Apparatus Maintenance Class 1 - Familiarization in Maintenance and Inspection of Fire Apparatus

P1010049This 4-hr education segment covers the maintenance, inspection, and familiarization of Fire Apparatus as described in NFPA, DOT, EVT and ASE in a format for Fire Department Engineers. The format includes the basic design and familiarization of fire apparatus truck systems, pump systems and electrical systems in a complete bumper to bumper format designed toward preventive maintenance and troubleshooting activities. This class is half interactive Power Point lecture and half “ hands on” acquaintance in, over, around and under with a firetruck.

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Apparatus Maintenance Class 2 - Fire Pumps, Foam Systems, Accessories and Testing

P1010049The first learning segment covers the familiarization of Fire Pumps as described in NFPA and EVT by information supplied by Waterous, Hale, Darley and other NFPA fire pump manufacturers in reference to operations and components.

The second learning segment covers the familiarization with Foam Systems as described in NFPA and EVT in Fire Apparatus with information supplied by Scotty, Trident, Hale, FoamPro, Darley and Waterous.

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Apparatus Maintenance Class 3 - Operational Design, Maintenance, Performance and Testing of Fire Apparatus

P1010049This education segment covers the familiarization for fire apparatus as described in NFPA, DOT in reference to all components working as a complete machine. This class is conducted in the field with multiple fire apparatus. Students will gain a working familiarization as to operations in reference to design, maintenance and testing of fire apparatus.

Required Gear:

Auto Extrication & Stabilization -- Advanced

AdvAutoXThis comprehensive 12-hour class will involve 4-hours of classroom instruction that will introduce the student to the hazards associated with vehicle entrapment, air bags, seat belt pretensioners, vehicle stabilization, and new car construction. The 8-hour lab will involve extensive hands on training in the use of hydraulic tools and vehicle stabilization with telecribbing struts in reality based scenarios. There will also be a heavy lift scenario again this year. 

Required Gear: Full Structure Turnout Gear w/helmet, gloves, and NFPA eye protection

Auto Extrication -- Basic

BasicAutoXThis basic 4-hour class will cover an introduction to auto extrication including safety concerns. Hands-on practicals will cover the Fire Fighter 2 practicals. 

  1. Demonstrate evolution of displacing a "vehicle windshield"
  2. Demonstrate evolution of displacing a "vehicle roof"
  3. Demonstrate evolution of displacing a "vehicle door"
  4. Demonstrate evolution of displacing a "vehicle dashboard" 

Required Gear: Full structure turnout gear with helmet, gloves, and NFPA eye protection required.

Confined Space Rescue

confined spaceThis is an 8-hour course.  The lecture is Saturday 8am-12pm.  There are two lab sections, Sat. 1pm-5pm OR Sun. 8am-12pm.  Attendance at the lecture and ONE lab is REQUIRED for class completion.

Each year confined space accidents result in over 12000 injuries and 60 deaths.  This class will discuss the various hazards associated with “confined space” environments, and the various tasks that can be implemented to mitigate these risks to the rescuer.

The hands-on portion will take place at an off site location. Confidence and familiarity with airpacks is strongly recommended.

Required gear: Full Turnout gear with SCBA

Engine Operations - Water on the Fire

engine operationsThe most important operation on the fireground

It is said, “The fire goes as the first line goes.” The proper hoseline selection and placement is paramount to a successful outcome on any fireground. Everyday, lives and property are saved as a result of these actions. Are you ready to make that selection? Do you know what you can flow? What are you and your fellow firefighters capable of?

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Firefighter Rescue R.I.T


This 8-hour class  is designed to provide an introduction to the intermediate fire fighter to the RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) concept.  Saturday morning will be classroom instruction and will break down the basic RIT components, RIT equipment , advanced SCBA and RIT pack knowledge, the factors that can effect RIT operations and case studies, including data from the Phoenix study. 

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Forcible Entry

forcibleentryThis 4-hour class will involve 1-hour of classroom that will introduce the student to types of forcible entry tools, basic doorway construction, locking mechanisms and techniques for gaining entry into commercial and residential occupancies. The 3-hour lab will involve three different stations consisting of: techniques for gaining access into inward/outward swinging doors, cutting techniques for gaining access into garage doors and finally a multiple angle circular saw/k12 prop designed to build the students confidence.  

