Course Information

4-Hour Saturday A.M

[101]
Considerations for Todays Fire Attack
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
With new information happening almost daily, the fireground is evolving more than ever before, and scientific findings have been enhancing our procedures and should be changing the way we fight these fires. Terms like Flow Paths, Vent/Enter/Isolate/Search, Transitional Attack, SLICE-RS are just a few of the new ways the fire service is applying this knowledge. This course will examine these terms, tactics and strategies so you can determine how you could apply these to help your own department when responding to today’s fires. NFPA 1021

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[102]
First 5 Minutes Determines the Next 5 Hours
Course Full
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective

The strategic/tactical decisions of the first-arriving officer often determine fireground success. This session takes an in-depth look at decision making in the first few minutes, revealing decision “tipping” points on pinpointing problems, evaluating resource requirements, and determining options in setting your plan in motion. • Twenty-first century solutions to the challenges of the new fireground • Reducing risk to firefighters while maintaining aggressive approach to strategy and tactics • Recent NIOSH, NIST and UL research findings are applied to case studies NFPA 1561

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[103]
Hoarding Fires: Piles of Danger
For
All Emergency Response Personnel
Objective
A&E’s popular show, Hoarders has brought the growing problem of hoarding to light. The show may be entertaining to some, but firefighters in particular need to pay attention. Fires in hoarding residences are killing occupants and firefighters across the country and these residences exist in nearly every community, including yours! What Firefighters see initially may not reveal the true nature of the problem. This class will discuss the long burns and ventilation limited fires that occur in hoarder fires. We will also cover the tactical changes needed when determining to fight this fire offensively or defensively. NFPA 1021

Training Classroom Training
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[104]
"Fire in the Small Box" Small Scale Fire Behavior Demo
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Pre Req: (Complies with 2019 prerequisite for Live Fire Training.)
Objective
This class is a small scale structure Live Fire demo dealing with different Flow paths similar to what is experienced in today's structure fires. Students will see first hand examples of the effect of Ventilation on a working structure fire, Fuel Limited vs Vent Limited fires, Legacy vs Modern Fuels, Rollover, Flash over, Back draft, and the effects of door control on Fire Growth. Atmospheric Monitoring will be conducted and discussed during the burn along with coordinating Ventilation with Fire Attack, and Fire ground Strategies and Tactics. NFPA 1021

Course Message PPE Not Required, but dress for outdoor weather
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[105]
Extrication Update
For
All Emergency Response and EMS Personnel
Objective
Improvements in automobile design and safety in recent years have made it increasingly difficult for rescue personnel to stay current with the latest in automotive technologies. The same features that make occupants safer create additional challenges for responders. This presentation addresses automobile frame construction, supplemental restraint systems, side impact reinforcement bars, new body materials, and hybrid and alternative fueled vehicles and provides information and options on how to deal this new technology. NFPA 1670

Course Message This class is packed with new information. Many of the fire departments that have seen this presentation state “This class is a must for all emergency personnel responding to vehicle accidents!”
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[106]
Firefighter Cancer Awareness

Course Cancelled

For
All Fire Service and EMS Personnel
Objective
Leaders are tasked with taking care of their people in all aspects of the job. One of those jobs is protecting them from the number one killer of firefighters. In 2017, 74% of all firefighter deaths in the United States were cancer related. How are you and your Department doing with your cancer prevention plan? Be a leader. Play an active role in changing the culture of the fire service before we have to plan another firefighter funeral due to cancer. NFPA 1500

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4 Hour Saturday P.M

[201]
2019 Prerequisite for Live Fire Training
For
All Emergency Response Personnel
Objective

Students will obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to participate in live fire training. Participants will discuss and review safe practices on the training ground and participate in classroom exercises designed to isolate the hazards of Live Fire training. Topics include fire dynamics, health and safety, fundamentals of fire behavior, fire development in a compartment, nozzle techniques, and door control. (This class is similar in content to Fire in a Small Box without the demonstration component.) NFPA 1403(4.3.2)

