2024 Courses

2024 Schuylkill County Training Academy Courses

All Students must pre-register for courses. No walk-ins accepted. If the minimum number of students has not been met 10 days before the start date, students will receive email notification of cancellation of the course.

There is no fee for students from member companies of the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association.

For Non-member or Out-of-County students there is a fee. Students must bring a check made payable Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association on the first day of class.

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Pump Operations 1 (PUOP) 7/8/24 at Joliett Volunteer Fire Co. Porter Twp

Pump Operations I (PUOP)

FSC: 0420 Hours: 16.0 (Lecture: 10.0hrs / Lab: 6.0hrs)

Prerequisites: Age 18 and up

Description: This course provides the fire fighter with an introduction to basic pump construction and theory as well as operating techniques. Emphasis is placed on getting water to the pump, getting water from the pump for hose streams, and prevention of common mistakes in pump operations.

Out of County Cost: $59, please make checks payable to the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association on the first day of class.

Instructor: Mike Kitsock

Dates & Times: Monday 7/8/24 – 1800-2200, Monday 7/15/24 1800-2200, Monday 7/22/24 1800-2200, and Thursday 7/25/24 1800-2200

Location: Joliett Volunteer Fire Co. 401 Main St. Tremont, PA 17981

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Rural Fireground Water Movement (RFWM) 7/9/24 at Shenandoah Heights Fire Co.

Rural Fireground Water Movement (RFWM)

FSC: 0625 Hours: 16.0 (Lecture: 6.0hrs / Lab: 10.0hrs)
Prerequisites: Age 16 and up
Description: This course instructs the student in the basic methods of water movement in the
rural area for firefighting. Tank trucks and large diameter hose are utilized. Safe, efficient and
recommended methods are discussed, demonstrated, and practiced.

Gear: Turnout Gear
Instructor: Mike Kitsock

Out of County Fee: $73 Check made payable to the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association on first day of class.

Dates: 7/9, 7/10, 7/13
Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Times: 18:30 – 22:30 (Saturday 0800 – 1600)
Location: 148 Swatara Rd., Shenandoah, PA 17976  (Practical at Schuylkill County Training Academy – 125 Firemen’s Rd., Frackville, PA 17931)

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Pump Operations 1 (PUOP) 7/16/24 at American Hose Co. Tamaqua

Pump Operations I (PUOP)

FSC: 0420 Hours: 16.0 (Lecture: 10.0hrs / Lab: 6.0hrs)

Prerequisites: Age 18 and up

Description: This course provides the fire fighter with an introduction to basic pump construction and theory as well as operating techniques. Emphasis is placed on getting water to the pump, getting water from the pump for hose streams, and prevention of common mistakes in pump operations.

Out of County Cost: $59, please make checks payable to the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association on the first day of class.

Instructor: Mike Kitsock

Dates & Times: Tuesday 7/16/24 – 1800-2200, Thursday 7/18/24 – 1800-2200, Saturday 7/20/24 – 0800-1630

Location: American Hose Co. 39 Mauch Chunk St. Tamaqua, PA 18252

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Emergency Vehicle Driver Training (EVDT) 7/23/24 at Ringtown Valley Fire & Rescue

Emergency Services Driver Training (EVDT)

FSC: 0235 Hours: 16.0 (Lecture: 8.0hrs / Lab: 8.0hrs)

Prerequisites: Age 18 and up, Current Driver’s License

Description: This course is suitable for both novice and veteran emergency vehicle operators. This course provides instruction for emergency personnel who may be involved in operating emergency vehicles. Topics included: defensive driving, emergency response, vehicle maintenance, and a driver training obstacle course. Students will be responsible for securing apparatus to drive.

Out of County Cost: $51, please make checks payable to the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association on the first day of class.

Instructor: Mike Kitsock

Dates & Times: Tuesday 7/23/24 – 1800-2200, Wednesday 7/24/24 – 1800-2200, and Sunday 7/28/24 – 1800-2200

Location: Ringtown Valley Fire & Rescue, 46 W Main St. Ringtown, PA 17967

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Pump Operations II (PUOA) 7/30/24 at American Hose Co. Tamaqua

Pump Operations II (PUOA)

FSC: 0421 Hours: 16.0 (Lecture: 8.0hrs / Lab: 8.0hrs)

Prerequisites: Age 18 and up, Pump Operations I

Description: This course is designed to instruct the student in advanced techniques of operating fire pumps. Topics covered include friction loss, relay pumping, master streams, and elevated master streams.

