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 North Texas Fire Academy

495 National Rockwall, Texas 75032

972-772-3473

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Company Profile

Mission Statement

We are a professional fire and Industrial training academy certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection since 1998. We encourage our team member’s growth through personal and professional development to enhance sustained growth of our company. We engage in active partnerships with our clients to provide up to date training according to National Fire Protection Association Standards and International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.

North Texas Fire Academy (NTFA) is dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers by providing programs of highest quality. NTFA objective and goals: (1) to provide training programs designed to develop the basic and advanced skills necessary for students to be more effective members of the fire service and society; (2) to provide the best instruction and training possible in all areas of the fire and medical service; (3) to serve the public at large providing education, training and consulting services; and to provide a means for firefighters to demonstrate their ability to meet professional qualification standards.

 

Our History

North Texas Fire Academy started conducting local academy classes in 1998, based on the vision of delivering fire and medical training to the fire service and industry customers. The vision of the owner was to deliver quality training and cost effective prices. With this vision North Texas Fire Academy has grown to “A Small Academy Training Worldwide.” We have students from United States, Canada and Saudi Arabia. North Texas Fire Academy has expanded to the Gulf Region due to the excellent response from the Petrochemical Industry.

North Texas Fire Academy’s relationship with Saudi Arabian Fire Chiefs, began when a Chief from the petrochemical industry attended a Fire Officer III and IV class in Garland, Texas. The Chief and a staff member developed a professional and close relationship together which lead to the Chief requesting North Texas Fire Academy staff to conduct training in Jubail, Industrial City, KSA. The first courses were conducted in August and September 2011. The courses were Hazardous Materials 1 & 2 and Rescue I & II. The 40 hour course led to additional courses being taught at the Jubail facility. Since the first class, word traveled fast among the Fire Chiefs and approximately 25 Fire Chiefs have attended courses at our facility in Rockwall, Texas. As our relations with the Saudi Arabian Companies grew, our instructors and courses were evaluated by Saudi Arabian Companies in Yanbu. North Texas Fire Academy in the last year has conducted numerous Hazardous Materials, Confined Space and NFPA 1081 Fire Brigade Interior and Exterior Firefighting Classes. With the success of our relationships with Saudi Arabian Fire Chiefs we are planning expansion into the Gulf Region area.

Courses delivered by North Texas Fire Academy instructors are National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) approved curriculum and are delivered on-site and cost effective.

North Texas Fire Academy prior to training conducts an assessment of your facilities response capabilities which includes equipment, response plans, and Standard Operating Procedures. We customize your training goals to your response capabilities. This planning results in a more effective and efficient Emergency Response Team.

 

Our Core Values

North Texas Fire Academy instructors have established the following core values using one word with a description of what each word means to them. NTFA has made these the backbone of our philosophy.

·       Safety -“Operate in a safe, but timely manner; never work in conditions you deem as unsafe. “For yourself, your team and your customer.”

·       Respect –“For team members, customer concerns, and the tools and equipment involved in the task at hand”

·       Integrity – “Values must be demonstrated in the way you act and the way you insist others behave.” “NTFA has integrity, no team member or customer can compromise it.”

·       Pride – “Pride in work and general company ethics.” Professionalism that I feel good about my instruction rendered …to meet or exceed National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

·       Knowledge – “Commencing to enhancing job knowledge.” “NTFA team members are the professionals in this field. We are not afraid of doing advanced research to complete a job correctly.

·       Initiative – “A workforce ready, willing and able to meet new challenges… all members pull together for the good of our customers and our academy.”

·       Innovation – Learn to adapt to change within the fire service, work with it, not against it, if the academy grows there must come changes.” “Look for new opportunities… don’t become stagnant.”

Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of Certified Fire personnel who are among the finest in the Industry. Our low employment turnover (none since 1998) ensures that you will have a relationship with NTFA throughout you career.

 


Our Clients


Fire Departments

Fire Brigades    

Emergency Response Teams

Emergency Medical Systems

Air Transportation Facilities

Warehouses and Material Distribution

Power Generation Facilities

Correctional Facilities

Manufacturing Facilities

Oil and Gas Industry

Colleges and Universities

Medical Complexes

Lumber Mills

Oil Fields

 