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[202]
Fire Down Below: Basement Fires 2.0
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
One of the more challenging calls firefighters respond to involve a basement fire. Properly identifying common basement fire indicators are a critical factor for the first arriving companies. The students will better understand the importance of rapid, coordinated fire suppression, search, and ventilation operations during a basement fire. The class will describe key components of an effective, task oriented incident size up and will illustrate the major safety concerns facing firefighters operating at a basement fire. NFPA 1021

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[203]
Is this Arson?
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
This class will discuss various issues regarding the initial response to fires. Many clues for fire cause determination including arson are evident during the first few minutes of a fire response and during the investigative process. Students will learn what to be aware of during a fire incident that could be vital information for arson detection. NFPA 1033

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[204]
Fire Service UAV’s (Drones): What You Need to Know
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective

This presentation will give the student an overview of information needed if they are interested in purchasing a UAV (drone) for use in the Fire Service. If you still call it a “drone” you need to take this class.
Topics covered:

  • Basics of UAV uses and options
  • FAA rules, regulations and registration
  • Civil vs. Public use
  • FAA Part 107 UAS Pilot Certification basics
  • Air space use, waivers and authorizations
  • UAV demonstration flight, dependent on weather
NFPA 2400

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[205]
Garage Fires – Dangers Behind the Door
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
Inside any garage is a world of unknowns as far as content is concerned. A vehicle would be the logical and expected choice, but this is not always the case. Garages have become more than just a vehicle storage space. They have become a storage space for the homeowner, or they have become a converted office space or workshop. Regardless of what the use is, some hidden dangers are lurking inside, waiting for firefighters. This class will cover the different garage designs and the Fire spread hazards they pose when on fire. It will also point out the numerous hazards that could be encountered when responding to these fires along with helpful tactics that could be used to extinguish these fires more safely. NFPA 1021

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[206]
Rescue from Storage Grain Bins
For
All Emergency Response Personnel
Objective

This course will cover: safety, how to make entry in accordance with OSHA Standard 1910.146, use of ropes and harness, atmospheric testing, vertical and horizontal entry, rescue of buried victims, breaching bin walls, and victim recovery. NFPA 1670

Course Message Bring Full Turnout Gear
Course Notes There will be realistic hands-on training utilizing a grain bin training prop.
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[207]
Commanding the 21st Century Fireground: Key Concepts for Firefighter Safety
For
Critical Decision Makers on the Fireground. Applicable to All Fire Service Personnel
Objective

This program explores the concept of tactical discipline, the practice of deploying your resources based upon a realistic assessment of the existing and predicted fire environment. Tactical discipline is a fireground decision making approach which consists of three key considerations; staffing, “combat intelligence” and science. Fireground decision making is achieved through an analysis and application of these three elements to reach a rational, conscious and risk averse action plan. Tactical discipline offers a balance between aggressive fireground strategies and safety, while reducing risk to our first responders. Illustrative case study, a review of fire behavior research and its impact on the “modern” fireground, as well as experiential learning promote student engagement and learning. This session will improve the participant’s practical application of effective risk based decision making when determining fireground strategy. A practical decision making approach is forwarded, offering alternative tactical choices based upon the tactical discipline doctrine. Twenty-first century solutions to the challenges of the new fireground will be presented, focusing upon the importance of reducing risk to our firefighters while maintaining an aggressive approach to strategy and tactics. Recent NIOSH, NIST and UL research findings are applied to line-of-duty-death case studies to reinforce key learning’s. Insight into finding a balance point between aggressiveness and safety will be promoted. Participants will be able to immediately apply key learning’s to their respective agency’s operational approach. NFPA 1001, 1021, 1410 & 1561

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4 Hour Sunday A.M

[301]
Fire Down Below: Basement Fires 2.0
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
One of the more challenging calls firefighters respond to involve a basement fire. Properly identifying common basement fire indicators are a critical factor for the first arriving companies. The students will better understand the importance of rapid, coordinated fire suppression, search, and ventilation operations during a basement fire. The class will describe key components of an effective, task oriented incident size up and will illustrate the major safety concerns facing firefighters operating at a basement fire. NFPA 1021

