Training Topics

Training is divided into two main categories, Technical Rescue and Wildland Fire Animal Evacuation.  The training can be held for one agency or classes can be taught in conjunction with two or more agencies.

All Classes follow Standards set by NWCG, NFPA, ASAR, CMC, ANSI, OES, CAL and CA State Fire Marshal.

Animal Technical Rescue Training Topics:

  • Rescue Knots
  • Anchors
  • Mechanical Advantage Systems
  • Large & Small Animal Packaging
  • Becker Bi-Pod
  • SKEDCO Tri-Pod
  • Ladder Gin
  • Scene Management & Risk Mitigation on a Technical Rescue
  • Low & High Angle Rope Rescue Scenario
  • Team/Self Rescue (How to handle an incident within an incident)
  • Tactical Training (How to be an effective IC or Team Leader)

 

Wildland Fire Animal Evacuation Topics           (List of Classes)

  • Introduction to Wildland Fire Animal Evacuation
  • Wildland Fire Awareness Animal Evacuation (WFAAET)
  • Rt-130 Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher Training (WFSTAR)
  • Scene Management & Risk Mitigation on a Wildland Fire
  • Wildland Fire Behavior & Prediction
  • Radio Communication
  • Large and Small Animal Handling
  • Forcible Entry
  • Large & Small Animal Transport
  • Large and Small Animal Receiving and Area of Refuge

 

Wildland Fire Animal Evacuation Classes       (Individual Class Overview)

Wildland Fire Awareness Level Animal Evacuation Training (WFAAET)  

This 8-10 hour class is an overview of all the information you will need to know to have a successful Evacuation Team or be a member of a successful team.  The class includes both lecture and hands on instruction.

Coarse Topics

  • Team Structure (ICS & General Command Structure)
  • Fire Line Standards (Task Books, FEMA, NWCG, Red Cards, WFSTAR, Awareness vs Operational)
  • Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior and Fire Prediction
  • Equipment (Fire Gear, Personal Gear, Vehicle Set-up)
  • Comms
  • How to set up an ICP
  • How to set up a Receiving Area
  • How to prepare and respond to a Wildland Fire Call Out
  • Introduction to Risk Mitigation
  • Introduction to Scene Management
  • Introduction to Forcible Entry
  • Introduction to REMS (Rapid Extraction Module Support)
  • Introduction to Wildland Fire Shelter
  • Fire Shelter Drill (Certification requires Full Wildland Fire PPE)

Host Requirements (All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • AV Display for PowerPoint Presentation
  • One Practice Fire Shelter for every 3 personnel taking the class
  • 15′ piece of 1″ webbing for every 3 personnel taking the class
  • One Rescue Back Board
  • One Stokes Basket (Recommended but not required)
  • Several Hand Held Radios

Participant Requirement

  • FEMA IS-100.C
  • FEMA IS-200.C
  • YouTube Video on Fire Communication: https://youtu.be/VLC_AuNhDak
  • IRPG by NWCG
  • Wildland Fire Gear (Helmet, Brush Jacket and Pants, Gloves, Boots)

 

Rt-130 Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher  (WFSTAR):  This 4-8 hour class is a National Standard set by NWCG for all personnel operating behind Fire Lines and must be taught by a Fire Fighter 1 with a Single Resource Boss level of knowledge.  Most agencies and states have adopted the NWCG Rt-130 Standard for their Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher.  This class includes classroom and hands-on experience with Fire Shelter Drill and Rescue Equipment.  NWCG does not require this class in the same year of attending an Awareness Level Fire Class that includes a Fire Shelter drill.

Coarse Topics

  • Entrapment Avoidance –Training and reference materials to study the risk management process as identified in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461, as appropriate to participants, i.e.., LCES, Standard Firefighting Orders, Watch Out Situations, Wildfire Decision Support System direction, Fire Management Plan priorities. Entrapment avoidance and deployment protocols that are identified in the IRPG, which also contains the “Last Resort Survival Checklist.”
  • Current Issues – Review and discuss the current topics that could be based on the new modules or areas of concern identified by your agency or geographic area. Review of forecasts and assessments for the upcoming fire season and discuss implications for firefighter safety.
  • Fire Shelter – Review and discuss last resort survival including escape and shelter deployment site selection. Hands-on fire shelter inspections. Practice shelter deployments in applicable crew/module configurations, wearing full Wildland Fire Gear.
  • Other Hazards and Safety Issues – Additional hazard and safety subjects, which may include SAFENET, current safety alerts, or site/unit-specific safety issues and hazards.
  • Basic REMS (Rapid Extraction Module Support) – Hands on work with basic techniques to rescue down fellow Fire personnel in both the Hot Zone and Warm Zone.

