State Certified Classes Scheduled

Elevator and Escalator Rescue Emergencies           FSC: 0572 

Instructor: Sam Clark 

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

Prerequisites: Age 18 and up

Gear: TOG or Helmet, Work Clothes, Work Shoes, Gloves and Eye Protection

Text Book: Handouts provided by BCCC (Subject to change)

Description: This course is intended for the technician level rescuer to give them the ability to function accurately, safely, and effectively during rescue incidents involving this mode of transportation. Topics include: hazard assessment and size-up, resource management considerations, equipment identification, types of emergency responses, patient considerations, extrication procedures, crush syndrome, lockout/tag out procedures, pre-incident planning, and application of techniques and equipment through simulated, integrated exercises. 

The first class will be held February 08, 2020, at Friendship Hose Company, Orwigsburg Class start time is 0900 to 1700 – Other class dates are 02/09 (0900 to 1700).

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 Walkins Allowed).

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 13, 2020 

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

Class start time: 1815 Hours to 2030 Hours.

The State Fire Academy has scheduled webinars in coordination with the Annual Evaluator workshops for 2020.  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 10, 2020 prior to start date of the workshop.

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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 will be held at Coaldale Fire Company, on February 23, 2020. Class time is 0900 to 1500. Other Class Dates: None 

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 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 will be held at Middleport Fire Company, on February 29, 2020. Class time is 0800 to 1400. Other Class Dates: None 

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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Vehicle Rescue Awareness – NFPA 1670 (NVRA) FSC: 1178 

Instructor: Jesse Zimmerman

Hours: 24.0 (Lecture: 12.0hrs / Lab: 12.0hrs)

Prerequisites: Age 16 and up, Hazardous Materials Awareness (RIHM) – NFA OR higher level of HazMat training or Certification

Gear: TOG, Eye Protection

Text Book: Jones & Bartlett, Vehicle Extrication – Level I & II: Principles and Practice, 1st Edition

 Description: This course will provide an awareness level of information and skills as it pertains to vehicle rescue incidents. Topics will include general vehicle rescue function/operation; incident management of the vehicle accident/rescue incident; vehicle anatomy, design, and construction; recognition and control of hazards relative to a vehicle accident/rescue incident; and the tools and equipment used at a vehicle accident/rescue incident.

The class will start March 10, 2020 @ American Hose Company, Tamaqua. Start time is 1800. Other class dates: 03/12 (1800 to 2200), 03/17 (1800 to 2200), 03/19 (1800 to 2200), 03/21 (0800 to 1600). 

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $37.50 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 InstructorWilliam Glosser 

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 will be held at West End Fire & Rescue, Mahanoy City on March 12, 2020. Class time is 1830 to 2130. Other Class Dates: March 19, 2020 

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 Operations Level           FSC 472 

Lead InstructorRon Radel 

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 SCESTC, Classroom # 3 on March 17, 2020. Start Time 1800 Hrs. Other class dates: 3/19, 3/24, 3/26, 4/4.

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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Vehicle Rescue Awareness – NFPA 1670 (NVRA) FSC: 1178 

Instructor: Jesse Zimmerman

Hours: 24.0 (Lecture: 12.0hrs / Lab: 12.0hrs)

Prerequisites: Age 16 and up, Hazardous Materials Awareness (RIHM) – NFA OR higher level of HazMat training or Certification

Gear: TOG, Eye Protection

Text Book: Jones & Bartlett, Vehicle Extrication – Level I & II: Principles and Practice, 1st Edition

 Description: This course will provide an awareness level of information and skills as it pertains to vehicle rescue incidents. Topics will include general vehicle rescue function/operation; incident management of the vehicle accident/rescue incident; vehicle anatomy, design, and construction; recognition and control of hazards relative to a vehicle accident/rescue incident; and the tools and equipment used at a vehicle accident/rescue incident.

The class will start March 24, 2020 @ Citizen’s Fire Company, Middleport. Start time is 1800. Other class dates: 03/26 (1800 to 2200), 03/31 (1800 to 2200), 04/07 (1800 to 2200), 04/11 (0800 to 1600). 

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $37.50 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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Exterior Firefighting (ELEF)                                    FSC – 0462 

Lead InstructorPete Damiter 

Hours – 52 (Lecture – 20.0hrs / Skills – 32.0hrs)

Gear: TOG & SCBA

Prerequisites: ELFG 

This program, “Exterior Firefighter” (ELEF), is designed to equip the entry-level firefighters with the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to exterior fireground operations. It introduces new firefighters to basic information including building construction, ladders, communications, protective systems/sprinklers, forcible entry and fire prevention.

The first class will be held April 07, 2020 at SCESTC, Classroom # 3. Class start time is 1800 to 2200.Other dates: 4/14, 4/16, Sun. 4/19, 4/21, 4/23, Sun. 4/26, 4/28, 4/30, 5/5, 5/7.

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 WALKINS ALLOWED) no later than two weeks (10 days) 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.

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Vehicle Rescue Operations – NFPA 1670(NVRO) FSC: 1179 

Instructor: Jesse Zimmerman

Hours: 20.0 (Lecture: 8.0hrs / Lab: 12.0hrs)

Prerequisites: Age 18 and up, Vehicle Rescue Awareness – NFPA 1670 (NVRA), Hazardous Materials Awareness (RIHM) – NFA OR higher level of Haz Mat training or Certification.

