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Class Catalog 

1.Pediatrics & Geriatrics

ProMedica Air and Mobile Education Department 

ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital Injury

Prevention and Community Outreach Department

The 3-hour pediatric portion of this class will focus on pediatric overdoses and injuries.  The 3-hour geriatric portion will focus on geriatric injuries and treatments. Participants that complete this program will receive EMS CEUs that are approved by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Michigan Department of Community Health.  Please dress appropriately for possible hands-on practice. EMS CEUs Offered. 


 

2.Trauma

ProMedica Toledo Hospital Trauma Services

ProMedica Air & Mobile Education Department

This class will focus on adult trauma.  Participants that complete this program will receive EMS CEU’s that are approved by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Michigan Department of Community Health.  Please dress appropriately for hands on activities and possibly being outside for a portion of the class. EMS CEUs Offered. 

 

3.Advanced Topics in Fire Officer Development

Ohio Fire Chief Association

Chief Ramm, Sylvania Fire

This class will cover areas of officer development including newer advanced concepts in command and control of fire, tactics and strategies; leadership topics including followership administrative issues in the fire department and personnel management.  This class is designed to be informal and interactive and is geared towards the newly promoted and veteran fire officer.

 

4.Agricultural Accidents -PPE Required

Capt. Rick Davis, Maumee Fire

Capt. Joe Kelbley, Bloom Twp Fire

Chief Steve Asmus, Middleton Fire

Capt. William Montrie, Springfield Twp. Fire (ret.)

Mark Swihart, Perrysburg Twp Fire / EMS (ret.)

Kurt Schoenfeld, Howell Rescue

Farm machinery accidents will start out in the classroom and finish the day with a “hands-on” session.  Please dress warmly. Turnout gear is required. Hands on extrication on actual farm implements.

 

5.Fire / EMS Instructor Continuing Education 

 Eric Snapp, Captain/Paramedic, Wapakoneta Fire-EMS

 Brock Ylinging, Fire Technology Instructor Apollo Career Center

 

This course will provide the Fire/EMS Instructor the continuing education in adult methodology that is required by the State Board of EMS. Fire and EMS instructors need to undergo regular training updates of their own, so they are fully equipped with the knowledge they need to pass on to new EMS and fire professionals in their fields. This course is geared specifically toward these instructors to help refresh some important pieces of information while providing them with helpful resources to create a positive and effective learning environment. Instructor CEUs Offered

6.ISO- What’s New, What’s Changed -Saturday Only

Instructors: Field Staff

Joe Fratantaro

Tom Rampe

This class provides an overview of how the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule is used to classify your community’s public fire protection delivery system.  The latest revisions to the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule, including newly implemented Community Risk Reduction, will be discussed. Information provided can be used to improve your community’s ISO Public Protection Classification.  Participants will discuss the elements used to classify jurisdictions’ fire defense system. Learn about information available to Fire Chiefs that ISO uses in the evaluation and learn where to go in ISO for help. There will be time reserved for questions and answers. 

 7.Mutual/Automatic Aid Tanker Shuttle -Sunday Only -PPE Required

ISO’S Fire Department Water Supply (Tanker Shuttle Hauled Water)

Water Supply Tactical Advisory Committee

Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, State of Ohio Emergency Response Plan

ISO Field Staff

This program is for both experienced and newer fire department personnel, and all officers who operate apparatus.  The morning classroom session will include tanker/tender apparatus, determining water needs, tender delivery rates, common sources for water supplies, dry hydrant(s), tender shuttle operations, fill site operation, dump site operations, portable tank operations, pumper operation and the water supply officer.  Actual tender shuttle operations exercises will be used outside in the afternoon session. This class will provide an overview of ISO’s credit in the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule for Fire Department Supply (FDS), commonly known as hauled water or tanker shuttle operations. PPE required for tender shuttle operation exercises. 

8.Heroin and Methamphetamine Epidemic

Andrew Webb, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)

 

This course will take an extensive look at the heroin and methamphetamine epidemic that is plaguing the region. Course participant will learn to identify and determine safety precaution that is associated with these substances.  (EMS CEUss will be offered)

 

9.New Vehicle Safety Systems for the Rescuer -PPE Required

Dan Strayer

Sutphen Corporation

Holmatro Rescue Tools

Hands-on and “Powerpoint” presentation will familiarize the rescuer with new vehicle safety systems as well as new vehicle construction and how to deal with them in auto extrication scenarios.  Each student will learn about: Vehicle anatomy, Identification of Safety Systems, Air Bag Systems, Seat Belt Pre-Tensioning Systems, Battery Systems and Locations, New Glass Technology, Hydraulic Lift Cylinders, Care Fires relating to these systems, Extrication Techniques and much more! PPE will be required for portions of this class.

