VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER
Days and hours of
instruction: Monday & Wednesday Nights from 6-10 P.M. with additional days to be determined. The class will taught at Haleyville Fire Department Station 1 located at 1900 12th Ave in Haleyville.
IFSTA’s Essentials of
Fire Fighting, 4th edition
IFSTA's Hazardous Materials
First Responder, 3rd Edition
AAOS First Responder, 4th edition
Response Guidebook, current edition, available from the
Shelton State Bookstore by calling 1-800-538-0762.
NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications,
2002 edition,available from NFPA at
NFPA compliant turnout
gear, SCBA and spare bottle and PASS device
Instructor materials: Volunteer Fire Fighter Teaching Outline: Rev. 10/2003
The Volunteer Fire
Fighter Certification course is designed to prepare the student to perform
most fireground functions under the supervision of an officer or fire
fighter. This highly structured course is taught through both classroom
lectures and hand-on training. First Responder will be taught as Block Three
of the course. Successful completion of all written exams, practical
exercises, and a passing score on the state exam is required for
purpose of this course is to specify, in terms of performance objectives,
the minimum requirements for professional service as a fire fighter. This
course shall cover the requirements for the Fire Fighter I level of
Initiate the response to a reported emergency so that all necessary
information is obtained, communications equipment is operated properly,
and the information is promptly and accurately relayed to the dispatch
Receive a business or personal telephone call so that proper procedures
for answering the phone are used and the caller’s information is relayed.
Transmit and receive messages via the fire department radio so that the
information is promptly relayed and is accurate, complete, and clear.
Use SCBA during emergency operations so that the SCBA is properly donned
and activated within one minute, the SCBA is correctly worn, controlled
breathing techniques are used, emergency procedures are enacted if the
SCBA fails, all low-air warnings are recognized, respiratory protection is
not intentionally compromised, and hazardous areas are exited prior to air
Respond on apparatus to an emergency scene so that the apparatus is safely
mounted and dismounted, seat belts are used while the vehicle is in
motion, and other personal protective equipment is correctly used.
Force entry into a structure so that the tools are used properly, the
barrier is removed, and the opening is in a safe condition and ready for
Exit a hazardous area as a team so that a safe haven is found before
exhausting the air supply, others are not endangered, and the team
integrity is maintained.
Set up ground ladders so that hazards are assessed, the ladder is stable,
the angle is proper for climbing, extension ladders are extended to the
proper height with the fly locked, the top is placed against a reliable
structural component, and the assignment is accomplished.
Attack a passenger vehicle fire operating as a member of a team so that
hazards are avoided, leaking flammable liquids are identified and
controlled, protection from flash fires is maintained, all vehicle
compartments are overhauled, and the fire is extinguished.
Extinguish fires in exterior Class A materials so that exposures are
protected, the spread of fire is stopped, collapse hazards are avoided,
water application is effective, the fire is extinguished, and signs of the
origin area(s) and arson are preserved.
Conduct a search and rescue in a structure operating as a member of a team
so that ladders are correctly placed when used, all assigned areas are
searched, all victims are located and removed, team integrity is
maintained, and team members’ safety, - including respiratory protection –
is not compromised.
Attack an interior structure fire operating as a member of a team so that
team integrity is maintained, the attack line is properly deployed for
advancement, ladders are correctly placed when used, access is gained into
the fire area, effective water application practices are used, the fire is
approached safely, attack techniques facilitate suppression given the
level of the fire, hidden fires are located and controlled, and the
correct body posture is maintained, hazards are avoided or managed, and
the fire is brought under control.
Perform horizontal ventilation on a structure operating as part of a team
so that the ventilation openings are free of obstructions, tools are
safely used, ladders are properly used, ventilation devices are properly
placed, and the structure is cleared of smoke.
Perform a vertical ventilation on a structure operating as part of a team
so that ladders are properly positioned for ventilation, a sufficient
opening is created, all ventilation barriers are removed, structural
integrity is not compromised, products of combustion are released from the
structure, and the team retreats from the area when ventilation is
Overhaul a fire scene so that structural integrity is not compromised, all
hidden fires are discovered, fore cause evidence is preserved, and the
fire is extinguished.
