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Fire Training Program Policy and Procedures

                           Table of Contents

1. Mission Statement……………………………………………….                                 3
2. Vision Statement…………………………………………………                                   3
3. Fire Training Advisory Committee………………………………                          3
4. Policy and Procedures Review and Approval……………………                     3
5. Certified Fire Instructors…………………………………………                            3
7. Lead Fire Instructor Requirements………………………………                        4
8. Assistant Fire Instructor Requirements………………………….                    6
9. Instructor Time Sheets……………………………………………                               7
10. Instructor Evaluations…………………………………………....                           8
11. Certification Classes……………………………………………                              8
12. Fire Training Curriculum……………………………………….                             8
13. Methodology Used in Determining Grades…………………….                      8
14. Attendance and Methodology Used to Document Missed Hours.            9
15. Criteria for Successful Admittance and Completion of Training
    Program…………………………………………………………..                                      9
16. Fire Training Testing Procedures………………………………..                     10
17. Grounds for Dismissal from the Program (Code of Conduct)……         15
18. Disciplinary, Grievance and Appeals…………………………….                    17
19. Procedures for Voluntary Student Withdrawals………………….                17
20. Procedures for Refunding Tuition Payments……………………..                17
21. Instructor and Student Attire…………….………………………..                     18
22. Costs Associated with Certification Training…………………….              19
23. Course Schedules, Content and Objectives……………………….                 19
24. Prohibition against Discrimination……………………………….                     19
25. Emergency Responses during Certification Classes………………             19
26. Procedures for Reporting Accidents or Injuries…………………...           19
27. Requirements for Instructor Participation in Live Fire Training…. 20
28. Procedures for Conducting Live Fire Training……………………               20
29. Agreement for use of Equipment and Facilities…………………..             31
30. Ohio Fire Academy Usage Guidelines……………………………                      31
31. Adult Education Student Handbook………………………………                        32

                Mid-East Career and Technology Centers

              Fire Training Program Policy and Procedures

                             Mission Statement

Mid-East Career and Technology Centers provide every student dynamic
career opportunities by creating and delivering exceptional educational

                              Vision Statement

Our commitment to every student’s success drives us to be the leader in
Career-Technical Education.

                    Fire Training Advisory Committee

The Mid-East Career and Technology Centers Public Safety program will
appoint and maintain a fire training advisory committee. The committee
shall meet on a semi-annual basis.

               Policy and Procedures Review and Approval

The Mid-East Career and Technology Centers Public Safety program’s
policies and procedures shall be submitted to and reviewed by the fire
training advisory committee at least once annually. The following policies
and procedures are hereby established by Public Safety for fire training
classes that are conducted through the Mid-East Career and Technology
Centers. The Mid-East Public Safety office will be referred to as the
program from this point forward.

                         Certified Fire Instructors

Fire instructors that teach through the program shall be certified by the State
of Ohio as a lead fire instructor; have fingerprints, BCI and FBI background
checks and be certified by the Ohio Department of Education; and be under
contract with the school district. Assistant Fire Instructors shall be
recommended by a lead fire instructor and meet the criteria set forth by the
State of Ohio in the Ohio Administrative code; have fingerprints,

background checks and be certified by the Ohio Department of Education;
and be under contract with the school district. It is the instructor’s
responsibility to ensure that all criteria for employment have been met. A
current list of lead and assistant instructors will be maintained by the Public
Safety Coordinator. The lead instructor shall provide recommendation to the
Public Safety Coordinator as to which certified instructors should be used
for any particular certification class. The final decision regarding staffing
shall rest with the Public Safety Coordinator.

                    Lead Fire Instructor Requirements

To become an instructor and remain an instructor in the program, the
following conditions have to be met.

According to OAC 4765-20-02 paragraphs (A) (5) and (A) (6):

      (5) Has not been convicted of any of the following;
            (a) Any felony;
            (b) A misdemeanor committed in the course of practice;
            (c) A misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.

      (6) Has not committed fraud or material deception in applying for or
          obtaining a certificate issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised
          Code and this chapter;

According to OAC 4765-11-15 the following conditions items need to be
accomplished to become a lead fire instructor:

OAC 4765-11-15 Fire service instructor curriculum.