Training Classroom Training
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[302]
Top Ten Fire Scene Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
Every year, over 100 fire fighters are killed and scores more are injured on the fire ground. Interestingly, virtually every one of these deaths or injuries can be placed into ten categories that can best be described as common mistakes. This class will overview these “top ten” fire scene mistakes and will offer solutions to reducing these common problems. NFPA 1670

Training Classroom Training
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[304]
"Fire in the Small Box" Small Scale Fire Behavior Demo
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Pre Req: (Complies with 2019 prerequisite for Live Fire Training.)
Objective
This class is a small scale structure Live Fire demo dealing with different Flow paths similar to what is experienced in today's structure fires. Students will see firsthand examples of the effect of Ventilation on a working structure fire, Fuel Limited vs Vent Limited fires, Legacy vs Modern Fuels, Rollover, Flash over, Back draft, and the effects of door control on Fire Growth. Atmospheric Monitoring will be conducted and discussed during the burn along with coordinating Ventilation with Fire Attack, and Fire ground Strategies and Tactics. NFPA 1021

Course Message PPE Not Required, but dress for outdoor weather
Training Classroom Training
Training Hands on Training
 
[306]
Fire Service UAV’s (Drones): What You Need to Know

Course Cancelled

For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective

This presentation will give the student an overview of information needed if they are interested in purchasing a UAV (drone) for use in the Fire Service. If you still call it a “drone” you need to take this class.
Topics covered:

  • Basics of UAV uses and options
  • FAA rules, regulations and registration
  • Civil vs. Public use
  • FAA Part 107 UAS Pilot Certification basics
  • Air space use, waivers and authorizations
  • UAV demonstration flight, dependent on weather
NFPA 2400

Training Classroom Training
Training Hands on Training
 
[307]
Hoarding Fires: Piles of Danger
For
All Emergency Response Personnel
Objective
A&E’s popular show, Hoarders has brought the growing problem of hoarding to light. The show may be entertaining to some, but firefighters in particular need to pay attention. Fires in hoarding residences are killing occupants and firefighters across the country and these residences exist in nearly every community, including yours! What Firefighters see initially may not reveal the true nature of the problem. This class will discuss the long burns and ventilation limited fires that occur in hoarder fires. We will also cover the tactical changes needed when determining to fight this fire offensively or defensively. NFPA 1021

Training Classroom Training
Training Hands on Training
 
[308]
Todays Vehicle Fires
For
All Fire Service and EMS Personnel
Objective
Car fires happen often and with vehicle construction and vehicle safety features changing every year it is important to keep current on fire suppression tactics. Airbags, struts and the new metals are just a couple of the hazards we face. This class will make you aware of the many new dangers associated with car fires and give some alternative approaches to make this fire event a much safer one. Students will be instructed on the proper techniques in the response to vehicle fire emergencies, including engine fires, forward passenger compartment fires and rear passenger compartment fires. This class is a combination of classroom and hands on training using a live car fire simulator. NFPA 1021

Course Message Bring Full Turnout Gear and SCBA
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8 Hours Saturday

[401]
Riding the Right Front Seat
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
With today’s staffing limitations, young officers often lack the experience or an on-scene command officer to make critical initial fire ground decisions. This workshop teaches the process of how to apply information gathered during response and size-up to make initial strategy decisions based on fundamental risk analysis principles. It was developed to provide young company officers with a template for taking size-up information, comparing it against risk-benefit analysis. Students will receive practical, field-tested guidelines to help them complete that analysis. The result will be sound strategic decision making in the first five minutes, the most critical time frame for any incident. NFPA 1021

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[402]
Modern Fire Attack/SLICERS
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
This course will examine the most practical tactics and strategies being used today, and illustrate how to apply them during fire attack. The fire ground is evolving more than ever before, and various studies have enhanced our procedures and theories. This class presents different tasks and tactics that can be used to extinguish fires that are burning in today’s modern residential and commercial structures. Using case studies and practical experience, students will examine fallacies that have led to firefighter injuries and deaths. This course will discuss the Governors Island, Spartanburg, and Horizontal Ventilation Studies that have changed modern day fire attack. NFPA 1021