Course Offerings


Texas Commission on Fire Protection Courses


Basic Fire Suppression 100

Firefighter I (Includes Skills) 112

Firefighter II (Includes Skills) 113

Driver-Operator – Pumper 165

Fire Officer I 166

Fire Officer II 167

Fire Officer III

Fire Officer IV

Hazardous Materials 200

Hazardous Materials Awareness (includes skills) 204

Hazardous Materials (includes skills) 205

Basic Fire Inspector Plan Review  440

Inspector I (Includes Skills) 448

Inspector II (includes skills) 449

Plans Examiner I w/o Inspector I& II 450

Plans Examiner I with Inspector I & II 452

Fire Inspector I & II (Phase I) 453

Fire Inspector I & II (Phase II) 454

Plans Examiner I (Phase III) 455

Fire Investigator 500

Fire Investigator I (Phase I) 520

Fire Investigator II (Phase II) 521

Fire Investigator Completer (Phase III) 522

Fire Instructor I 621

Fire Instructor II 622

Fire Instructor III 623


 

Medical Courses


Emergency Responder

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

CE- Emergency Medical Technician – Basic

Hospital Incident Command

EMS for HAZMAT

Decontamination Training

 


 

 

 

Industrial Courses


NFPA 1081 Fire Brigade Exterior Firefighting Training

NFPA 1081 Fire Brigade Interior Firefighting Training

Hazardous Materials I

Hazardous Materials II

HAZWOPER

Tank Farm Fire Fires and Foam Application

Confined Space Rescue Technician

Confined Space Refresher

Rope Rescue I Technician

Rope Rescue II Technician

Incident Command and NIMS Training

Fire Officer I

Fire Officer II

Fire Officer III

Fire Officer IV

Emergency Operations Center Training


 

Consulting Services

 

North Texas Fire Academy provides, Fire and Emergency Management consulting services for Fire Service, Emergency Medical Services, Hospitals, Petrochemical Industry, Oil and Gas Industry, and Refineries.

Our consulting services are used by Fortune 500 companies, local, state, and federal government, private business and insurance companies around the world.

 

 


 

 

 


Curriculum Vitae

Michael C. Simmons

North Texas Fire Academy

495 National Dr.

Rockwall, Texas 75032

(972) 772-3473

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Education

University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Bachelor of Science, Emergency Management

 

Texas A&M Commerce, Commerce, Texas

Master of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Certifications

 

Certified Fire Investigator-IAAI

Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator-NAFI (2012)

TCFP-Master Arson Investigator (2004)

Certified Emergency Manger- IAEM-(2010-2015)

Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)-Master Firefighter   (1989)

            TCFP-Level III Instructor (2000)

            TCFP-Hazardous Materials Technician-NFPA Pro-Board Certified (2004)

            TCFP-Master Fire Inspector (2002)

TCFP Plan Reviewer

            TCFP Driver-Operator   (2009)

            TCFP Fire Officer I (20012) 

Texas-Basic Emergency Medical Technician-B (1979)

Texas-Basic EMT Coordinator

            TCLEOSE-Master Peace Officer (2003)

            Texas DPS-Private Investigator

 

Membership

Member National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)

            Member International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)

Professional Experience

Dallas County Fire Marshal’s Office                                    Dallas County

Deputy Fire Marshal                                                  (2008-Present)

Bell County Fire Marshal’s Office                                        2004-2006

            Assistant Fire Marshal

Professional Fire Fighter Since 1979

Garland, Dallas, Rowlett, Trophy Club

Owner             North Texas Fire Academy                            Rockwall, TX

                        Texas Commission on Fire Protection Approved Training Facility  

Owner             Simmons & Associates of Texas Fire Investigations

                        Private Investigations

 

Professional Development

2012    Denton County Fire Marshal’s Conference                       Denton, TX

2012    National Association of Fire Investigators Conference      St.Louis, Mo

2011    Central Texas Association of Arson Investigators             Schertz, Tx.

2003    Eastfield College Police Academy                                     Mesquite, TX       1060 Hours

1982    Dallas Fire Academy-Recruit School                                              Dallas, TX             468 Hours

1979     Garland Fire Academy- Recruit School                             Garland, TX           476 Hours


 

North Texas Fire Academy is a Certified Fire Training Facility by the Texas Commission of Fire Protection

 

RULE §427.1

Minimum Standards for Certified Training Facilities for Fire Protection Personnel

 


(a) An on-site training facility must be certified by the commission in each discipline with a commission approved curriculum for which the facility provides accredited training for fire protection personnel certification. An on-site training facility is where instructors and students are in immediate proximity and where content is instructed primarily in classrooms, at demonstration projects, in fire simulation structures, on fire apparatus, or at training sites in the field under direct supervision of the training facility instructors.

(b) A certified on-site training facility may be approved to instruct in any one or all of the fire protection personnel curricula. Minimum requirements for each curriculum must be met to receive certification.

(c) Minimum requirements for certification as a certified on-site training facility shall include facilities, apparatus, equipment, reference materials, standard operating procedures, instructors, and records to support a quality education and training program. The resources must provide for classroom instruction, demonstrations, and practical exercises for the trainees to develop the knowledge and skills required for fire protection personnel certification.

