FIRS 1001 Firefighter I
Course Description: An introduction to firefighter safety and development. Topics include Texas Commission on Fire Protection Rules and Regulations, firefighter safety, fire science, personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, and fire reports and records. The student will discuss core fire service subjects; demonstrate the use of self-contained breathing apparatus; explain and identify fire service reports and records; relate fire service subject matter to firefighting safety and survival.
FIRS 1007 Firefighter II
Course Description: The study of basic principles and skill development in handling fire service hose and ladders. Topics include the distribution system of water supply; basic building construction; and emergency service communication, procedures, and equipment. The student will describe hose construction, care, maintenance, and testing; demonstrate hose rolls, drags, carries, and loads; identify the principles of ladder construction, care and testing; identify the types of water distribution systems and demonstrate proficiency in water supply operations; list the types of construction and building material hazards that affect firefighter safety; state the procedures of receiving alarms, and identify alarm devices, equipment, and radio procedures.
FIRS 1013 Firefighter III
Course Description: General principles of fire apparatus, pump operations, fire streams, and public operations as they relate to fundamental development of basic firefighter skills. The student will identify the types of fire apparatus, describe the operation of fire pumps,demonstrate fire stream operations and fire pump operations, and explain the importance of public relations as a member of fire service.
FIRS 1019 Firefighter IV
Course Description: A study of equipment, tactics, and procedures used in forcible entry, ventilation, salvage, and overhaul. Preparation for certification as a basic firefighter. The student will identify and safely use, maintain, and clean forcible entry tools; describe the effects of proper ventilation, decisions to ventilate, and demonstrate methods of ventilation; describe the purpose of salvage; demonstrate various folds and rolls of covers, salvage throws, use of water catchalls, and various mop up procedures; describe and identify safety precautions, dangerous building conditions, value of overhaul, and overhaul procedures; and demonstrate safe handling of debris.
FIRS 1023 Firefighter V
The study of ropes and knots, rescue procedures and techniques, and hazardous materials. Preparation for certification as a basic firefighter. The student will describe and demonstrate proper rescue techniques to include search, removal, and packing of victims; describe and demonstrate life safety, harnesses, repelling, and vehicle extrication; describe and demonstrate various parts of the rope, various knots, and their uses; and identify definitions of hazardous materials and describe incident management of hazardous materials.
FIRS 1029 Firefighter VI
Course Description: The study of fire inspection techniques and practices, public transportation, fire cause determination. Topics include fire protection systems, wild land fire, and pre-incident planning. Preparation for certification as a basic firefighter. The student will identify and describe the procedures to determine point of origin, events of fire, cause, factors indicating arson, the protection of evidence, and the importance of securing the fire scene, list the components of pre-incident planning, and perform a facility survey; explain wild land fire suppression terminology and methods including location, sizing of fire, suppression techniques, and safety; describe the purpose of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13 and NFPA 14 standards applicable to fire protection systems; state recommended procedures using apparatus, equipment, and resources available as they apply to the modes of public transportation; and explain the purpose of the NFPA 101, life safety code, applicable to fire prevention inspections.
FIRS 1033 Firefighter VII
Course Description: An in-depth study and practice of simulated emergency operations and hands-on live fire training exercises, incident command procedures, and combined operations using proper extinguishing methods. Emphasis on safety. The student will describe the general requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards applicable to live fire; extinguish or control live fires while using hose streams and portable extinguishers safely and effectively; and operate within a command structure utilized by all participants.
**THE ABOVE COURSES MAY BE OFFERED ONLY BY INSTITUTIONS LICENSED AS A FIRE ACADEMY BY THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON FIRE PROTECTION**
NOTE: While the academy is a part of the certification for firefighters there is another component outside of the academy that is required before being eligible to apply for Basic Firefighter Certification through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
Below is what is required from the Fire Commission:
Chapter 423 - Fire Suppression:
Subchapter A - Minimum Standards for Structure Fire Personnel Certification
423.1 - Minimum Standards for Structure Fire Protection Personnel
423.1 is the first rule in Chapter 423.) Next rule: 423.3 - Minimum Standards for Basic Structure Fire Protection Personnel Certification
a. Fire protection personnel of any local government entity, who receive probationary or temporary appointment to structure fire protection duties, must be certified by the commission within one year from the date of their appointment in a structural fire protection personnel position.
b. Prior to being appointed to fire suppression duties, personnel must complete a commission approved basic structure fire suppression program and successfully complete a commission recognized emergency medical course. The individual must successfully pass the commission examination pertaining to that curriculum as required by 423.3 of this title.
The commission recognizes the following emergency medical training:
1. Department of State Health Services Emergency Medical Service Personnel certification training;
2. an American Red Cross Emergency Response course, including the optional lessons and enrichment sections;
3. an American Safety and Health Institute First Responder course;
4. National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification; or
5. medical training deemed equivalent by the commission.
c. Personnel holding any level of structure fire protection personnel certification must comply with the continuing education requirements specified in Â§441.7 of this title (relating to Continuing Education for Structure Fire Protection Personnel).