This introductory course provides an overview of fire services; career opportunities in fire fighting and related fields; philosophy and history of fire protection/service; fire loss analysis; organization and function of public and private firefighting services; fire departments as part of local government; laws and regulations affecting the fire service; introduction to fire protection systems; and understanding fire strategy and tactics. Students will learn basic fire suppression, rescue, and extrication skills. This course will include competency-based skill development necessary to perform fire/rescue duties and is part one of a two-part course leading to Vermont certification as Firefighter I & II. This certification is through the Vermont Fire Academy and is subject to their schedule. Students are responsible for providing NFPA-approved gloves and hood. Non-credit version is CED 0012.
3 hours of lecture per week, some weekend training required
[Course fee: $200]