(d) The on-site facilities and training shall be performance oriented, when required. Practical performance training with maximum participation by trainees shall be an integral part of the training program. The evaluation process for each phase of training will emphasize, as required, performance testing to determine if the trainee has acquired the knowledge and skills to achieve the required level of competency as required by the respective curriculum.

(e) It must be clearly understood that the minimum standard for training facilities is applicable only as the title implies and does not address the additional training facility resources which are required for the continuing in-service training essential to the development and maintenance of a well-coordinated and effective fire service organization.

(f) An organization, installation, or facility must submit a written application for certification as a certified on-site training facility to the commission. Such application will include descriptions and addresses of physical facilities together with inventory of apparatus, equipment, and reference material to be utilized in conducting the basic curriculum as specified by the commission. It is not required that the equipment be owned by, permanently assigned to, nor kept at a training facility, but must be readily available for instructional purposes. A training facility must submit a letter of commitment with the original training facility certification application authorizing the use of resources not controlled by the training facility from the provider of said resources. A copy of the letters of commitment must be maintained on-site and be available for review. Photographs of resources annotated to reflect their identity must be included with the application. When seeking training approvals, the facility shall certify that the resources are provided in accordance with this chapter.

(g) The academy coordinator will:

  (1) attest to the fact that the training meets the competencies in the applicable commission curriculum and/or NFPA Standards; and

  (2) submit a testing schedule for all required academy skills.

 


 

RULE §427.3

Facilities

 


The following minimum resources, applicable to the curricula, are required for certification as a certified on-site training facility. These facilities may be combined or separated utilizing one or more structures. In either event the facilities must be available and used by the instructor and trainees.

  (1) A training tower equivalent to two or more stories in height. The term "training tower" as used in these standards is a structure suitable for training in the practical application of required ladder, rescue, hose and rope skills training.

  (2) A facility for classroom instruction and testing shall have seating capacity for anticipated trainees. The facility must be conducive for an effective learning environment including environmental comfort for instructors and students, physical requirements needed for good seeing and hearing, adequate lighting, and free of outside distractions.

  (3) An area for practical application of principles and procedures of fire fighting, hose loading, pumper operation, to include friction loss, nozzle reaction, fire stream patterns, and GPM discharge utilizing various layouts for hand lines and/or master stream appliances.

  (4) An enclosed area or room for use in practical training with self-contained breathing apparatus. This may be a smoke and fire room or enclosed area which can be charged with smoke-producing devices to provide a realistic training environment.

  (5) A structure suitable for interior live fire training and meeting the requirements of the basic curriculum pertaining to the particular discipline(s) which the training facility is approved to teach, shall be available for use by the instructors to teach interior live fire training.

  (6) Facilities to conduct exterior live fire training as required by the basic curriculum pertaining to the particular discipline(s) which the training facility is approved to teach, shall be available for use by the instructors to teach exterior live fire training.

  (7) If performance or driving skills are part of the curriculum, suitable area(s) for practicing required skills, demonstration of skills, and performance testing must be available


 

 

RULE §427.19

General Information

 


(a) All Texas certified training facilities shall meet these minimum requirements. No training credit will be recognized from a Texas training facility that has not been certified by the Commission, unless the program has been approved by the Commission as being equivalent. The Commission shall take action on an application for certification of a training facility within 30 days from receipt.

(b) Certified training facilities shall conduct all training in a controlled and safe manner so that trainees are not subjected to unnecessary risks. Texas Government Code, §419.032(c) provides that fire protection personnel must complete a Commission-approved training course in fire suppression before being assigned to fire suppression duties. In addition, certified training facilities, whether operated by a fire department or other governmental or private training facility, shall not put trainees at risk by requiring or allowing a trainee to perform the duties of fire protection personnel at actual uncontrolled emergency situations such as, but not limited to, structure fires, aircraft fires, wildland fires, hazardous materials incidents or dangerous rescue situations.

(c) A certified training facility may transport trainees to the site of an actual emergency for training purposes only if the following requirements are strictly adhered to:

  (1) the trainees are kept in a group under the direct supervision of qualified instructors to maintain accountability and ensure their safety;

  (2) the trainees are kept outside of the emergency operations area; and

  (3) the trainees' activities are restricted to observation only and trainees are not allowed to participate in emergency operations.

(d) Certified training facilities are subject to inspection by the Commission at any time during regular business hours.

(e) In order to retain the certification as a certified training facility, schools desiring to make substantial changes in the facility or other conditions under which the school was approved shall coordinate such plans with the Commission.

(f) The Commission shall be notified, in writing, within 14 days of any change from the original status under which the certification was issued.

