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Fire School Courses

Cutting Edge Drone Technology for Public Safety
Drones are becoming a must have for emergency management. We will be discussing the current FAA rules and regulations for drone operations and required training. We will discuss how drone technology is evolving to solve problems that early adapters has encountered. Flight demonstrations will follow the presentation with a number of systems being shown including thermal and high zoom cameras. Weather permitting, shots with the FLIR thermal camera during some of the outdoor training exercises will be conducted.
Class limit 30. Instructor: Mike Klarenbeek from Frontier Precisions

Electrical Hazards
This program is intended for those that may find themselves responding to emergencies involving powerlines and electrical distribution systems. It will provide a basic understanding of how electrical systems work and the devices used to keep the power flowing. It will cover what to do in the event an emergency scene involves the lines. Not knowing what to do can result in a tragedy. Open discussion and scenarios will be used to apply the knowledge as well as a “live” demonstration of the power of electricity.
Instructor: Job Training and Safety Instructor from the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Fighting Vehicle Fires: What You Need to Know (Hands On) - $
In this class, students will learn to recognize the hazards associated with vehicles, such as bumpers, driveshafts, passive restraint detonation systems, and various kinds of fuel systems. Identification of scene safety concerns, engine placement, and recognizing the challenges of compartment forcible entry to affect extinguishment are discussed. The class also covers line selection, operation and assembly. Methods to gain entry to engine compartments, and trunks for more rapid fire suppression are also presented. This course is a combination of classroom and hands on exercises. Full NFPA compliant protective clothing and SCBA will be required for all students and hands on exercises.
Instructor: Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)

Stop the Bleed
This three hour class repeated both days, teaches civilians and first responders to save lives by teaching how to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. Crush injuries and the use of tourniquets will be included. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a medical first responder is on the scene. Without intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur.
Instructor: Terry Ragaller, Sioux City Fire Rescue

Thermal Imaging and Building Structure
This course will cover the classes of fire, the fire tetrahedron, and the stages of fire. These topics will be taught interactively with the class members. Basics of thermal imaging will also be covered and participants will have a chance to use thermal imagers in small drills in the classroom. The culmination of the class will be taught outside with a Max Fire Box prop. The class will conduct burns to bring to life the stages of fire, thermal layering, heat transfer, and to show that smoke is fuel and will burn. The hands on demonstration will also show the effects of cooling the heated atmosphere of the fire area. Participants will utilize thermal imagers during the burns as well. Turnout gear required. No SCBAs.
Instructors: Rich Andersen, Sioux City Fire Rescue Training Officer and Anthony Gaul, Sgt. Bluff Fire Rescue Chief

Challenges of Wind Energy in the Fire Service
This class is designed to shift the paradigm in thinking toward a more proactive strategic approach to managing highly complex green energy emergencies not routinely faced by everyday emergency response personnel. Wind energy systems have hidden challenges that include but are not limited to: gaining access, hazards materials, and unique electrical systems. This class will discuss a safe response to these challenges. Audience: All Fire and Rescue Service Personnel
Instructor: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI)

Fire Scene Rehab
Stress-related problems account for the leading cause of injuries and deaths to firefighters. After completing this course, the firefighter should have a greater awareness of NFPA 1584 and how these risks can be reduced through the implementation of proper firefighter rehabilitation procedures. These should be used both at actual incidents and during prolonged practical training exercises. The firefighter will also understand basic strategies for implementing and improving emergency incident rehabilitation operations. Class limit 20.
Instructor: Rich Andersen, Sioux City Fire Rescue Training Officer

Human Trafficking for First Responders
First responders are essential in expanding the local fight against sex and labor trafficking. Human trafficking occurs in all 50 states and it is imperative to know the signs and what to look for. This course will provide an overview of human trafficking, information on how to recognize human trafficking, as well as how to identify potential victims and/or traffickers. This class will also discuss how to respond to potential human trafficking situations and the proper way to report suspicious activity.
Instructor: Detective Nikki Lasater, Omaha Police Department Special Operations Vice Squad / FBI Child Exploitation Human Trafficking Task Force Officer