 

 

10.Rescue Task Force

Graeme Bockrath, EMT P, EMTI, TECC Instructor

This six-hour class incorporates hands-on training with classroom lectures. While in the classroom, we will discuss the principles and application of the RTF, why it is necessary, and the treatment of patients. During the hands-on portion, we will apply what we have learned. You will use tourniquets and chest seals on live patients wound packing and needle decompression on simulated patients. This class is an introduction to the world of Tactical EMS. This course meets the require ODPS RTF Training. EMS CEUs will be offered.

 

11.CFSI Recertification 

Bill Bare, CFSI SFM Code Enforcement

Aaron Hemmelgarn, CFSI SFM Code Enforcement

 

This six-hour class will provide an opportunity for Certified Fire Safety Inspectors to begin acquiring needed continuing education credits as required by Section 4765.55 of the Ohio Revised Code and Chapter 4765-20 of the Ohio Administrative Code.  This course content will follow the guidelines prescribed by OAC 4765-20-16, particularly the Enforcement of Fire Codes, Fire buildings and uses subject to the Ohio Fire Code, and Legal Aspects of Code Enforcement. Inspector CEUs will be offered

12.Ohio Fire Incident Reporting (OFIRS) Class

Anita Metheny, Assistant Chief, OFIRS Program Manager

 

The OFIRS course gives students a practical look at how to easily navigate the National Fire Incident Reportingystem (NFIRS) codes.  The student will learn when each field should and should not be filled out and how to find the information to put in the box. Real-world scenarios will be used to allow the student to use the knowledge gained to code incidents quickly and efficiently.  Many myths about fire reporting will be addressed and confusing fields like Mutual Aid, Exposures and Incident Types will be addressed and clarified.


 

13.Fire Investigations

Robert Marihugh Chief (ret.), EFO, IAAI CFI, NAFI CFEI

Ralph Long Sr. FF I, FSI, Live Fire Instructor

 

Present principles of fire science and combustion. Entry-level responsibility in the control, preservation and securing the fire scene for department and others who will be conducting origin and cause investigation. We will discuss the importance of NFPA 921Guide and 1033 Standards. Will present case studies to illustrate class objectives.

 

14.Street Smart HAZMAT and Technical Rescue Awareness - Saturday Only

Jake Hoffman, FF, TFD, Co-owner of Squad 5 Fire Training.

Jamie Morelock, FF, TFD, Instructor for Squad 5 Fire Training

Street-Smart HAZMAT will review air monitoring using four gas meters. How these meters work and how to interpret meter readings will be discussed so that attendees have a better understanding of what the meter is telling them. Alarm levels and permissible exposure limits will be discussed so that attendees know what actions they can safely take and what PPE will be required for the incident. The integration of basic HAZMAT skills on technical rescue runs will also be discussed and suggestions given for implementing these safety procedures. Lastly, PPE and field decontamination will be discussed for not only typical HAZMAT runs, but also drug labs, white powder incidents, fires, and rescue incidents. Technical Rescue Awareness will provide the attendee with awareness level training in Confined Space and Trench Rescue. As 60% of confined space fatalities are would-be rescuers, this class is vitally important for all emergency personnel. Terminology, OSHA standards, and hazards present in confined spaces will be introduced and discussed. Whether you realize it or not, your first due area has countless confined spaces and you could be called to them at any time. The second part of this class will introduce the attendee to terminology, soil types, and hazards present at trench rescue incidents. Actions that can be taken by awareness level first responders at these incidents will be discussed to help ensure successful completion of the rescue, but also ensure the safety of all responders. Regional resources for technical rescue incidents such as these will also be discussed so that when the call comes in, you know whom you can call for help. At the completion of this course, attendees will receive Confined Space and Trench Rescue Awareness-level certificates.

15.Back to Basics Rescue -Sunday Only

Jake Hoffman, FF, TFD.  He is a member of OH-TF1 FEMA USAR and co-owner of Squad 5 Fire Training.

Jamie Morelock, FF TFD  He is a member of OH-TF1 FEMA USAR and an instructor for Squad 5 Fire Training.

Joe Hoffman, FF TFD and is a co-owner of Squad 5 Fire Training. 

Mark Hoffman Lieutenant (ret.) Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue and is an instructor for Squad 5 Fire Training.

Chris Hartford FF TFD, is a co-owner of Squad 5 Fire Training.

Too often in the modern fire service, techniques are chosen by “How cool they look on Facebook.”  This ALL HANDS-ON class will begin with a review of tools and techniques that while commonly taught in the ‘70s and ‘80s, have fallen by the wayside in training and operations, yet remain a valuable asset in rescue operations. Attendees will be taught techniques and concepts such as simple leverage, basic patient packaging, and movement, hand tool extrication, etc. so that they leave this class as a more well-rounded rescuer. Many tools such as winches, struts, and airbags are carried on fire apparatus with minimal training for personnel.  Instead of proper training, firefighters tend to rely on limited experience, urban legends, and luck while attempting to use these tools. This course will provide the knowledge and practical skills essential to help ensure a safe and successful outcome on your next call.

