State Certified Classes Scheduled

Hazardous Materials Ops Annual Refresher Training FSC 737 

Lead InstructorJesse Zimmerman 

Hours: 6.0 – Lecture-2.0hrs / Lab-4.0hrs

Gear: PPE, SCBA

Prerequisites: Haz-Mat Operations Level

This course will allow a hazardous material Emergency Responder at the First Responder Operations Level to receive refresher training as required annually by federal regulation.

The Class date will be February 16, 2019, at Citizens VFC, Middleport. Class time is 0800 to 1400. 

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $50.00 per student; the Non-member Fire Companies will be invoiced for the class. The check is made payable to Schuylkill County Volunteer’s Firefighters Association.

Students must pre-register, (NO WALK INS ACCEPTED).

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCESTC curriculum staff will contact the adjunct instructors and students ten days before the start of the course, if the required number of students has not been met.

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Hazardous Materials Ops Annual Refresher Training FSC 737 

Lead InstructorJoe Kufrovich 

Hours: 6.0 – Lecture-2.0hrs / Lab-4.0hrs

Gear: PPE, SCBA

Prerequisites: Haz-Mat Operations Level

This course will allow a hazardous material emergency responder at the First Responder Operations Level to receive refresher training as required annually by federal regulation.

The Class date will be February 16, 2019, at Citizens VFC, Mahanoy City. Class time is 0800 to 1400. 

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $50.00 per student; the Non-member Fire Companies will be invoiced for the class. The check is made payable to Schuylkill County Volunteer’s Firefighters Association.

Students must pre-register, (NO WALK INS ACCEPTED).

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCESTC curriculum staff will contact the adjunct instructors and students ten days before the start of the course, if the required number of students has not been met.

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Carbon Monoxide Detector Response (CORE)                     FSC: 0502 

Lead Instructor – Jason Witmier 

Hours: 3.0 (Lecture: 3.0hrs / Lab: 0.0hrs) 

Prerequisites: Age 16 and up 

Gear: None 

Description: This course prepares students to effectively and safely respond to these common emergencies. Covered are the hazards of carbon monoxide, typical carbon monoxide sources in residential occupancies, carbon monoxide detector design, fire service monitoring equipment, and suggested response and investigation procedures. 

The class will be held at Port Carbon Fire Company, on February 17, 2019. Class start time is 0800 to 1100. 

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $20.00 per student; the Non-member Fire Companies will be invoiced for the class. The check is made payable to Schuylkill County Volunteer’s Firefighters Association.

Students must pre-register – (NO WALKINS ACCEPTED).

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCESTC curriculum staff will contact the adjunct instructors and students ten days before the start of the course, if the required number of students has not been met.

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Bucks Basic Fire Academy                                                    FSC 0913 

Lead Instructor – Jim Misstishin 

112 Hours Lecture-49.5hrs / Lab-62.5hrs Gear: TOG, SCBA

Prerequisites: None

Through classroom sessions and practical fieldwork, this course will give the recruit/new Firefighter the ability to function safely and effectively as a member of a fire suppression Organization. This program is designed to follow the NFPA 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications, for Fire Fighter 1. The student will have a final written exam at the end of the Class. The student must pass written exam to receive a certificate. SCESTC will provide IFSTA 6th edition book for the course.

Note: The student does not have to take the Haz-Mat Operations Certification or FF-I Certification if you choose just to take the 112 hours of Basic Firefighting, it is your option, the first class is when you let the instructor know if you plan on Certifications and or the 112 hours of Basic Firefighting training. 

The class will be held at SCESTC, Classroom # 3 starting Thursday February 21, 2019.  Class start time is 1800 PM to 2200 PM

Other class dates: 2/28, 3/09 (0800-1600)), 3/14, 3/21, 3/26, 3/28, 4/04, 4/06 (0800-1600), 4/11, 4/16, 4/25, 5/02, 5/07, 5/11(0800-1600), 5/16, 5/21, 6/25, 6/27, 7/9, 7/11, 7/13 (0800-1600), 7/16, 7/18, 7/23.

CPR / First Aid 3/05, 3/07,3/12

Haz Mat Awareness 4 Hr. – 4/18 (Written Certification Exam 2 Hr 4/23)

Haz Mat Operations 24 Hr. – 5/23, 5/30, 6/04, 6/06, 6/11, 6/13

HMO Certification Written Test & Skills Testing 8Hr. – 6/22

Written Final Exam 4 Hr. (BBFA – FF1) – July 23

SBS 16 Hr. – 7/30, 8/01, 8/03 (0800-1600)

Skills Certification testing 8 Hr. – August 10, 2019

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $400.00 per student; the Non-member Fire Companies will be invoiced for the class. The check is made payable to Schuylkill County Volunteer’s Firefighters Association.

