Advanced Fire Training

Advanced Fire Training

The Oakland Fire Training Institute provides the most current training available to the fire service at its state of the art training facility located on the Combined Regional Emergency Response Training Center complex on the Auburn Hills campus of Oakland Community College.

Fire departments can choose to attend a scheduled or on-demand class, rent the training tower for their own courses or our instructors can develop a custom course to accomplish goals that are identified by the department.  Features available at the training tower include:

  • Classroom
  • Five different burn rooms
  • HAZMAT burn pit
  • Car Fire
  • SCBA Confidence Course
  • Standpipe/high-rise capabilities
  • High angle rescue
  • Confined space area
  • Trench rescue area
  • Vehicle extrication area
  • Phase I Flashover
  • Phase II Flashover

FORCIBLE ENTRY

The Oakland Fire Training Institute offers a training program in Forcible Entry that provides firefighters with a second to none realistic, hands on training experience.  This practical training can take place at our CREST Center or can be transported to your community in order to increase the training opportunities for your agency while reducing the need to send your firefighters out of their response area.

The Forcible Entry system, custom built by H&R Welding, is where breaching and access techniques can be enhanced and refined.  It is designed for the fire fighter to utilize the same hand tools and power saws that they would use on the job.  Instructors are able to have students actually breach, pry and cut through replaceable steel and wood blanks assuring the teaching points are comprehended in a cost effective manner.

Key points of the system include:
  • Door Breaching
  • Lock Penetration
  • Hinge Pulling
  • Window Bar Access

COMPANY OFFICER SERIES

Company Officer I & II

The purpose of the Fire Officer I course is to provide entry-level fire officers with the knowledge and skills to meet the minimum job performance requirements for paid and volunteer fire officers. Fire Officer I candidates must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to function safely and effectively as an integral member of a firefighter team. When engaged in hazardous activities, the Fire Officer I works under direct supervision of a senior company officer and as a team leader.

The purpose of the Fire Officer II course is to provide officers at the second level of progression with the knowledge and skills to meet the minimum job performance requirements for paid and volunteer fire officers. Fire Officer II candidates must demonstrate the depth of knowledge and skills necessary to function under general supervision. A person trained at the Fire Officer II level will function safely and effectively as an integral member of a team of equally or less experienced firefighters to accomplish a series of tasks.

The Company Officer I & II program provides insight into the role of the officer as defined by the 2003 Edition of NFPA 1021, the Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications.

Educational Methodology
The Educational Methodology course is designed to introduce the prospective instructor to teaching methodology and to provide participants with a better understanding of the teaching/learning process.
  • Educational Methodology is a Pre-requisite/Co-requisite for Company Officer I & II
Incident Safety Officer (ISO)
This course is an incident-specific, scene-oriented course designed to teach what a Safety Officer at an incident needs to know, using scenarios to convey instructional points.
  • Incident Safety Officer is a Pre-requisite/Co-requisite for Company Officer I & II
National Incident Management System (NIMS)
This course is a prerequisite to the Company Officer Program and is also designed for public service emergency response personnel who respond to the release or potential release of hazardous substances. These personnel would be considered part of an initial response to a site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release.
  • National Incident Management System is a Pre-requisite/Co-requisite for Company Officer I & II
Strategy & Tactics

This course is a prerequisite to the Fire Officer I Program and is also designed for public service emergency response personnel who respond to the release or potential release of hazardous substances. These personnel would be considered part of an initial response to a site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release.

This course begins with a history of firefighting and the reasons that it has evolved throughout the years. It is followed by background information necessary to make effective fire ground decisions. The next two chapters include information on fire dynamics and extinguishing agents. The next six chapters deal with concepts common to all incidents including incident management systems, command and control considerations, firefighter safety, company operations, built-in fire protection, and considerations for after the incident. The second half of the course provides the reader with information necessary to apply the common concepts for specific occupancies to include, one-and two-family dwellings, multifamily dwellings, commercial occupancies, places of assembly, high-rise structures, vehicle fires, wildfires, and basic information for special fires. The final chapter allows the reader to apply the concepts to written scenarios.

This course is equivalent to the Managing Company Tactical Operations-Preparing/Decision/ Strategies and Tactics for Initial Company Operations series (MCTO-P, MCTO-T and STICO) and can be used as a prerequisite for the Company Officer I & II course.
  • Strategy and Tactics is a Pre-requisite/Co-requisite for Company Officer I & II

COMPANY OFFICER III

Health and Safety Officer
This course was designed to show the role of the Health and Safety Officer in policy and procedure issues that affect the health and safety of Fire Fighters. Risk analysis, wellness, program management, and other occupational safety issues are the main emphasis of the course.
  • Health and Safety Officer is a component of the Fire Officer III series which consists of four two-day classes, Leadership I, Leadership II, Leadership III, and Health & Safety Officer. It is suggested, not required, that the Leadership classes be taken in sequence.
Leadership I
This course presents the Company Officer with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the Fire Service environment. This course includes: Techniques and approaches to problem solving, ways to identify and assess the needs of the Company Officer’s subordinates, methods for running meetings effectively in the Fire Service environment, and decision-making skills for the Company Officer.
  • Leadership I is a component of the Fire Officer III series which consists of four two-day classes, Leadership I, Leadership II, Leadership III, and Health & Safety Officer. It is suggested, not required, that the Leadership classes be taken in sequence.
Leadership II
This course provides the Company Officer with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the Fire Service environment. This course addresses ethics, use and abuse of power at the Company Officer level, creativity in the Fire Service environment, and management of the multiple roles of the Company Officer.
  • Leadership II is a component of the Fire Officer III series which consists of four two-day classes, Leadership I, Leadership II, Leadership III, and Health & Safety Officer. It is suggested, not required, that the Leadership classes be taken in sequence.
Leadership III

This course provides the Company Officer with the basic leadership skills and tools to perform effectively in the Fire Service environment. This course covers when and how to do the following: Delegate to subordinates, assess personal leadership styles through situational leadership, discipline subordinates, and applies coaching/motivational techniques for the Company Officer.

  • Leadership III is a component of the Fire Officer III series which consists of four two-day classes, Leadership I, Leadership II, Leadership III, and Health & Safety Officer. It is suggested, not required, that the Leadership classes be taken in sequence.