      (A) A fire service instructor training program shall consist of seventy
          hours and shall be taught in accordance with the objectives
          approved by the executive director. The program hours shall be
          allocated as follows:

             (1) Fifty hours in instruction of adult students and basic
                 teaching techniques;

             (2) Eight hours in instruction specific to fire service training;

            (3) Ten hours of supervised teaching in the presence of a
                certified fire instructor, as approved by the chartered
                program offering the fire service instructor training

            (4) The final two hours are credited toward successful
                completion of the techniques examination approved by the
                executive director.

      (B) A person seeking certification as a fire service instructor who
          holds at least a baccalaureate degree in education may receive
          credit for the fifty hours of instruction required in paragraph
          (A)(1) of this rule.

      (C) A fire service instructor training program shall be taught by a fire
          service instructor trainer under the auspice of a chartered

The following continuing education requirements shall be met by all lead
fire instructors in the program in accordance with OAC 4765-21-04:

OAC 4765-21-04 Renewal of a certificate to teach fire service training.

      (A) The division shall make available a renewal application to each
          certified instructor and assistant instructor no later than sixty days
          prior to the expiration date of the instructor's certificate to teach.

      (B) The executive director shall renew a certified instructor
          certificate, issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised Code and
          this chapter, for any applicant who meets the following criteria:

            (1) Submits a completed application on a form approved by the
                executive director;

            (2) Continues to satisfy the requirements for a certificate to
                teach as set forth in this chapter;
            (3) During the preceding three years has provided not less than
                twenty four hours of instruction of a fire service training or

                 continuing education program and shall maintain
                 documentation of such continuing education;

             (4) Obtains six hours of continuing education related to fire
                 service instruction and shall maintain documentation of
                 such continuing education.

      (C) The executive director shall renew an assistant fire instructor
          certificate to teach, issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised
          Code and this chapter, for any applicant who meets the following

             (1) Submits a completed application on a form approved by the
                 executive director;

             (2) Continues to satisfy the requirements for a certificate to
                 teach as set forth in this chapter;

             (3) During the preceding three years has provided not less than
                 eight hours of instruction of a fire service training or
                 continuing education program and shall maintain
                 documentation of such continuing education;

             (4) Obtains six hours of continuing education related to fire
                 service instruction and shall maintain documentation of
                 such continuing education.

If an instructor fails to meet any of the above renewal requirements, the
instructor shall teach in the program.

                  Assistant Fire Instructor Requirements

The following criteria shall be met to be an assistant fire instructor in the
program in accordance with OAC 4765-21-09:

4765-21-09 Criteria for a certificate of Assistant Fire Instructor.

      (A) The executive director shall issue a certificate to teach as an
          assistant fire instructor to an individual that meets the following:

            (1) Submits a completed application as approved by the
                executive director;

            (2) Possess a current certificate to practice as a firefighter
                issued under section 4765.55 of the Revised Code;

            (3) In the preceding seven years, have not less than five years
                experience or training in a related area determined
                acceptable by the executive director, with the advice and
                counsel of the committee;

            (4) Pass a written knowledge examination at the individual's
                level of fire certification;

            (5) Has successfully completed a course on NFPA standard
                1403 conducted by a chartered program;

            (6) Is in compliance with the requirements set forth in
                paragraphs (A) (5) and (A) (6) of rule 4765-20-02 of the
                Administrative Code;

      (A) In addition to the requirements set forth in paragraph (A) of
          this rule, a chartered program may require an assistant instructor
          to possess current teaching certification in the area of fire service
          training issued by the state board of education under section
          3319.281 of the Revised Code.

      (B) An assistant instructor certification shall run concurrently with the
          individual's certificate of fire service training and may be renewed
          by the executive director pursuant to rule 4765-21-04 of the
          Administrative Code.

      (C) A certified assistant instructor shall maintain a current and valid
          certificate of fire service training.

                          Instructor Time Sheets

Instructor time sheets shall be submitted for hours accrued within the month
in which the hours are worked. They shall be submitted to the Program

Director by the last day of the month. Failure to do so may result in the
instructor not being paid.

                           Instructor Evaluations

All lead and assistant instructors shall be evaluated at least once a year. The
Public Safety Coordinator or Fire Training Coordinator will be responsible
for ensuring the evaluations are accomplished. The evaluations shall be
maintained in the class files.

                            Certification Classes

All lead instructors shall submit a class itinerary to the program for approval
for all certification classes they wish to teach. The itinerary will include
subject areas taught, locations of classes, instructors, and hours covered.
Prior to being admitted to the class, all students shall be pre-registered and
method of payment for the course established. All students shall meet pre-
requisites that have been established for the respective classes. Verification
of pre-requisites will be accomplished upon receipt of the registration

                         Fire Training Curriculum

The IFSTA 5th Edition Instructor’s curriculum package is the official
curriculum for all fire training courses. If a course topic (i.e. Emergency
Vehicle Operations) is not available in the IFSTA Curriculum package for a
certification class, a lesson plan shall be submitted to the Public Safety
Coordinator for approval.

