The St. Petersburg College Public Safety and Fire Training Center was proud to host the Army National Guard’s 1157th, 199th, and 200th firefighter units from Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The training took place at the facility August 5-12, 2019 included a total of 13 Guard members.
Upon contacting SPC back in November 2018, they requested a comprehensive program encompassing the fundamental elements of structural firefighting to be accomplished by the use of lectures, drills and firefighting scenarios. This training request was to fulfill the two weeks of annual training required by the Colorado Army National Guard. As a result, SPC Fire and Public Safety Training Center developed and delivered an 8-day course, titled Fireground Operations and Tactics.
Thirteen members of Ft. Carson units took the course, which was instructed by core Fire Academy and in-service instructors who are also subject matter experts in their field. Most of the instructors are currently employed with local fire departments. They were involved in every aspect of the program delivery, as well as curriculum development, taking into consideration each member’s level of experience and background, formatting each subject to fit their needs.
The program covered a wide range of topics, including forcible entry, ventilation, search and rescue, safety and survival, etc. It also incorporated basic skills such as SCBA, hose, ladders and a live fire burn. In keeping with the current trend of firefighter safety and behavioral health, lectures on the importance of decontamination, PTSD, cancer awareness and mental health were also added to the curriculum.
At the end of training, students expressed they were very pleased with the program and quality of instruction. They were very receptive to all the information provided to them and even shared their knowledge, along with tips and techniques on various subjects, with our SPC instructors. We were excited for the opportunity to train such an elite group and thrilled they chose St. Petersburg College Fire and Public Safety Training Center!