FDTN's Training Courses

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The Fire Department Training Network is known for it's realistic, live-fire, training courses that are as close to the real thing as possible. That's right, if you didn't know you were at a training session you'd think you were fighting a fire in your own district. Realistic crew sizes, realistic structures, realistic apparatus placement, and realistic fires. Our Academy has been referred to as "Disneyland for Firefighters!" We pride ourselves in pushing you to your limits so you can learn under the conditions you'll face on the street. The only way to get good at this job is by doing this job — there's no doubt in our mind that these courses recreate the real thing! What better way to practice and perfect your skills!

*** ALL NEW *** FDTN's FIRE COMBAT *** ALL NEW ***

FDTN's LIVE-FIRE TRAINING CAMP  |  FIREGROUND TRAINING OFFICER  |  RESCUE COMPANY OPERATIONS I

ENGINE COMPANY OPERATIONS  |  TRUCK COMPANY OPERATIONS  |  RAPID INTERVENTION TEAMS

FIREGROUND COMMAND  |  FIREGROUND COMPANY OFFICER  |  DESIGNING TRAINING PROPS

 

WHAT TO BRING WHEN WHEN TAKING A COURSE | HOTEL RESERVATIONS


 

FDTN's Live-Fire Training Camp

 

Live-Fire Training Camp

TrngCampThe Fire Department Training Network's Live-Fire Training Camp features 6 blocks of live-fire training — each focusing on performing actual fireground skills under intense and realistic conditions. Students will rotate through each 4-hour training block during the 3 day camp.

Training Blocks Include:

  • Firefighter Survival
  • Forcible Entry
  • Residential Basement Operations
  • Searching without a Line
  • Hoarder Conditions
  • Firefighter Rescue & RIT

Students will perform multiple repetitions of each skill under simulated and live-fire conditions. Each training block is designed to develop, build, and enhance decision making and muscle memory skills needed to perform at a high level during actual fireground operations. FDTN's Live-Fire Training Camp WILL get you into fireground shape—both mentally and physically!

Learn the Job by Doing the Job … It's the FDTN Way!

Registration Fee: Members: $750.00 / Non-Members: $900.00 

Dates: 

April 23-25, 2017 --  FULL

October 30-November 1, 2017 -- Register Now: Members: $750.00    /   Non-Members: $900.00

  


 

Fire Combat

The Ultimate Fireground Learning Experience!

FireCombatFire Combat is a unique training experience offered by the Fire Department Training Network. In an effort to provide the most realistic fireground training possible for firefighters, FDTN has created a scenario-based course designed to provide response-based experience for company officers, firefighters, and apparatus operators.

The Fire Combat experience will be broken down into individual shifts (morning and afternoon blocks) where you will be assigned as a crew to either an engine company, truck company, or rescue company. Crews will change assignments at the start of each shift. To further refine the experience students will register for the course as the company officer, apparatus operator, or backstep firefighter. (6 Company Officer spots, 6 Apparatus Operator spots, 12 Backstep Firefighter spots, 3 Battalion Chief spots)

A Fire Combat shift will be very similar to a typical firehouse shift where you'll prepare for work, ready the apparatus, perform equipment maintenance, training, public education, or whatever else the crew may be assigned to do during the shift. In addition, you'll respond to multiple single- and multi-alarm fires during the shift. The intent…response-based muscle memory that will allow you to further refine and develop your overall fireground knowledge and experience.

The unique training experience will provide attendees the opportunity to respond to, and gain experience operating at, a significant number of working fires. Crews who register together will be assigned to the same company, if possible…a great way to enhance your skill set as a team!

Real companies, real-time dispatch, real-time fireground decision making, SOPS, training sessions, report writing…PLUS…multiple working fires to develop STREET EXPERIENCE! The most realistic fireground training experience available.