                Methodology Used in Determining Grades

During the course of a class, test, quizzes and practical exercises shall be
administered to determine the probable success of a student for completion
of the class. The student will be required to maintain a minimum class
average of seventy-five percent. Practical exercises shall be assigned a
grading scale of either a point system or pass/fail option. A student will
need to pass all practical exercises and have a seventy-five percent average
in order to take the state certification test.

     Attendance and Methodology Used to Document Missed Hours

Attendance will be taken by the instructor for each class session. Any hours
missed by the student during the course of a certification class shall be made
up. No exceptions. The make-up hours shall be documented on the
Attendance Make-up Sheet (Form PS08). The student shall have up to one
year from the completion of the class to make up the hours and test.
However, it is strongly recommended that the hours be made up during the
class unless injury or illness prevents them from completing the class. The
hours shall be made up with an instructor that is under contract with Mid-
East. The make-up sheet will be submitted to the program upon completion
of the class or when the hours have been made up.

    Criteria for Successful Admittance and Completion of a Training

For a student to successfully be admitted to; complete a certification class;
and be allowed to take the state certification test; the following criteria shall
be met. All end of course paperwork shall be turned in to Mid-East
seven business days prior to the state test being scheduled. Failure to
comply will result in the students not being allowed to sit for the test.

The student must meet the following conditions:

          1. Be at least eighteen years of age.
          2. Has not been convicted of any of the following:
                a. Any Felony;
                b. A misdemeanor committed in the course of practice;
                c. A misdemeanor involving moral turpitude;
                d. Has not committed fraud or material deception in
                    applying for or obtaining a certificate issued under
                    section 4765.55 of the Revised Code.

The student shall:

          1. Have a Mid-East Career and Technology Center's application on
          2. Completed a State of Ohio Application for admission.
          3. Have a pre-requisite form on file.
          4. Submitted a waiver form.

          5. Submitted a Division of Homeland Security form.
          6. Submitted a release form.
          7. Completed a student survey form.
          8. Submitted a Release of Information form.
          9.  Completed ICS IS-100 (prior to admittance) may be
              completed with their department or Mid-East.
          10. Completed NIMS IS-700 (prior to admittance) may be
              completed with their department or Mid-East.
          11. Completed their Student Workbook.
          12. Provided proof of successful completion of practical exercises.
          13. Submitted proof of attendance and make-up hours if
          14. Submit proof of Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of
              Emergency Medical Services Fire Training Objective Check
              Off Sheet.

The lead instructor shall:

          1. Provide a completed attendance sheet.
          2. Provide a completed grade sheet (Form PS06).
          3. Proof of workbook checks and completion (Form PS01,
             Form PS02, Form PS03, Form PS04, Form PS05).
          4. Provide completed protective equipment check sheet (Form
          5. Provide an Attendance Make-up Sheet if applicable (Form
          6. Submit an Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of EMS
             Opening Report for Fire Training.
          7. Ensure that all applicable student paperwork has been

                     Fire Training Testing Procedures

A test proctor will be appointed by the program director and the Ohio
Department of Public Safety shall be notified of the appointment. The
following procedures will be followed for testing of fire training classes.
There shall be no deviation from the following procedures.

Program Administration Procedures and Security Measures

The program director will notify the Ohio Department of Public safety when
students need a test administered to them. The program director will submit
the Division of EMS Testing System Examination Request. A test date
shall be requested in a timely manner in order to adequately get our students
tested. Test Security shall be maintained at all times.

Receipt of Materials

Immediately upon receipt of testing materials (for any test that is not
electronic) from the Division of EMS, the Program Director must inventory
all materials and create a listing of all materials. The listing shall include the
name of the chartered training program, type, and number of each document,
date of receipt, date of inventory, and signature of the Program Director. The
original of the inventory listing shall be kept in the locked file cabinet or
safe used for storage of testing materials, pursuant to Paragraph B of the
Storage of Material section below. A copy shall be sent by certified mail;
return receipt requested, to the Division of EMS, Attn: Fire Coordinator, at
the above address.

