Utah Volunteer Fire Officer Development Program (VFODP)

UFRA, working in conjunction with the Utah State Fire Chiefs Association, has received a FEMA SAFER Grant to assist volunteer fire departments. The premise of the program is that current and future volunteer officers need leadership and management skills to build strong organizations that will attract and keep good volunteers.

This is the third year of the grant and UFRA is offering the Fire Officer I class via the internet now and in the fall semester 2012. Fire Instructor I, Retention & Recruitment of Volunteers, and the Command Training Center Phase I classes are also supported in traditional classroom format. Tuition, course materials, and travel for volunteers are paid by the grant.

VFODP Class Schedule:

Fire Officer I: Internet Delivery Fall Semester 2012

Fire Instructor I: Winter Fire School, January 2013; or by regional request anytime

Retention & Recruitment of Volunteer: Winter Fire School, January 2013; or by regional request anytime

Command Training Center (CTC) Phase I: By request anytime

All classes can also be scheduled for regional delivery

For scheduling information contact steve.lutz@uvu.edu

Course Descriptions:

Fire Officer I: Internet Delivery (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.

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.)

Manual: Jones and Bartlett Fire Officer Principals and Practice 1st or 2nd edition

Syllabus: Officer I

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

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.)

Manual: IFSTA Fire Service Instructor 7th edition

UFRA Student Workbook

Syllabus: Instructor I

(R&R) Recruitment & Retention Of Volunteer Firefighters (8hrs)

This class is an interactive workshop that covers the value of volunteers to the community; reasons people volunteer; reasons people quit; generational differences; cultural differences; team building skills; responsibilities of volunteer leaders; recruiting strategies; and retention strategies. Students will be able to formulate a plan for recruitment and retention of volunteer responders for their community.

Command Training Center - Phase I

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 fireground operations.

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.