Basic Fire Fighter Skills


Hours: 36 | Prerequisites: None | Students: 15–30 | Host requirements: None

This course covers the necessary skills for basic firefighting operations. Designed for the individual who does not wish to achieve Fire Fighter I & II certification, the course includes a blend of lecture with the majority of class time focused on practical skills and competency. Topics include: orientation and communication, firefighter safety, fire behavior, breathing apparatus, ladders, hose and nozzles, water supply and pump operations, forcible entry and ventilation, salvage and overhaul, rescue and fire control. (Several of these basic skills may be used towards Firefighter I requirements.)

Special requirements

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE): The following gear is required to participate: helmet, bunker coat, bunker pants with boots, and gloves that met the NFPA standard 1971 at the time of purchase.
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA): Participants attending should bring their own pressure-demand type self-contained breathing apparatus and one spare cylinder. All air cylinders must be within hydrostatic date or will not be refilled and should be marked with departmental identification. Breathing apparatus must meet NFPA standard 1981. In addition participants must provide a Nomex or PBI protective hood. Individuals with beards, sideburns or other hair styles that interfere with the proper seal of a breathing apparatus face piece will not be allowed to participate in classes requiring SCBA use.
    Note: Protective hoods over beards are not approved.

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