TIMS Traffic Incident Management System
TIMS consists of a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims and emergency responders. Class limit 30. Instructors: Jeff Pratt, Sheriff Monona County and Kurt Meine, Iowa DOT

Agriculture Grain Bin Rescue - $
This one-day (6-hour) course is designed to increase the success of grain bin rescues. Participants will gain knowledge of the proper procedures and equipment needed by working in a grain bin simulator. They will discuss patient assessment and care and use technical rescue equipment, such as ropes, harnesses, carabiners, mechanical-advantage systems, anchorage points, cofferdams, breathing apparatus, and tripods to actually pull people out of grain and through the roof of a bin, just like in a real rescue situation. They will also experience first-hand an actual engulfment and the pressures involved on their body. Equipment required: hardhat, gloves, eye protection and boots. This class will meet at WITCC, then move to the Sioux City Fire Training Center. Class limit 25.
Instructors: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI) and Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)

Anhydrous Ammonia (Tame the Tiger)
This six hour class will deal with a brief history of Anhydrous Ammonia and some common uses of NH3. Other topics useful for the First Responder include: physical properties, health hazards, first aid, and HAZMAT techniques for the first responder. Included is a walk through demonstration of a DOTMC331 Tank Trailer (cut away) with an attached Rail Dome. No equipment required. Class limit 25.
Instructor: Amber Denman-Weathers, Health Safety & Emergency Response Supervisor CF Industries and Transcaer

The Art of Reading Buildings Before the Art of Reading Smoke - $
This 6 hr. class is designed to provide detailed training and exercise to improve the effectiveness of first-arriving officers and firefighters with a simple four step method at residential and commercial buildings. The class will also provide you with an excellent opportunity to enhance your decision-making skills in determining the primary factors of strength, weakness, collapse hazards, new construction features, and evaluating the fire behavior effects on building structures. Wouldn’t it be great, when you arrive on the scene of a structure fire, to be able to know how much fire you have, the layout of building, and where to draw your line-in the sand to contain the fire? Class limit 25.
Instructors: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI) and Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)

Charleston Nine
This course is an in-depth case study review of the Charleston, South Carolina Sofa Super Store fire that resulted in the loss of nine firefighters. We will discuss the building where the fire occurred, contributing factors, and lessons learned from this tragic event. Participants will listen to actual fireground audio and review photos from the scene. To conclude, we will discuss the things we can take away from this event to improve our performance and continue to honor the Charleston 9.
Instructor: Lance Routson Deputy Chief-Operations Altoona Fire Dept.

Engine Company Operations - $
In this six-hour class, students will participate in hands-on training focused around engine company operations. Students will review nozzle mechanics, hoseline techniques, and hoseline movements with both 1 3/4” and 2 ½” attack lines. Students will approach training with a from the truck to the fire mentality by first discussing hoseline loads and deployment methods for the attack hoseline. Students will review hoseline deployment tactics including lines over ladders, the soft standpipe, vertical standpipe and Leader Line or Apartment lay. Students will train on advancing fires upstairs as well as basement fire tactics and advancements. Full protective clothing (turnout gear-no SCBA). Class will meet at WITCC then move to the Sioux City Fire Training Center. Class limit 25.
Instructor: Ty Wheeler, Rogue Training Consulting

Fire Investigation for First Responders
This course will examine the fundamentals of basic fire investigation for responding firefighters and fire officers. Participants will discuss the information and observations that need to be collected to establish the basis for a thorough fire investigation. The State Fire Marshal’s response policy and areas of coverage will also be provided. Basic terminology and burn pattern analysis will be provided and re-enforced through multiple case studies with special emphasis on the investigation of fatality fires. Class limit 25.
Instructor: S/A John Ticer, State Fire Marshal’s Office

