Training Courses

Core Course Descriptions

Direct delivery core courses include all necessary manuals (loaners), handouts, quizzes, and related classroom material, a completed course syllabus with URFA Instructors assigned, and necessary props. Courses that meet the requirements for college credit may receive the credit through a direct delivery only.

Supported delivery core courses include all necessary manuals (loaners), handouts, quizzes, and related classroom material, a completed course syllabus, and necessary props. The department requesting a supported delivery provides their own instructors. Some props are not available for supported delivery (MCTC, HazMat Tech, Live Fire, and Extrication).

College credit can only be obtained if the class is taken for credit at the time the class is attended/delivered (college credit may be purchased at a later date at a much higher cost to the student). It is the responsibility of the Department to schedule certification testing if testing is desired.

UFRA does offer additional course offerings at special events such as Winter and Regional Fire Schools. Those additional courses and events are advertised in advance.

Please contact the Program Manager in your area for more information regarding UFRA's courses.

Gary Kilgore

801-863-7711

435-901-3673

Curriculum Coordination & Development

 

Reed Rieske

801-863-7787

801-368-2402

Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Millard, Sanpete, Uintah, Utah

 

Chuck Tandy

801-863-7716

435-272-7681

Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Piute, Sevier, Washington

Raleigh Bunch

801-863-7712

801-652-5082

Emery, Grand, Juab, Salt Lake, San Juan, Summit, Wasatch, Wayne

 

Dave Owens

801-863-7719

801-540-0225

Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Morgan, Rich, Tooele, Weber

 

Dan Cather

801-863-7423

801-367-3732

Wildland


Non-Certification Courses

Fire Behavior Training/Flashover (4 hours, 12 student max. per 4 hour block)

Pre-requisite: Firefighter I or Basic Firefighter Fundamentals.

Shows the student fire behavior in a confined environment. Describes the signs to look for and the skills needed to survive an impending flashover. It gives firefighters the opportunity to witness fire behavior from the incipient phase through flashover in a safe environment and to learn concepts and practices to prevent injury or death.

Live Fire Training (4 hours, 12 student max. per 4 hour block)
Pre-requisite: Firefighter I or Basic Firefighter Fundamentals or Pre-requisites of Live Fire Training.


This course is designed to build teamwork and skills. Designed for those who are currently enrolled in or have completed Firefighter I training. This intensive course will explain and demonstrate interior structural fire attack operations. Topics include incident command, personnel accountability, fire behavior, attack strategies, forcible entry, and fire stream management. This course includes participation in live fire exercises. Satisfies the class B exterior and class A interior fire control training requirements for Firefighter I certification.

(BEVO) Basic Emergency Vehicle Operations (16 hours, 24 students max.)
This course will provide the driver/operator with a better understanding of his/her vehicle. This course concentrates on the safe operation of an emergency vehicle by teaching "safety through avoidance." This course also teaches legal and moral responsibilities and vehicle maintenance and records. It combines classroom and field training to reinforce the skills presented. If taken in the 16 hour format, this course will cover the driving and apparatus placement skills for ADO-Pumper Certification.


Vehicle Extrication (16 hours, 21 students max.)
Designed for fire responders this course also meets the requirements of the Firefighter II objectives for vehicle rescue. Covers responder preparedness, safety, size-up, vehicle anatomy, tools and equipment, accident anatomy, extrication principles, and techniques. Emphasizes practical demonstrations and exercise.

Certification Courses

Certification testing must be requested through the Certification Office a minimum of 30 days prior to testing.


Firefighter I (approx. 108 hours, 24 student max., additional 8 hours needed for Certification Testing)

Pre-requisite: Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations Certifications are needed for Firefighter I Certification.
Manual: IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 5th edition.
Syllabus: Firefighter I

Covers all required topics for certification under NFPA 1001, requisite knowledge and skills, including specific evolutions. Content includes: safety, ICS, fire behavior, PPE, fire attack, search and rescue, ladders, ventilation, salvage and overhaul, vehicle fires and extrication, and ground cover fires etc. The course is designed to be taught in 4 and 8 hour blocks and can be expanded to include live fire components. Certification available, must be scheduled separately, live fire testing required. 

