FIRE FIGHTING COURSES
Essentials of Fire Fighting
PRI offers a 82 hour training course in Essentials of Firefighting. Because of the
ever growing challenges faced by firefighters to meet the minimum training standard, we at
PRI have used our instructors backgrounds in fire suppression, ventilation, search and
rescue , fire behavior, salvage and overhaul, water supply and hose streams to meet these
challenges. This course offers firefighters the opportunity to meet the Iowa minimum
training standard and NFPA 1001professional standard for Professional firefighters.
Full Turnout Clothing including SCBA
NFPA 1001 Objectives:
• Firefighter will meet the criteria outlined in NFPA 1001 Standard for Professional
• Firefighter will meet the Iowa minimum training standard.
How does a firefighter gain entry into a secured building? Getting inside to stop a
potential fire or to rescue a potential victim can be time consuming, hazardous,
The instructor conducting forcible entry training must teach the various methods employed to
gain entry into a building through doors, windows, walls, and by forcing locks. This training must
emphasize safety, speed, and the need to minimize property damage. The difference between
success or failure during a fire suppression operation or rescue may depend on the ability of the
firefighter to breach a barrier quickly, efficiently, and safely.
This course will provide the students the opportunity to practice with realistic props for hands-on
Full Turnout Clothing including SCBA
• Shall correctly identify various types of doors and their construction materials.
• Shall correctly demonstrate the proper steps necessary to correctly force entry through
each type of door.
• Shall correctly identify the hazards and safety procedures associated with forcing entry
through various doors.
• Shall correctly identify and demonstrate the characteristics of each door type.
• Shall correctly describe and demonstrate the techniques for safely and correctly forcing
each type of door.
Advanced Search and Rescue
This class will cover the following aspects of fire ground forcible entry, search of private
dwellings, room orientation, vent enter search, commercial search, large area search, RIT
search, and thermal imaging camera techniques and tactics for search operations. Students
practice positions, duties on the line, using tools and selecting equipment. RIT responsibilities
are highlighted and various carries, drags and removal techniques are practiced. Rope Assisted
Search Procedures (RASP) may also be presented in.
• Recognize the hazards associated with various rescue operations.
• Describe the difference between primary and secondary searches.
• Demonstrate the proper procedures for victim drags and carries.
Advance Ventilation & Attack (PPV/PPA)
Positive pressure ventilation (PPV) was first used in the fire service to ventilate structures after
the fire was knocked down. Positive Pressure Attack (PPA) takes PPV a step further to achieve
effective ventilation during fire attack. It is another tactic that, properly used, can make life better
for firefighters and those we are sworn to protect.
As with any fire ground operation, PPA requires training and education to be performed safely
and effectively. This class is dedicated to providing information and resources about the use of
positive pressure on the fire ground. It is a work in progress, and will evolve and grow.
• The types & physics of ventilation including: Natural, Traditional or Mechanical, Forced
PPV and Positive Pressure Attack.
• Review of the latest NIST findings concerning PPV, wind driven fires and how PPV is used
to “pressurize” stairwells and corridors.
• The Mechanics of PPV and PPA: “How do you set it up?” and “How does it work?”
• The latest technology of Straight Air Stream Entrainment Ventilators as compared to
conventional “cone of air” methods.
• View videos of live fire attack using PPA on single-family residences and larger structure
fires including high-rise.
• Several live fire and smoke scenarios and how to use the equipment.(if scheduled)
• Working with the latest technology of gas and electric PPV fans.
• How to determine if you’re having a successful PPV operation.
• How to perform PPA with a three or four-man engine crew!
Fire Fighter Survival Training
This program provides the firefighter with the knowledge and basic skills needed to reach a
proficient level of training in the use of SCBA and their ability to survive emergency hazardous
situations. Firefighter’s confidence in the use of their equipment and how to perform in
emergency situations will lead to more proficient operations.
• Inherent dangers of firefighting
• Importance of being proactive
• Implementation of a risk management plan
• Responsibilities for safe fire ground operations
• Rules for survival
• Calling of a “May Day”
• Different emergency escape procedures
This course will teach the student to call a “Mayday” under various emergency situations they
may find themselves in, including being trapped or lost in a room, having something collapse on
them, being hung/snagged on wires and falling through a floor or roof. These conditions will be
simulated using various props with the firefighter in full PPE, SCBA, and portable radio in a
blacked out face mask. Students will spend most of the evolution actively sending or receiving
Mayday radio transmissions.
• Define a mayday situation.
• Identify why firefighters fail to or delay calling a mayday.
• Identify mayday decision-making parameters and calling procedure.
• Identify mayday training and drill needs for the fire service.
Rapid Intervention Training
This class is designed for firefighters with “moderate” level experience in rapid intervention
techniques and firefighter survival. The goal is to update the student on issues and techniques
related to rapid intervention. The first day is designed to provide the student with some “street-
smart” theories and techniques on rapid intervention and to prepare the students for day two.
The second day is dedicated entirely to rapid intervention scenarios of increasing difficulty.
These are designed to challenge the student’s mind, teamwork, and skills.
This course will challenge the student with advanced RIT scenarios requiring excellent
teamwork and ingenuity. We will review skills for “specific” scenarios such as:
• History of & Need for RIT
• RIT-Related Equipment
• Basic RIT deployment skills (locating the downed FF)
• Basic Skills for Moving the Downed Firefighter
• Basic SCBA problem resolution skills
• FF thru / stuck in the floor.
• Removing FF out an upper floor via windows.
• Limited space evolutions.
• Multiple downed FF’s.
Wildland Fire Fighting
This course is designed to assist structural and wildland firefighters who will be making tactical
decisions when confronting wildland fire that threatens life, property and improvements in the
wildland urban interface. Instructional Units include: Interface awareness, size-up, initial
strategy and incident action plan, structure triage, structure protection tactics, incident action
plan assessment and update, follow-up and public relations and firefighter safety in the interface.
This course gives firefighters a better perspective to fight vehicle fires. The course teaches how
to identify the causes, describes major hazard areas, and teaches firefighting techniques to
extinguish vehicle fires. The course will teach a variety of attack methods to fight fires in the
engine, passenger, and trunk compartments. Also involved are wheel fires, flammable liquid
fires, and bumper shock type explosions as well as new technologies such as air bags and