This introductory course provides an overview of fire services; career opportunities in firefighting 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. The student learns basic fire suppression, rescue, and extrication skills. This academic course includes competency-based skill development necessary to perform fire/rescue duties and is part one of a two-part course leading to Vermont certification as a Firefighter I & II. This certification is through the Vermont Fire Academy and is subject to their schedule.
4 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week, some weekend training required
[Course fee: $200]