Archive for April, 2017

VERMONT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING

Friday, April 28th, 2017

TO: Vermont Fire Chiefs and County Fire Service Organizations
FROM: Vermont Fire Academy
DATE: April 28, 2017
RE: Firefighter I, II and Firefighter I/II program requests – FY 2018

The Vermont Fire Academy is accepting requests for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Firefighter I/II and other certification programs to be held in FY18.

If your fire department or county firefighter association would like to host a firefighter certification training program in the upcoming fiscal year, please fill out a Request for Training form and submit it to the Vermont Fire Academy by June 15, 2017 for consideration. Requests submitted after this date will not be accepted. Awarded programs require a minimum of 15 students preregistered two weeks in advance of the course start date.

Selection Process for course awards:
The course locations are finalized by the Vermont Fire Academy Staff, with the concurrence of the Vermont Fire Service Training Council at the June Vermont Fire Service Training Council meeting. Award notifications are sent shortly after the June Vermont Fire Service Training Council meeting and typically no later than July 1st. The awarded courses typically start in late summer / early fall of that same year.

Items the Vermont Fire Academy and the Vermont Fire Service Training Council considers when awarding requests:
Adequate host facilities (classroom, area for practical skills, accommodations for building access)
History of previous courses hosted in the county.
Parking for students, instructors, and Vermont Fire Academy equipment trailers – up to tractor trailer size
Site security, including snow removal in the winter
When receiving multiple requests for courses in a geographic area, priority will be given to those submitted by a county organization or multiple departments.
Requests accompanied by a significant number of completed General Admission Applications from applicants for preregistration will be a given higher priority.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Vermont Fire Academy at 800-615-3473.

2017 ANNUAL MEETING LENGTH OF SERVICE AWARDS

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

At the 2017 Annual Meeting the following employees were recognized for their years of service to Fire Mutual Aid:
Lt. Jay French – 10 years
Dispatcher Mike Bailey – 15 years
Deputy Chief Tom Redin – 25 years
Lt. Dave Whipple – 30 years

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HYBRID CAR TRAINING MAY 15, 2017

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Please note this class is May 15, 2017, NOT 2016 as the flyer indicates.

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CT. RIVER VALLEY FIRE MUTUAL AID ASSOCIATION MEETING

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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ELECTRIC HAZARD AWARENESS

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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BRATTLEBORO FD JOB OPENING

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

The Brattleboro Fire Department is accepting applications for the position of full time entry level Firefighter. Further information and applications can be obtained at www.brattleboro.org or www.brattleborofire.org

If you would like to participate in the Brattleboro Fire Department candidate selection process please submit a Town of Brattleboro employment application, cover letter, resume and a copy of your valid CPAT card to the Brattleboro Fire Department, 103 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 no later than 4pm on May 1, 2017.

If hired you must live within one of the following towns within six months; Brattleboro, VT, Vernon, VT, Guilford, VT, Dummerston, VT, Marlboro, VT, Putney, VT, Chesterfield, NH or Hinsdale, NH.

If you have further questions please contact Chief Michael Bucossi at 802-254-4831.

The town of Brattleboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VERMONT FIRE SERVICE TRAINING NEEDS YOUR HELP

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Your help is needed to create an
Entry-Level Exterior Firefighter Training Course
for the
Vermont Fire Academy

During the past six months, Vermont Fire Academy Staff have traveled throughout the state attending meetings with county and regional fire associations as well as organizations representing all segments of the Vermont Fire Service. The most talked about item was that the Fire Academy does not currently offer entry-level firefighter training in a format that is less than 184 hours long.

To better address the question about how to provide a shorter entry-level firefighter course, we are asking for more input from the Vermont Fire Service. The Fire Academy will be holding five meetings throughout the state to focus on this one topic. We would like to present a few options and ask for your opinion about the options. Please join us at one of the following locations and help shape the future of an Entry-Level Exterior Firefighter Course.