16.Fire Pumps Operation

Ohio Fire Academy Staff

This course will cover and complete the workings of a fire pump by learning how to efficiently, effectively and safely operate and maintain your apparatus fire pumps.  Topics are logically organized, beginning with an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the driver and operator, then stepping through the construction of pumps and operational procedures and progressing to the theory and principles behind water flow, and other topics that promote the safe and efficient operation of pumps. 

 

 

17. Command Officer Boot Camp - Developing a Winning Incident Action Plan -0900 – 1200

“Iceberg, Dead Ahead” - Leadership Lessons from The Titanic Disaster - 1300-1600

Matt Beakas, City of Waterville

Ron Kay, Washington Twp. & Toledo Fire

Brandon Westerman, Bowling Green Fire Division

Doug Meyer, City of Waterville

 

Command Officer Boot Camp - Developing a Winning Incident Action Plan - 0900 - 1200

We’ve all heard the expression, “as the first line goes, so does the fire,” but how prepared are you to lead your members when you arrive on location? Our class is designed to put you in the officer’s seat, making those critical fire ground decisions in the key first few minutes. Using helmet camera and Go-Pro video, the instructors will walk students through several important fire ground operations from the initial arriving unit, the incident commander, the RIT crews, and the functions of a fire ground safety officer. Challenge your knowledge and gain valuable skills that will dramatically improve your fire ground performance. 

 

“Iceberg, Dead Ahead” - Leadership Lessons from The Titanic Disaster - 1300-1600

 

It’s no mystery that events are often the results of failed communication, planning, or human error. The Titanic disaster remains of the greatest maritime disasters in human history. Ironically, the same factors that led to the disasters are the ones creating such challenges for the volunteer fire service. This course will address avoiding the “hateful eight” and ways to modernize your department through training, enhanced mutual aid, officer development programs, and building trust through communication. The Titanic disaster was a result of a predictable chain of events, much like the struggles facing volunteer departments. Join us for an interactive discussion on how your department can navigate the visible and hidden icebergs today.

 

 

18.Back to Basics: The Importance of Basic Care Providers Emergency Medical 

ProMedica Air & Mobile Education Department

This program is specifically designed for the Emergency Medical Responder with a combination of topic lectures and practical skill stations.  The participant that completes this program will receive EMS CEUs that are approved by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Michigan Department of Community Health.  The topics included in this program will be patient assessment, airway management, pediatrics, trauma, medical emergencies. There will be hands-on practice stations included. 

 

19.Mobile Search and Rescue Training Lab -PPE Required

Ohio Fire Academy Instructors

The MSRL is an exceptional training tool with a unique design of a residential dwelling, as well as a confidence maze that offers quality learning experiences. From instructing new recruits to seasoned veterans, this unit will meet your training needs.  The student will need to bring PPE & SCBA with a spare bottle. 

 

20.Toledo Fire and Rescue Department: Double Line of Duty Death, Lessons Learned and Applied

Battalion Chief Mike Benadum, Field Operations Bureau Toledo Fire and Rescue Dept.

The double line-of-duty death the Toledo Fire Rescue Department experienced on January 26, 2014, is the focus. A summary of the event is analyzed and is followed by an in-depth review of the lessons learned. Emphasis is on the programs the department has developed and implemented to improve every aspect of its operations, from members’ knowledge of modern fire behavior to standardizing its approach to first-due fireground size-up, initial and follow-up radio reporting, risk/benefit analysis, risk/frequency analysis. This class will demonstrate a multitude of ways to improve nearly every aspect of a fire department’s response nearly every aspect of a fire department’s response and mitigation abilities at structural fires to include high-risk / low-frequency fire response.

 

21.What’s New? Preparing yourself of Battle, Are you ready?

Mark E. Briggs, TRFD Training Academy Staff

LT. John Rodriguez , TRFD Training Academy Staff

Sterling (Butch) Rahe, TRFD PIO

 

How well are we prepared to make that interior attack? How does building construction effect safety on the fire ground? Roof Operation - Should we commit crews to the roof? Are there more Chiefs than Indians on your fire ground? Making Training Relevant / SOP – SOG 

Are we entering structures with enough water to protect ourselves? We will discuss the attack line and water flow needs. Are you able to visualize the floor plan before entering the structure? This will help us with search operations and movement through the structure. How well are we able to coordinate ventilation on the fire ground? Uncontrolled ventilation can create life-threatening issues. Does everyone understand leadership on the fire ground? Too many bosses and not enough workers. Is your training built around your SOP’s and SOG’s?

