Breaking Barriers (Disabilities Awareness)

This 90 minute – 3 hour training program provides all first responders an in depth look at serving the intellectual disabilities communities, with a focus on Down Syndrome and Autism. The class includes recognition, understanding, communication tips, search and rescue concerns, and how to manage special needs patients and victims.

Situational Awareness; Reality Lessons

This course takes an honest approach to how easily we can lose our situational awareness and how this can lead to a firefighter line of duty death or near miss. This program utilizes case studies, actual radio traffic, images, and open conversation about the importance of gaining and maintaining our situational awareness throughout the incident. During the case studies, students will learn directly from the instructor who served as the incident commander during a near miss incident and a LODD where the instructor served as one of the investigating officers. Students are provided the opportunity to ask questions about the decision-making process that directly led to one firefighter being killed and one member being trapped for over 15 minutes. This is a hard hitting and honest program about how a so-called routine fire can become instantly tragic.

No Fear Leadership 3.0

This is not your Fathers Leadership class! This program is based on over 35 years of experience from a small combination department to the big city. To many leadership classes are based on theories and do not address the many challenges today’s officer may and do face. This class will cover topics ranging from everyday issues, on scene problems, dealing with disgruntled members, women in the fire service, and all the hot button issues facing the fire service today. Besides experience, the program was also written through numerous interviews with officers, Chiefs, and firefighters. Students will learn how to face common leadership fears and how being ahead of the curve is the best strategy in dealing with any issue. Students are provided opportunity for open conversation, group exercises, and even role play to improve or change how they are currently leading.


Make Training Great Again!

The fire service preaches “safety” at every turn, we have at times become so safety focused, we have forgotten to be mission focused. This course looks at the importance of training, how to conduct company drills and how to maintain long term training programs. This class not only provides practical ideas to make training a priority but will motivate members to get out and train. Students will provided be different drills they can utilize and build from, will hear radio traffic of a Mayday, and participate in open discussion on how to improve any training program.


The New Officer; Challenges and Solutions

This program has been specifically written for those members that are newly promoted or are planning on advancing in their departments. The training includes tips and advise on becoming a Company Officer and best practices to be successful. To often departments depend on canned curriculums to prepare new officers, these classes only scratch the surface on becoming an effective leader. Students will participate in open conversations, role playing activities, size-up practices, training drills, time management, and learn how to be a team member, not just a boss.


Commercial Buildings; Hazards, Challenges, and Tactics

Commercial fires are not everyday occurrences and pose unique challenges to our firefighters and officers. This class will look at everything from building construction concerns, associated hazards, tactical considerations for fire attack, search, and ventilation. Students will also be provided the opportunity to practice size-up and decision making for simulated incidents.


Size-Up for Success: The First 5 Minutes!

We have all heard; “So goes the first line, so goes the fire”. While this is true, the decision on what line to pull and where to pull it to, is based on the initial size-up. Utilizing lecture, photo’s, and Digital Combustion simulations students will be provided lessons on building construction, decision making, an easy to use size-up method, how to conduct a 360 walk-around, reading smoke and making the first assignments. Students will also lean how to look at size-up from a tactical approach as well. Students are given ample opportunity to practice and refine their size-up skills.



Multi-Family Dwellings: Strategy and Tactics

Every department faces these fires today and there are drastic differences in how we should approach a fire involving multi-family structures. Today, we face everything from ordinary constructed 2-story 4-plex’s, Highrise apartment buildings, senior living complexes, and the standard 3-4 story wood frames. These fires can quickly tax any departments resources and members operating on the scene will face difficult and hard to reach fires, wind driven events, multiple people trapped, balconies, early collapse, and rapidly developing fire conditions. This class will examine building construction, size-up, hose lay tactics, fire attack, search, and ventilation options.


Incident Command 101

This training is designed for new and future Chief Officers that may serve in the capacity as incident commander. Students will learn how to make quick decisions, warning signs of potential hazards, how to manage multiple units, and how to stay ahead of the incident. Utilizing Digital Combustion, students will be provided the opportunity to manage fire scenes and will also learn how to use tactical work sheets. Students will also be given different case studies where incident command missed incident cues that resulted in disastrous outcomes.


Instructor Development

One of the most important positions within any department is Instructor. Unfortunately, we rarely provide our instructors with any direction once they have completed their certification classes. This program is designed to teach current and future instructors how to get the most out of their students, how to design programs, time management, and general best practices to teaching new and current firefighters. This class provided students with the opportunity to work on their instructional skills and learn how to take any subject and make it a true learning experience for our members.


Team Building: It is All About the Team

It is all about the team and it does not matter if you are a full-time fire department, volunteer organization, or a private company. Team is what makes all of us successful and when we work together, everyone wins. This program examines team building concepts, how to build the team from low performers to your best performers, and how leaders can improve on making everyone any team even better. Utilizing open discussion and team building drills, students have the opportunity to build a team even in a classroom setting.