Storage of Material

All testing materials must be stored in the manner set forth in the chartered
training program’s plan as submitted to the Division of EMS. The following
provisions shall be made:

      A. All test material must be stored in a sturdy, locked file cabinet or
         safe that is accessible only to the Program Director and alternate
         must be the ONLY person with access to the keys or combination
         to the lock. The name of the alternate must be sent to the Division
         of EMS within ten (10) days of being designated as such.

      B. Test material must be inventoried upon receipt, before, and after
         each test administration and at least one other time each month. A
         log indicating the date of inventory, initials of the person
         conducting the inventory and any discrepancy from the most recent
         prior inventory must be maintained.

      C. Test booklets, answer keys, or any other testing materials cannot
         be copied or otherwise reproduced.

      D. All answers sheets, whether partially or completely used, are
         confidential and must be treated as restricted material.

Test Administration

The Program Director may permit others to administer the examinations.
This does not relieve the Program Director of the ultimate responsibility for
test security. A sign out/accountability roster must be maintained by the
Program Director. Any challenge or questions concerning the exam shall be
addressed by the Program Director after the exam. All testing material must
be returned to the Program Director for inventory and secure storage
immediately following the exam session. The program director should
forward all questions regarding the examination to the Division of
Emergency Medical Services. Examinees may be given their percentage
scores, but may not review their answer document or test booklet.

The program may administer the examination to an individual from another
charter institution approved by the State of Ohio. The program director will
be responsible for verifying the eligibility of the individual prior to the
administration of the exam. The program director will be responsible for
reporting the score to the appropriate charter institution.

Testing Process

The Program Director or his designee will administer the final written
examination at the completion of the course. The examination must be given
in an appropriate testing environment. The program shall conform to
minimum facility guidelines within acceptable educational criteria for
administration of examination. The program shall maintain adequate seating
with an appropriate writing surface for each person scheduled to
participate in the written examination. When multiple written sessions are
scheduled, such seating shall be adequate for the proportionate number of
persons scheduled to participate in each session. The testing room will have
sufficient seats to allow seating of students so that no two candidates taking
the examination are seated immediately next to each other.

The program will provide the following necessities to provide the proper
testing atmosphere:

      A. Adequate heating/cooling, ventilation, and lighting.

      B. An environment which is free of excess noise and distractions.

      C. Adequate security of examination materials during the

      D. Contain a wall clock which is visible to all candidates to assist with
         pacing and/or a chalkboard on which the proctor can announce and
         post the time remaining during the examination.

      E. No electronic devices shall be possessed by the students. No

Examination Interruption/Inappropriate Behavior

Once the examination has started, only one candidate is permitted to leave
the room for any reason. If a candidate withdraws from the examination for
any reason prior to completion, collect the candidate’s materials in the usual
manner. You should write a note of explanation and attach to the answer
sheet. This will count as one attempt at the examination. Candidates are not
permitted to use notes of any type, which were brought into the examination.
Students must not copy any materials from the examination or make
recording of the examination. The student should not have anything on their
desk except for the materials provided by the proctor. If a candidate is
examination, the proctor must dismiss the student.

If any candidate is suspected of compromising the integrity of the
examination process, a written report shall be prepared including the
following criteria:

      A. Identify each suspected candidate by name, social security number,
         and the type of examination being administered. Obtain names of
         any others student(s) from whom the suspected student may have
         been copying. Place their name and social security number in the
         report. Explain the degree to which the additional candidate(s)
         was/were cooperating in the misconduct.

      B. Identify the name, address, and phone number of the proctor(s)
         who observed the incident.

      C. Submit the report to the attention of the Testing Coordinator,
         Division of EMS, 1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio

Because of the need to maintain order and examination security in the
examination room, you have the authority to dismiss a candidate for
misconduct. However, dismissal from the examination may have serious
consequences for the candidate and should be a last resort. You may decide
to dismiss when warranted, but you should use your best judgment in
handling the situation. Take no action until you are certain that there has
been a violation or compromise of the examination. Give a full account of
the incident on a report following the criteria outlined above.

Grading the Examination

The student will be issued the final written exam provided by the Division of
Emergency Medical Services at the end of the course. The Program Director
or his designee will administer the examination. Once the student has
completed their examination, the Program Director or his designee may
grade the examination. The charter institution may report the scores to their
student(s) in writing. The answer document and the certificate of completion
must be kept in the student or course file.