Host Requirements (All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • AV Display for PowerPoint Presentation
  • One Practice Fire Shelter for every 3 personnel taking the class
  • 15′ piece of 1″ webbing for every 3 personnel taking the class
  • One Rescue Back Board
  • One Stokes Basket (Recommended but not required)
  • One 14′ Ladder (Recommended but not required)

Participant Requirement

  • FEMA IS-100.C
  • FEMA IS-200.C
  • YouTube Video on Fire Communication: https://youtu.be/VLC_AuNhDak
  • WFAAET or other Wildland Fire Awareness Level Class
  • Wildland Fire Gear (Helmet, Brush Jacket and Pants, Gloves, Boots)

 

Moderate Work Capacity Test:  This is a national Standard set by NWCG for all personnel operating behind Fire Lines.  This will test and document the fitness level of personnel.  Animal Fire Rescue sets the standard of the Moderate Work Capacity Test for personnel performing Animal Evacuation in a Wildland Fire environment.

Test Time: 1-2 hours (may be longer depending on number of personnel)

Coarse Topics

  • Moderate Work Capacity Test

Host Requirements (All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • 50 lb weighted tires or other item to be dragged with 1″ webbing
  • 18″ Box or other item to step up onto
  • 2 mile flat hike or 1 mile step hike over rough terrain

Participant Requirement

  • 25 lb pack for Moderate test

 

Forcible Entry Class:  In this 4 hour class Students will learn how and when to enter all types of property and structures.  This class includes a Through the Lock segment that is especially helpful when entering a home without causing major damage.  Students will also learn the legal requirements to entering a property.  Includes: Classroom Lecture and Hands-On experience with Fire Rescue tools

Coarse Topics

  • Gate Entry
  • Padlock Lock
  • Window Entry
  • Through the lock Entry
  • Barn Siding Entry

Host Requirements (All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • AV Display for PowerPoint Presentation
  • Halligan with R/K tool or Maximus Rex
  • 8 lb Flat Ax
  • Pri-door or 2 x 6 with hard ware hole for dead bolt and door knobs
  • A very solid mounted Vice that can take forces in multiply directions
  • Old door knobs and dead bolts or dummy dead bolt.
  • Chain and Old padlocks to break open
  • Wooden Pallets to be torn apart
  • Fence post with gate (This can be demo only and used for opening)
  • 4″ hand grinder with cutting wheel
  • Vice Grips

Participant Requirement

  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Fire helmet or rescue helmet
  • Brush Jacket or other long sleeve PPE

 

Risk Mitigation:  This is a 3-6 hour class covering Mitigating Risk and keeping personnel safe.  This class covers the details of topics like LCES, Medical Plans and what documentation to use.  This class is often taught with Scene Management and includes classroom lecture along with hands-on work using both ICS and Animal Fire Rescue documentation.

Coarse Topics

  • Identifying hazards
  • Lookouts
  • Comms
  • Escape Routes
  • Safety Zones
  • Safety Officer duties
  • TECC Basics
  • What ICS Forms to use
  • Animal Fire Rescue ICS supplemental forms
  • Medical documentation

Host Requirements (All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • AV Display for PowerPoint Presentation
  • Copies of ICS forms and AFR supplemental forms

Participant Requirement

  • WFAAET or other Fire Awareness Level Class
  • FEMA IS-100.C
  • FEMA IS-200.C

 

Scene Management:  This 3-6 hour class is a must for all Scouts and other Safety Personnel.  The Students will learn a systematic Fire Ground approach to managing an Evacuation Scene that will stick with them even in the most stressful of Wildland Fire situations.  This class Includes classroom lecture and hands-on experience with tabletop modules.

Coarse Topics

  • How to do a 360 size up
  • How to set and prioritize Objectives
  • How to set and prioritize Strategies
  • Management of Scene Lookouts and Safety Officer
  • Management of Scene Comms
  • How to give an On Scene Report
  • How to run a typical call

Host Requirements (All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • AV Display for PowerPoint Presentation
  • Items to make 6-8 table top scenario properties
    • Lego’s to make houses and barns
    • Match box cars and trucks
    • Trees, bushes and rocks
  • Hand held radios

Participant Requirement

  • WFAAET or other Fire Awareness Level Class
  • FEMA IS-100.C
  • FEMA IS-200.C

 

Comms Class:  Having good Comms is the most difficult and important part of any Wildland Fire.  In this 4-8 hour class students will learn everything from how to talk on the radio to how to set up an ICS Aux Comm network.  This class includes classroom lecture and hands-on experience with Radios, ICS Forms and Comms Network Development

