Four Henry County Firefighters Receive Structural Fire Control Instructor Certification
|(Pictured L to R): FF/Paramedic Chad Schaefer, FF/EMT Jason McCullough, FF/Paramedic Shannon Cain, and FF/Paramedic Luke Mills|
Henry County Firefighters FF/Paramedic Chad Schaefer, FF/EMT Jason McCullough, FF/Paramedic Shannon Cain, and FF/Paramedic Luke Mills are at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth today completing the requirements to become Structural Fire Control Instructors. Once they receive certification, they will be eligible to conduct live fire training for other firefighters; the best training experience firefighters can get.
The course familiarizes instructor candidates with compliance requirements of NFPA 1403 for live fire training. The candidates review standards, learn to prepare for live fire exercises, and demonstrate procedures and techniques for conducting live fire training exercises. The different aspects of training in acquired structures, along with class 'A' fueled and propane gas fueled burn buildings are also discussed. Instructor candidates participated in live-fire, scenario based training during which they played the roles of both a student and an instructor.
This class is typically a difficult class to get in. Students must have National Professional Qualifications Instructor I certification or successfully completed the GPSTC Fire Academy Instructor I course and completed a GPSTC Fire Academy Structural Fire Control course. A minimum of 4 years of firefighting experience with a certified department is required. Successful completion of National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) 100, 200, and 700 are also required.