Gear: TOG, Eye Protection

Text Book: Jones & Bartlett, Vehicle Extrication – Level I & II: Principles and Practice

 Description: This course will provide an operations level of information and skills as it pertains to vehicle rescue incidents. Topics will include: incident management; tools/equipment; vehicle anatomy/design; hazard control; patient access, care, and packaging; disentanglement; extrication and termination. Upon completion of the course, the student will be eligible to complete the PA Joint Rescue Program Basic Vehicle Rescue Examination. Additionally, this course will prepare the student to challenge the IFSAC/ProBoard national certification as a Vehicle Rescue Technician Level 1 in accordance with NFPA 1006.

The class will start April 07, 2020 @ American Hose Fire Company, Tamaqua. Class Start time is 1800. Other class dates: 04/09 (1800 to 2200), 04/14 (1800 to 2200), 04/18 (0800 to 1600). 

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $37.50 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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Introduction to the Fire Service (ELIS) FSC 2459 

Lead Instructor: – Jim Misstishin 

Hours: 16 – Lecture-14.0hrs / Lab-2.0hrs Gear: TOG, SCBA

Gear: TOG

Prerequisites: None 

The goal of this program is to equip entry-level firefighters with basic knowledge, skills, and abilities to begin their fire service career. Through classroom sessions and practical fieldwork, the recruit/new firefighter will learn how to function safely and effectively as a support member of a fire suppression organization. This course is designed to introduce new firefighters to basic information including an overview of the fire service, fire service organization, firefighter safety, personal protective equipment and terrorism awareness. This is the first of four courses in the Curriculum.

The first class will be held April 08, 2020 at SCESTC, Classroom # 3 starting at 1800 to 2200. Other class dates: 4/15, 4/22, 4/29.

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 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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Vehicle Rescue Operations – NFPA 1670(NVRO) FSC: 1179 

Instructor: Jesse Zimmerman

Hours: 20.0 (Lecture: 8.0hrs / Lab: 12.0hrs)

Prerequisites: Age 18 and up, Vehicle Rescue Awareness – NFPA 1670 (NVRA), Hazardous Materials Awareness (RIHM) – NFA OR higher level of Haz Mat training or Certification.

Gear: TOG, Eye Protection

Text Book: Jones & Bartlett, Vehicle Extrication – Level I & II: Principles and Practice

 Description: This course will provide an operations level of information and skills as it pertains to vehicle rescue incidents. Topics will include: incident management; tools/equipment; vehicle anatomy/design; hazard control; patient access, care, and packaging; disentanglement; extrication and termination. Upon completion of the course, the student will be eligible to complete the PA Joint Rescue Program Basic Vehicle Rescue Examination. Additionally, this course will prepare the student to challenge the IFSAC/ProBoard national certification as a Vehicle Rescue Technician Level 1 in accordance with NFPA 1006.

The class will start April 14, 2020 @ Citizen’s Fire Company, Middleport. Class Start time is 1800. Other class dates: 04/16 (1800 to 2200), 04/21 (1800 to 2200), 04/25 (0800 to 1600). 

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association, non-member companies the cost is $37.50 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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Structural Burn Session (SBS)……………. FSC 600 

Lead Instructor – Jim Misstishin 

Hours 16 – Lecture-4.0hrs / Lab-12.0hrs

Gear: TOG, SCBA

Prerequisites: EBM, Interior FF, BBFA or FF-1 or equivalent – Students must have a copy of their certificate that meets the prerequisite for the first class to be given to the Instructor.

This course will provide the student with a review and application of the techniques used in safe fire fighting practices in an actual structural fire environment. Emphasis is placed on safety for both interior and exterior operations

The first class will be held April 22, 2020, at SCESTC classroom # 3, Class time is 1830 to 2230. Other Class Dates: 04/29 (1830 to 2230), Live Burn 05/02 (0800 to 1600).

There is no fee for members of Schuylkill County Volunteer Firefighters Association. This SBS Course is closed to non-member companies of the Association.

Students must pre-register (NO WALK INS) Accepted.

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 18 students, Max 30 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 May 06, 2020, at SCESTC, Classroom # 3. Class Time is 1800 to 2200.

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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Fire Ground Support: (ELFG) Mod 2                                FSC 2460 

Lead Instructor: – Jim Misstishin 

Hours: 32

Gear: TOG & SCBA

Prerequisites: ELIS 

The goal of this course is to introduce entry-level firefighters to the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to fireground and hazardous materials emergency scene operations. This course will introduce new firefighters to fireground operations including fire behavior, fire extinguishers, water supply, fire hose, ropes, and hazardous materials. This is the second of four courses in the curriculum.

The first class will be held May 13, 2020 at SCESTC, Classroom # 3. Class start time is 1800 to 2200 Other class dates: Sun 5/17, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, Sat 6/6.

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 Walkins Allowed) prior to start date.

The SCTA NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCTA 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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Interior Firefighting: No Live Fire (ELIF) Mod 4 FSC 2463 

Lead Instructor – Kevin Sibbett

Hours – 40 – Lecture-12.0hrs / Lab-28.0hrs

Gear: TOG, SCBA

Prerequisites: ELEF, HMO 

The goal of this program is to introduce entry level firefighters to the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to interior fireground operations. This course is designed to introduce new firefighters to interior fireground operation including nozzles and streams, SCBA, rescue, ventilation, fire suppression, salvage, and firefighter survival. This is the fourth of four courses in

the curriculum. Live fire is not used during this program.

Class will be held at SCESTC, Classroom # 3 starting May 19, 2020. Class start time is 1800 Hrs to 2200 Hrs – Other Class Dates: 5/21, 5/26, 5/28, Sun 5/31, 6/2, 6/4, Sun 6/7.

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 WALKINS ALLOWED)

The SCESTC NO SHOW Policy will be enforced. The required minimum class size is 10 students The SCESTC 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.