Course Offerings

Below is a list of the classes available during the 2015 Fire College.  For registration information, a schedule of events, and downloadable copies of the registration form, click on the links on the left.

Specialty Classes

Flowpath Management (Section 1)

The Flow Path Management 1-day seminar course is targeted towards anyone engaging or managing the structural fire attack. Following a lecture and a practical skill station, participants will learn the whys of fire behavior and the physics behind the fire. This course highlights the findings of many years of dedicated fire research and identifies how to recognize the potential for “extreme fire behavior” by educating participants with a first-hand observation of small-scale model burns and case study analyses. This course is considered an intermediate firefighting course (Not an entry level course). Those attending should be familiar with the essentials of fire behavior and structural fire attack.

Instructor: Trey Smith, Captain, Ladder One Charlotte Fire Department

Class Schedule: Sat 8–6, (9 hours)

Wildland Fire Strategy & Tactics (Section 2)

This course is targeted to instruct Fire Department initial attack IC’s on wildland fires. The course is designed to provide 4 hours of lecture-style instruction on Wildland Fire Behavior & Weather, Engine Tactics, Tractor-Plow Tactics and Wildland-Urban interface Tactics. There will be approximately 7 simulated fire exercises where students will work together as initial attack IC’s to determine correct strategies & tactics, apply them to the simulated fires and conduct an after action review.

Instructor: Donald Meadows, NC Forest Ranger

Class Schedule: Fri 6–10, Sat 8–5 (12 hours)

Fire Chief 101 Upgrade (Section 3)

This is the current Chief 101 update course approved by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission to meet NC Administrative Code requirements for those who have previously taken the Chief 101 course. Course content, which is revised at least every five years, must align with the currently approved update course managed by the NC Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), and instructors must be specifically approved. This is a NC Fire and Rescue Commission certification course; however, this course will not transfer electronically to OSFM. Per Commission rules, instructors will be responsible for submitting student information to OSFM directly.

Instructor: Scott Rogers, Chief 101 Qualified Instructor

Class Schedule: Fri 6–10 (4 hours)

Fire Chief 101 (Section 4)

The primary objective of the course is to inform current and future chief officers of the various aspects and complexities surrounding the operations and organization of North Carolina fire departments. Emphasis will be placed on ratings and inspections, NFIRS reporting, prevention and grant programs, basic line of duty death information, financial considerations, and an overview of the various expectations facing a Chief Officer. This class will satisfy the 9s inspection criteria as specified by North Carolina Administrative Code.

Instructor: Scott Rogers, Chief 101 Qualified Instructor
Class Schedule: Sat 8–5 (8 hours)

Fireground Decision-Making (Section 5)

The primary objective of the course is to educate fire personnel in decision-making for strategy and tactics on the fireground. The course will cover scene size-up, ventilation, hose line selection and more.

Instructor: Rob Jackson, Captain, City of Jacksonville Fire & Emergency Services

Class Schedule: Fri 6–9 (3 hours)

Informing the Public through Media (Section 6)

In this period of instruction the Instructor will discuss the necessity of responding to media, the benefits of speaking to the public through the media, and explore and practice methods to successfully respond to the media in our official duties. We will also discuss the types of media, strengths & weaknesses, and how to engage with beneficial messages. The Instructor will introduce techniques that will benefit first responders when encountering reporters covering an incident.

Instructor: Todd Lyman, who has 30 + years working in public affairs/public relations/public information for federal & local government and in business. He is a retired officer and former enlisted Marine who worked primarily in public affairs. Todd previously served as public affairs officer for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Afghanistan and currently serves as the public information officer for Onslow County.

Class Schedule: Fri 6–10 (4 hours)

MotivatION and other ION’S for the Fire Service (Section 7)

This is a discussion to examine why Expectations, Certifications, and Education are important and how they reveal our Dedication to the fire service.  Whether we are firefighters, company officers, or chief officers, paid or volunteer, it is imperative we understand how these –IONs affect our responsibilities to those we serve and those with whom we serve each and every day.