Fireground Support - Forcible Entry - $
How does a firefighter gain entry into a secured building? Getting inside to stop a potential fire or to rescue a potential victim can be time consuming, hazardous, and difficult. The instructor conducting forcible entry training must teach the various methods employed to gain entry into a building through doors, windows, walls, and by forcing locks. This training must emphasize safety, speed, and the need to minimize property damage. The difference between success or failure during a fire suppression operation or rescue may depend on the ability of the firefighter to breach a barrier quickly, efficiently, and safely. This course will provide the students the opportunity to practice with realistic props for hands-on practice. Equipment Requirements: Full Turnout Clothing, Fire Helmet, Safety Glasses, Boots, Leather gloves. Objectives: shall correctly identify various types of doors and their construction materials; shall correctly demonstrate the proper steps necessary to correctly force entry through each type of door; shall correctly identify the hazards and safety procedures associated with forcing entry through various doors; shall correctly identify and demonstrate the characteristics of each door type; shall correctly describe and demonstrate the techniques for safely and correctly forcing each type of door.
Instructor: Fire Service Training Bureau and PRI Staff

Intro to High Angle Rope Rescue - $
This course provides information and skills necessary to perform rescues utilizing ropes. Topics include size-up and scene management, knots, equipment, anchors, ascending/ descending techniques, and mechanical advantages. Students will participate in rescue evolutions under supervision of the instructors. Equipment/Gear Required: Helmets, Leather Work gloves, Footwear with good ankle support. Class limit 20.
Instructors: PRI Staff and Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff

Interior Fire Attack - $
Participants in this one-day (6-hour) class will gain information and practice the skills required to enter structures at ground level. The basic principles of firefighter safety, fire behavior, thermal layering, ventilation, stages of fire and fire streams will be reviewed in the classroom. Students will put their knowledge to use in the Fire Service Training Bureau’s two-story Mobile Fire Training Trailer. This training unit will simulate conditions encountered in actual interior structure fires. During the evolutions the student will be able to practice SCBA usage, hose handling skills, communications, and fire attacks simulating ground level, basement fires, and above ground fires. Accountability and incident command principles will be used during the training evolutions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge and experience in the areas of safety, fire behavior, ventilation, fire hose appliances, and fire streams. Full protective clothing (turnout gear) with SCBA required. Class limit 25.
Instructor: Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB) (PRI)

Pump Operations - Static Operations
This course is designed to develop firefighters understanding of mechanical principles of fire pumps and their controls, principles of water and water systems, intake and discharge hydraulics, fire stream production, care and maintenance of pumper apparatus, and troubleshooting. Students will practice producing effective fire streams from drafting from static sources. Students will also practice determining pump discharge pressures for hydraulic situations that range from single line problems to multiple-line relay operations to provide a solid understanding of fire ground hydraulics and practical solutions to apply these concepts to their department.
Instructors: PRI

Vehicle Rescue - Basic Applications - $
Auto accidents are the leading cause of accidental injury and death, and are some of the most common rescues that are responded to. This one-day (6-hour) course concentrates on efficient and effective use of extrication tools. Participants in this course will also learn the techniques needed to safely size-up and mitigate an emergency involving an automobile type vehicle. Topics include the proper procedures for vehicle stabilization, patient assessment, disentanglement, and removal. This course will give the participants hands-on experience with various types of rescue tools. Class limit 25. Turnout gear only, no SCBA needed. Must include proper eye protection.
Instructor: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI) and Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)

Vehicle Rescue Extrication - Motorsports - $
This class will develop and enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the motorsports workers to safely react and mitigate the emergency incident while reducing and/or preventing injury, loss of life, and property. This class will cover track operations, fire suppression and extrication techniques unique to the racing environment, and patient care. This course will provide students with hand-on experience with techniques to use when motorsports vehicles are involved in an accident. Different models of motorsport vehicles will be available as well as props for the hands-on portion. The content will meet NFPA 610 requirements. Protective Clothing Required: Participants must furnish approved helmet, turnout gear, eye protection, gloves, and boots for this class.
Instructor: Professional Rescue Innovation (PRI) Staff and Fire Service Training Bureau Staff