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Knots and Rigging for Roadside Rescue

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This 12- hour course will cover knots and rigging techniques for low angle/roadside rescue. Students will learn knot tying, safety precautions, litter and personal rigging as well as litter raising and lowering. This course fulfills the requirements for the Ropes and Knots Module for Firefighter I & II. This course is a great prerequisite for the Advanced Rope/Rescue course.

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Liquid Petroleum Gas Fires -- Basic

IMG 1488The mechanics of LPG fires and the proper procedures for fire attack are covered in this 4-hour course. A classroom session consists of videos, class demonstrations, and handouts. Fire ground simulations, using different LPG props, are executed under supervision. 


Howard Oden and Max Borino are firefighters for the Natrona County Fire District. Dennis Oden and Mike Lamp are retired firefighters from the Kemmerer Vol. Fire Dept. Kirk Bennet is a firefighter from the Meeteetse VFD.


Required Gear:  Full Structure Turnouts and SCBA with a Full Bottle

NFA New Fire Chief: Administrative Issues

NFAThis 2-day (12 hour) course is to provide students with the managerial, administrative and leadership skills and awareness necessary for new or recently appointed or elected Chiefs to effectively meet their obligations of the position.

SFMO Instructor, Dalton Sanders

Required Gear: None

Off-Road Driving

OffRoadDrivingAfter many close calls and a near fatal accident in the past few years with off road all-wheel drive engines, this 4-hour course has been designed to: provide a training program that will demonstrate proficiency, accuracy, and safety in the driving of all wheel drive wildland engines through the combined mediums of classroom experience and actual driving.

Required Gear: None

Pump Operations -- Basic

IMG 1497All good engineers and pump operators have to start somewhere.  This 4-hour class provides the basics to achieve that goal.  Items to be covered include: fire pump design, hydraulics needed to deliver proper flows and pressures to nozzles and appliances as well as drafting.  Hands on training will be included.  

Required Gear: Full Turnouts

Pump Operations Hydraulics -- Advanced

PumpOperations1This 8-hour class is a continuation of the Basic Pump Operations class.  Topics covered will include water supply to pumper including booster tank, tenders, draft and hydrant.  Hose lay outs for different operations.  Relay pumping and master stream operations.  Advanced hydraulics will be part of this class.  This is not a class for beginners.  Hands on training will be involved. 

Required Gear: Full Turnouts

Ropes, Rigging, and Rescue -- Advanced

ropescourseThis 12-hour advanced course is geared towards the student with knowledge of ropes and rescue systems.  There will be 4hrs of classroom.  The remaining 8hrs will be practical application and will take place on Cedar Mt just west of Cody.

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SCBA -- Advanced

SCBAFor students with a strong SCBA background, this 4-hour class uses live fire in the `hot` side of the Cody burn building to test and instruct participants in advanced skills in search and rescue techniques and to coordinate fire attack under the supervision of experienced career service fire fighters.  Skills taught will include;  building size-up, forcible entry primer, primary and secondary searches, searching with a partner, navigating stairs in a below grade fire, recognizing a hose-line as an escape tool, nozzle basics, victim removal and fire behavior.  

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SCBA -- Basic

SCBAThe fundamentals of SCBA are provided either as a review or to meet the requirements for Fire Fighter I certification in this 4-hour class. Non-toxic smoke is used in the 'cold' side of the Cody Burn Building as students negotiate a maze for practical experience in SCBA usage and basic search techniques.

Required Gear: Turnouts and SCBA are required. Air supplies will be available for refill.

Vehicle Fires

VehicleFireCar fires have the potential to become ‘bombs on wheels’.  Fuel tanks, drive lines, shock absorbers, and toxic fumes all pose threats to fire personnel. This class will inform students about vehicle construction, fuel types, danger zones, and fire attack. 

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Ventilation Tactics

ventilationtacticsThis is an 4-hour course and will include approximately 2-hours of classroom and 2-hours of hands on.

The lecture portion will consist of a comprehensive overview of the What, Where, When, Why & How of Vertical Ventilation.  We will discuss in depth the purpose and various types of ventilation on residential & light commercial structures as well as the Do’s & Don’ts of positive pressure ventilation. 

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