The meeting locations are:
Tuesday April 25, 2017 at the Newport City Fire Station at 18:30
Wednesday May 3, 2017 at the Vermont Fire Academy at 18:30
Thursday May 4, 2017 at the Division of Fire Safety Berlin Office at 18:30
Wednesday May 10, 2017 at the Swanton Fire Station at 18:30
Thursday May 25, 2017 at the Bellows Falls Fire Station at 18:30

VERMONT TRAINING

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Firefighter I and Firefighter II Challenge Opportunity

Firefighter I Challenge Exam

Individuals who have not completed an approved Vermont Fire Academy sanctioned Firefighter I Course, but who feel they have obtained the necessary training by some other means; or whose previous certifications are more than 2 editions in arrears of the current NFPA 1001 standard, may challenge the Firefighter I Exam. To be eligible to take the Firefighter I Challenge Exam, the candidate must be at least 18 years of age at the test date and submit proof of the following training with their challenge exam application:

Current Adult and Child CPR with AED Certification
Current First Aid with Environmental Emergencies Certifications
Hazardous Materials Operations that qualifies as current with NFPA 472.
Highway Safety or Traffic Incident Management Course
Wildland Firefighter (9 hours)
ICS100: Introduction to Incident Command System (Online Web Based course)

Challenge Exam Part 1: Written Exam
The written exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions based on the knowledge requirements outlined in the current edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Candidates must achieve a minimum passing score of 70. Candidates are permitted two attempts at passing the written exam. A second attempt may take place after 14 days but before 60 days of the first attempt and will be conducted at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford.

Challenge Exam Part 2: Practical Skills Exam
The practical skills exam consists of 10 practical skill stations based on the requisite skills outlined in the current edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Candidates must demonstrate satisfactory skill performance in each of these skill stations. Two attempts per skill station are permitted at the initial skills exam. Candidates are permitted one retest opportunity consisting of two additional attempts for stations that are failed plus an additional randomly selected skill station. The retest opportunity must take place after 14 days but before 60 days of the first attempt and will be conducted at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford. If the candidate fails to pass either the previously failed skill station or the additional random skill station, then the challenge process ends.

Firefighter I Certification is granted once a candidate passes both the written and practical skills exams.

Download the Challenge Exam Application

Firefighter II Challenge Exam

Individuals who have not completed an approved Vermont Fire Academy sanctioned Firefighter II Course, but who feel they have obtained the necessary training by some other means; or whose previous certifications are more than 2 editions in arrears of the current NFPA 1001 standard, may challenge the Firefighter II Exam. To be eligible to take the Firefighter II Challenge Exam, the candidate must be at least 18 years of age at the test date and submit proof of the following training with their challenge exam application:

Proof of valid Vermont Firefighter I Certification or certification that is recognized as equivalent to Vermont standards.
Current Adult and Child CPR with AED Certification
Hazardous Materials Operations Certification that qualifies as current with NFPA 472.
ICS200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents (Online Web Based Course)

Challenge Exam Part 1: Written Exam
The written exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions based on the knowledge requirements outlined in the current edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Candidates must achieve a minimum passing score of 70. Candidates are permitted two attempts at passing the written exam. A second attempt may take place after 14 days but before 60 days of the first attempt and will be conducted at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford.

Challenge Exam Part 2: Practical Skills Exam
The practical skills exam consists of 10 practical skill stations based on the requisite skills outlined in the current edition of NFPA 1001, Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. Candidates must demonstrate satisfactory skill performance in each of these skill stations. Two attempts per skill station are permitted at the initial skills exam. Candidates are permitted one retest opportunity consisting of two additional attempts for stations that are failed plus an additional randomly selected skill station. The retest opportunity must take place after 14 days but before 60 days of the first attempt and will be conducted at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford. If the candidate fails to pass either the previously failed skill station or the additional random skill station, then the challenge process ends.

Firefighter II Certification is granted once a candidate passes both the written and practical skills exams.

Firefighter I Challenge Examination:
Location: Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford
When: Monday, June 5, 2017
Time: 0900 until finished
Application deadline, Monday, May 22, 2017

Firefighter II Challenge Examination:
Location: Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford
When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 0900 until finished
Application deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Emergency Medical Responder training starting May 9th, 2017

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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CONGRATULATIONS

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Congratulations to Dispatcher Corey Conroy for 3 years of dedicated service to Fire Mutual Aid.