Firefighter II (approx. 40 hours, 24 student max., additional 4-8 hours needed for Certification Testing)
Pre-requisite: Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, Firefighter I. Manual: IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 5th edition.
Syllabus: Firefighter II

Covers all required topics for certification under NFPA 1001 Firefighter II, requisite knowledge and skills, including specific evolutions. Content includes: ICS, inspections, prevention, investigation, hose testing, flammable gas emergencies, fire attack and control, equipment maintenance, rescue and extrication. Certification available, must be scheduled separately.

Firefighter I and II combined Class (approx. 120 hours, 24 student max., additional 8 hours needed for Certification Testing)
Pre-requisite: Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certifications.Manual: IFSTA Essentials of Firefighter 5th edition.
Syllabus: Firefighter I and II combined

When Firefighter I and II classes are combine there are fewer hours required to complete the class. Class covers all required topics for certification under NFPA 1001, requisite knowledge and skills, including specific evolutions. Content includes all of the topics listed in Firefighter I and Firefighter II. Certification available, must be scheduled separately, live fire testing required.

Hazardous Materials: Awareness (8 hour, online only, additional 1 hour needed for Certification Testing)
Manual: D.O.T. Emergency Response Guide (current edition)
Syllabus: Single day class with 7 hours of classroom time and 1 hour for testing (no syllabus).

It is highly recommended and preferred that students take the class online, please click here for link. This course meets the hazardous materials training requirements for Firefighter I certification and for compliance with federal OSHA regulations for firefighters responding to hazardous materials incidents. Participants will be able to recognize and identify the presence of hazardous materials and determine basic hazard and response information form placards, labels, container markings, and shipping papers. Course topics include understanding the risks and potential outcomes of a hazardous materials incident, using the DOT Emergency Response Guide, when and how to request additional resources, and the need for an Incident Command System. This course will include testing for Hazardous Materials First Responder - Awareness level certification (a pre-requisite for Firefighter I certification). Certification available, must be scheduled separately.

Hazardous Materials Operations: Basic, Online Blended Course (Minimum time for completion 30 days - maximum time for completion 90 days)

Pre-requisite: Hazardous Materials Awareness.
Manual: IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders 4th edition, D.O. T. Emergency Response Guide (current edition), IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders 4th edition Student Study Guide. Manuals will be provided by UFRA.
Syllabus: Haz-Mat Operations Online/Blended

This course is designed to provide the student with the basic skills necessary to safely and effectively manage (in a defensive mode) the initial activities of an emergency involving the uncontrolled release of dangerous chemicals as per NFPA 472. This course is designed to allow a wide range of scheduling options for delivery. The cognitive learning portion of the class will be delivered online. Review dates and practical skill(s) dates are worked into the schedule/syllabus to complete the course. Course includes basic incident management, recognition and identification, PPE, decontamination, and product control techniques. Certification available must be scheduled separately. Note: This course must be scheduled through your assigned Program Manager.

Hazardous Materials: Operations: Basic (34 hours, 24 student max., additional 4 hours needed for Certification Testing)

Pre-requisite: HM Awareness.
Manual: IFSTA Hazardous Materials for First Responders 4th edition, and D.O.T. Emergency Response Guide (current edition).
Syllabus: Haz-Mat Operations

This course is designed to provide the student with the basic skills necessary to safely and effectively manage (in a defensive mode) the initial activities of an emergency involving the uncontrolled release of dangerous chemicals as per NFPA 472. Course includes basic incident management, recognition and identification, PPE, decontamination, and product control techniques. Certification available, must be scheduled separately.

