67.7% to Volunteer Departments
32.3% to Career Departments
65% Volunteer Firefighters
35% Career Firefighters
69.5% to Volunteer Departments
30.5% to Career Departments
4. Why doesn’t UFRA let the students keep the IFSTA books after each class?
For a number of years UFRA did have a budget line to purchase books for each class and the students were able to keep those books after completing the course. This was discontinued due to the overall costs per year for these books. It was found that most firefighters did not fully utilize the books after the initial course completion. By recycling the books from class to class, we are able to utilize former book money expenditures into actual course deliveries. More firefighters have been trained and certified under the current re-use of books than in the past.
5. Why can’t we use the burn props without having UFRA instructors?
The most hazardous training situation is one involving actual fire. All of our “Live Fire” instructors have had considerable additional training and perhaps more importantly, more extensive experience in the use of the live fire props. They have participated in a Train the- Trainer course. They have worked with designated “Lead Instructors” and have taught multiple times. Their combined training and experience gives them the ability to anticipate items and issues relating to safety and to “running” the prop. There is also a certain amount of liability associated with teaching in this hazardous environment. All efforts are being made to have a safe and positive experience when firefighters are exposed to this type of live fire training. We all want firefighters to be able to know and recognize certain aspects of fire behavior and be able to react in a way that will bring the fire situation to a successful conclusion. By providing UFRA trained instructors, we meet all of the parameters that are associated with NFPA and University procedures in delivering this important training in the field.
6. Why do we have to provide our own personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to participate in training, especially the live fire props?
UFRA has always required that firefighters utilize their PPE to participate in live fire drills. The only exception was with the flashover prop. UFRA had some helmets for firefighters to use, but many of those helmets were of a composite plastic and were highly susceptible to heat damage. After reviewing the overall costs, along with the training guidelines, it was determined that no firefighter should be in a situation where their helmet should sustain that type of damage. We have asked the instructors to ensure that the policies and procedures are followed so that the prop is safe to use and that the students do not face potential damage to their helmets. All factors were considered and a document goes out to each department outlining the use of PPE by the individual members themselves prior to utilization of any live fire prop. UFRA no longer has the ability to provide PPE to individuals using the Live Fire Props for training. Please plan to have your own available at any of your scheduled training.
7. Are more courses being considered for “on-line” delivery or training, such as FFI?
UFRA is working to provide a variety of “on-line” teaching and training. Wherever feasible and possible. Efforts are underway to reduce the total number of instructor to student contact hours. This may come in the form of an “on-line pre-requisite” portion to the course or perhaps sometime during the course. Such as having an “on-line” component to the Apparatus Driver Operator (ADO) class that covers maintenance, inspection, and initial hydraulics. The student would be asked to do the on-line material and be prepared to participate in the practical portion of the skills as well as have the instructor respond to questions and follow-ups to the on-line delivery. This will provide students with the opportunity to review those materials and be better prepared for class. It will also get students through the material in a reduced classroom time frame. Other courses such as Haz Mat Awareness will most likely be fully functional as an on-line class without any “live instructor” time.
8. Who does the fire department contact to schedule UFRA training?
Each County has a program manager assigned to provide service to the departments within that geographical area. They can be reached by calling (801) 863-7700 or toll free at 1-888-548-7816.
Curriculum Coordination & Development
Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Millard, Sanpete, Uintah, Utah
Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Piute, Sevier, Washington
Emery, Grand, Juab, Salt Lake, San Juan, Summit, Wasatch, Wayne
Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Morgan, Rich, Tooele, Weber
1. Where does UFRA’s budget actually come from? Is it only from the University?
The majority of funds which cover all the expenses in training delivery come from a contract between Utah Valley University (UVU) and the State of Utah. The Utah State Fire Prevention Board has the responsibility to oversee the funds and they award the money based upon an approved contract. Those funds are generated by a portion of a “premium tax” levied on fire insurance policies sold within the state and collected by the Utah State Tax Commission.
2. What do the courses actually cost to deliver? Are there any examples?
Although costs fluctuate based on fuel prices, travel distances, and instructor fees; the average 2-day class with props runs between $2,700 and $3,300 for that 16 hour delivery. A full “direct delivery” Firefighter I course (which includes up to 6 different props during the class) can cost just over $ 9,000.00 for the complete course.
3. Why are some classes free and Fire Schools have registration fees?
The free classes are covered by the contract mentioned in the above budget question. UFRA is contracted to provide requested courses to the fire service and pays for those deliveries through the contract monies. Fire Schools require the acquisition of rented classroom and/or convention space along with added travel, logistical and other related expenses which are in addition to the course costs. It must be pointed out that despite the collection of registration fees, the fire schools are heavily subsidized by training dollars.
4. What are the costs for the different classes and props?
Currently (winter of 2008), the Flashover trailer costs about $1,100 for each burn. The Initial Fire Attack (IFA) trailer runs about $900 per burn. The Instructor I/II, Fire Officer I, and Inspector I classes expense out at just under $ 2,000.00 per course.
1. What is the Command Training Center (CTC) all about?
The CTC is all about teaching and learning how to effectively and efficiently “command” an incident utilizing the full NIMS and ICS components. It enables the participants to use a blended learning approach to acquire the requisite knowledge and then immediately apply that knowledge in a fast paced, technologically supported, interactive environment with their fellow students. Each participant is given a single resource assignment and has the ability to negotiate their way in a fire-driven virtual environment and then based upon assignments given by the Incident Commander (IC); carry out those assignments and report back. The IC utilizes and hones skills to effectively and efficiently “run” an incident in a “real time” environment while achieving designated ICS benchmarks. Feedback in the form of a “post incident critique” is then given and the students rotate their positions allowing for all participants to function in a variety of roles and conditions learning ways to appropriately use strategies and modes of operation along with ensuring accountability of their firefighting crews.
2. What is the difference between the Initial Fire Attack (IFA) prop and the Fire Evolutions and Attack Systems Training (FEAST) prop?
Both have the ability to be used in “live fire” training. The FEAST prop incorporates two Conex shipping containers for a larger interior firefighting experience. The FEAST prop also incorporates an additional variety of skill pass-off abilities due to it’s size and add-on features.