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Wood County Fire School


September 26-27, 2015

Parkersburg South High School


Wood County West Virginia

County Commissioners:  Steve Gainer, David Blair Couch and Bob Tebay

Parkersburg South High School


Pre-registration can be completed by sending the attached form to Wood County Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 811, Parkersburg, WV 26101. In order to receive a Wood County Fire School tee shirt, pre-registrations must be received by September 8th, 2015. Fees must accompany registrations and we are unable to complete telephone registrations.

Please print ALL information legibly to reduce confusion: Classes are on a first come first serve basis; please indicate your first class choice by class number, please choose a second class in case the first choice class is filled up before your registration is received by the Wood County Fire School Committee.

Please indicate T-Shirt sizes on the pre-registration form.


Doors open at 7 a.m., registration verifications and “walk-in registration” starts at 7:30 a.m.

Pre-registration Fee: 2 day classes $65.00 due by September 8th, 2015

Pre-registration Fee: 1 day classes $35.00 due by September 8th, 2015

Registration at the door: 2 day class $75.00 due at registration, day of school

Registration at the door: 1 day class $45.00 due at registration, day of school


Coffee, soda and donuts available during registration hours.


Participants in practical sessions must be at least 16 years of age. Participants that are 16 and 17 years of age will not be allowed to participate in ANY hazardous activities. The Junior Release Form must be completed and submitted with the registrations. The form can be found in this booklet.


Students will furnish the following CERTIFIED fire/rescue or EMS equipment for classes.

Fire Classes Rescue Classes

1. Full turnout gear 1. Full turnout or rescue gear

2. SCBA plus one extra cylinder 2. Hard-toe shoes, goggles & helmet

No facial hair can come between the sealing surface of the face piece, such as a beard or goatee.


A general assembly will be held in the auditorium of the Parkersburg South High School starting at 8:30 a.m. on September 26, 2015. Students will then go to their individual classes; 1511 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg.


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Wood County Fire School

15-001 Basic Firefighting Tactics (16 hours) (Open to Junior Firefighters)

This is a basic class designed for the “NEW” firefighter and those that wish to refresh their skills. This will include the familiarization of basic equipment, tools, hose handling, ventilation techniques and SCBA along with search & rescue procedures. Participants will be working in a non-toxic smoke filled environment.

(No beards, no contact lenses)

Instructor: Nick Hayek (Vienna VFD)

15-002 Advanced Firefighting Tactics (16 hours)

This class is designed for the firefighter that has had BASIC fire training and has a desire to increase his/her firefighter skills. Class will use “live fire” attack suppression techniques for “above ground”, “same level” and “below ground” fires.

Prerequisite: Level 1 or equivalent certificate. Must have 2 years of firefighting experience. All certificates for prerequisites must accompany your registration form.

Full turnout gear, SCBA with two full cylinders.

Instructor: John Taylor (Chief South Charleston Fire Department)

15-003 NFIRS Introduction to NFIRS 5.0 (8 hours, Saturday Only) (Open to Junior Firefighters)

8 hour “hands-on” introductory class covers the basics of participation in the National Fire Incident Reporting System, Version 5.0. Including data management, principles, state code requirements for incident reporting, entering, saving, retrieving required modules, correcting validation errors, and how to pull statistics to assist in grant writing. Although the class is geared for those with very basic computer skills, individuals with more advanced computer capabilities will also benefit from this training.

Instructor: Alice Carpenter (WV State Fire Marshal’s Office)

15-004 Fire Investigation 1 (16 hours)

This class is designed for the firefighter who is inexperienced in arson detection and the preservation of evidence at the fire scene. This class will provide the knowledge to enable the responder to recognize the potential of arson. This course includes the following basic topics: fire behavior, critical observations of the first responder, fire cause, scene security, evidence preservation, legal considerations and how to properly report findings to the appropriate officials.