(g) The Commission may revoke, suspend, and/or probate the certification of a training facility when the Commission determines that the training facility:

  (1) fails to provide the quality of training for which the facility was approved; or

  (2) fails to comply with Commission rules and/or these minimum standards; or

  (3) fails to submit required reports in a timely manner or submits false reports to the Commission; or

  (4) fails to meet at least a 70-percent student pass rate on the state certification examination per course.


 

 

Gulf Region Emergency Response Team Training Courses

 NFPA 1081 Industrial Exterior Fire Brigade Training

40.00 Hours

Related Courses

·        NFPA 1081 Industrial Exterior Fire Brigade Training

·        NFPA 1081 Leadership Training

Description

This course is designed to meet the objectives outlined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1081 Standard for Industrial Fire Brigade Member Professional Qualifications (2012 Edition)” Chapters 5 and 6.

 

This course will provide your new brigade members, as well as existing emergency response personnel with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that may be used to safely resolve emergencies involving exterior fire at an industrial facility. All of this is accomplished through a combination of classroom presentations and field exercises.

 Topics

·        Introduction to fire brigades

·        Firefighter Safety/personnel protection

·        Applications equipment (PPE)

·        Fire Streams and appliances

·        Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)

·        Dry chemical agents and applications

·        Pre-emergency planning

·        Strategies and tactics

·        Incident command (overview)

·        Fire behavior

·        Fundamentals of firefighting

·        Rescue procedures

·        Salvage and overhaul operations

·        Fundamentals of ventilation

·        Plant fire prevention

NFPA 1081 Industrial Interior Firefighting Training

40.00 Hours

Related Courses

·        NFPA 1081 Industrial Interior Firefighting Training

·        NFPA 1081 Leadership Training

Description

This course is designed to meet the objectives outlined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1081 Standard for Industrial Fire Brigade Member Professional Qualifications (2012 Edition) Chapters 5 and 7.

This course will provide your new brigade members, as well as existing emergency response personnel with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that may be used to safely resolve emergencies involving interior fire at an industrial facility. All of this is accomplished through a combination of classroom presentations and field exercises.

 

Topics

·        Introduction to fire brigades

·        Firefighter safety/personnel protection

·        Applications equipment (PPE)

·        Fire Streams and appliances

·        Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)

·        Dry chemical agents and applications

·        Pre-emergency planning

·        Strategies and tactics

·        Incident command (overview)

·        Fire behavior

·        Fundamentals of firefighting

·        Rescue procedures

·        Salvage and overhaul operations

·        Fundamentals of ventilation

·        Plant fire prevention

If you are attending this course as part of Annual Fire Training School, taught each March and July, you need to be aware of the following additional information.

 

 

Incident Command for Industrial Brigades

40.00 Hours

Related Courses

·        Incident Command for Industrial Brigades

Description

This course will train you to use the Incident Command System (ICS)/National Incident Management System (NIMS) to manage emergency incidents, increase responder safety and more effectively use available resources. You will learn how the incident command structure is formed and used at industrial emergency scenes.

 

Topics

·        History and regulatory overview

·        Importance of the emergency response plan

·        Incident Command System

·        NIMS

·        Preplanning

·        Site Command

·        Safe work practices, PPE

·        Terminating emergency incidents


 

Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Pumper Training

40.00 Hours

Related Courses

Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Aerial Training

Description

This course is two and one-half days of classroom and hands-on activities designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate pumping apparatus in the industrial environment.

 

Classroom topics include driving safety, pump operations theory, hydraulics, and tactics. Field exercises cover basic pump operations, drafting, relay pumping, and other water supply/attack activities.

 

Topics

·        Types of fire apparatus

·        Fire pump theory

·        Fire ground hydraulics

·        Apparatus familiarization

·        Driving safety

·        Drafting operations

·        Relay pumping

·        Hydrant operations

·        Parallel pumping


 

Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Aerial Training

40.00 Hours

Related Courses

·        Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Pumper Training

Description

This course is two and one-half days (20 hours) of classroom and hands-on activities and is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate aerial pumper apparatus in the industrial environment.

Classroom topics include driving safety, pump operations theory, hydraulics, and tactics.

Field exercises cover basic pump operations, drafting, relay pumping and other water supply/attack activities.

Topics

·        Operating aerial apparatus

·        Strategies and tactics

·        Stabilizing aerial apparatus

·        Pumper/aerial combined operations

·        Types of fire apparatus

·        Fire pump theory

·        Fire ground hydraulics

·        Apparatus familiarization

·        Driving safety

·        Drafting operations

·        Relay pumping

·        Hydrant operations

·        Parallel pumping


 

Incident Safety Officer (NFPA 1521) Training

24.00 Hours

Related Courses

NFPA 1081 Leadership Training

Incident Command for Industrial Brigades

Description

The course provides you with a solid foundation and knowledge to identify and analyze safety concerns and to communicate recommended solutions to the command authority. The class focuses on industrial emergency scene operations using the Incident Command System (ICS). You will gain confidence in your ability to handle a variety of emergency situations through classroom exercises, including building an incident safety plan.