Coarse Topics

  • How to talk on the radio
  • When to talk on the radio
  • Introduction to radio Frequencies
  • Simplex vs Repeaters
  • How to set up Nets
  • Introduction to Aux Comm
  • Field Comms
  • ICP Comms
  • Hand Held Radios
  • Mobile Radios

Host Requirements (All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • AV Display for PowerPoint Presentation
  • ICS Forms
  • Extra VHF/UHF Band Hand Held Radios

Participant Requirement

  • WFAAET or other Fire Awareness Level Class
  • FEMA IS-100.C
  • FEMA IS-200.C
  • YouTube Video on Fire Communication: https://youtu.be/VLC_AuNhDak
  • Ham Radio Lic. (not mandatory but suggested)
  • VHF/UHF Hand Held Radios

 

TECC (Tactical Emergency Casualty Care):  This 4-8 hour class covers how to handle medical emergencies behind Fire Lines and includes instruction on what Medical Supplies should be included in various kits.  The class includes classroom lecture and hands-on practice with medical supplies.

Coarse Topics

  • Guidelines for First Care Providers
  • Direct Threat Care (DTC) / Hot Zone Guidelines
  • MARCH system of patient care
  • Why Bleeding is such a big threat to life
  • How to build an IFAK
  • How to build a Trauma Kit
  • Patient Packaging
  • How to use
    • TQ
    • Wound Pack
    • Chest Seal
    • Supper Glue

Host Requirements (All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • AV Display for PowerPoint Presentation
  • 6 x 6″ Foam pieces for wound packing
  • Several rolls of gauze
  • Several Compression Bandages
  • Several 15′ sections of 1″ webbing
  • Several Triangle Bandages
  • Back Board
  • C-Collar

Participant Requirement

  • TQ

 

REMS (Rapid Extraction Module Support):  In this 4-8 hour class students will learn techniques that will allow them to provide self-rescue to their team in the cause of an incident within an incident.  The class includes patient packaging, emergency webbing-drag and Awareness Level Low Angle rope rescue techniques.  This class includes classroom lecture and hands-on with Rope Rescue Equipment

Coarse Topics

  • Hot Zone Extraction
  • Warm Zone Extraction
  • Webbing Drag
  • How to lift an unresponsive patient
  • Patient Packaging
  • Backboard/Stokes Extraction with out rope
  • Introduction to LARRO
  • Artificial High directional
    • Ladder Gin
    • Tripod

Host Requirements(All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • AV Display for PowerPoint Presentation
  • Back Board
  • Stokes Basket
  • 14′ Ladder
  • Rope Rescue Gear
    • 1/2″ rope bags (4 at least 150′)
    • Several Rescue Pulley
    • Several Prusik loops
    • Several lengths of 1″ webbing (15-30′)

Participant Requirement

  • Gloves
  • Fire helmet or rescue helmet
  • Brush Jacket or other long sleeve PPE
  • Awareness Level of Rope Rescue if using Rope Rescue Systems

 

Fire Behavior & Prediction:  This 2-4 hour class will cover what to look for when predicting what a Wildland Fire will do.

Coarse Topics

  • Review of Awareness Level Fire Behavior Basics
  • Topography
  • Wind
  • Humidity
  • Fuel
  • How to read clouds
  • How to read smoke
  • Day vs Night Conditions
  • How to set Fire Perimeters
  • AFR Daily Briefing Forms

Host Requirements (All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • AV Display for PowerPoint Presentation
  • Several Small Metal Cans or Boxes with Metal Lids
  • Light Fuel and Heaver Fuel (All Class A)
  • 2-3 Propane Torches
  • 2-3 Water Fire Extinguishers or charged water line

Participant Requirement

  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Fire helmet or rescue helmet
  • Brush Jacket or other long sleeve PPE

 

2 Day and 3 Day Immersion Training:  Immersion Training is a good way to bring your personnel up to speed quickly.  The effects of training multiple days have been found to enhance retention of material.  The amount of information that can be covered in multiple days is exponentially higher than what would be covered in those same number of hours spread out over several weeks or months.

The multi day training schedule and topics are custom built for your group or agency, so that we are focusing our teaching time on what your personnel need to cover.

Coarse Topics

  • Any combination of topics can be put together

Host Requirements (All Items can be provided by AFR if needed)

  • AV Display for PowerPoint Presentation
  • Other items depending on specific classes

Participant Requirement

  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Fire helmet or rescue helmet
  • Brush Jacket or other long sleeve PPE
  • Other items depending on specific classes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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