This page will give you some more information about some to the training classes that are offered by the Elmore County Fire Fighters Association.

If you would like more information on when the classes will be offered you can visit our Training Page, click on the Calendar of Events link in the left hand column or contact someone in our training department by using the training department contacts link below.

Training Department Contacts

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  • Fire Instructor II
  • Haz Mat Awareness and Operational Levels
  • Volunteer Fire Fighter (Block Courses)
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Fire Department Safety Officer: Health and Safety Officer
  • Emergency Response to Terrorism: Basic Concepts
  • Introduction to Technical Rescue
  • Class Descriptions

    Fire Instructor II

    Provides the Fire Instructor I with the next level of understanding for the training of personnel. This course is designed to train the participants to perform job and task analysis, develop goals and objectives, and develop a lesson plan along with the coordinating training aids and student test and evaluation. During the course the students are divided into groups, each of which is responsible for the development of a lesson plan to be presented to the class on the final day.

    Hours: 40
    Prerequisite: Certified Fire Instructor I
    Reference Text Required: IFSTA’s Fire and Emergency Services Instructor, 6th edition and Fire Instructor II Student Workbook, available at the Shelton State Bookstore at 1-800-538-0762.

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    Haz Mat Awareness and Operational Levels

    A certification course by the Pro Board.

    Meets the requirements of the stated levels of NFPA 472, Standard on Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, 2002 edition.

    The Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operational Levels course is designed for those emergency response personnel (fire, police, EMS, and others) who may be first on the scene of a hazardous materials emergency.

    First responders at the awareness level are expected to recognize the presence of hazardous materials, protect themselves, secure the area, and call for trained personnel.

    At the operational level, the first responder uses the knowledge gained from the awareness level to act in a defensive posture to protect people, the environment, or property from the effects of an unplanned hazardous materials release.

    The entire course will be taught in the classroom and field environment. This course meets the requirements of the mandatory Awareness/Operational training in hazardous materials required by Title III - Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 and NFPA 472, Standard on Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, 2002 edition.

    Note: This is a very physically demanding course which requires you to be in good physical condition.

    Special equipment required: NFPA compliant SCBA and turnout gear, PASS device

    Course Hours:40
    Prerequisite: None
    Reference Text Required: IFSTA’s Hazardous Materials First Responders, 3rd edition, and the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook, current edition, available from the Shelton State Bookstore at 1-800-538-0762.

    NOTE: Due to the rigors of the certification exam, students are strongly encouraged to purchase and begin reading the assigned text(s) before classes commence.

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    Volunteer Fire Fighter (Block Courses)

    A certification course by the Pro Board.

    The Volunteer Fire Fighter Certification course is designed to prepare the student to perform most fireground functions under the supervision of an officer or experienced fire fighter. This highly structured course is taught through both classroom lectures and hand-on training.

    This course is broken down into four individual blocks that must be completed at an approved location, within a 24-month period. Specific topics include:

    Block 1
    Orientation and Safety, Fire Department Communications, Fire Behavior, Building Construction, Personal Protective Equipment, Portable Extinguishers, Ropes and Knots, Rescue and Extrication, Forcible Entry

    Block 2
    Ladders, Ventilation, Water Supply, Fire Hose, Fire Streams, Sprinkler & Alarm Systems, Loss Control

    Block 3
    Medical First Responder

    Block 4
    Fire Control, Hazardous Materials A&O, Fire Prevention and Public Education, Review and Critique, Certification Examination

    This course is recommended for all volunteer fire fighters.

    Course Hours: 160
    Prerequisite: None
    Minimum Enrollment: 20
    Required Text: IFSTA’s Essentials of Firefighting, 4th edition, DOT Emergency Response Guidebook, current edition, AAOS First Responder, 4th edition, and IFSTA's Hazardous Materials First Responder, 3rd edition available from the Shelton State Bookstore at 1-800-538-0762

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    Hazardous Materials Technician

    This class is designed for people in the fire fighter, haz mat teams, and law enforcement fields. This course is based on Hazardou Materials Technician training requirements of OHSA 29 CFT 1910.120(q) and NFPA 472 with added elements from NFPA 472. This class is put on by UAB Center for Labor Education and Research

    This class is free to the public sector emergency responders who may be involved in hazmat response with Alabama. The class will be held at:

    Tallassee Fire Station # 1
    123 North Ann Avenue
    Tallassee, Alabama 36078

    Please View our Calendar of Events for the time and dates of the classes.

    To register for the class or obtain more information:
    Call Tabitha Carter at the UAB Center for Labor Education and Research (205)934-8016

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    Fire Department Safety Officer: Health and Safety Officer

    The purpose of this course is to provide training for fire officers and fire fighters on the role and responsibilities of the Incident Safety Officer, and to allow participants to practice some of the key skills needed for competency as an Incident Safety Officer.

    This training program is designed for Fire Officers who could be asked to assume the duties of the Incident Safety Officer either as a staff assignment or an on-scene appointment. The program is also appropriate for firefighters who will be working on-scene with the Incident Safety Officer and must understand and appreciate the scope and duties of the job.

    Course Hours: 40

    Prerequisites: Fire Officer I

    Reference Text Required: IFSTA's Fire Department Safety Officer

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    Emergency Response to Terrorism: Basic Concepts

    This course is designed to prepare first responder personnel to take the appropriate course of action at the scene of a potential terrorist incident. The course will provide students with a general understanding and recognition of terrorism, defensive considerations (biological, nuclear, incendiary, chemical, and explosive), as well as command and control issues associated with criminal incidents. When an incident occurs, the student will be able to recognize and implement self protective measures, secure the scene, complete appropriate notifications to local, state and federal authorities, and assist in completing a smooth transition form emergency to recovery and termination operations.

    Specific course topics include:

    • Understanding and Recognizing Terrorism
    • Implementing Self-Protective Measures
    • Scene Security
    • Tactical Considersations
    • Incident Command Overview

    The primary audience for this course includes:
    Fire service personnel; emergency management personnel; emergency medical services providers; public works management; hazardous material responders; public health workers; law enforcement; armed forces personnel; emergency communications personnel; disaster response agencies.

    Course Hours: 12
    Prerequisite: None
    Reference Text Required: National Fire Academy Student Manual included at no additional charge, when available.

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    Introduction to Technical Rescue

    This two-day course addresses Chapter 5 of NFPA 1006, Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications. It is a prerequisite to all of the Rescue Technician certification courses. Subjects include site operations, victim management, maintenance and ropes and rigging.

    For certification, the rescue technician must perform all of the job performance requirements included in this course.

    Special Equipment Required: Climbing helmet or firefighting helmet with chin strap, boots-hiking or work boots, leather work gloves (climbing or leather work gloves).

    Course Hours: 16
    Prerequisites: EMT Basic or Proof of EMT training.
    Reference Text Required: Mosby's Confined Space & Structural Rope Rescue.

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