 93 Davison Drive, Pittsford, VT

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Firefighter health is at the forefront of many of today’s discussions and ongoing scientific research. Preventing injuries and illnesses in our first responder population has become a paramount issue for fire service leaders.

The City of Rutland Fire Department in partnership with the Vermont Fire Academy will be hosting a 1-day training event focused on firefighter health and safety. This training will boil down the complexities of firefighter health research into an easy to understand presentation that focuses on a step-by-step algorithm of how to reduce firefighter risk and improve overall fireground performance and safety.

Chief Craig Haigh and Dr. Denise Smith will explore the physiological demands that firefighters face including cardiovascular strain combined with heavy physical work, heat stress, and psychological stress based upon research performed at Skidmore College. Together, they will explain how risks can be mitigated before, during, and after an incident. Topics will include rehabilitation, options for building a rehabilitation team, fire scene decontamination, and firefighter cancer prevention.

This presentation will interest firefighters and EMS providers alike.

Registration:  Pre-registration is required by submitting a General Admission Application to the Vermont Fire Academy by October 11, 2019.

Cost:  This event is free of charge and includes lunch.  Lunch and break refreshments will be provided through the sponsorship of Rutland County Fire Mutual Aid.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Candidate Physical Ability Training (CPAT) Testing - Williston Fire Department

2019 CPAT Testing Information
CPAT Exam:  October 22, 23, and 24, 2019
Orientation:  August 27, 28, and 29, 2019
Exam Location: Williston Fire Station, 645 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495

Download the CPAT Application

Application Deadline: 

4:00 PM on August 9, 2019 - Deadline for application, payment and physician authorization if you wish to attend orientation and testing - $100 fee
4:00 PM on October 11, 2019 - Deadline for application, payment and physician authorization, requires orientation waiver to test - $150 fee

For information or questions on our Candidate Physical Ability Testing program, e-mail DPS.VFACPAT@vermont.gov.

Reciprocity

The State of Vermont and the participating Fire Departments allow for reciprocity for successful completion of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) from another licensed jurisdiction. Download the Reciprocity Application.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (All day)

Rapid Intervention Crew Course - Brattleboro

Course Location: Brattleboro Fire Station and the Vermont Fire Academy
Start Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Course Times: 0800 to 1700 weekends and 1800 - 2200 weeknights
Application Deadline: October 16, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.
This course will prepare firefighters for the Mayday situation starting with the most essential self-rescue skills and working up to the most complicated team rescue techniques. Lessons within this course outline the equipment needs of a Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC), the techniques necessary upon receiving a RIC assignment, self-rescue techniques, and skills necessary to perform challenging rescues of a downed firefighter. With 55 skill drills, this course is very hands on and task oriented. Skills include performing self-rescue, rapid emergency egress, wall breaching, rapid movement of downed firefighters, through the floor rescues, and much more.
This course has extreme physical demands and participants must be physically fit. Participants must perform significant heavy lifting, hauling, escaping from heights, and working in space-limited conditions throughout the course.
Students may apply by submitting a completed Rapid Intervention Crews Course Admission Application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the application deadline. Seats will be awarded by equal department disbursement. A minimum of 15 students must be registered for this course to be held. Course maximum is 20 students.
Prerequisite:All students must be a least 18 years of age to participate and shall have received training that meets or is equivalent to the job performance requirements of Firefighter I per NFPA 1001. A strong Firefighter I skill set is required. 
Standard: NFPA 1407, Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews, 2015 Edition
Text: Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews, Principles and Practice, Jones and Bartlett Learning, Joe Nedder, 2015
Course Completion: Students will receive a certificate of completion for this course after fully participating.
Student manuals are not returnable after issuance. The sponsoring department will be charged for the cost of the student manual if a student fails to complete the course.
Please feel free to contact the Vermont Fire Academy with any questions that you may have. 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (All day)

Hazardous Materials Awareness - Hartford

Location: Hartford Fire Station
When:  October 24, 2019
Time: 1000 - 1700
Application Deadline:  4 PM on October 21, 2019
Course Minimum:  15 students
Please apply by submitting a general admission application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the Application deadline listed above.

This entry-level class is designed for all personnel who may encounter a hazardous materials situation.  The course learning objectives are based on the OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 regulation and meet the NFPA 472 Standard on Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials / WMD Incidents.  Students will receive an introduction to hazardous materials, be able to describe the process for analyzing an incident, and describe the procedure for implementing a response.  Topics include detecting hazardous materials, informal detection methods, facility and transportation markings, DOT hazard classes and conditions, container identification, Safety Data Sheets and shipping papers, terrorism and hazardous materials, identifying hazardous materials, using the Emergency Response Guidebook, implementing the response, protective actions and scene safety, and notification procedures.  This course is designed to meet the needs of Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Service providers, municipal officials, public works employees, others who may encounter hazardous materials in the course of their duties.  Successful completion of a written exam is required for certification. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019 (All day)

