The following guidelines are the recommended minimum training protocols as set forth by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC).
All firefighters should complete a training program(s) addressing these core competencies:
- Complete a training program addressing the subject areas/core competencies associated with OSHA 29 CFR1910.120 requirements or Hazardous Materials Fire Responders Operations.
- Complete a training program addressing the subject areas/core competencies associated with Infection Control to achieve compliance with OSHA 29CFR1910.1030
- Complete the objectives for Basic First Aid
- Complete the objectives for Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
- Completion of the latest version of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) courses IS-700 and ICS-100
- Fire safety principles familiarization
- Tool and scene safety awareness
- Building Construction in relation to fire service operations
- Understanding fire behavior and development
- Familiarization with personal protective equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) as assigned
- Familiarization with fire service communication operations
- Familiarization with incident management principles
- Familiarization with fire prevention principles
- Arson Awareness
- Familiarization with fire extinguisher operations
- Familiarization with hose practices, nozzles and fire streams (excluding interior structural fire attack)
- Understanding of water supply operations
- Familiarization with ground ladder operations; and
- Ropes and knots
These competencies are presented within the Firefighter I Scene Support Operations course instructed by the Suffolk County Fire Academy. In addition, a Hazardous Materials Operations level training program will need to be completed.