Online Testing Procedures

The Exam Request Form shall be sent to the Ohio Department of Public
Safety 7 business days prior to the exam date. Candidates that need to retest
must schedule their examinations when the charter conducts course ending
examinations. A minimum of 5 students are required to schedule an
examination. The utmost care shall be taken to maintain a high level of
security to ensure that integrity of the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s
web-based fire examinations is not compromised. Students are required to
pass the certification examination prior to receiving a fire-related

Program Administration and Security Measures

The Division of EMS’Testing System shall be proctored to maintain the
integrity of the examinations. The Program Director shall be responsible for
safeguarding all testing materials and ensuring that they conform to all the
requirements set forth by the Ohio Division of EMS. The Program Director
must be the ONLY person with access to the assigned password. If an
alternate is needed, the name of the alternate must be included on the exam
request and must be sent to the Ohio Division of EMS within seven (7)
business days prior to the date of testing.

Online Test Administration

The Program Director may permit others to administer the examinations;
however, program instructors may NOT administer the examinations. This
does not relieve the Program Director of their responsibility for test
security. The Program Director shall maintain a sign in/accountability
roster including a seating chart. The Program Director shall address any
challenge or a question concerning the examination after the administration
process is completed. The examinees will not be permitted to enter the
examination room prior to the start of the examination and are prohibited
from taking anything into the examination room. This includes, but not
limited to radios, pagers, cell phones, calculator, and text books.

                   Grounds for Dismissal from the Program
                             (Code of Conduct)

The following misconduct constitutes grounds for discipline, up to and
including immediate dismissal.

Serious Offenses

      1. Damage, destruction, or theft of school or private property.
      2. Assault and/or battery, malice or threat of malice on the person or
         property of a school employee, student, or other person on the
         school premises while in custody and control of a school-related
      3. Possession of dangerous weapons.
      4. Disregard of reasonable directions or commands by school

      5. Possession or use of narcotics, alcoholic beverages, and other
         dangerous drugs while on school premises or attending school-
         related activities.
      6. Disobedience or disregard for established rules of conduct and
         procedures of the school and/or fire department affiliates.
      7. Use of profane or abusive language.
      8. Purposely setting a fire.
      9. Extortion.
      10.False alarms, false reports.
      12.Falsification of personal, medical or employment records on the
         enrollment application.
      13.Falsification of records.
      14.Cheating on examinations, quizzes, practical exercises, evaluations
         including plagiarizing or copying assignments.

Other Offenses

      1.   Disruption or interference with classroom/practical exercises.
      2.   Smoking or the use of tobacco in an unauthorized location.
      3.   Operation of a vehicle in an improper or unsafe manner.
      4.   Violation of the Student Dress Code.
      5.   Chronic non-attendance or tardiness.

For Serious Offenses, the Director may dismiss the student immediately, and
file appropriate charges with local authorities.

For Other Offenses, the procedure and sequence of discipline shall be as

       First Offense – Warning from instructor, including (0) for
        assignment, if applicable.

       Second Offense – Written warning from instructor copied to the

       Third Offense – Probation letter from the Director.

       Fourth Offense – Dismissal from the program.

All Code of Conduct items are inclusive. For example, a student will
advance through progressive discipline regardless of which combination of
offenses occur.

Even upon dismissal for Code of Conduct violation(s), the student will be
responsible to pay all tuition and fees to that point in the course, as described
in Procedures for Refunding Tuition Payments.

A student may voluntarily withdraw from the school. In this case, the
student shall submit a letter of withdrawal to the Financial Office.

                       Disciplinary, Grievance and Appeals

Any student concerns, suggestions, grievances should be communicated
either verbally or in writing to the Adult Education Director. No student
will be harassed and no student need fear reprisal for the expression of a
legitimate concern or issue. If the Adult Education Director does not satisfy
the student’s concern(s), the student has the right to request in writing, an
appeal to the Superintendent.

                 Procedures for Voluntary Student Withdrawals

If a class is dropped a student must pay the balance due. See Procedures
for Refunding Tuition Payments, for the Adult Center for Education
collection policy and procedures for outstanding tuition and fees owed.
Withdrawal must be in writing to be considered in ―good standing.‖

                   Procedures for Refunding Tuition Payments

If a student withdraws from a program, with the correct notification, the
following refund policy will apply:

      Period of Enrollment              % Refund            % Retained

                   0%                       100%                  0%
                1 – 3%                       97%                  3%
                4 – 6%                       94%                  6%
               7 – 9%                        91%                 9%
              10 – 17%                       84%                 16%
              18 – 32%                       71%                 29%

             33 – 41%                       60%                  40%
             42 – 49%                       46%                  54%
             50 – 59%                       38%                  62%
             60 – 100%                       0%                 100%

All refunds are less $100 administrative process fees and less budgeted cost
of any books, supplies, equipment, or other tangible items not returned to the
school in ―as new‖ condition.