Instructor: Eddie Bottoms, Winston Salem Fire Department, Retired Battalion Chief, Rural Hall Fire Department Operations Chief (Volunteer)
Eddie has served in the fire service for over 30 years as a both a career member and volunteer.  He has spent many years as a company officer, serving as a Captain for both of his respective departments as well as upper level chief officer positions.  He has been providing training in both departments for over twenty years.  He is an adjunct instructor for Forsyth Technical Community College and Rowan Cabarrus Community College.  He teaches in the fire service, emergency management, and criminal justice curriculum programs and instructs in fire service continuing education at several community colleges.  He has many certifications in firefighting, rescue, haz-mat, and fire investigations.  Eddie recently retired after 28 ½ years with the WSFD and has taken on a new role as a high school teacher instructing the newly created fire academy program at Walkertown High School in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system.

Class Schedule: Fri 6–9 (3 hours)

NFA Incident Safety Officer (Section 8)

This 2-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-hazards types of situations will be emphasized.

Instructor: Spencer Lee, NFA Instructor

Class Schedule: Fri 6–10, Sat 8–5 (12 hours)

NIMS Refresher (Section 9)

This is a one day class that will give a refresher overview of the National Incident Management System. Topics covered will be components of the NIMS 100 & 200 courses, features and principles of the incident command system, and incident command organization and resources. This refresher course is recommended before taking NIMS 300 to give you a better understanding of the NIMS 300 components.

Instructor: Norman Bryson, Director of Onslow County Emergency Services

Class Schedule: Fri 6–9 (3 hours)

NIMS ICS-300 (Section 10)

ICS-300 provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of the Incident Command System. This course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. Students should have passed the ICS-100 and ICS-200 online courses prior to taking the ICS-300 seated course.

Instructor: Norman Bryson, Director of Onslow County Emergency Services

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–5 (16 hours)

Technical Rescuer Classes

TR - AG: Agricultural Rescue (Section 11)

This course is a component of the NC Fire and Rescue Commission Technical Rescuer (TR) certification. The class presents the Technical Rescuer with the elements that come into play at agricultural machinery rescue incidents. Pre-planning, site surveys, incident plans and size up will be covered. Design features of various pieces of farm equipment will be discussed. Upon completion, the Technical Rescuer will have practical skills for correctly gaining access to, stabilizing the environment, the machinery, and the patient; as well as packaging and removing the patient from an agricultural rescue incident. This class is limited registration on a first-come/first-served basis.

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant fire or rescue PPE is required of each student.

Instructor: Joel Faircloth & Ronald Ellis, Qualified Agricultural Rescue Instructors

Class Schedule: Fri 1–10, Sat 8–6, Sun 8–6 (26 hours) This class starts Friday at 1:00 PM

TR - General: Ropes (Section 12)

This class will present to the Technical Rescuer safe and effective methods of rescue in elevated and below grade environments using ropes, knots, and rope related equipment. Mechanical advantage, anchors, anchoring techniques, and stress loads will be covered. This is one of seven courses that make up the NC Technical Rescuer General Certification as outlined by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission.

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant fire or rescue PPE is required of each student.

Instructor: Adam Snyder, Atlantic Beach Fire Chief

Class Schedule: Fri 6–10, Sat 8–6, Sun 8–5 (21 hours) This class starts Friday at 6:00 PM

TR - General: Personal Protective Equipment (Section 13)

This class will introduce to the Technical Rescuer the need for and use of personal protective equipment to enable the rescuer to perform his/her duties in a safe and responsible manner. Physical characteristics of rescuers, stress, endurance, and the limitations of equipment will be discussed. This is one of seven courses that make up the NC Technical Rescuer General Certification as outlined by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission.

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant fire or rescue PPE is required of each student.