Conserve a property as a member of a team so that the building and its
contents are protected from further damage.
Connect a fire department pumper to a water supply as a member of a team
so that connections are tight and water flow is unobstructed.
Extinguish incipient Class A, Class B, and Class C fires so that the
correct extinguisher is chosen, the fire is completely extinguished, and
proper extinguisher-handling techniques are followed.
Illuminate the emergency scene so that designated areas are illuminated
and all equipment is operated within the manufacturer’s listed safety
Turn off building utilities so that the assignment is safely completed.
Combat a ground cover fire operating as a member of a team so that threats
to property are reported, threats to personal safety are recognized,
retreat is quickly accomplished when warranted, and the assignment is
Perform a fire safety survey in a private dwelling so that fire and
life-safety hazards are identified, recommendations for their correction
are made to the occupant, and unresolved issues are referred to the proper
Present fire safety information to station visitors or small groups so
that all information is presented, the information is accurate, and
questions are answered or referred.
Clean and check ladders, ventilation equipment, self-contained breathing
apparatus (SCBA), ropes, salvage equipment, and hand tools so that
equipment is clean and maintained according to manufacturer’s or
departmental guidelines, maintenance is recorded, and equipment is placed
in a ready state or reported otherwise.
Clean, inspect, and return fire hose to service so that damage is noted
and corrected, the hose is clean, and the equipment is placed in a ready
state for service.
Instructional methods: Classroom instruction
and hands-on practical evolutions
(Tentative, subject to
change depending on the progress of the class)
Orientation and Safety, Fire Department Communications, Fire Behavior,
Building Construction, Personal Protective Equipment, Portable
Extinguishers, Ropes and Knots, Rescue and Extrication, Forcible Entry
Ladders, Ventilation, Water Supply, Fire Hose, Fire Streams, Sprinkler &
Alarm Systems, Loss Control
Medical First Responder (a licensed EMT of any level is exempt from block three)
Fire Control, Hazardous Materials A&O, Fire Prevention and Public Education,
Review and Critique, Certification Examination
Students may miss one session per 40-hour block. Depending on the date
missed, this may be any number of hours, but each student may only miss
one time. Failure to properly mark absences can result in disqualification
of the instructor from teaching future classes.
Academic and Practical assignments shall be the responsibility of the
course instructor. Make-up work shall be completed in written format on
the subject matter compatible to course hours missed (Academic).Make-up
work shall be completed and evaluated by the course instructor prior to
the course completion and final examination, and should be identified by
student name and date of absence. All make-up work shall be forwarded to
the AFC Field Training Programs with final course records.
Students must adhere to class schedules. Students are required to be
punctual for all classes and class activities. Classes will begin promptly
at the scheduled time unless specific instructions are given otherwise.
This course will involve discussion, questions and answers on the materials,
and case study. Class participation is expected from all students.
Safety of the students is top priority to the Alabama Fire College. Students must adhere to safety regulations while attending a class on or off
the Fire College campus. At the Fire College campus, safety instructions
are posted in every classroom, as well as escape routes and tornado actions.
Academic misconduct or dishonesty such as cheating and plagiarism is not
permitted in class. Suspected cases of academic misconduct will be reported
to the Executive Director. Conduct detrimental to the fire service on or
off campus will not be tolerated. We will investigate any complaints, and
if the complaint is valid the student will be dismissed and his/her agency
will be notified.
Grades are assigned according to the following system for all
certification courses for which students have registered.
There will be an examination for state certification provided by the Alabama
Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission. An overall score of 70% is
required to the successful completion of this examination. Re-tests may be
taken after 30 days and within 12 months of the date of course completion. The Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission is accredited by
the National Professional Qualifications System(NPQS).
The Executive Director has generously decided to fund national registration
and certification for all successful students, so each student will
automatically receive certification from the NPQS upon successful completion
of the course and exam.
evaluation form will be provided for each student at the end of the course. Please use this evaluation form as a means of communicating your opinions on
the course, course content, instructor and facilities.