Students must Pre-register (NO WALKINS ACCEPTED).

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCESTC curriculum staff will contact the adjunct instructors and students ten days before the start of the course, if the required number of students has not been met.

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Hazardous Materials Ops Annual Refresher Training FSC 737 

Lead InstructorJesse Zimmerman 

Hours: 6.0 – Lecture-2.0hrs / Lab-4.0hrs

Gear: PPE, SCBA

Prerequisites: Haz-Mat Operations Level

This course will allow a hazardous material emergency responder at the First Responder Operations Level to receive refresher training as required annually by federal regulation.

The Class date will be February 24, 2019, at Coaldale Fire Company. Class time is 0900 to 1500. 

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $50.00 per student; the Non-member Fire Companies will be invoiced for the class. The check is made payable to Schuylkill County Volunteer’s Firefighters Association.

Students must pre-register, (NO WALK INS ACCEPTED).

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCESTC curriculum staff will contact the adjunct instructors and students ten days before the start of the course, if the required number of students has not been met.

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Schuylkill County Test Site # 27 Annual Evaluator Workshop 

Class Date: February 27, 2019 

Location: Public Safety Building, 435 North Centre Street, Pottsville.

Class start time: 1845 PM to 2030 PM.

The State Fire Academy has scheduled webinars in coordination with the Annual Evaluator workshops for 2019.  The evaluators will still report to the Public Safety Building for the workshop, and the coordinators will still be responsible for administrative paperwork.

This will provide Test Sites and Evaluators the opportunity to ask questions and/or share comments or feedback regarding the certification program.  This will also help ensure the Evaluator update is standardized across the commonwealth.  At the conclusion of the webinar, the test-sites will then have the opportunity to do their site-specific information. 

This Workshop is open to Current Certification Evaluators  on the approved list of current Evaluators at the Penna. State Fire Academy.

Evaluators must pre-register no later than February 25, 2019 prior to start date of the workshop.

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Fire Fighter Safety Awareness                            FSC-0199 

Lead Instructor – William Glosser 

Hours: 3.0 (Lecture: 3.0hrs / Lab: 0.0hrs) 

Prerequisites: Age 16 and up

Gear: None

Description: This program introduces fire fighters to safety concerns addressed in NFPA1500. The course covers all aspects of fire fighter safety, from the fire house to the fire ground. Additionally, the need for fire fighter wellness programs, both physical and mental, is covered.  

The class will be held February 27, 2019 at West End Hose Company, Pottsville.  Class start time is 1800 to 2100.

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $20.00 per student; the Non-member Fire Companies will be invoiced for the class. The check is made payable to Schuylkill County Volunteer’s Firefighters Association.

Students must pre-register (NO WALK INS). 

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCESTC curriculum staff will contact the adjunct instructors and students ten days before the start of the course, if the required number of students has not been met.

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Hazardous Materials Ops Annual Refresher Training FSC 737 

Lead InstructorSteve Orlosky 

Hours: 6.0 – Lecture-2.0hrs / Lab-4.0hrs

Gear: PPE, SCBA

Prerequisites: Haz-Mat Operations Level

This course will allow a hazardous material emergency responder at the First Responder Operations Level to receive refresher training as required annually by federal regulation.

The Class date will be March 02, 2019, at Friendship VFC, Orwigsburg. Class time is 0800 to 1400. 

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $50.00 per student; the Non-member Fire Companies will be invoiced for the class. The check is made payable to Schuylkill County Volunteer’s Firefighters Association.

Students must pre-register, (NO WALK INS ACCEPTED).

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCESTC curriculum staff will contact the adjunct instructors and students ten days before the start of the course, if the required number of students has not been met.

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Hazardous Materials Awareness (RIHM) – NFA FSC: 0114

Lead InstructorRon Radel

Hours: 4.0 (Lecture: 4.0hrs / Lab: 0.0hrs) 

Prerequisites: Age 14 and up

Gear: None

Text Book: Jones and Bartlett, Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations, 1st Edition

Description: This course will provide instruction in the basic skills of identifying hazardous material problems in a community. The student will learn to recognize the presence of hazardous materials and identify hazardous materials, as well as learn the associated hazard characteristics.

The class will be held March 03, 2019, at Good Will Hose Co., Minersville. Class Time is 0800 to 1200.

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $36.00 per student; the Non-member Fire Companies will be invoiced for the class. The check is made payable to Schuylkill County Volunteer’s Firefighters Association.