Instructor: TBD

Class Schedule: Sat 8–6 (9 hours)

TR - General: Rescue Rigging (Section 14)

This course will present to the Technical Rescuer the proper use of ropes and other related rescue rigging equipment used during rescue operations. This course will involve the setup of various ladder and timber configuration for technical rescues. This is one of seven courses that make up the NC Technical Rescuer General Certification as outlined by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission.

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant fire or rescue PPE is required of each student.

Instructor: Scott Williamson

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–4 (15 hours)

TR – General: Helicopter Transport (Section 15)

This class will present to the Technical Rescuer general operating and safety guidelines when working with helicopters at emergency scenes for the protection of on scene emergency providers, flight crews, and the civilian population. This is one of seven courses that make up the NC Technical Rescuer General Certification as outlined by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission.

Instructor: TBD

Class Schedule: Sun 8–3 (6 hours)

TR - VMR: Rescue Operations (Section 16)

This class will present the Technical Rescuer the hazards of vehicle rescue operations, ICS, access, disentanglement, extrication, and the post rescue phases of vehicle rescue.

Instructor: TBD

Class Schedule: Fri 6–10, Sat 8–5 (12 hours) This class starts Friday at 6:00 PM.

TR - VMR: Vehicle Anatomy (Section 17)

This class will present the Technical Rescuer vehicle anatomy and introduce new technologies in vehicle devices which present hazards for rescue personnel. Topics included in this class are: vehicle construction, crumple zones, bumper systems, air bags, side impact protection systems, new vehicle innovations, propulsion systems, passive safety systems and active safety systems. Suggestions on how to cope with innovative vehicles to safely mitigate a modern vehicle rescue will also be discussed. This is one of five courses that make up the NC Technical Rescuer Vehicle and Machinery Rescue (VMR) Certification as outlined by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission.

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant fire or rescue PPE is required of each student.

Instructor: TBD

Class Schedule: Sat 8–6 (9 hours)

TR - VMR: Bus & Machinery (Section 18)

This class will present the Technical Rescuer construction style and use of school, mass transit, and tour buses. The class will offer additional information on how to organize size-up, gaining access, vehicle stabilization, enlarging openings, disentanglement of victims, extrication techniques, and post rescue operations. The Technical Rescuer will be introduced to methods to control electrical, fuel, fire, traffic, A/C, and engine hazards. This is one of five courses that make up the NC Technical Rescuer Vehicle and Machinery Rescue (VMR) Certification as outlined by the NC Fire and Rescue Commission.

Instructor: TBD

Class Schedule: Sun 8–6 (9 hours)

North Carolina Firefighter Certification Courses

Forcible Entry (Section 19)

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. The course is designed to demonstrate methods of forcing entry into structures utilizing different principles and practices.

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant firefighter PPE is required of each student.

Instructor: TBD

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–12 (12 hours)

Ropes (Section 20)

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course focuses on the basic knowledge of fire service ropes, including types, usages, knots, and maintenance of rope.

Instructor: TBA

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–12 (12 hours)

Foam Fire Streams (Section 21)

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. The firefighter candidate will gain an understanding of foam generation and the types of foam and their uses.

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant firefighter PPE is required of each student.

Instructor: Brian Kelly

Class Schedule: Sun 8–5 (8 hours)

Portable Extinguishers (Section 22)

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course is designed to cover the extinguishing characteristics of portable fire extinguishers.

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant firefighter PPE is required of each student.

Instructor: Eddie Bottoms

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5 (8 hours)

Alarms & Communications (Section 23)

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. The course is designed to teach candidates the policies and procedures concerning the ordering and transmitting of emergency alarms and the actions to be taken upon receipt of the alarms.

Instructor: Bob Penrod

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–5 (16 hours)

Mayday (Section 24)

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. By using simulated situations, this course focuses on identifying parameters that constitute a mayday call.

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant firefighter PPE & SCBA is required of each student.

Instructor: Jimmy Speakman

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5 (8 hours)

Safety & Survival (Section 25)

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course focuses on firefighter survival techniques and on identifying factors that place firefighters in dangerous situations.

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant firefighter PPE & SCBA is required of each student.