Out of County Cost: $71, please make checks payable to the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association on the first day of class.

Instructor: Mike Kitsock

Dates & Times: Tuesday 7/30/24 – 1800-2200, Thursday 8/1/24 1800-2200, and Saturday 8/3/24 0800-1630

Location: American Hose Fire Co. 39 Mauch Chunk St. Tamaqua, PA 18252

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Vehicle Rescue Awareness & Operations 8/5/24 at Newtown Vol Fire Co. Tremont

Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations (NFPA 1006)

FSC: 0728 Hours: 40.0 (Lecture: 12.0hrs / Lab: 28.0hrs)

Prerequisites: Age 16 and up, Hazardous Materials Awareness

Description: This program is designed to enhance the student’s ability to perform critical skill sets to meet the intent of NFPA 1006 Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations. This course will present vehicle extrication theories, techniques, and challenges that involve common passenger vehicles, to accurately and safely execute the skill sets required for professional certification Awareness and Operations. Topics include: rescue incident management, simple machinery types, extrication strategies and tactics for common passenger vehicles, resource management, stabilization systems, hazard identification and control, technical rescue equipment identification and application, extrication tools, methods, and selection criteria, basic patient care, packaging, and lifting and moving, basic extrication techniques, and applicable OSHA and NFPA laws and standards. The course is designed to prepare the rescuer for professional certification testing (written and skills) in accordance with NFPA 1006 Vehicle Rescue Awareness and Operations.

Materials: Text book for the class is Vehicle Rescue and Extrication: Principles and Practice. Students are responsible for acquiring their own textbook.

Out of County Cost: $50, please make checks payable to the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association on the first day of class.

Instructor: Brian Markovchick

Dates & Times: 8/5/24, 8/7/24, 8/10/24, 8/11/24, 8/12/24, 8/14/24, 8/17/24, 8/18/24, 8/19/24, 8/21/24 (The 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 17th, 19th, & 21st will be 18:00-22:00) (The 11th & 18th will be 08:00-12:00)

Location: Newtown Volunteer Fire Co. 36 Wood St Tremont, PA 17981

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Vehicle Rescue Technician 9/9/24 at Newtown Vol Fire Co. Tremont

Vehicle Rescue Technician (NFPA 1006)

FSC: 0729 Hours: 32.0 (Lecture: 8.0hrs / Lab: 24.0hrs)

Prerequisites: Age 16 and up, Hazardous Materials Awareness, Vehicle Rescue Awareness and

Operations (NFPA 1006)

Description: This program is designed to enhance the student’s ability to perform critical skill sets to meet the intent of NFPA 1006 Vehicle Rescue technician. During this course, students will review advanced vehicle and machinery extrication theories, techniques, and challenges that involve commercial or heavy vehicles, heavy machinery to accurately and safely execute the skill sets required for professional certification Vehicle Rescue Technician. Topics include: rescue incident management, heavy vehicles, complex extrication strategies and tactics for commercial or heavy vehicles, resource management, advanced stabilization systems, multiple uncommon concurrent hazard identification and control, special technical rescue equipment identification and application, specialized extrication tools, methods, and selection criteria, MCI patient care strategies, packaging, and lifting and moving, and applicable OSHA and NFPA laws and standards. The course is designed to prepare the rescuer for professional certification testing (written and skills) in accordance with NFPA 1006 Vehicle Rescue Technician.

Materials: Text book for the class is Vehicle Rescue and Extrication: Principles and Practice. Students are responsible for acquiring their own textbook.

Out of County Cost: $50, please make checks payable to the Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association on the first day of class.

Instructor: Brian Markovchick

Dates & Times: 9/9/24, 9/11/24, 9/14/24, 9/16/24, 9/18/24, 9/21/24 (The 9th, 11th, 16th, & 18th will be 18:00-22:00) (The 14th & 21st will be 08:00-16:00)

Location: Newtown Volunteer Fire Co. 36 Wood St Tremont, PA 17981

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Minimum Student Ages will be enforced. For 16 years old, your birthday must be on/before the start date of the class in 2008. For 18 years old, your birthday must be on/before the start date of the class in 2006. For example if the class start date is July 1,  your birthday would be 7/1/2006, 7/1/2008 or before.