New Class

Instructor: Jason Baltic (WV State Fire Marshal’s Office)

15-005 The Art of Reading Smoke / S.L.I.C.E. – R.S. (8 hours, Sunday Only)

One of the most important size-up skills a firefighter can have is the ability to capture, in an instant, the size of a fire and the potential for a rapid hostile fire event, like flashover or smoke explosion. Often smoke issuing from a structure is the only clue available to predict fire behavior. This course gives first-due fire officers and firefighters a process to read smoke and predict hostile events. (4 hours)

New Class

S.L.I.C.E – R.S. stands for Size-up, Location of fire, Isolate the flow, Cool from a safe distance, Extinguish and Rescue and Salvage as necessary. This program rethinks the tactics of old and incorporates the latest research into tactics using the S.L.I.C.E.R.S. method. This has been developed to “operationalize” fire dynamic research concepts. This has been vetted and endorsed by the lead researches involved. (4 hours)

Instructor: John Smoot (Teays Valley VFD)

15-006 Auto Extrication (16 hours)

Advanced problem solving tactics and techniques for vehicle extrication will be taught, with great emphasis given to SAFETY of rescuers and patients. Much time will be devoted to speed and planning of creating space. Hand and hydraulic rescue tools will be used, along with the concept of thinking outside the box, use of wreckers and other sources we may have at our disposal. This class will benefit the firefighter, EMT, paramedic, and assist with understanding what we do for Law Enforcement Officers.

Students should come with cut resistant extrication gloves, full turnout gear or rescue gear, steel toe boots and safety glasses.

Instructor: Jay Parsons (Chief Mineral Wells VFD)

15-007 Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) (16 hours)

This is a combination classroom and practical skills training on emergency vehicle operations. Safety, legal aspects, inspections, and driver responsibilities are covered. Written and practical examinations are administered. This course meets WV State Fire Commission and State EMS initial training requirements/recommendations. This course is designed to meet DOT and NFPA standards. Participants may bring their own emergency apparatus to take the driving course.

Prerequisites: Proof of valid vehicle operator’s license, must be 18 years of age.

Instructor: Danny Cronin

15-008 Basic Pumps and Engine Operations (16 hours) (Open to Junior Firefighters)

This class is designed for new operators. The session will cover pump operation and general knowledge of pumps and equipment; such as relief valves, proper pumper positioning, appliances needed to supply water to and from a fire apparatus. This includes drafting from static water sources, dry hydrants and relay operations.

Instructor: Paul Jordan (Williamstown VFD)

15-009 Legal Considerations for Fire Service (16 hours)

This class is intended to be a basic overview of how laws, regulations and standards are created. Topics will be on the court system, types of departments, administrative agencies, criminal laws, civil liability, and negligence. Information for this class will be referenced from Curtis Varone’s “Fire Officer’s Legal Handbook”. This is not a class to obtain legal opinion.

New Class

Instructor: Rick Armstrong (Mineral Wells VFD & RESA V)

15-010 Air Consumption Management (16 hours)

This course is designed to teach and help the student comply with NFPA 1404. This national standard follows the ‘Rule of Air Management’ “Know how much air you have in your SCBA and manage that air so that you leave the hazardous environment before your low-level alarm activates.” This course is expected to be 4 hours of classroom learning and 12 hours of hands on. The course will teach the student various emergency breathing techniques and self survival skills while giving them the chance to practice what they learned in an air consumption course. Lastly, the student will learn how to set up a basic air consumption course for their department.

Prerequisite: Level 1 or Basic Fire, use of SCBA required. All certificates for prerequisites must accompany your registration form.

Full turnout gear, SCBA with two full cylinders.

Class limit: 20

Instructor: Jason Fleak (Training Officer Parkersburg Fire Department)

15-011 Emergency Shoring for Engine Companies (16 hours)

This class is designed to train companies how to deal with homes that have structural damage in an emergency situation. The mode of damage could be from a fire, overhaul operations or situations such as a vehicle driven through. The class will be split between class room and hands on training. Students will learn all the basic shores used for structural collapse and how to apply them.

New Class

Students should come with leather gloves, hard hat or fire helmet, sturdy boots or work shoes (high ankle and steel toe), safety glasses, jumpsuit or rescue gear.

Instructor: Les Smith (USAR Team & WVRRT)

15-012 Fire Fighting for Women Taught by Women (16 hours)

When the public is in need they do not care the gender of their rescuer. They are expecting a fully trained and qualified individual or team to come to their aid. Female firefighters have been in the service since 1815 and continue to be a valuable part of the organization. This class is designed to assist female firefighters work through techniques learned by veteran female firefighters. This class will be classroom and hands on learning; topics may include hose handling, rescue operations, patient packaging, tool techniques and proper PPE use.

New Class

Students should come with full turnout gear, SCBA with spare cylinder.

Instructor: Captain Jan Radar (Huntington Fire Department)

15-013 Training Officer Class (16 hours)

This class is geared toward the aspiring and new training officer. The student will leave with the essential tools and skills to coordinate training in their local Fire/EMS organization. Topics discussed are training officer qualifications and requirements; department training needs assessments, lesson plan development among others.