National Fire Academy and Pro Board Programs

Fire Life Training can also provide curriculum-based training, including.

-NFA Leadership series (3 two-day classes)

-Incident Safety Officer

-Instructor I and II (IFSTA)

-Fire Officer I (IFSTA)


Decision Making in the Safety Culture

This program provides students with street-smart decision-making tools and ideas. The instructors utilize case studies, radio traffic and video to help students gain a better understanding on how they can improve on their own fire ground decision making skills. The case studies include a Mayday incident and a rescue attempt that ended with the suspension of the officer involved. The decision-making process can be overwhelming, and this course is based on experience, not theories!


Hands-On and Live Fire Training Programs


Leadership Under Fire

Today we spend countless hours teaching new and future officers everything from administration duties, report and letter writing and department policies. Yes, these are valuable skills and are the foundation for most of daily duties. This class is focused on teaching officers how to lead men and women into fires, how to lead search operations, fire attack, and what to do when a member goes down. Utilizing a burn building and live fire, students serve as the officer in a variety of assignments (fire attack, search and rescue, RIT). The student is charged with making fire ground decisions, size-up, tactical fire attack decisions, tactical search and rescue decisions, and Mayday incidents. Instructors serve in a variety of roles as part of the student’s team, including; the overaggressive firefighter, the rookie, the mistake prone firefighter, the lost/missing firefighter, the firefighter who thinks they’re in charge and a variety of other roles as well. This training provides students a realistic chance to lead their firefighters under difficult and real scenarios.


The Stretch: Beyond the Cross-Lay

The first hose line is the most important line we stretch, but we have become increasingly dependent on the Cross-Lay and can struggle when we face a longer stretch or a stretch that is not simply to the front door. This training will provide students a variety of hose stretching options and hose line advancement skills. Included in this training.

  • Hose bundles

  • Rope stretches

  • Hook stretch

  • Splitting cars

  • Flow and Go

  • Operating the 2.5

  • Nozzle techniques (The 90’s technique)

  • Long/extended stretches

  • Water Mapping


Vent-Enter-Isolate-Search, Techniques and Challenges

VEIS is not new and has proven to be one of the most successful means of making rescues. This class teaches the importance of proper ladder placement, hose line operations in conjunction with search, going past the door, rapid room searches and removal of victims. This class can also be taught under live fire conditions.


Standpipes and Valves

In conjunction with Port City Training, this class utilizes a variety of Standpipe prop’s and teaches students proper set-up for Standpipe operations, flowing and adjusting valves, hose streams and hose line advancement from a Standpipe system. This class will also educate students in what they are flowing from their current attack packages.


The Engine Company Search

Most departments in our country do not have the staffing to assign an entire company to search and rescue, in some cases the attack team will have to perform double duty to ensure all occupants have safely evacuated. This program shows students how to conduct search operations while performing fire attack and, safely and effectively in some cases, utilizing that first line to protect a search operation or to be utilized as a tag line. This class can be taught in conjunction with live fire exercises.


Operating in the Flow Path

This class will teach students how to recognize signs of flash over, how to control the flow path, how powerful the flow path can be and how to utilize the flow path to find the seat of the fire. This class includes lecture and hands-on. Please contact us for additional details and burn building requirements for this training.


Realistic Rapid Intervention and Survival Skills

When things go bad, they typically go bad very quickly. This class will teach students skills that can be utilized to both save themselves or other firefighters. Skills include.

  • Drags and Carries

  • Ladder Bailout

  • Hose Bailout

  • Entanglement Skills

  • Following the line

  • Utilizing ladders

  • Providing air


Live Fire Operations

We can conduct a wide variety of hands-on training with live fire evolution. All instructors are 1403 certified.


Note: Hands on courses will require a training facility and/or acquired structure. Please contact Fire Life Training to discuss requirements to conduct any hands-on training programs.


Pricing and Liabilities


Fire Life Training provides the highest quality training available, and we pride ourselves on affordable training models that will allow us to work with all departments, and all budgets.  Prices are also based on the number of students and if additional instructors are needed. On average departments can expect to pay for travel and accommodations, as well as base instructional rates based on pre-discussed fees. If a HOT program is selected and additional instructors are required, the department can expect to pay travel and double occupancy accommodations.



The department is responsible for providing liability waivers for all students involved in Hands-On Training Programs. These waivers should be approved by the departments governing agency and/or law department.  Fire Life Training is not responsible for any injuries or damage to property or equipment. All training programs are conducted under the safest conditions possible and follow all NFPA requirements for conducting hands on training, including NFPA 1403 (conducting live fire).