Challenges of Wind Energy in the Fire Service
This class is designed to shift the paradigm in thinking toward a more proactive strategic approach to managing highly complex green energy emergencies not routinely faced by everyday emergency response personnel. Wind energy systems have hidden challenges that include but are not limited to: gaining access, hazards materials, and unique electrical systems. This class will discuss a safe response to these challenges.
Audience: All Fire and Rescue Service Personnel
Required PPE: None
Instructor: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI)

Electrical Hazards
This program is intended for those that may find themselves responding to emergencies involving powerlines and electrical distribution systems. It will provide a basic understanding of how electrical systems work and the devices used to keep the power flowing. It will cover what to do in the event an emergency scene involves the lines. Not knowing what to do can result in a tragedy. Open discussion and scenarios will be used to apply the knowledge as well as a “live” demonstration of the power of electricity.
Instructor: Job Training and Safety Instructor from the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives

Fighting Vehicle Fires: What You Need to Know (Hands On) - $
In this class, students will learn to recognize the hazards associated with vehicles, such as bumpers, driveshafts, passive restraint detonation systems, and various kinds of fuel systems. Identification of scene safety concerns, engine placement, and recognizing the challenges of compartment forcible entry to affect extinguishment are discussed. The class also covers line selection, operation and assembly. Methods to gain entry to engine compartments, and trunks for more rapid fire suppression are also presented. This course is a combination of classroom and hands on exercises. Full NFPA compliant protective clothing and SCBA will be required for all students and hands on exercises.
Instructor: Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)

Thermal Imaging and Building Structure
This course will cover the classes of fire, the fire tetrahedron, and the stages of fire. These topics will be taught interactively with the class members. Basics of thermal imaging will also be covered and participants will have a chance to use thermal imagers in small drills in the classroom. The culmination of the class will be taught outside with a Max Fire Box prop. The class will conduct burns to bring to life the stages of fire, thermal layering, heat transfer, and to show that smoke is fuel and will burn. The hands on demonstration will also show the effects of cooling the heated atmosphere of the fire area. Participants will utilize thermal imagers during the burns as well. Turnout gear required. No SCBAs.
Instructors: Rich Andersen, Sioux City Fire Rescue Training Officer & Anthony Gaul, Sergeant Bluff Fire Rescue Chief

Fire Scene Rehab
Stress-related problems account for the leading cause of injuries and deaths to firefighters. After completing this course, the firefighter should have a greater awareness of NFPA 1584 and how these risks can be reduced through the implementation of proper firefighter rehabilitation procedures. These should be used both at actual incidents and during prolonged practical training exercises. The firefighter will also understand basic strategies for implementing and improving emergency incident rehabilitation operations. Class limit 20.
Instructor: Rich Andersen, Sioux City Fire Rescue Training Officer

Human Trafficking for First Responders
First responders are essential in expanding the local fight against sex and labor trafficking. Human trafficking occurs in all 50 states and it is imperative to know the signs and what to look for. This course will provide an overview of human trafficking, information on how to recognize human trafficking, as well as how to identify potential victims and/or traffickers. This class will also discuss how to respond to potential human trafficking situations and the proper way to report suspicious activity.
Instructor: Detective Nikki Lasater, Omaha Police Department Special Operations Vice Squad / FBI Child Exploitation Human Trafficking Task Force Officer

Stop the Bleed
This three hour class repeated both days, teaches civilians and first responders to save lives by teaching how to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. Crush injuries and the use of tourniquets will be included. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a medical first responder is on the scene. Without intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur.
Instructor: Terry Ragaller, Sioux City Fire Rescue