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[403]
I’m the Training Officer, Now What?
For
Training Officers or those who aspire to be Training Officers
Objective
So you're in charge of training/drills for your department, now what? This class is designed to assist those who are required to plan different meaningful ideas for training sessions. The class will help you keep your people interested and enthusiastic about in house training. Various available resources will be discussed. NFPA 1021

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[404]
Search and Rescue in Today’s Fire Environment
Course Full
For
All Fire Service and EMS Personnel
Objective

Students will review current studies of modern fire behavior and dynamics, reading smoke and identifying possible flow paths and the impact they can have on search and rescue tactics. Emphasis will be placed on recognizing when and where search and rescue tactics may most likely be attained safely, using Vent, Enter, Isolate, Search “VEIS” versus traditional search methods. This class will involve classroom followed by hands-on search and rescue evolutions. NFPA 1021

Course Message Bring Full Turnout Gear and SCBA
Training Classroom Training
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[405]
Firefighter I Certification Review

Course Cancelled

For
For Certification Participants
Pre Req: (no prerequisites)
Objective
Firefighters who are going to take the certification test on Sunday and want to refresh their knowledge and skills prior to taking the exam. Reference book list and more info on Firefighter I Certification Test can be found online at www.mfscb.org NFPA 1001

Training Classroom Training
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[406]
Firefighter II Certification Review

Course Cancelled

For
Certification Participants
Pre Req: (Must hold current Firefighter I Certification)
Objective
Firefighters who are going to take the certification test on Sunday and want to refresh their knowledge and skills prior to taking the exam. Reference book list and more info on Firefighter II Certification Test can be found online at www.mfscb.org NFPA 1001

Training Classroom Training
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[407]
Fire Instructor I Review
For
Officers, Training Officers and Future Instructors
Objective
This course will help prepare you to take the Fire Instructor I Certification Test. The test is based on knowledge and skills as outlined in NFPA 1041 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Instructor I. This course will reinforce methodology and teaching techniques. Reference book list and more info on Fire Instructor I Certification Test can be found online at www.mfscb.org NFPA 1041

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12-Hour Saturday & Sunday Courses

[500]
Advanced Auto Extrication
Course Full
For
All Fire and Rescue Personnel
Objective
Learn about “new” extrication tools, hydraulic equipment, tools and techniques from instructors with international exposure. Covered in the classroom is safety and correct tool handling. An important segment of this class is an extensive hands-on skill practice utilizing realistic scenarios. Learn vehicle stabilization, basic and advanced extrication techniques, new vehicle features and patient care during extrication. NFPA 1670

Course Message Bring Protective Clothing and Eye Protection
Training Classroom Training
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[501]
Advanced Rope Rescue

Course Cancelled

For
Members of all Emergency Services Organizations
Pre Req: Proof of pre-requisites required: Fax or enclose copy of High Angle Rope Rescue Operational Block I OR comparable Basic Rope Rescue course certificate through an accredited training program.
Objective
Procedures for: Safe construction of multi-point anchor systems Converting from lowering to hauling operations Selection, construction and use of high line systems Patient packaging Litter attendants in low and high angle environments Students participate in high-line rope system skills to simulate the rescue of a victim NFPA 1670

Course Message BRING: lace boots with ankle support. Clean pair of single layer leather gloves. Helmet (fire helmet not acceptable) such as hardhat or climbing style with chinstrap and with eye protection. Students may use their own harnesses upon approval of the instructor. Clothing should be loose fitting and long hair should be secured to prevent entanglement. Dress according to the weather.
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[502 ]
Preparation for Initial Company Operations (formerly MCTO:P)

Course Cancelled

For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
This course is designed to develop a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of a Company Officer in preparing their company for incident operations. In addition, to clarify the transition from firefighter to company officer and the new roles relating to leadership and safety. This course is designed for company officers, acting company officers, or senior firefighters responsible for the management of a single fire company at an emergency incident. Those officers who are responsible for company readiness, personnel safety, and leadership as it relates to company operation. NFPA 1021

Course Message This is a National Fire Academy Course.
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[503]
Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (formerly MCTO:T)
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
This course is designed to develop skills needed to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires. The student will select the appropriate tactics based on risk/benefit for Rescue, Ventilation, Confinement, Extinguishment, Overhaul and Salvage; taking in the considerations of Water Supply using the proper Incident Command System. NFPA 1021