Students must pre-register (NO WALKINS ACCEPTED).

The SCTA NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCTA will contact the adjunct instructors and students ten days before the start of the course, if the required number of students has not been met.

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Hazardous Materials Operations Level           FSC 472 

Lead InstructorGuy Arndt 

Hours: 24 – Lecture-16.0hrs / Lab-8.0hrs

Gear: TOG, SCBA

Prerequisites: 16 years of age, Haz-Mat Awareness

The goal of this program is to provide the First Responder with the training needed to comply with NFPA 472 Chapter 5 Competencies for the First Responder at the Operational Level, and 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, (HAZWOPER), First Responder Operations Level. This program is designed to give the first responder the necessary skills to handle hazardous materials emergencies. After successfully completing this course you would be eligible to take the national certification testing for national certification in Hazardous Materials Operations Level.

The first Class will be held at Mahantongo Fire Company, Pitman on March 12, 2019, Class start time is 1830 to 2230.

Other class dates: 3/14, 3/19, 3/21, 3/23 (0800 to 1600).

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $60.00 per student; the Non-member Fire Companies will be invoiced for the class. The check is made payable to Schuylkill County Volunteer’s Firefighters Association.

Students must pre-register (NO WALKINS ACCEPTED).

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCESTC curriculum staff will contact the adjunct instructors and students ten days before the start of the course, if the required number of students has not been met.

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Forcible Entry – (Pilot Program through Bucks County Community College)                  

Lead Instructor: – Carl Weiss 

Hours: 16

Gear: notebook, pen/pencil, turnout gear including industrial style eye protection, SCBA.

Prerequisites: ELIF or EBM 

Course Description/Summary: This course will provide the fire fighter with a better understanding of building construction as applies to forcible entry. Also covered will be opening techniques and the use of tools for safe, quick access to a structure. 

Course Learning Outcomes (identifies knowledge and/or skills students can expect to acquire upon completion of course – a separate sheet may be attached, if necessary): 

  • The student will define the term “forcible entry”.
  • Given a forcible entry situation, the student will correctly “size-up” (a) the need for entry; (b) classification of need (delayed entry vs. immediate entry); (c) most appropriate point(s) of entry; (d) most appropriate method(s) of forcing entry through the selected point(s).
  • The student will identify manual forcible entry tools in common fire service use.
  • Given a manual forcible entry tool, the student will correctly demonstrate its safe use; demonstrate and/or describe its proper inspection and maintenance.
  • The student will identify powered forcible entry tools in common fire service use.
  • Given a powered forcible entry tool, the student will correctly (a) demonstrate its safe use; (b) demonstrate and/or describe its proper inspection and maintenance.
  • The student will describe the design of door, window, and wall assemblies commonly encountered in building and relate this information to the problem of forcible entry through each assembly.
  • The student will identify the design of locking mechanisms commonly encountered on doors and windows, and relate this information to the problem of forcible entry through the assembly in question.
  • Given a door or window with locking assembly, or a wall assembly, the student will select and demonstrate an appropriate forcing technique.
  • Given a ceiling assembly, the student will identify the construction features of the assembly and demonstrate breaching of said assembly using a pike pole or similar equipment.
  • The student will identify at least three (3) special forcible entry situations; (a) given such a situation, the student will describe the hazards associated and a possible solution to effecting entry.
  • The student will explain the advantages and use of a key box system for entry to large occupancies.

The first class will be held March 23, 2019 at SCESTC, Classroom # 3. Class start time is 0800 to 1600 – Other class dates: March 24, 2019 (0800 to 1600).

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $10.00 per student, PSFA approved Instructors No Fee. Checks made payable to SCVFA, payment first day of class.

Students must pre-register (No Walkins Allowed) prior to start date.

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCESTC curriculum staff will contact the adjunct instructors and students ten days before the start of the course, if the required number of students has not been met. 

Reference, resource or learning materials to be used by the students (includes text, audio/visuals, manuals, handouts, art supplies, etc.): lesson handouts, slides, videotape, overhead transparencies, and integrated exercises depicting lesson components, notebook, pen/pencil, turnout gear including industrial style eye protection, & SCBA.

Referenced Text:  NFPA #1001, “Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications”; “Truck Company Operations” by Hal Richman, IFSTA “Forcible Entry”, Seventh Edition; IFSTA “Essentials” Second Edition.

Special Conditions: Assistant Instructors should be provided to supervise practical skills work to insure objective fulfillment and safety. A ration of one (1) instructor to five (5) students is ideal; a ration no greater than one (1) instructor to ten (10) students is highly recommended.

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