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This course pertains to NFPA 1001 Standard on Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications. 

Structural firefighting is unquestionably the bread and butter of the fire service. With the majority of the departments being volunteer and for some, responding to a working structure fire is something they only do three to five times a year, live fire simulation is critical. While the events can range from smaller one room events to the entire structure being involved, the success of the attack will depend on the experience, skills and strategies of the responding personnel. Well trained firefighters become an asset to their local communities by protecting the tax base and providing a level of local security.


Increased levels of training and experience, either under live fire or live fire simulation, 

enhance firefighter safety and situational success. Firefighters need to be able to experience

fire behavior and conditions in order to be able to understand proper attack methods and the relationship each equates to their safety and effectiveness.


The Life on the Nozzle course begins with a classroom presentation describing fire

behavior, thermal layering, fire attack methods, ventilation practices, RIT teams, and fire 

ground strategies and tactics. After the classroom portion of the course is presented, 

students will participate in controlled live fire evolutions. Proper fire control techniques

using direct and indirect fire attack methods are performed in the evolutions. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop and practice proper fire control techniques, proper search techniques, as well as different ventilation practices.




List the dangers of firefighting


• Recognize dangerous building conditions

• Identify precautions to limit firefighter injuries

• Summarize the OSHA Two In-Two Out

• Demonstrate the Personal Accountability System

• Distinguish the stages of fire

• Detect the presence of thermal layering

• Indicate when a size-up is performed

• Recall the components of an arrival report

• Associate the elements of R.E.C.E.O. size-up

• Distinguish the primary and secondary search

• Indicate the equipment needed for interior attack

• Specify the proper hose line for a fire

• Evaluate the need for an interior attack

• Give reasons for a direct attack

• Assess the difficulties of a basement fire


Classes may have a maximum of 30. Class contacts and locations for courses will be determined by LETS with priority given to remote rural departments with the approval from the Division of Fire Safety.


Structural Firefighting course instructors meet or exceed all relevant standards with resumes

available on request.




  •  All instructors fees

  •  Use of a structural firefighting simulator

  •  Consumables for structural simulator

  •  Fuel for structural simulator

  •  Certificates of completion of the course

  •  Mileage for equipment and instructors

  •  Classroom props and videos

  •  Handout materials

  •  Visual aids

  •  Support personnel, instructors and simulation equipment provided by, Local Emergency Training Specialists (LETS)

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