Pre-Requisites*:

Company Officer: FDTN's Fireground Company Officer, or equivalent (6 spots)

Apparatus Operator: FDTN's Engine Company I or Truck Company I, or equivalent (6 spots)

Firefighter: FDTN's Engine Company I or Truck Company I, or equivalent (12 spots)

Battalion Chief: FDTN's Fireground Company Officer, or equivalent (3 spots)

Registration Fee: Members: $1,200.00 / Non-Members: $1,500.00

Dates: 

September 18-21, 2017

Fire Combat Company Officer -- FULL

Fire Combat Apparatus Operator -- FULL

Fire Combat Firefighter -- FULL

Fire Combat Battalion Chief -- Register Now: Members: $1,200.00    /   Non-Members: $1,500.00

* Pre-requisites will be confirmed prior to final enrollment by FDTN.

 


 

 

Fireground Training Officer

Fireground Training Officer

We're continuously asked what it takes to deliver quality training…and the only way we know how to answer that is to show you! FDTN's all-new Fireground Training Officer course is designed to teach you the ins-and-outs of designing, constructing, planning, and delivering quality fireground-related training sessions. During this 4-day course you'll learn the basics of developing a training session–from initial concept through actual delivery. The course covers training sessions for both new and existing material, as well as the use of live-fire training.

Registration Fee: Members: $1,495.00 / Non-Members: $1,795.00 

Dates: 

July 17-20, 2017 -- FULL

 


 

Engine Company Operations

Engine Company Operations I

This 3-day course is pure Engine Company Operations. A morning lecture identifies fireground engine company operations, including riding positions and assignments, water supply, stretching and operating the first line, the backup line, and when to use the 2-1/2 inch line. Hands on skill stations are conducted, under increasingly realistic conditions, to build solid engine company skills. Day 3 is all scenario-based under live fire conditions, performing as members of an engine company.

Note: This course is run simultaneously with the Truck Company Operations I course -- providing realistic fireground working conditions and communication challenges between crews.

Registration Fee: Members: $750.00 / Non-Members: $900.00 

Dates: 

May 15-17, 2017 -- FULL

August 28-30, 2017 -- FULL

November 13-15, 2017 -- FULL

 


 

Engine Company Operations II

Pre-requisite: Engine Company Operations I or equivalent.

This 3-day couse takes your engine company skills and puts them to the test under realistic fireground conditions. Live fire scenarios are conducted throughout the class, using different building types, to allow students to practice and refine both their engine company skills and their fireground decision making. Note: This course runs simultaneously with the Truck Company Operations II course.

Note: This course is run simultaneously with the Truck Company Operations II course.

Registration Fee: Members: $750.00 / Non-Members: $900.00 

Dates: 

May 18-20, 2017 -- FULL

 


 

Engine Company Operations III

This course expands on Engine Company Operations I & II and focuses on sustained engine company operations on the fireground. The course relies heavily on scenario-based learning to present additional engine company skills likely to be used on the fireground. Engine company strategy and tactics, based on individual building types, are identified and explained. Live fire skill stations are utilized to develop both physical and mental conditioning and skills needed to operate as engine company members on the fireground. Scenarios involve multiple building types. This course runs simultaneous with the Truck Company Operations III course.

Note: This course is run simultaneously with the Truck Company Operations III and Fireground Command courses.

Registration Fee: Members: $750.00 / Non-Members: $900.00 

Dates: 

Not scheduled in 2017

 


 

Truck Company Operations

 

Truck Company Operations I

This 3-day course is pure Truck Company Operations. A morning lecture identifies fireground truck company operations, including riding positions and assignments, search, ventilation, tools, and the inside/outside team concept. Hands on skill stations are conducted, under increasingly realistic conditions, to build solid truck company skills. Day 3 is all scenario-based under live fire conditions, performing as members of a truck company.

Note: This course is run simultaneously with the Engine Company Operations I course -- providing realistic fireground working conditions and communication challenges between crews.