TIMS Traffic Incident Management System
TIMS consists of a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims and emergency responders. Class limit 30.
Instructors: Jeff Pratt, Sheriff Monona County and Kurt Meine, Iowa DOT

Agriculture Grain Bin Rescue - $
This one-day (6-hour) course is designed to increase the success of grain bin rescues. Participants will gain knowledge of the proper procedures and equipment needed by working in a grain bin simulator. They will discuss patient assessment and care and use technical rescue equipment, such as ropes, harnesses, carabiners, mechanical-advantage systems, anchorage points, cofferdams, breathing apparatus, and tripods to actually pull people out of grain and through the roof of a bin, just like in a real rescue situation. They will also experience first-hand an actual engulfment and the pressures involved on their body. Equipment required: hardhat, gloves, eye protection and boots. This class will meet at WITCC, then move to the Sioux City Fire Training Center. Class limit 25.
Instructors: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI) and Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)

The Art of Reading Buildings Before the Art of Reading Smoke - $
This 6 hr. class is designed to provide detailed training and exercise to improve the effectiveness of first-arriving officers and firefighters with a simple four step method at residential and commercial buildings. The class will also provide you with an excellent opportunity to enhance your decision-making skills in determining the primary factors of strength, weakness, collapse hazards, new construction features, and evaluating the fire behavior effects on building structures. Wouldn’t it be great, when you arrive on the scene of a structure fire, to be able to know how much fire you have, the layout of building, and where to draw your line-in the sand to contain the fire? Class limit 25. Instructors: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI) and Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)

Clandestine Meth and Explosive Labs
This course will examine firefighters, EMS, and law enforcement response to clandestine hazardous labs related to methamphetamine and homemade explosive labs. This course will examine the hazards related to each response and provide information concerning early detection of hazardous labs. Hazard recognition will be reinforced with multiple case studies. Class limit 25.
Instructor: S/A John Ticer, State Fire Marshal’s Office

Fireground Support - Forcible Entry - $
How does a firefighter gain entry into a secured building? Getting inside to stop a potential fire or to rescue a potential victim can be time consuming, hazardous, and difficult. The instructor conducting forcible entry training must teach the various methods employed to gain entry into a building through doors, windows, walls, and by forcing locks. This training must emphasize safety, speed, and the need to minimize property damage. The difference between success or failure during a fire suppression operation or rescue may depend on the ability of the firefighter to breach a barrier quickly, efficiently, and safely. This course will provide the students the opportunity to practice with realistic props for hands-on practice. Equipment Requirements: Full Turnout Clothing, Fire Helmet, Safety Glasses, Boots, Leather gloves. Objectives: shall correctly identify various types of doors and their construction materials; shall correctly demonstrate the proper steps necessary to correctly force entry through each type of door; shall correctly identify the hazards and safety procedures associated with forcing entry through various doors; shall correctly identify and demonstrate the characteristics of each door type; shall correctly describe and demonstrate the techniques for safely and correctly forcing each type of door.
Instructors: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI) and Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)

First Five Minutes
This class will focus on the first five minutes on the fireground from the company officer’s perspective. Topics to be discussed will include size-up, the 360-degree survey, incorporation of modern fire research, and review and selection of appropriate attack strategies. Specific class objectives include: reviewing the importance of the company officer role and its impact on the outcome of the incident, demonstration of proper execution of the brief initial report, introduction and discussion on the importance of the 360-degree survey, and discussion of offensive, defensive, transitional, and investigative fire attack modes. Class limit 25.
Instructor: Lance Routson, MPA, EFO, Deputy Chief-Operations, Altoona Fire Dept.

