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.

 

Pre-requisites

CFBT Unit 1 Essentials or equivalent.

This program involves live fire training and all participants must have completed the training outlined in National Fire Protection Association 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training and received training to meet the job performance requirements for Fire Fighter I in NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.

Participants must be medically and physically qualified to wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Respiratory Protection regulations (29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910. 134) require that individuals who wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) receive an annual medical evaluation and be fit tested for the breathing apparatus used. In addition, this regulation prohibits conditions that may interfere with facepiece seal (e.g., facial hair in the area of the facepiece seal).

NFPA 1981 Standard on Open-Circuit SCBA for Emergency Services (2007) and NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program (2007) provide additional information on the medical and physical qualification for the use of SCBA

 

Target Audience

This program is suitable for firefighters, officers and instructors who would like to increase their knowledge and skills in reading the fire behaviour indicators commonly visible in the modern built environment.

 

Training Method

The training is a mixture of classroom sessions with media rich presentations and live fire training in single compartment class A fuelled simulators designed to allow students to safely witness fire development and to analysis the impact of various water application techniques and variations in ventilation. The Instructors are all highly experienced fire officers and trainers qualified and experienced in the safe and effective delivery of live fire training.

 

Content

·         Fire development revision and introduction to key variables

·         Reading the Fire. Foundations of dynamic risk assessment

·         Ventilation Essentials

·         Tactical Synergy

·         Door Entry – Control the flow path

·         3D Zone Control – operations in the kill zone

·         Fire Behaviour Live Fire Evolutions

o    Fire behaviour observation

o    Door Entry Technique n

Pre-requisites

CFBT Unit 1 Essentials or equivalent.

This program involves live fire training and all participants must have completed the training outlined in National Fire Protection Association 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training and received training to meet the job performance requirements for Fire Fighter I in NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.

Participants must be medically and physically qualified to wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Respiratory Protection regulations (29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910. 134) require that individuals who wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) receive an annual medical evaluation and be fit tested for the breathing apparatus used. In addition, this regulation prohibits conditions that may interfere with facepiece seal (e.g., facial hair in the area of the facepiece seal).

NFPA 1981 Standard on Open-Circuit SCBA for Emergency Services (2007) and NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program (2007) provide additional information on the medical and physical qualification for the use of SCBA

 

 

Compliance and Certification

The students have 2 options. The first option is to simply attend the course with no assessments. All students will be issues with a certificate of attendance.

 

The second option is for those students that wish to gain credits towards internationally recognised Compartment Fire Behaviour Training Instructor (CFBTI) Qualifications.  All training and assessments are conducted in accordance with internationally recognised standards, such as NFPA 1403 (USA), The Guidance and Compliance Framework for Compartment Fire Behaviour Training (UK). The CFBTI Level 1 and 2 are accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers as a Recognised Training Program.

 

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

 

3. Understand the tactics, tools and techniques used by firefighters to deal with and prevent fire development within a compartment

3.1 Explain offensive/internal attack, transitional attack, and defensive/external attack strategies

3.2 Identify nozzle techniques that may be suited to internal attack, transitional attack and external attack

3.3 Explain ventilations tactics and techniques that can be synergistically combined with various nozzle techniques

3.4 Explain compartment entry procedures/techniques and the concept of the kill zone, buffer zone and safe zone


5. Respond to the conditions likely to be encountered during structural (compartment) firefighting and rescue operations

5.1 Conduct a Building, Environment – Smoke, Air, Heat, Flame (BE SAHF) assessment to identify fire location, stage of development and likely fire progression

5.2 Develop a strategy from the overall size up, based on a risk versus benefit analysis

5.3 Develop and implement an incident action plan that will preserve life/property/environment that is in compliance with the “safe person concept”

5.4 Explain the need for continual dynamic risk assessment, taking into account changes in E SAHF indicators and ongoing hard/soft information gathering

5.5 Explain how ventilation tactics/techniques can be combined with suppression tactic/techniques to increase the overall safety and efficiency.