Registration Fee: Members: $750.00 / Non-Members: $900.00 

Dates: 

May 15-17, 2017 -- FULL

August 28-30, 2017 -- FULL

November 13-15, 2017 -- FULL

 

 


Truck Company Operations II

Pre-requisite: Truck Company Operations I or equivalent.

This 3-day couse takes your truck company skills and puts them to the test under realistic fireground conditions. Live fire scenarios are conducted throughout the class, using different building types, to allow students to practice and refine both their truck company skills and their fireground decision making. Note: This course runs simultaneously with the Engine Company Operations II course.

Note: This course is run simultaneously with the Engine Company Operations II course.

Registration Fee: Members: $750.00 / Non-Members: $900.00 

Dates: 

May 18-20, 2017 -- Register Now: Members: $750.00    /   Non-Members: $900.00

 


Truck Company Operations III

This course expands on Truck Company Operations I & II and focuses on sustained truck company operations on the fireground. The course relies heavily on scenario-based learning to present additional truck company skills likely to be used on the fireground. Truck company strategy and tactics, based on individual building types, are identified and explained. Live fire skill stations are utilized to develop both physical and mental conditioning skills needed to operate as truck company members on the fireground. Scenarios involve multiple building types. This course is run simultaneous with the Engine Company Operations III course.

Note: This course is run simultaneously with the Engine Company Operations III and Fireground Command courses.

Registration Fee: Members: $750.00 / Non-Members: $900.00 

Dates: 

Not scheduled in 2017

 


Rescue Company Operations I

 

Rescue Company Operations I

This ALL-NEW course offering from FDTN is designed for members operating on fireground-based rescue companies or those members tasked with critical fireground operations during escalating incidents.

The Fire Department Training Network's Rescue Company Operations I course is designed for fireground-based Rescue Companies! The program focuses on critical fireground operations including: Forcible Entry, Search Operations, Line Placement and Advancement in extreme conditions, Fireground Collapse, Firefighter Rescue, and Rapid Intervention Team Operations. More information to follow!

Registration Fee: Members: $750.00 / Non-Members: $900.00 

Dates: 

October 9-11, 2017 -- FULL

 



Rapid Intervention Teams

 

Fireground Survival & Rapid Intervention Teams

THIS COURSE IS A MUST HAVE FOR ALL FIREFIGHTERS! Rapid intervention begins with PREVENTION.

The Fire Department Training Network's Fireground Survival & Rapid Intervention Teams course is the most comprehensive course available for developing, training, and implementing rapid intervention teams. The program is made up of three modules: Firefighter Survival, Firefighter Rescue, and Rapid Intervention Team Operations. The program, and associated curriculm, exceeds all aspects as outlined in NFPA 1407 Standard for Training Rapid Intervention Crews.

This course teaches rapid intervention skills in 3 stages: Firefighter Survival, Firefighter Rescue, and Rapid Intervention Team Operations. Day one is spent building prevention skills into each firefighter (and preparing them to be members of a RIT). Skills include: SCBA emergencies, MAYDAY, disorientation emergencies and emergency escape techniques. Day two is spent learning the individual techniques and skills involved in firefighter rescue. Skills include: Emergency air supply, searching for a firefighter, assessing and packaging a firefighter, drags and carries, ladder rescues, rescues from entanglements, breaches, below grade and restricted areas. Day three details the positions, assignments, and fireground operations (proactive tasks, tool use, staging, and more) of a rapid intervention team. Skills include: performing as RIT officer, navigation/air supply, search and packaging firefighter assigned to a RIT. Day three scenarios combine all skills learned, under realistic fireground conditions, while operating as a RIT in response to a fireground MAYDAY.

Registration Fee: Members: $750.00 / Non-Members: $900.00 

Dates: 

June 5-7, 2017 -- Register Now: Members: $750.00    /   Non-Members: $900.00

 


Commanding RIT Operations

Pre-requisite: Engine Company Operations I or equivalent.

This 1-day course covers the basics of commanding rapid intervention team operations. After a morning lecture on RIT, students will Command multiple incidents acting as the IC or Rescue Sector during actual RIT deployment operations.