New Class

Instructor: Jim Reynolds (Blennerhassett VFD)

15-014 Traffic Incident Management (Train the Trainer) (10 hours)

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) consists of a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims and emergency responders.

New Class

This course is worth 10 CEU’s and is a train the trainer; once completed you will be able to take this back to your agencies.

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Instructor: Mike Daley (WV DOH)

15-015 ATV Search & Rescue (16 hours)

This class teaches the skills necessary to perform searches for lost persons utilizing ATV’s and UTV’s. Day one will consist of classroom training focusing on: ATV safety, search tactics techniques and strategy, basic equipment / ATV considerations, lost person behavior and basic land navigation. Day two will be spent outdoors utilizing the skills learned in practical search exercises.

New Class

Students are required to: Be at least 18 years of age, dress appropriate for the weather (long pants, long shirt, footwear with ankle support), DOT approved ATV or motorcycle helmet, goggles. Bring an ATV or UTV to ride during the exercises (everyone must have a seat).

Class Limit: 16

Instructor: Tim Arthur


New Class

General Overview: EMS classes will be offered in two sessions, Saturday session (15-016 – 6 hours) and a Sunday session (15-017 – 7 hours). You may choose either day or both days. All classes will be taught by Air Evac Lifeteam.

15-016 Acute and Chronic Kidney Disease (1 hour CEU’s @ ALS Level) (0900-1000)

This class will describe renal system anatomy and physiology, describe acute and chronic kidney injuries, their clinical presentation and general management strategies, and discuss potential complications occurring in the patient receiving hemodialysis.

A Sweet Surprise – Diabetic Emergencies (2 hours CEU’s @ ALS Level) (1000-1200)

This class will briefly discuss types of diabetes, discuss the evolution of Metabolic Syndrome and its role as a precursor to diabetes, and define and discuss diagnosis and treatment of diabetic emergencies.

Allergic Reactions (2 hours CEU’s @ ALS Level) (1300-1500)

This class will identify how an allergic reaction occurs, differentiate between a local and systemic allergic reaction, discuss first line treatment for anaphylaxis, and identify indications for and methods of airway management during an anaphylactic reaction.

The Bariatric Patient – The World is Growing (1 hour CEU’s @ ALS Level) (1500-1600)

This class will define obesity, review American and world statistics regarding the prevalence of obesity, identify co-morbidities associated with obesity, identify special considerations related to trauma in the obese patient, and discuss challenges to prehospital and hospital providers in ergonomics.

15-017 Chest Trauma (2 hours CEU’s @ ALS Level) (0800-1000)

Thoracic trauma accounts for 25% of all trauma fatalities. This class will Review the anatomy of the chest, discuss common causes of chest trauma, list signs and symptoms of chest injuries, and discuss treatments and care for victims of chest trauma.

Spinal Motion Restriction (2 hours CEU’s @ ALS Level) (1000-1200)

One million EMS patients per year with suspected Cervical Spine Injury. This class will identify the current standard of care regarding spinal restriction, discuss the history of spinal immobilization in EMS, and define patients needing spinal restriction.

Pediatric Trauma (2 hours CEU’s @ ALS Level) (1300-1500)

Pediatric Trauma is the most common cause of morbidity and mortality in the pediatric population. This class will identify and discuss common injuries of the head, thorax, abdomen, and extremities for the pediatric population including treatment modalities.

Neck Injuries (1 hour CEU’s @ALS Level) (1500-1600)

This class will review basic neck anatomy and discuss commonly encountered mechanisms of injury in neck trauma and clinical findings and management strategies.

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Pre-Registration Fees:
Two-Day Session $65.00
One-Day Session $35.00
Late Registration Fees: (After 9/8/2015)
Two-Day Session $75.00
One-Day Session $45.00
Waiver of Liability
By submitting this application I agree not to hold WCFFA, its sponsors, or anyone else associated with the Wood County Firefighters Association fire school weekend responsible for any injuries that may occur while participating in any class or function. I understand that the nature of fire, rescue, and EMS classes can be hazardous and I agree to participate in a safe and responsible manner. I also certify that I am a member of a department/agency that covers me under Workers Compensation.
o I certify that I am at least 18 years of age and do not need permission to participate in any class.
o I am under 18 years of age but at least 16 years of age at the time of registration and must complete the release form with parental/guardian permission.