Photovoltaic Safety for Firefighters Courses
Location: Shaftsbury Fire Station
Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Application deadline: Monday, May 8, 2017
Time: 1830 – 2200
Location: West Dover Fire Station
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Application deadline: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 1830 – 2200
Register by submitting a General Admission Application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the deadline indicated above.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems are becoming more common on homes and businesses across Vermont. Building mounted PV systems present special considerations for firefighters when handling emergencies within these buildings and around these systems. This course will provide the participants with information about what firefighters need to know to safely deal with fires in buildings equipped with PV systems and other emergencies that occur around ground mounted PV equipment.
Topics include an introduction to photovoltaics and electrical theory, recognition of PV systems and components, general PV system operation, common safety labeling, tactical considerations, disconnecting means, fire suppression and ventilation issues, and the hazards associated with fire service operations in the area of a PV system.
Emergency Vehicle Driver Training
Location: Springfield Fire Station
Classroom – May 31 & June 1 (1800 – 2200)
Practical – June 4 ( 0800 – until finished)
Student Minimum: 15
Student Maximum: 24
Application deadline: May 17, 2017
Please apply by submitting a general admission application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the Application deadline listed above.
This program was developed by VFIS, to teach the emergency vehicle operator proper driving technique, the mental as well as the physical aspects of the driving task. The program points out the long term impact of an accident involving an emergency vehicle on the operator, the emergency service organization and the community in which they serve. Includes both classroom and practical driving course. Minimum class size is 15 students, maximum class size is 24 students.
Prerequisites: Valid vehicle operator’s license.
Water Rescue Safety and Awareness
Location: Hartland Fire Station
When: Saturday, July 22
Time: 0800 – 1200
Application Deadline: Friday, July 7
Course Minimum: 15 students
Please apply by submitting a general admission application to the Vermont Fire Academy by the Application deadline listed above
The Water Rescue Safety and Awareness course is part of a series of courses designed to develop and enhance your skills as a rescuer. These programs are delivered both in the field and as residential offerings at the Vermont Fire Academy to allow you the opportunity to continue your education and training as a rescuer. This course is designed to introduce Firefighters and EMS personnel to water rescue at the awareness level of response. The course is an informational course with no hands on training component; it is not intended to provide instruction in water rescue skills. To be able to perform water rescues, personal should obtain hands on training such the Water Rescue Operations or Swift- Water Technician level courses. The overall objective of this course is to enhance the safety of the first responders at water rescue incidents by increasing their knowledge of the hazards of water rescue and the techniques and equipment needed to manage those hazards. At the completion of this course, the student shall have: an awareness of the risks in water incidents, the ability to recognize hazards at water incidents, knowledge of the VFA water rescue training program, the ability to identify local water rescue resources, the ability to identify basic shore based rescue techniques, the ability to identify water rescue equipment, and an awareness of the risks in water incidents.