Course covers: RIT staffing, member assignments and responsibilities, the role of the RIT officer, RIT tools, proactive fireground tasks, commanding fireground mayday operations, the need for ongoing RIT training for firefighters and Command, and more.

Registration Fee: Members: $250.00 / Non-Members: $350.00 

Dates:

June 7, 2017 -- FULL

 


2017RITFireground Survival & Rapid Intervention Teams
Train-the-Trainer

The Fire Department Training Network's Fireground Survival & Rapid Intervention Teams Train-the-Trainer Course is the most comprehensive RIT training program and curriculum available. The course provides departments with a comprehensive, step-by-step, instructional program for developing, training, and implementing a fire department RIT program. The program, and associated curriculm, exceeds all aspects as outlined in NFPA 1407 Standard for Training Rapid Intervention Crews.

This 40-hour Train-the-Trainer course prepares you to deliver FDTN's highly-successful 3-day Fireground Survival and Rapid Intervention Teams training program.

Students who successfully complete all written and practical components of this intense Train-the-Trainer program will receive FDTN's Fireground Survival and Rapid Intervention Teams training curriculum package. The training package covers:

  • Firefighter Survival
  • Firefighter Rescue
  • Rapid Intervention Team Operations

The Train-the-Trainer program consist of classroom and hands-on training, as well as student-lead teaching components.

Successful completion will allow the Trainers to return to their individual departments with a complete training program that can be delivered to its members. By implementing the program outlined in the Fire Department Training Network's Fireground Survival and Rapid Intervention Teams Instructor Manual and using Fireground Survival Student Kits (includes student manuals, student tests, and student certificate), trainers will be able to deliver this program to all department personnel.

The program also provides your department with the flexibility to present the material in modules (The program can be taught as a 3-day course or broken into individual components.). This provides the option of integrating it into the department's normal work schedule.

Pre-requisite Documents:

  • NFPA Instructor I or equivalent
  • Sponsorship letter from fire department or affiliated training center

 

Registration Fee: Members: $1,175.00 / Non-Members: $1,295.00 

Dates: 

June 5-8, 2017 -- Register Now: Members: $1,175.00    /   Non-Members: $1,295.00

 


 

Fireground Command

 

Fireground Command

Commanding fires on the fireground isn't something that can be taught from a book! This 3-day course is designed for anyone who is faced with running a fireground. The course incorporates building construction, size-up, managing fireground resources, establishing and maintaining a fireground presence, communication, terminology, safety, accountability and more. Hands-on components build and test your skills under realistic, live-fire, conditions—real fires, real companies, real problems.

Note: This course is run simultaneously with the Engine Company Operations II and Truck Company Operations II courses -- providing realistic fireground working conditions and communication challenges.

Registration Fee: Members: $750.00 / Non-Members: $900.00 

Dates: 

Not currently scheduled in 2017 –– check back for possible addition of dates.

 


 

 

Fireground Company Officer

 

2016 OfficerFireground Company Officer

This is a fireground-based company officer course designed around Common Sense and Solid Fireground Skills! The course is for company officers and those firefighters on their way to becoming a company officer.

This course was developed to build a solid and functional fireground officer -- both on the fireground and back at the firehouse. Skills will focus on communication, team building, problem solving (through prevention), training, fireground officer skills and performance, the engine company officer, the truck company officer, the station officer, and Basic Common Sense.

FDTN's Fireground Company Officer not a textbook-type, sit-on-your-butt, course! This course builds and improves company officer skills through hard work and performance. It takes a lot more than being a good firefighter to be a good company officer. Do you have what it takes?

Registration Fee: Members: $1,175.00 / Non-Members: $1,295.00 

Dates: 

June 19-22, 2017 -- Register Now: Members: $1,175.00    /   Non-Members: $1,295.00

 

 


 

Designing Training Props

 

2016 DSGNDesigning, Constructing, & Operating
Container-Based Training Props

FDTN is known for its creative and functional use of shipping containers to provide some of the most realistic fireground training available. FDTN's National Training Academy currently operates 12 fully-functional container-based training props capable of creating both simulated and realistic fireground conditions for firefighters to practice and learn the skills needed during actual fireground operations.