Interior Fire Attack - $
Participants in this one-day (6-hour) class will gain information and practice the skills required to enter structures at ground level. The basic principles of firefighter safety, fire behavior, thermal layering, ventilation, stages of fire and fire streams will be reviewed in the classroom. Students will put their knowledge to use in the Fire Service Training Bureau’s two-story Mobile Fire Training Trailer. This training unit will simulate conditions encountered in actual interior structure fires. During the evolutions the student will be able to practice SCBA usage, hose handling skills, communications, and fire attacks simulating ground level, basement fires, and above ground fires. Accountability and incident command principles will be used during the training evolutions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge and experience in the areas of safety, fire behavior, ventilation, fire hose appliances, and fire streams. Full protective clothing (turnout gear) with SCBA required. Class limit 25.
Instructor: Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB) (PRI)

Intro to High Angle Rope Rescue - $
This course provides information and skills necessary to perform rescues utilizing ropes. Topics include size-up and scene management, knots, equipment, anchors, ascending/ descending techniques, and mechanical advantages. Students will participate in rescue evolutions under supervision of the instructors. Equipment/Gear Required: Helmets, Leather Work gloves, Footwear with good ankle support. Class limit 20.
Instructors: PRI Staff and Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff

Pump Operations - Static Operations
This course is designed to develop firefighters understanding of mechanical principles of fire pumps and their controls, principles of water and water systems, intake and discharge hydraulics, fire stream production, care and maintenance of pumper apparatus, and troubleshooting. Students will practice producing effective fire streams from drafting from static sources. Students will also practice determining pump discharge pressures for hydraulic situations that range from single line problems to multiple-line relay operations to provide a solid understanding of fire ground hydraulics and practical solutions to apply these concepts to their department.
Instructors: PRI

Vehicle Rescue - Basic Applications - $
Auto accidents are the leading cause of accidental injury and death, and are some of the most common rescues that are responded to. This one-day (6-hour) course concentrates on efficient and effective use of extrication tools. Participants in this course will also learn the techniques needed to safely size-up and mitigate an emergency involving an automobile type vehicle. Topics include the proper procedures for vehicle stabilization, patient assessment, disentanglement, and removal. This course will give the participants hands-on experience with various types of rescue tools. Class limit 25. Turnout gear only, no SCBA needed. Must include proper eye protection. Instructor: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI) and Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)

Vehicle Rescue Extrication - Motorsport - $
This class will develop and enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the motorsports workers to safely react and mitigate the emergency incident while reducing and/or preventing injury, loss of life, and property. This class will cover track operations, fire suppression and extrication techniques unique to the racing environment, and patient care. This course will provide students with hand-on experience with techniques to use when motorsports vehicles are involved in an accident. Different models of motorsport vehicles will be available as well as props for the hands-on portion. The content will meet NFPA 610 requirements. Protective Clothing Required: Participants must furnish approved helmet, turnout gear, eye protection, gloves, and boots for this class.
Instructors: Professional Rescue Innovation (PRI) Staff and Fire Service Training Bureau Staff

 

Essentials of Fire Fighting
A two-day (12-hour) class covering the basics of fire fighting. It is an excellent course to enable new firefighters to become of immediate help to the department. Topics include firefighter safety, fire behavior, ventilation, SCBA’s, hose handling, ladders, forcible entry, and tactics. Class limit 100. Full protective clothing (turnout gear) and SCBA required.
Instructors: Captain Scott Meinecke, Sheldon Iowa Fire Department; Retired Chief Bob Welte, Danbury Iowa Fire Department

Vehicle Rescue - Advanced - $
This 12-hour class is for firefighters, rescue squad members, and EMT’s. This course will cover vehicle anatomy, scene assessment, hazard control, scene stabilization, patient assessment and care, disentanglement techniques and procedures, tool selection, and personal safety. Extrication techniques will be performed in a number of scenarios by the participants utilizing various hand, pneumatic and hydraulic tools. Turnout gear only, no SCBA needed. Must include proper eye protection. Class limit 25.
Instructor: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI) and Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)

$ Course funded by the Iowa Fire Service
Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)