 Topics

·        Introduction and Overview of the Incident Safety Officer

·        Role of the Incident Safety Officer

·        Regulations, Standards and Policies

·        Creating an Incident Safety Plan

·        Record Keeping and Documentation

·        Risk Management

·        Incident Considerations: Communications and Monitoring

·        Communicating Within the ICS


 

NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I Training

40.00 Hours

Related Courses

·        Fire Instructor II (NFPA 1041)

·        Fire Instructor III (NFPA 1041)

Description

This course is designed to meet the needs of entry-level fire and emergency service instructors. The course meets or exceeds the job performance requirements in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, Chapter 4. The target audience for this course includes the Department of Defense (DoD), Industrial Brigade, and/or Municipal personnel.

Topics

·        Overview of instructor and student profiles

·        Introduction to learning theories

·        Use of instructional materials and media

·        Maintaining student records and reports

·        Techniques to communicate effectively

·        Arranging the learning environment

·        Overview of legal considerations of education

·        Group activities and individual presentations


 

Fire Instructor II (NFPA 1041)

40.00 Hours

Related Courses

·        NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I Training

·        Fire Instructor III (NFPA 1041)

Description

This course is designed to meet the needs of the intermediate-level fire instructor. The course meets or exceeds the job performance requirements in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1041, Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, Chapter 5. The Fire Instructor II course is designed around classroom lectures and exercises.

 

Prerequisite

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

For Pro Board Certification Only

You are required to provide documentation of prerequisites for Fire Instructor I (NFPA 1041). The documentation you provide as proof of prerequisite must meet certain requirements.

Topics

·        Managing Instructional resources

·        Preparing lesson plans for specialized and advanced courses

·        Developing evaluation instruments

·        Developing topic specific instructional materials

·        Teaching methods and techniques


 

First Responder Awareness and Operations Training

24.00 Hours

·        NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Technician Training  

·        NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Incident Command Training  

Description

This course meets or exceeds the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents Chapter 4, “Competencies for Awareness-Level Personnel,” Chapter 5, “Core Competencies for Operations Level Responders,” Chapter 6.2, “Mission-Specific Competencies: Personal Protective Equipment,” and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 (q)(6)(i) and (q)(6)(ii) for Awareness and Operations-Level Personnel.

Topics

·        Analyze the incident

·        Detect the presence of Hazardous Materials (HazMat)/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

·        Survey a HazMat/WMD incident from a safe location

·        Initiate protective actions

·        Initiate the notification process

·        Collect hazard information from the current edition of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)

·        Determine scope of the problem

·        Determine potential outcomes

·        Plan a response

·        Capabilities of operations level personnel

·        Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/Identifying/Donning/Doffing/Working in/Hazards

·        Implement the response

·        Establish Control Zones/Emergency Decontamination/Communications

·        Implement protective actions

·        Perform operations level tasks

·        Evaluate Progress

·        Communicate Status


 

Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Technician Training

40.00 Hours

Related Courses

·        NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Transportation Specialist Training

Description

This course meets or exceeds the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents Chapter 4, “Competencies for Awareness-Level Personnel, Chapter 5, “Core Competencies for Operations-Level Responders,” and Chapter 7, “Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians,” and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 (q)(6)(i), (q)(6)(ii) and (q)(6)(iii) for Awareness-, Operations-, and Technician-level personnel.

This is a combined course of Awareness-, Operations-, and Technician-Level training.

 

Topics

·        Analyze the incident

·        Detect the presence of Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (HazMat/WMD)

·        Survey a HazMat/WMD incident from a safe location

·        Initiate protective actions

·        Initiate the notification process

·        Collect hazard information from the current edition of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Emergency Response Guidebook

·        Determine scope of the problem

·        Determine potential outcomes

·        Plan Response Operations

·        Capabilities of operations level Personnel

·        Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/Identifying/Donning/Doffing/Working in/Hazards

·        Implement the response Operations

·        Establish Control Zones/Emergency Decontamination/Communications

·        Implement protective actions

·        Perform operations level tasks

·        Evaluate Progress

·        Communicate Status

·        Analyze the incident Technician

·        Collect and Interpret hazard and response information

·        Determine scope of the problem

·        Describe type and extent of damage to containers

·        Predict the behavior of released materials and containers

·        Estimate the size of endangered area

·        Plan a Response

·        Describe response objectives and options

·        Select PPE for action options

·        Select Technical decontamination Process

·        Develop a site-safety plan

·        Implement the response Technician

·        Perform duties of Hazmat position within ICS

·        Don, Doff, and Work in Technician level PPE

·        Perform Offensive control options

·        Perform decon functions

·        Evaluate effectiveness of control functions

·        Evaluate effectiveness of decon

·        Terminating the Incident Technician

·        Incident Debrief and Critique

·        Reports and documentation


 

Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher Training

8.00 Hours

·        Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher Training

·        Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher Training

·        Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher Training

Description

This course is designed to meet or exceed Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 (q)(8)(i) annual refresher training requirements. This course involves both classroom and field activities.