Fire Service Instructor I (16 hours, 14 student max., Certification Testing included in the 16 hours)

Manual: Fire and Emergency Services Instructor IFSTA 8th edition, UFRA Student Workbook
Syllabus: Instructor I

Fire Instructor 1 is designed for instructors, training officers and other fire or rescue service personnel with the responsibility for conducting fire department training. This course introduces the participant to basic instructional concepts and techniques with emphasis on those teaching principles and techniques applicable to fire and rescue service training and will provide the skills needed to teach from prepared lesson outlines. Key content includes: effective communication, teaching from lesson plans, methods of instruction with emphasis on skills training and adult learning. Certification available, must be scheduled separately.


Fire Service Instructor II (32 hours, additional 4 hours for Certification Testing)

Pre-requisite Fire Instructor I
Manual: IFSTA Fire Service Instructor 7th edition
Syllabus: N/A

Fire Instructor II is designed to take a person from just being able to deliver a class from a prepared outline to being able to develop a lesson plan/outline. This person will also be able to identify training needs and prioritize them so that a training schedule is developed that will fit into a known budget and time frame. Certification available, must be scheduled separately, requirements for Fire Instructor II may be met by submitting a Portfolio type project to the Certification Office. Contact the Certification Office for requirements and approval.

Fire Investigator I (45 hours, 16 student max., additional 8 hours needed for Certification Testing)
Presents fire cause and origin requirements in NFPA 1021 for Officer I certification. Includes determining the cause and origin of a fire, when to call an investigator, rules for preserving evidence, identifying fire setters, testifying in court, and the motives and methods of arsonists. Certification available, must be scheduled separately.


Fire Inspector I (45 hours, 16 student max., additional 4 hours needed for Certification Testing)
Pre-requisite: HM Awareness.

Manual: IFSTA Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement 7th edition
International Fire Code 2009 edition
Syllabus: Fire Inspector I

Addresses the principles of fire inspection and application of the International Fire Code. Topics include identification of fire hazards, fire prevention measures, inspection techniques, and pre-fire planning. Includes classroom discussion and actual inspections of both under-construction and occupied buildings. Successful completers should be prepared to attain Fire Inspector I certification. Certification available, must be scheduled separately. Class can be offered for College credit. Available mid-July.

Apparatus Driver Operator - Pumper (72 hours, 18 student max., additional 8 hours needed for Certification Testing)
Pre-requisite: Firefighter II

Manual: IFSTA Pumping Apparatus Driver Operator 2nd edition
Syllabus: A.D.O. Pumper

Provides basic information on driving and operating a fire department engine/pumper by meeting the knowledge requirements as listed in NFPA 1002 Professional Qualifications for Fire Apparatus Driver Operator. Includes fire pump theory and operation, driving skills, regulations and laws, hydraulics, fire ground operations, specialty pumping, and apparatus maintenance and testing procedures. Certification available, must be scheduled separately.

Apparatus
Driver Operator – Aerial (40 hours, 18 student max., additional 8 hours needed for Certification Testing)

Pre-requisite: ADO - Pumper
Manual: IFSTA Aerial Apparatus Driver Operator 1st edition
Syllabus: A.D.O. Aerial

Provides basic information on driving and operating a fire department aerial apparatus by meeting the knowledge and skill requirements as listed in NFPA 1002 Professional Qualifications for Fire Apparatus Driver Operator. Includes driving, stabilizing, positioning, and operating skills, fire ground strategy and tactics, emergency operations, and apparatus maintenance and testing procedures. Certification available, must be scheduled separately.

Fire Officer I (45 hours, 16 student max., additional 4 hours needed for certification testing)
Pre-requisite: Firefighter II and Instructor I, minimum of 3 years in the fire service needed for certification.

Manual: Jones and Bartlett, Fire Officer Principals and Practice 2nd edition.
Syllabus: Officer I

For experienced firefighters. Addresses the NFPA requirements for Fire Officer I. Discusses human resource management, community and government relations, application of fire department policies, fire investigation procedures, emergency service delivery and safety considerations. Completers should be prepared to certify as Fire Officer I. Certification available, must be scheduled separately. Class can be offered for College credit.