                           Instructor and Student Attire

All instructors will be required to wear the appropriate uniform as approved
by the Program Director. The uniform will consist of a Mid-East polo shirt
(provided by the program to each instructor) and either blue uniform pants
and black shoes or khaki pants and dress shoes. The only exception to this is
when an instructor is providing hands on training. If hands on training is
being provided, the instructor shall wear a fire department t-shirt (job shirts
and sweatshirts are also acceptable) blue workpants or blue jeans and black
shoes or boots.

All students in the Firefighter II (240 Hour) fire training program shall wear
blue station pants, black shoes or boots and a fire department t-shirt to class.
Fire department job shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, polo shirts, toboggans and
hats are permissible also. Other levels of fire training are not required to
wear a uniform to class. Clothing (including headgear) cannot bear
inappropriate messages, alcohol or tobacco related messages. Profane
language or sexually suggestive messages are prohibited also. Any fashion
(dress, accessory, or hairstyle) that disrupts the educational process or could
present a safety risk will not be permitted.

Students are to dress appropriately and with modesty at all times.
Appropriate dress means that students must avoid the following items: no
tank tops, no halter tops, no muscle shirts or midriff blouses, no shorts or
skirts, and no open toe shoes. All tops must have sleeves and full backs.

No hair or facial hair shall be worn that will interfere with the seal of a
SCBA Mask. No exceptions. During training evolutions, the appropriate
firefighting turn-out gear shall be worn. All turn-out gear shall meet NFPA
1971 Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and
Proximity Fire Fighting. The trainee’s turnout gear (including gloves, boots,

hood, helmet, coat, pants, SCBA and mask) shall be inspected by the lead
instructor the first night of class for compliance. Any items deemed
unserviceable will be noted and corrective measures must be taken.

                   Costs Associated with Certification Training

Cost of certification classes includes instruction, books and fees. The
current 2008-2009 Mid-East Board of Education approved fees are as
follows: Level I and II (240 hrs) $1275; Level II (120 hrs) $600; Level I
(120 hrs) $630; Transition (84 hrs) $425; Volunteer FF Level 1A (36 hrs)
$320. Any department that hosts a certification class will have one
firefighter trained at no charge to the host department. Any department that
hosts a certification class (except for the 240 Hour class) shall receive
training for one firefighter student free of charge. If a department hosts five
or more (Level I & II 240 Hours) classes, they will receive a break on tuition
for one student in the amount of $300.00.

                    Course Schedules, Content and Objectives

Course schedules and content shall be made up at the lead instructor’s
discretion. The schedule shall be submitted to the program for approval. A
copy of the course schedule, content and objectives shall be supplied to each
student on the first day of class. NFPA 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter
Professional Qualification objectives that have been adopted by the State of
Ohio for fire certification training shall be taught in all certification classes.
No exceptions.
                         Prohibition against Discrimination

The Mid-East Career and Technology Centers do not discriminate against
any individual for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, disability
or national origin.

               Emergency Responses during Certification Classes

There shall be no emergency responses by students during scheduled class
hours. No exceptions.

                  Procedures for Reporting Accidents or Injuries

Any accident or injury involving an instructor or student that is incurred
during fire certification training shall be reported through the Public Safety
Coordinator on an Employee Incident Report (Form 8442 F1) or Student
Accident/Incident Report (Form 5340 F1). If medical attention is required,
the school’s emergency procedures will be followed.

      Requirements Instructor Participation in Live Fire Training

In order for a Lead/Assistant Fire Instructor to participate in live fire training
with our students, they shall comply with the following requirements:

      -    Complete a NFPA 1403 class approved by the program.
      -    Attend the annual instructor updates.
      -    Be trained in the use of the program’s live fire documentation.
      -    Participate under the supervision of a lead instructor that is
           currently in the program for one live fire training session with the

                  Procedures for Conducting Live Fire Training

All live fire training shall meet the conditions set forth in NFPA 1403
Standard on Live Fire Evolutions (2007 Edition). No exceptions. A Live
Fire Evolutions Checklist must be completed for each live fire event.