 

NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I

45.00 Hours

This course is designed for the first-line company officer/supervisor. The Fire Officer I course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1021), Chapter 4

 

It is designed around classroom lectures and group exercises to improve your abilities to manage a single fire company. This includes responsibilities such as the development of an Incident Action Plan (IAP), personnel management and mentoring, and community relations.

 

Topics

·        Role of the Fire Officer

·        Public Relations

·        Recognizing & Managing Cultural Diversity

·        Safety & Wellness of Fire Personnel

·        Management within Organizational Structure

·        Community Awareness

·        Building Construction

·        Incident Command System (ICS)

·        Fire Officer Responsibilities in Compliance & Accountability

·        Fire Safety Education

·        Functional Leadership

·        Fire Cause Determination

·        Problem Solving

·        Performance Appraisals

·        Effective Communication Skills

·        Strategy & Tactics

 


 

NFPA 1021 Fire Officer II

45.00 Hours

Description

This course is designed to meet the needs of the mid-level officer/supervisor. The Fire Officer II course satisfies the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021, Chapter 5.

 

It is designed around classroom lectures and group interactive exercises to improve your abilities to manage multiple fire companies. This includes responsibilities such as strategic planning and operations, personnel development, and organizational communications.

Topics

·        Budgetary process

·        Fire safety inspection

·        Health and safety

·        Human resource management

·        Information management systems

·        Managing affirmative action

·        Organizational communication

·        Public fire education

·        Specialized fire protection equipment

·        Strategic Planning

·        Superior and subordinate interaction

·        Working with government agencies


 

NFPA 1021 Fire Officer III/IV Combination

80.00 Hours

Description

This course meets the needs of fire executive management. The Fire Officer III/IV combination course satisfies the requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021, Chapters 6 and 7.

 

The course is designed around classroom lectures and group interactive exercises to improve your abilities to manage a fire service organization. The course emphasizes community/government relations, model planning, budgeting, human resources, trends and support organizations, and emergency service delivery. The course includes a written project that requires you to develop a strategic plan.

 

  Topics

·        Introduction & Orientation

·        Community/Government Relations

·        Model & Long-range Planning

·        Working with Budgets

·        Managing Personnel/Human Resources

·        Safety Programs/Risk Management

·        Trends & Support Organizations

·        Inspection & Investigation Programs

·        Soliciting & Awarding Bids

·        Emergency Services Delivery


 

Confined Space Rescue Training

40.00 Hours

Description

This course is designed to meet requirements for confined space rescue technician based on NFPA 1670, 1999 edition.

Prerequisite

There are no prerequisites for this class

Topics

·        • Participant's will have the ability to evaluate, manage, and perform a confined space rescue in accordance with NFPA 1670.


 

NFPA 1006 2008 Edition Confined Space Rescue Levels I & II Training

36.00 Hours

Related Courses

·        NFPA 1006 2008 Edition Rope Rescue Level I Training (RES004)

·        NFPA 1006 2008 Edition Rope Rescue Level II Training (RES007)

·        Rescue II Trench Rescue (ASP122)

Description

This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required for certification to Chapter 7, "Confined Space Rescue" as described in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications (2008 edition).

The course covers the areas of confined space rescue operations, utilizing appropriate equipment, methodologies, protocols, and patient and resource management techniques. Participants who successfully complete the course and pass the required written and skills test will receive a National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) certification.

The course also covers valuable information about confined-space entry related to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), NFPA, and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards and compliance issues. The curriculum meets and exceeds requirements for rescue training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146 "Permit Required Confined Spaces for General Industry."

Topics

·        Knot Tying

·        Patient Packaging

·        Hauling Systems

·        Lowering Systems

·        Applicable Federal Regulations

·        Confined Space Hazards

·        Atmospheric Monitoring

·        Hazard Control And Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

·        Confined Space Rescue Without Atmospheric Hazards

·        Confined Space Rescue with Atmospheric Hazards


 

Customized Incident Management Training

National Incident Management System-related training is one of the important elements that state, territorial, tribal and local entities must complete to become fully compliant with the NIMS. Jurisdictions must meet the requirements as a condition of receiving federal preparedness funding assistance.