Instructor: Rob Jackson, Captain, City of Jacksonville Fire & Emergency Services

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–5 (16 hours)

Health & Wellness (Section 26)

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course is designed to educate first responders on the importance of maintaining high levels of fitness and wellness in order to perform their assigned duties efficiently and safely.

Instructor: TBA

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5 (8 hours)

Personal Protective Equipment (Section 27)

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge and skills necessary to comprehend the use of their personal protective equipment, including Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).

Equipment: Full NFPA-compliant firefighter PPE & SCBA is required of each student.

Instructor: Lee Ennis, Captain, Charlotte Fire Department (Ret.)

Class Schedule: Fri 6–10, Sat 8–5, Sun 8–5 (20 hours) This class starts Friday at 6:00PM

Fire Behavior (Section 28)

This certification-related course will present the Firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course will enable the firefighter candidate to demonstrate their knowledge of terminology used in the area of fire behavior, the hazards of different fuels and the types of heat sources.

Instructor: Brian Kelly

Class Schedule: Fri 6–10, Sat 8–5 (12 hours) This course starts Friday at 6:00PM

Building Construction (Section 29)

This certification-related course will present the firefighter candidate with the knowledge, skills, and ability to satisfy the requirements of Chapters Five and Six of NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. This course will enable the firefighter candidate to identify the different types of construction and their reaction during a fire situation and the hazards associated with each.

Instructor: TBA

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–5 (16 hours)

North Carolina Driver/Operator Courses

Emergency Vehicle Driver (Section 30)

This course meets stated objectives outlined in the driver’s section of the N.C. Driver/Operator Certification Standard. The student will leave with an understanding of problems facing emergency vehicle operators, legal responsibility of the emergency vehicle operator, physical forces which impact the safe operation of an emergency vehicle, and an opportunity to perform hands-on operations through a designed driving course. Sunday’s class will meet outside for hands-on training, rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.

Prerequisite: Students must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license required by their department.

Instructor: Sam Sawyer

Class Schedule: Fri 6–10, Sat 8–5, Sun 8–5 (20 hours) This course starts Friday at 6:00PM

Driver/Operator-Pumps: Sprinklers & Standpipes (Section 31)

This course will discuss and detail operations regarding set up and supply operations for pump operators for sprinkler systems and wet and dry standpipe systems. It will include a review of control valves, pressure settings and operations procedures

Instructor: TBD

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–4 (15 hours)

Driver/Operator-Pumps: Maintenance (Section 32)

This course will detail all portions of preventative maintenance on various pumps. It will also cover proper recording, keeping procedures and the proper methods to clean and maintain nozzles, appliances, and SCBA equipment on a pumper.

Instructor: TBD

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–4 (15 hours)

Driver/Operator-Pumps: Water Supply (Section 33)

This course will review and discuss the methods by which water supply is obtained and maintained during an emergency operation. It will detail water main systems and will describe how to identify and determine flow in such systems. It will also detail mobile water supply systems and how they operate. It will describe and explain quick dump mobile water supply operations and detail methods for relaying water to a pumper.

Instructor: TBD

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–4 (15 hours)

Driver/Operator-Pumps: Hydraulics (Section 34)

This course will detail vacuum pressure, normal operating pressure, residual, head and static pressure as it relates to the operation of a fire pumper during an emergency operation. It will describe factors related to friction loss and detail measures to reduce friction loss. It will also review nozzle reaction force and show methods to calculate this force. Finally, a review of mathematical calculations utilized in fire service hydraulics will be reviewed and discussed.

Instructor: TBD

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–4 (15 hours)

Driver/Operator-Aerials: Basic Operations (Section 35)

This course will review the application and use of various types of aerials including articulating booms, telescoping booms, elevated platforms, and aerial ladders. It will detail tip loads and uses of master streams from aerial devices.

Instructor: Ross Whitmore, Captain, Jacksonville Fire & Emergency Services

Class Schedule: Sat 8–5, Sun 8–4 (15 hours)