Course Message This is a National Fire Academy Course.
Training Classroom Training
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[504]
Basic Fire Pump Operations
Course Full
For
Firefighter/Fire Apparatus Operators
Objective
Introduces students to fire pump theory inside and out, proper use of pump parts and accessories (staging valve, relief valve, primer, road/pump shift, etc.). Introduces students to fundamentals of hydraulics, water supplies, water flows, and hydraulic terms. Introduces student to preventive maintenance, proper operations, reports, and record keeping. Fire Ground Hydraulics: Hands On Evolutions: Drafting and Water Jetting, Pre-connected Hose Lays, Valves (Long/Short Hose Lay Simultaneous), Staging and/or Transfer Valve Capacity Pumping. NFPA 1002

Course Message Bring Full Turnout Gear
Training Classroom Training
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[505]
Advanced Pump Operations
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Pre Req: Basic Pump Operations Course
Objective
Students will learn the value of large diameter hose and proper use of equipment to supply volumes of water, multiple hose lines, and tandem pumping. Students will review basic hydraulics, relay pumping, water movement and flow and learn advanced skills. NFPA 1002

Course Message Bring Full Turnout Gear
Training Classroom Training
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[506]
New Firefighter Orientation to Fire Behavior, Safety, PPE/SCBA, Ladders & Hose
For
All Fire Service Personnel
Objective
This class is designed as an orientation to Fire Behavior, Safety, PPE/SCBA, Ladders & Hose until the student can enroll in the full Fundamentals of Firefighting program. NFPA 1001

Course Message Bring Full Turnout Gear and SCBA
Training Classroom Training
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[507]
Leadership I = Strategies for Company Success - (Decision Making Styles, Identifying Needs and Problems Solving Problems, Running a Meeting)
For
All Fire Service and Law Enforcement Personnel
Objective
This National Fire Academy course presents the company officer with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. This course includes: techniques and approaches to problem solving, ways to identify and assess the needs of the company officers subordinates, methods for running meetings effectively in the fire service environment, and decision-making skills for the company officer. NFPA 1021

Course Message This is a National Fire Academy Course
Training Classroom Training
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[508 ]
Leadership II = Strategies for Personal Success - (Managing Multiple Roles, Creativity, Enhancing Your Personal Power, Ethics)
For
All Fire Service and Law Enforcement Personnel
Objective
This National Fire Academy course provides the company officer with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. This 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. NFPA 1021

Course Message This is a National Fire Academy Course
Training Classroom Training
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[509]
Leadership III = Strategies for Supervisory Success - (Situational Leadership, Delegating, Coaching, Discipline)

Course Cancelled

For
All Fire Service and Law Enforcement Personnel
Objective
This National Fire Academy course provides the company officer with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. This course covers when and how to delegate to subordinates, assess personal leadership styles through situational leadership, how to discipline subordinates, and apply coaching/motivating techniques. NFPA 1021

Course Message This is a National Fire Academy Course
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Sunday AM Certification Tests

**"A completed application at www.mfscb.org and prepayment is required before taking any of the certification tests. For further info on these certification tests contact the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board 2704 Hwy 10 NE, Mounds View, MN 55112 Phone 866-566-0911"

[601]
Certification Test FF1

Course Cancelled

For
Certification Participants
Objective
Cost of test: $115.00 (send checks directly to certification board) NFPA 1001

Course Message Full Turnout Gear and SCBA (Must meet MN-OSHA Standards)
Training Classroom Training
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[602]
Certification Test FF2

Course Cancelled

For
Certification Participants
Pre Req: Proof of Prior Firefighter I Certification is required.
Objective
Cost of test: $115.00 (send checks directly to certification board) NFPA 1001

Course Message Full Turnout Gear and SCBA (Must meet MN-OSHA Standards)
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[603]
Certification Test Fire Instructor I
For
Certification Participants
Pre Req: No prior certification is required.
Objective
Cost of test: $115.00 (send checks directly to certification board) a completed application is required before the test can be taken. The candidate must have the knowledge as outlined in NFPA 1041, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Instructor I. NFPA 1041

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