It is important to recognize that NIMS implementation will not end in the current FY. NIMS is a dynamic system and the doctrine and implementation requirements will continue to evolve as our prevention, preparedness, response and recovery capabilities improve and our homeland security landscape changes. New personnel will need NIMS training and NIMS processes will have to be exercised in future years.

States, territories, tribes and local jurisdictions should consider and include appropriate organizations in their NIMS implementation efforts, including private sector emergency medical and hospital providers, transportation systems, utilities and special facilities such as industrial plants, nuclear power plants, factories, military facilities, stadiums and arenas.

NIMS/ICS Courses offered by North Texas Fire Academy

·        Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS-100), (FEMA)Training

·        Introduction to ICS, (ICS-100) / Basic ICS-200 Training

·        Incident Command System for Single Resources & Initial Action Incidents (ICS200) Training

·        Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS-300) Training

·        Advanced Incident Command System (ICS-400) Training

·        Incident Command System Summary for Executives (ICS 402) Training

·        Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) IS-700 (FEMA)


 

NFPA 1006 2008 Edition Rope Rescue Level I Training

40.00 Hours

Related Courses

·        NFPA 1006 2008 Edition Rope Rescue Level II Training (RES007)

·        NFPA 1006 2008 Edition Trench Rescue Levels I & II Training (RES020)

·        NFPA 1006 2008 Edition Confined Space Rescue Levels I & II Training (RES002)

 Description

This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to perform basic rope rescue operations utilizing appropriate equipment, methodologies, protocols, and patient and resource management techniques.

The course covers Chapter 6, "Rope Rescue" of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006, Standard For Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications (2008 edition), including the area of multipoint anchors, rappelling systems, and ascending systems.

  Topics

·        Size up

·        Site Operations

·        Rescue Equipment and Maintenance

·        Knot Tying

·        Medical Considerations in Search and Rescue Operations

·        Patient Packaging

·        Anchor Systems

·        Belay Systems

·        Lowering Systems

·        Lowering System Exercises

·        Hauling Systems

·        Low Angle Rescue

·        Rappelling Systems

·        Ascending Systems

 


 

NFPA 1006 2008 Edition Rope Rescue Level II Training

40.00 Hours

Resources

Related Courses

·        NFPA 1006 2008 Edition Confined Space Rescue Levels I & II Training (RES002)

Description

This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to receive certification for Chapter 6.2. "Rope Rescue Level II," as described in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications (2008 edition).

The course covers the areas of multipoint anchors, compound Mechanical Advantages (MA), highline systems, and pick-off systems.

Participants who successfully complete the course and pass the required written and skills test receive a National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) certification.

Prerequisite

The participant must submit the following course certification requirement on the first day of class to be eligible for participation:

·        Rope Rescue Level I (NFPA 1006)


 

Facility Crisis Emergency Management - EOC

This course provides a brief overview of large-scale emergency management EOC operational considerations and methodologies followed by multiple iterations of computer-driven large-scale simulated scenario exercises. The National Response Framework (NRF), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Target Capabilities Listing (TCL) and the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation (HSEEP) measures provide the instructional skeleton for the didactic facilitated discussions and the simulation scenario designs.

This course uses a multidisciplinary team approach and Socratic instruction methods focused on the EOC team and the critical decision-making requirements within that resource support node to provide practical application of the learning objectives. The practical application of learned knowledge and skills is applied using the simulation exercises and after action review discussions to ensure post course individual improvements. The course develops the processes of information management, coordination and incident command support in order to deliver the established training objectives.

The course exercises emergency management skills, staff roles and responsibilities, resource management, incident support and challenges of jurisdictional policy issues that are related to decision-making within the EOC. Using adult instructional methodologies, course facilitators will walk participants through the interaction of the EOC staff and jurisdiction policy group decisions in support of jurisdictional challenges. Each participant will be totally immersed into an “as real as possible” EOC training environment. This allows the participants to focus on and learn from operational activities within the EOC and to understand the planning processes. Over 70% of the course is hands-on computer-driven simulation training activities, designed to reinforce emergency management, multi-resource coordination, information and intelligence management, and decision-making skills during the simulated management of a jurisdictional response to a large-scale (expanding type 3) or catastrophic event.

The instructional team consists of trainers experienced in NIMS methodologies, emergency management and incident response. The course uses a multidiscipline, jurisdictional, team-building approach to accomplish the course objectives. During the exercises participants will work in various staff positions within the EOC.

Participants

This course is designed specifically for emergency management “EOC” members, who are in management, supervisory, executive and/or elected positions that may be required to perform an emergency management functions for a jurisdiction during a response to a large-scale event. The course is designed for a maximum of 50 participants – in a balanced representation of the following disciplines, service or agencies:

·        Fire Service

·        Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

·        Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) 

·        Law Enforcement 

·        Public Health 

·        Health Care 

·        Public Works 

·        Emergency Management 

·        Governmental Administration 

·        City, county, state, federal agency personnel 

·        Private/Corporate personnel involved with specific critical infrastructures deemed vital to national or state securities.