Fire Inspector I Orientation - Hartford

Orientation: October 24, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at Hartford Fire Station
Class Location: Hartford Town Hall, 171 Bridge Street, White River Junction
Application Deadline: October 10, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.
Students may apply by submitting a completed General Admission Application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the application deadline. Seats will be awarded by equal department disbursement. A minimum of 15 students must be registered for this course to be held. Program maximum is 20 students.
This program is based on NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner. A beginning level program for those wishing to become involved in the aspect of fire prevention and inspections. This program is primarily designed for those performing fire service inspections and would be extremely useful to state and municipal inspectors and company level fire officers. Some of the topics covered in this program include report writing and record keeping, building construction, identifying occupancy types, understanding fire growth, performing inspections, occupancy safety and evacuation plans, introduction to building systems, and fire protection systems. Participants will study the proper handling and storage of hazardous materials and gain an understanding of safe housekeeping practices.
This program includes many activities that will assist in the development of Code interpretation and application skills. The most commonly applied Codes and Standards will be reviewed in detail with an emphasis on NFPA 1, Fire Code and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code.  
Professional Qualification Standard:NFPA 1031, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspector and Plan Examiner
Prerequisite:Hazardous Materials Awareness Certification. Students who meet this prerequisite must submit a copy of their certificate with their General Admission Application. Those without this certification must attend that class on orientation day.
Text: Fire Inspector Principles and Practice, Enhanced First Edition (provided)
Certification Exam: Successful completion of this program will qualify the student to take the Pro Board Certification Exam for Fire Inspector I. The Fire Inspector I Certification Exam consists of a 100-question written exam and a practicum project submittal. The project requires the candidate to perform and document fire inspections in the field under the supervision of a preceptor.
Student manuals are not returnable after Orientation. The sponsoring department will be charged for the cost of the student manual if a student fails to complete the program.
Students must be 18 years of age at the start date of the program that they are enrolling in.
Thursday, October 24, 2019 (All day)

Preparation for Initial Company Operations - NFA Direct Delivery - Londonderry

Course:  Preparation for Initial Company Operations
Location:  Londonderry Rescue Squad Building
Date:  October 26 & 27, 2019
Registration deadline:  September 6, 2019
Student minimum:  15 students are needed by the registration deadline (General Admission Application)
Student maximum:  30

Course Description: This two-day course is designed to develop a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of Company Officers (COs) in preparing their company for incident operations and to clarify the transition from firefighter to CO and the new roles relating to leadership and safety.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 (All day)

Vermont Exterior Support Firefighter Course Train the Trainer - Westminster, VT

Vermont Exterior Support Firefighter Course Train the Trainer

The Vermont Fire Academy has developed a new course titled Entry Level Exterior Support Firefighter.  This course was developed after receiving input from the Vermont Fire Service and is designed to assist local fire departments in establishing training programs for exterior support firefighters. This training package provides fire departments with the lesson plans, presentations, and skill drills necessary to conduct successful Exterior Support Firefighter Courses. This course offers you the flexibility to deliver the training at your department in a manner that fits your needs.

Location:Westminster Fire Station - 103 Grout Avenue, Westminster, VT
Date: October 27, 2019
Time: 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Registration Deadline: October 11, 2019

Participants will be introduced to the curriculum and gain an understanding of how to use the course materials. This Train-the-Trainer Session is intended for local firefighters, instructors, or training officers who are responsible for conducting local or regional training and possess basic firefighting knowledge and skills.   All participants will receive the full curriculum package and course materials that can be used to conduct local course deliveries.  Topics will include:  History and Orientation, Communications, Personal Protective Equipment, Firefighter Safety, Fire Behavior, Ladders, Extinguishers, Tools, Hoses, Nozzles, Water Supply, and Building Construction.

There is no charge for this Train-the-Trainer Session but pre-registration is required by submitting a completed General Admission Application to the Vermont Fire Academy.  General Admission Applications can be downloaded here.  Participants are on their own for lunch.

Sunday, October 27, 2019 (All day)

Incident Command System (ICS) - 100 - Thetford

Location: Thetford Fire Station
When:  October 28 & 30, 2019 (1800 - 2200) 
Application Deadline: October 14, 2019
Please apply by submitting a general admission application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the Application deadline listed above. 

This course provides training on and resources for personnel who require a basic understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS).  This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System.  It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  This course is for entry-level first responders (firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services providers, public works, public health personnel, others) and other personnel that require introductory ICS

Monday, October 28, 2019 (All day)

Traffic Incident Management - Hinesburg/Middlebury

Location:  Hinesburg Fire Station (Hinesburg/Middlebury FF I)
When:  October 29, 2019 (1800 - 2200) 
Application Deadline:  October 15, 2019
Please apply by submitting a general admission application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the Application deadline listed above. 

Three injury crashes occur every minute in the United States, putting nearly 39,000 incident responders potentially in harm's way every day. Congestion from these incidents often generates secondary crashes, further increasing traveler delay and frustration. The longer incident responders remain at the scene, the greater the risk they, and the traveling public, face. A cadre of well-trained responders helps improve traffic incident response. Better incident response improve the safety of responders and drivers, reduces crashes that occur because of incident-related congestion, decreases traffic delays caused by incidents, and can cut incident response time.

The National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training was created by responders for responders. This course provides first responders a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance of traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable and open communication; and motorist and responder safeguards. First responders learn how to operate more efficiently and collectively.

This training covers many TIM recommended procedures and techniques, including TIM fundamentals and terminology, notification and scene size-up, safe vehicle positioning, scene safety, command responsibilities, traffic management, special circumstances, and clearance and termination.  This training was developed through the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2).

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 (All day)

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