The purpose of this procedure is to establish standard guidelines of
conducting structural training fires while complying with NFPA Standard

The objective of a training fire is to provide realistic fire ground training
under actual fire conditions for fire service students while providing high
levels of safety and minimizing risks to instructors and students.

Training fires will be designed to minimize the risk and to control fire
conditions so that firefighters are not unnecessarily exposed to hazards or

Procedures for Live Fire Training:


The Lead Instructor on the scene shall be designated as ―Command‖ and
will assume the command functions.

A Command Post (CP) shall be established and positioned to afford
maximum visibility of the structure, operating companies and fire


Command is responsible for establishing radio communications with each
instructor involved with the drill. All instructors operating at the training
fire shall continuously monitor the assigned radio channel. All radios will
be checked for proper functioning and correct channel prior to initiating
training fire operations.


To eliminate confusion and provide adequate scene control, all personnel
operating within the fireground perimeter shall operate under the direction of
a Sector instructor (Supervisor). The fireground perimeter shall be defined
as the hazardous area surrounding the burn structure and shall be determined
by command following the established guidelines stated in Fireground

The following divisions shall be established on all structural training fires:

              Interior Division: Instructor directing interior suppression
              Exposure Division: Provide manned, charged handlines
               positioned to protect exposed property. More than one
               handline (requiring more than one Sector) may be required
               depending on the number of exposures present.

              Rescue Division: Provide a Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC)
               with a charged back-up line for each fire attack team to
               assist in fire extinguishment and rescue of interior personnel.
               This sector will be manned by instructors or assistant
               instructors (not students). Each RIC team shall consist of a
               minimum of three instructors or assistant instructors. A RIC
               officer shall be designated and is in charge of each RIC unit.
               There shall be one RIC team for each fire attack team. The
               RIC Team will be positioned in a state of readiness near the
               point of entry.
              Staging Division: All personnel not assigned to a division
               shall be assigned to the staging officer. A staging area will
               be established in a location that reduces congestion around
               the fire building.
              Safety Division: A Safety Officer (must be a lead
               instructor) will be in attendance at all structural training fires
               and will assume the Safety Division responsibilities. The
               Safety Division will monitor personnel and fire conditions;
               coordinate with Command to ensure all safety procedures
               are complied with; and minimize risk to instructors and
               student at the training fire.
              Other divisions may be designated in accordance with the
               incident command system (ICS) to ensure safety of
               instructors, students, operations and the scene.


A lead instructor shall serve as Safety Officer (functioning as a part of the
Command Staff) and shall have full authority to intervene, control, or stop
any aspect of the operations when in their judgment; a potential or real risk
to personnel exists. The Safety Officer will not be assigned any other duties
that would detract from their safety responsibilities.

Additional Safety Officers may be assigned to the training fire if conditions
dictate. Responsibilities of the Safety Officer(s) will include, but not be
limited to the prevention of unsafe acts and elimination of unsafe conditions.

Instructors will be responsible for the direct supervision of assigned students
and their safety and welfare, including the prevention of unsafe acts and the
elimination of unsafe conditions.

No instructors or students will be permitted to operate on the roof while fire
training is being conducted in the building.

The number instructors and students involved in training fire often exceed
the number of personnel assigned to actual incidents. To reduce risk and
assist with scene management, training fire participants shall be formed into
individual groups consisting of no more than four students and supervised by
an instructor.

Exposing students to structural training fires present special safety
considerations. All sector instructors should anticipate that a student’s
exposure to interior fire conditions may be less than orderly. To reduce the
possibility of injury, the span of control for interior operations shall not
exceed four students for each instructor.
All instructors and students involved in structural training fires shall have
received training that meets the performance objectives of Firefighter Level
I, NFPA 1001 in:
               Forcible Entry
               Protective Breathing Apparatus
               Fire Hose, Nozzles, and Appliances
               Fire Streams
               Ladders
               Ventilation
               Rescue
               Safety
               Fire Behavior

No instructors or students shall be permitted to act as a victim(s) during live
training fires.

To reinforce safety procedures, a personal protective equipment (PPE) and
equipment inspection shall be conducted of all instructors and students
immediately prior to and after engaging in suppression activities. The
inspection shall ensure that all PPE and equipment is serviceable and worn
in a manner to provide the maximum personal protection.

The Safety officer will be responsible for completing the safety checklist
prior to initiating the training exercise.

An Instructor at the training fire shall be designated as an accountability
officer and will assume the accountability function.

To enhance accountability and improve tracking of instructors and students
on the training fire, the Passport accountability system shall be used.