 

 IFSAC-International Fire Service Accreditation Congress

1.     What is IFSAC?

2.     What is accreditation?

3.     What is the commission's relationship with IFSAC?

4.     What is an IFSAC seal?

5.     What is the advantage of having an IFSAC seal?

6.     How do I obtain an IFSAC seal for which I qualify?


1.    What is IFSAC?

IFSAC is the acronym for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress, an organization that accredits international, national, or regional fire service certification programs, with emphasis on the certification testing process. IFSAC is a peer-driven organization that not only ensures compliance with IFSAC policy and procedures, but improves the quality of an entity's program. Specific information about the organization is available on the IFSAC website External link.

2.    What is accreditation?

When one or more of an entity's certification testing programs are accredited by IFSAC, it means that IFSAC has reviewed the processes and has verified that the program or programs meet a nationally recognized standard. IFSAC only accredits programs that are administered by a state's official certifying entity.

When determining if an organization's testing program is eligible for accreditation, IFSAC reviews:

o   The laws empowering the organization to administer the state's certification program.

o   The organization's policies relating to the certification testing programs.

o   Administrative aspects, including how the organization schedules and announces tests, how it notifies candidates of their scores, how it retains records and maintains test security, how it retests, how it distributes IFSAC seals, and other administrative issues.

o   The content of both written and practical exams to determine whether the tests adequately cover the adopted standards.

o   Questions on the written exam regarding validity and reliability, and to determine whether the test provides a fair evaluation of examinees' knowledge.

o   Skills on the practical exams to determine if they cover the appropriate standards, how the entity chooses which skills to test, how evaluators are trained and how they deliver instructions to examinees, and how the tests are graded.

3.    What is the commission's relationship with IFSAC?

The accredited entity in the State of Texas is the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. IFSAC has reviewed and accredited several of the commission's certification testing programs. The commission earned Fire Fighter I and Fire Fighter II accreditation for its basic structure fire protection program on May 3, 1997. Several additional programs have been added since then, with a total of 16 seals being offered as of January 2009. IFSAC re-examines accredited programs every five years. An IFSAC site team visited and assessed the commission in 2008, with all of the commission's programs receiving high marks and being approved for another five years.

In addition to state certification, the commission offers IFSAC seals in the following disciplines:

o   Fire Fighter I

o   Fire Fighter II

o   Hazardous Materials Awareness

o   Hazardous Materials Operations

o   Hazardous Materials Technician

o   Airport Fire Fighter

o   Driver/Operator – Pumper

o   Fire Instructor I

o   Fire Instructor II

o   Fire Instructor III

o   Fire Officer I

o   Fire Officer II

o   Fire Investigator

o   Fire Inspector I

o   Fire Inspector II

o   Plan Examiner I

These courses for IFSAC Certification must be taken at our academy in Rockwall, Texas

Specific requirements for each of the seals are included on the second page of TCFP-051, Application for IFSAC Seals Link to PDF file.

4.    What is an IFSAC seal?

When an individual demonstrates proficiency in a particular area by passing a certification examination and meeting any other requirements of the standard, the individual is eligible to obtain an IFSAC seal. Possession of an IFSAC seal demonstrates "reasonable assurance of the content and quality of the testing program offered by the entity" to other institutions and programs. It says that the individual has successfully met the requirements of the applicable NFPA standard.

5.    What is the advantage of having an IFSAC seal?

If, for instance, you move to another state that participates in IFSAC, that state may accept your IFSAC seal as proof of training to the level stated on the seal. Each jurisdiction establishes its own certification requirements. Other states may or may not recognize Texas state certification as proof of training, but states that participate in IFSAC are required to establish a reciprocity process for IFSAC seal holders. Some private fire protection providers are requiring their employees to hold IFSAC seals in various disciplines, particularly those organizations contracting to provide services at federal facilities.

Fire fighters who come to Texas from another IFSAC jurisdiction can use seals they have obtained as proof of training. For example, out-of-state applicants who document to the commission that they possess Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, HazMat Awareness and HazMat Operations seals are eligible to apply for Basic Structure Fire Protection state certification (assuming they have also completed the required minimum level of medical training).

6.    How do I obtain an IFSAC seal for which I qualify?

Complete TCFP-051, Application for IFSAC Seals Link to PDF fileand return it to the commission with the required fees and any additional documentation that may be needed for demonstrating qualification. The fee for each seal is $15. The commission will notify you by e-mail when it issues your seal, at which time you will be able to print the seal from your FIDO account.