 

22.Mobile Structural Fire Attack Lab (Fire Blast) -PPE Required

Ohio Fire Academy Staff

 

The Mobile Structural Fire Attack Lab (MSFAL), in partnership with the Findlay Fire Department, is available as part of our Close to Home and Regional Delivery package. The MSFAL features three live-fire training props, as well as a roof ventilation simulator. The unit supports a number of training scenarios including structural and transitional fire attack, vent-enter-search, basement fires, industrial fires, rescue, and ventilation from ground ladders and aerial devices. This unit meets training demands for all department sizes. Turnout gear, SCBA and two spare bottles are needed for this class. Clean shaven, no beards.

 

23.Water on the Fire – What is Your Flow? -Sunday Only

Richard Browne, FF, Perrysburg Fire Division, Sale Rep. Finley Fire Equipment

With today’s modern fire behavior, fires are burning hotter and faster than ever.  The discussion of having an adequate amount of GPM is a topic in the fire service that all department members should be aware of.  This class will discuss the history of fireground flows, discuss departments current target fireground flow and how to properly flow this with the equipment they currently have.  A hands-on demonstration will also be provided to show how flow & pressure data can be obtained to make your fire department better. Class A foam and its application will also be discussed to show how this can improve your fire department’s tactics

24.Suburban to Rural Engine Companies -Saturday Only -PPE Required

Jordan Hempker and Western Buckeye Training, LLC Instructors 

This class will focus on the everyday challenges a department will have in suburban and rural settings. Many fire departments must cross man or jump apparatus, respond with limited staffing, limited resources, and rely on mutual aid that is responding from other communities and must achieve the “First and 10” benchmarks. The first company on the scene completing a 360/establish command, fire attack, search, or even ladder deployment within the first 10 minutes. This hands-on class will focus on the skill sets needed to be proficient with the limited staffing and resources we are responding with today. Topics will include hose line deployment, forcible entry, search, 360/Incident Command, etc.  Hands-on training class. The student will need to bring PPE & SCBA with a spare bottle. 

 

25.Talking TIC -Sunday Only

Jordan Hempker and Western Buckeye Training, LLC Instructors 

This lecture/hands-on class will discuss the basic functions of the Thermal Imaging Camera and how our previous training has set us up for failure. Students will leave the class with confidence in the tactical use of the camera for the 360 size up, fire attack, search and rescue, and reveal tricks that the TIC will show the user. Please bring your department TIC if allowed. Lecture with demonstration burn box. Please bring your department TIC if able.

26.Emergency Response to a Flammable Liquid Transport Incident -Saturday Only

Marathon Petroleum LLC

 

This class will cover emergencies involving highway fuel tankers. The course will cover the design and construction, operational overview and the safety features of a DOT 406 fuel transport vehicle which will be on-site. The course content will include foam application rates & proportioning, foam operations, firefighting tactics and the decision-making process when responding to a fuel transport incident. Leak control, spill response, and product transfer operations from a damaged transport will be covered by a local OSRO (Oil Spill Response Organization) during the course. This course is designed to provide demonstrations to the students. No live-firefighting will be involved.

 

27.Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – It affects us all. Cancer-proofing your career in the Fire Service

Meredith Hill- Firefighter/Paramedic with TFRD, First District Coordinator for OAPFF Peer Support Team

PTSD has become a very popular topic in the fire service. Meredith will share her story, struggles and success in living through it. Behavioral health affects all of us at some point and we need to learn that “it’s ok to not be ok”. EMS CEUs will be offered

Cancer-proofing your career in the Fire Service

Steve Westcott, Firefighter Cancer Support Network, Ohio Director & National Board Member

This course will cover the cancer epidemic in the fire service, along with what has led us to this point and how the odds are placed against us.  By evaluating and examination of the recent statistics and research, we can understand the types of cancer and exposures that firefighters are prone too; along with fire service-related carcinogen routes of contamination.  Most importantly, we address how to protect yourself today and every day of your future fire service career. Cancer is the leading cause of death for firefighters and by attending this course, we can work to shift the momentum once again versus our biggest challenge yet.  


 

28.Emergency Vehicle Operation - Driving Simulation Lab

Ohio Fire Academy Staff

Ralph Long Jr, Lima Fire, Apollo Career Center

Acquired through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant, the Mobile Driving Simulation Lab system is a training resource that is integrated into driver skills and judgment training curriculum. It provides a bridge between classroom-delivered instruction and actual operation of a motor vehicle on a prepared course or public roadway. A driver can experience the consequences of making decisions based upon incomplete information. Drivers can practice making decisions in simulated life and death situations similar to those actually encountered on the road that would be too dangerous to perform in the real world. This course will include a lecture and then a hands-on portion. Ralph Long Jr. will provide a 3-hour lecture on the importance of safe driving and offer tips to ensure safety.