Fire Training

Fire Training

Fire Instructors:

  • David O. Simmons, SFI 1309
  • Ronald Wamsley, SFI 1317
  • Greg Peck, Jr., SFI 1319
  • Melvin Harrington, SFI 1318
  • Mark Degraw, SFI 1320

Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations (BEFO), 2016 Ed

Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations (BEFO), 2016 Ed

Location: Fire Training Center, Hamden

Dates: Orientation 1/14/20, Class Begins 1/28, every Tuesday/Thursday to 4/2, Saturday sessions 2/1 & 3/7

Instructor: Greg Peck, Jr., NYS SFI

Details: This course prepares new firefighters to operate in the exterior or non-IDLH areas of the fire scene. Students participate in learning events covering firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE), self-contained breathing apparatus inspection and cylinder changing, fire department communications, building construction and fire behavior, modern fire control research, portable fire extinguishers, rope and knot tying, ground ladders, forcible entry, tactical ventilation theory, water supply, hose and fire streams, loss control, orientation to fire origin and cause determination, fire prevention and life safety initiatives, confined space awareness, overview of first aid and buddy care, and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations.

Pre-Requisites: Fire Department Physical and signed NYS Training Authorization Letter.  Chief or Officer must attend first night with student.

HazMat 1st Responder Operations Original

HazMat 1st Responder Operations Original

Location: Hancock FD

Dates: 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, and 2/10 1800-2200hrs each night
Instructor: Melvin Harrington, NYS SFI
Details: Prepares emergency responders to effectively and safely respond to and stabilize hazardous materials incidents from a defensive position. Meets the training requirements of OSHA 1910.120 for the first responder, both at the
awareness and operations levels. Includes recognizing and identifying hazardous materials, classifications and the hazards of each class, transport vehicles and associated hazards, planning for incidents, personal protective equipment and its limitations, confinement methods and decontamination procedures. Case studies identify appropriate operational procedures.

Principles of Building Construction - Combustible

Principles of Building Construction - Combustible

Location: Fire Training Center, Hamden

Dates: 2/17, 2/20, 2/24, 3/2 1830-2130 hours
Instructor: Melvin Harrington, NYS SFI
Details: This course introduces basic construction principles and the special
characteristics of wood and ordinary construction as they concern the fire service. Primary emphasis is on improving the fire officer’s ability to ensure firefighter safety by recognizing common causes and indicators of failure and other hazards related to building construction. Course material enables the fire officer to better predict the overall reaction of a building to fire conditions.
Pre-requisite: BEFO or equivalent

Fire Police

Fire Police

Location: Public Safety Building, Delhi

Dates: 2/25, 3/7, 3/10, 3/17, 3/21 Tuesdays 1830-2130, Saturdays 0830-1430
Instructor: Richard Kelly
Details: Trains fire police to perform their duties more effectively. It includes defining and interpreting terms, oath of office, relation to regular police officers, general duties, maintaining safe conditions at an emergency, traffic direction and control, pre-planning, and various laws of interest to the fire service. Under the provision of General Municipal Law, Section 209- c, this course, when approved by
OFPC, must be completed by every fire police officer who was appointed after
September 1, 1980.

Principles of Building Construction - Non-Combustible

Principles of Building Construction - Non-Combustible

Location - Fire Training Center, Hamden

Dates: 3/9, 3/12, 3/16, 3/19 1830-2130 hours
Instructor: Melvin Harrington, NYS SFI
Details: Introduces special characteristics of noncombustible and fire resistive
construction as they concern the fire service. Primary emphasis is on improving the fire officer’s ability to ensure firefighter safety by recognizing common causes and indicators of failure and other hazards related to building construction. Course material enables the fire officer to better predict the overall reaction of a building to fire conditions.

The Rules Have Changed... The Firefighter's Guide to Lightweight Wood Construction

The Rules Have Changed... The Firefighter's Guide to Lightweight Wood Construction

Location - Fire Training Center, Hamden

Dates: 4/6, 4/9, 4/13, 4/16
Instructor: Melvin Harrington, NYS SFI
Details: This course introduces the student to the special characteristics and
considerations of Lightweight Wood Construction. Topics such as manufacturing methods, component awareness, fire performance, and strategies & tactics pertaining to fires involving lightweight wood construction will be examined. Primary emphasis is on improving fire personnel’s ability to recognize the presence of lightweight wood construction and the hazards related with it. Course material enables the student to recognize the dangers, operate safely and better predict the
overall reaction of a building during fire conditions.
Pre-requisite: BEFO or equivalent

SCBA / Interior Firefighting Operations 2016 Edition

SCBA / Interior Firefighting Operations 2016 Edition

Location: Fire Training Center, Hamden

Dates: 4/6, 9, 14, 16, 20, 22, 28, 30
5/4, 6, 12, 16, 18, 20 Weeknights 1830-2130, Saturday 0800-1600
Instructor: Mark Degraw, NYS SFI
Details: This course prepares new BEFO graduates to operate as Interior Structural firefighters or in IDLH areas of the fire scene. Students participate in learning events covering firefighter personal protective equipment (PPE), self-contained breathing apparatus donning, doffing and use, SCBA air management and SCBA emergencies, basic firefighter survival techniques, modern fire control methods, building fire search and victim removal techniques, firefighter survival skills,
tactical ventilation techniques and basic power saw operation, forcible entry
techniques, hose line advancement, vehicle and wildland firefighting theory, vehicle firefighting techniques, coordinated structure fire interior attack and transitional fire attack, and coordinated initial company operations.
Prerequisites: Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations (BEFO) 2016 Edition Course Completion OR BEFO 2015 Edition AND Bridge/ refresher training course OR Scene Support Operations Course Completion AND Bridge/ refresher training course OR Basic Firefighter or Essentials course completion AND Bridge / refresher training course.

Medical clearance and mask fit test is required to participate.