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Wholetime firefighter training

Training is your first step into the firefighter world. Once you've completed these courses you'll be well on your way to becoming a fully competent firefighter.


This is what you'll cover in your initial training course. This will take place over 12 weeks as a residential course.

Here's what you can expect to learn.

Core skills training


This course covers:

  • squad drilling
  • words of command
  • vehicle marshalling
  • knots and lines
  • safe working at height (you'll do another course on working in confined spaces at height at a later date)
  • pitching of the various ladders used
  • pumping using main and portable pumps (theoretical and practical)
  • water safety and rescue awareness.

Breathing apparatus training


This course covers:

  • information about breathing apparatus and how to use
  • how to use the breathing apparatus control board
  • safe movement in heat and smoke
  • casualty handling
  • use of guidelines
  • ventilation (PPV)
  • fire chemistry
  • branch techniques
  • gas-tight suits.

Road traffic collision


This course covers:

  • role of fire service at road traffic collisions
  • SRS (supplementary restraint systems) identification and hazard management
  • setting up organisation of incident scene
  • stabilisation of unsafe vehicles
  • glass management
  • various cutting techniques with both hand and hydraulic tools
  • immobilisation and extrication of casualties. 

 

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