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Target Audience

Fire Officers from Junior to Senior Officer Rank that will be directly involved in development or delivery of training programs to operational firefighters, or responsible for the development and implementation of realistic training programs and facilities.

Training Method

The course consists of a combination of theoretical presentations, practical evolutions, classroom scenarios and practical exercises. Trainees are assessed on a daily basis by the Instructors. The course instructors are experienced in delivery strategies that will enhance the learning experience for learners that use English as a second language. A high standard of competence is set for the group and the program is designed to allow for sufficient repetition of the practical components.


International Compartment Fire Behaviour Instructor Level 1 or equivalent.

The trainees should be competent and experienced in:

1.      Firefighting strategy, tactics and techniques.

2.      English language skills. (It may be possible to provide translators for the theory and practical)

3.      Intermediate computer skills

4.      Instructional techniques.

5.      Medically fit for operational duties in accordance with fire service requirements

 Theory Components

The theory component is designed to build on a solid practical firefighting background. While advanced, sufficient time is allowed to compensate for the fact that the trainees use English as a second language. Instructors are highly motivated to giving the trainees every opportunity to meet the high standards set. Any student requiring additional assistance outside of normal class hours will find that the Instructors are prepared to give as much help as the student requires. A variety of assessment methods will be used.

Practical Components

The practical components will consist of workshops, realistic training sessions and tactical exercises. Trainees will be expected to be highly competent in the wearing of SCBA and familiar with all commonly used firefighting tools. All candidates must be fit for operational duties and the physical strain of realistic live fire training.

Course Objectives

To provide a sound and practical understanding of Reading the Fire and its application the development of safe and effective fire and rescue strategies and tactical options. Provide safe and effective live fire training environments that allow the students to observe and interact with a developing fire.


·         Fire development revision and introduction to key variables – case studies

·         Reading the Fire. Foundations of dynamic risk assessment

·         Ventilation Essentials – Theory, Cold Smoke and Hot smoke

·         Tactical Synergy – Theory

·         Door Entry – Control the flow path – Theory, Cold Practice and Live Fire Practice.  

·         3D Zone Control – operations in the kill zone – Theory, Cold Practice and Live Fire Practice

·         Fire Behaviour Live Fire Evolutions

o    Fire behaviour observation

o    Door Entry Technique

This section contains the written assessments that are required for issuing a Statement of Attainment with the IFE Recognised Training Course logo

1.     Understand the impact of any form of ventilation fire development

2.     Understand the driving forces behind Natural Ventilation

3.     Understand Horizontal Ventilation

4.     Understand Vertical Ventilation

5.     Understand Anti-Ventilation

6.     Understand the overall impact of Wind Driven Fires (WDF).

7.     Tactical Synergy for Natural Ventilation

8.     Understand the principles of Forced Ventilation

9.     Understand the principles of using fans to pressurize uninvolved spaces

10.  Understand the principles of Positive Pressure Attack (PPA).

Every fire sends out signals that can assist the firefighter in determining the stage of development, and most importantly the changes that are likely to occur. This skill is essential to ensure the correct firefighting strategy and tactics are employed.

Being able to "read a fire” is the mark of a firefighter who is able to make decisions based on knowledge and skill, not guess work, or luck.

Shan Raffel, Fire Australia Journal, May 2002, p 11

Street Smart Fire Behaviour

BE SAHF Model of rapid risk assessment

Course Objectives

To provide a fundamental knowledge and understanding of fire development in the modern built environment.

Essentials of Compartment Fire Behaviour

Course Introduction

Fire Science Essentials – Theory and small-scale lab demos

The Application to the Modern Built Environment – Theory

Fire Development Fundamentals – Theory with video

Small Scale Demonstrations with a range of props

Recognising the key fire behaviour indicators – Theory with video

Extinguishing Tools and Techniques – Theory and nozzle practice

Using the textbook "Fire Dynamics for Firefighters", Ben Walker guides students through the basic science and engineering that underpins fire behaviour and firefighting operations. 

To buy Fire Dynamics for firefighters click here; https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Dynamics-Firefighters-Compartment-Firefighting/dp/1911028324

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