Prerequisite: Student must be a member in good standing of community volunteer fire company; must be 16 years of age.
Students study the Firefighter I curriculum as developed by the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute and the University of Maryland Students will gain knowledge and skills to safely and effectively perform basic firefighting operations as part of a team. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to understand and apply the principles of fire behavior; building construction; water distribution systems; ventilation hose streams; fire prevention; and inspections, ladders, and rescue techniques. (NFPA, 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications) The Rescue Technician portion of this course will prepare the student to approach each rescue incident with attention focused on the importance of proper operational planning and all related components for effective safe site operation, and victim management and equipment maintenance and inspection, with particular emphasis on vehicular and machinery rescue. Minimum passing score for the accreditation from MFRI is 70% in addition to a 100% on skill set evaluations.