This training course is designed to assist departments who are ready to take their training to the next level by creating and operating container-based training props.

Registration Fee: Members: $1,495.00 / Non-Members: $1,795.00

Dates: 

April 23-25, 2017 -- Register Now: Members: $1,495.00    /    Non-Members: $1,795.00

August 28-30, 2017 -- Register Now: Members: $1,495.00    /    Non-Members: $1,795.00

November 13-15, 2017 -- Register Now: Members: $1,495.00    /   Non-Members: $1,795.00

 


 

What to bring when coming to FDTN's Academy

What to bring:

  • Full set of turnout gear

  • SCBA
  • Spare SCBA cylinder
  • It has become increasing difficult to fly with SCBA cylinders. We would suggest, if you are not driving, that you contact us and arrange for ground shipping of the cylinders. We can accept shipment via most ground services (UPS, FED-EX, etc.) and will be able to work with you to facilitate shipping them back.

 

 

Hotel Reservations when attending FDTN's Academy

FDTN's Academy is located at 8520 N 850 W, Fairland, IN 46126. 

The closest airport is the Indianapolis International Airport and is approximately 20 miles from the facility. Rental cars are available at this location. There are a number of Hotels located in the Indianapolis area.

This year we will be using the Hampton Inn South, located at 7045 McFarland Boulevard in Indianapolis, IN 46237. There are a number of places to eat in the immediate area of the hotel. For hotel reservation FDTN uses Preferred Convention Services. You can register online by following the links below or contact PCS for assistance at 1-888-763-7236.

For online hotel reservations follow the links below:

********** ONCE AGAIN THE HAMPTON INN SOUTH IS THE HOST HOTEL FOR FDTN'S 2017 CLASSES ************

APRIL 2017

Spring Live-Fire Training Camp — April 23-25, 2017

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Designing, Construction & Operations Container-Based Training Props — April 23-25, 2017

 

MAY 2017

Engine Company Operations I — May 15-17, 2017

Truck Company Operations I — May 15-17, 2017

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Engine Company Operations II — May 18-20, 2017

Truck Company Operations II — May 18-20, 2017

 

JUNE 2017

Fireground Survival & Rapid Intervention Teams – June 5-7, 2017

Commanding Rapid Intervention Teams – June 7, 2017

Fireground Survival & Rapid Intervention Teams Train-the-Trainer – June 5-8, 2017

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Fireground Company Officer – June 19-22, 2017

 

JULY 2017

Fireground Training Officer — July 17-20, 2017

 

AUGUST 2017

Engine Company Operations I — August 28-30, 2017

Truck Company Operations I — August 28-30, 2017

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Designing, Construction & Operations Container-Based Training Props — August 28-30, 2017

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

FIRE COMBAT – September 18-21, 2017

 

OCTOBER 2017

Rescue Company Operations I — October 9-11, 2017

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Fall Live-Fire Training Camp — October 30-November 1, 2017

 

NOVEMBER 2017

Engine Company Operations I — November 13-15, 2017

Truck Company Operations I — November 13-15, 2017

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Designing, Construction & Operations Container-Based Training Props — November 13-15, 2017

 


 

FDTN Course Cancellation Policy

FDTN's Course Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing and sent to FDTN, P.O. Box 1852, Indianapolis, IN 46206 (FAX 317-862-9685). Cancellations received in excess of 45 days prior to start of event will be issued a full refund; Cancellation received from 31 and 45 days prior to start of event will be refunded 75% of the registration fee; Cancellations received between 22 and 30 days prior to start of event will be refunded 50% of the registration fee; Cancellations received within 21 days of event start date are non-refundable. Name changes are permitted with no charge up to the start of the event.

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