 
Hazardous Materials Technician CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW (120 hours, 16 student max., additional 6 to 8 hours needed for certification testing).
Pre-requisite: Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, and complete the application process.
Manual: Hilderbrand and Knoll, Hazardous Materials Managing the Incident 3rd edition, and Student Workbook Hazardous Materials Managing the Incident.
Syllabus: Hazardous Materials Technician Science

Contact your Program Manager for additional information regarding Hazardous Materials Technician.

Wildland Firefighter I
This 40 hour course is designed to provide the entry level firefighter with the knowledge and skill sets to recognize the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire, potentially hazardous situations, and basic tool / line construction skills. All classes are taught with the mandated NWCG curriculum. This course includes S-130 Firefighter Training (34 hrs), S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (6 hrs), I-100 Introduction to ICS L-180 Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service.


*Skills Crosswalk – Must be Certified Structural FFI – 17 hrs + 5 hrs Skills (22 hrs)

Wildland Firefighter II
This 12 hour course with 62-79 hours of supported classes is designed to help train the FFTII / ICT5 in the use of fireline reference materials, communications, tactical decision making, and implementation of the Risk Management process in identifying hazardous fire conditions. All classes are taught with the mandated NWCG curriculum. This course includes S-131 Advanced firefighter (8 hrs) / S-133 Look Up, Look Down, Look Around (4 hrs). The supported classes are S-211 Portable Pumps & Water Use (25 hrs) / S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws (25-37 hrs). The supported classes are not offered as part of Wildland Firefighter II but can be taken during the Fall/Winter NWCG course selection.


*Skills Crosswalk – Must be Certified Structural FF2 – 17.5 + 4 hrs skills (21.5 hrs).

*The Crosswalk was developed by analyzing and comparing National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) structural firefighting standards with National Wildland Coordinating Group (NWCG) wildland firefighting position task books. The resulting Crosswalk identifies wildland skills and knowledge not incorporated within standard structural firefighting training. By incorporating a structural firefighter’s existing fire suppression knowledge and skills, use of Crosswalk reduces required classroom hours, minimizes curriculum redundancies, and makes efficient use of limited training hours.

Command Training Center: The Ultimate in Firefighter Survival

The CTC provides training for emergency managers by creating realistic emergencies using computer simulation. The primary mission of the CTC is to increase the survivability of Utah’s responders during emergencies by preparing Incident Commanders for the diverse and highly dynamic operational environments they could encounter. Although the CTC will offer training in many disciplines of emergency response, its primary focus will be fire ground operations.

Command Training Center - Phase I
Phase I training concentrates on residential structures utilizing first alarm assignments. There is an online component where students are introduced to the basics of incident management including risk management, initial reporting, firefighter accountability, communications, tactics, and operating in the correct strategy. The online component is followed by 16 hours in the CTC managing structure fires. Phase I is intended for company officers, those who would “act in” as a company officer, and chief officers.

Command Training Center - Phase II
Phase II training concentrates on small commercial occupancies and strip malls using first and second alarm assignments. There is an online component that builds on lessons learned in Phase I. There is an emphasis on building construction and firefighter accountability. The online component is followed by 16 hours in the CTC managing structure fires. Phase II is intended for chief officers or company officers that would be required to manage a commercial structure fire. Phase II is now available.

Command Training Center - Phase III
Phase III concentrates on large commercial structures using up to third and forth alarm assignments. There will be an online component followed by time in the CTC managing large commercial structure fires. Phase III is intended for chief officers. This phase is under development.

Command Training Center - Phase IV
This phase will have multiple "stand-alone" modules for specific types of incidents. The types of incidents identified at this time will be: high rise, multi-casualty, hazardous materials, and elderly care. Departments will select from a menu based on the above examples. This phase is under development.