Personal Accountability Report (PAR) shall be taken at the following
accountability benchmarks:

              When instructors and students enter the structure.
              When instructors and students exit the structure.
              If there is a report of a missing or trapped student or
              By any crew reporting an ―All Clear.‖
              At a report of the fire being under control.
              Upon a sudden hazardous event.
              Upon change from an offensive to defensive strategy.
              At the discretion of the lead instructor.

Passport tags will remain with the designated instructor near the ―point of
entry‖ to the hot zone. Upon entry to the hot zone, crews will turn in their
passport tag. The accountability status board will contain only the passport
tags of instructors and students working in the hot zone.

Access to the training fire building shall be controlled by fire line tape that
will be deployed around the fire building perimeter.

Instructors and students working inside the perimeter may be permitted to
operate with the SCBA facepiece removed; however, all other protective
clothing items shall be worn.

Any instructor or student not wearing appropriate protective clothing and
equipment shall remain outside the fire line perimeter.

Required Fire Equipment

Two separate sources of hydrant water or water supply shall be established
(equivalent to a minimum of two engine companies). The water supply shall

be test flowed by the attack pumper to ensure an adequate water supply of
500 gallons of water per minute.

All fire attack hose lines shall be supplied by one pumper. The RIC crews
hose lines shall be supplied by a second pumper. All hoselines shall be flow
tested to confirm a minimum of 95 gpm.

A lead instructor shall be designated to supervise the overall operation of the
training fire.

An advanced life support ambulance shall be on the scene prior to the start
of the training fire.

Access to the scene shall be controlled to permit emergency access to and
from the training site.

All apparatus will be appropriately placed or staged per the lead instructors

Starting the Fire

The use of flammable and combustible liquids, as defined by NFPA 30, shall
be prohibited for use in live fire training evolutions. Only Class A materials
shall be used in live fire training. The ignition process will be conducted
under the direct supervision of the Safety Officer. Command shall assign an
experienced instructor to become ―Firestarter.‖ It is the responsibility of the
firestarter to initially ignite the fire. The firestarter shall regulate the fuel
load for each evolution to maintain a tenable atmosphere inside the training
fire rooms. The RIC crew shall be in place with a charge hose line prior to

Attack Plan

The lead instructor in charge shall develop an attack plan based upon
information obtained during the pre-plan and building preparation stages.

The Attack Plan shall specify:

               Points of ignition.
               Amounts of fuel load.

              Position of entry attack lines.
              Position of RIC crews.
              A Rescue Plan.

All instructors and students involved in the training shall be instructed on
each element of the attack plan prior to igniting the structure. Also, all
instructors and students shall receive a walk through briefing of the building
prior to each training fire. An evacuation plan and signal shall be reviewed
and agreed upon by all personnel on the scene.

Records and Reports

The following records and reports shall be maintained on all live fire
training for two years.

              An accounting of the activities conducted.
              Roll call of all participants, including Safety Officer and all
              Documentation of unusual conditions or events encountered.
              Any injuries and treatment provided.
              Copy of ―Transfer of Authority‖ form signed by property
              Copies of all permits, releases or other documents relating to
               the training fire.
              Records of critiques.


The lead instructor of the drill will conduct an initial inspection of the
training fire site. If the building appears acceptable, they will make an
appointment with other instructors to be involved to inspect the building.

Single-story structures shall always be considered first choice when
selecting training in interior firefighting operations. Two-story structures
will only be considered when the building has been thoroughly inspected by
all instructors involved. All must agree that the building is structurally
sound for training burns. Adequate ingress/egress points on the second floor
must be readily accessible.

The lead instructor coordinating the training fire will inspect the building
with the other instructors involved. The building must meet fire safety and
structural integrity criteria before approval to conduct live fire training is
given by the lead instructor. The lead instructor shall have full authority to
deny approval if the building is determined unsafe. Buildings incapable of
withstanding exposure to fire conditions shall not be utilized. Buildings
with bars on windows or doors that cannot be removed shall not be utilized.

Traffic control will also be a major factor for consideration in approving live
structural training fires. Approval shall not be given where traffic cannot be
effectively controlled or re-routed.

Asbestos Considerations

Prior to scheduling any training activities, an asbestos consideration must be
conducted by an accredited asbestos building inspector to ensure that no
asbestos is present in the structure. The asbestos survey must follow
guidelines. In addition, the survey must include sampling of all materials
which are determined by the inspector to be suspected of containing
asbestos. This may include roofing components, ceiling tiles, flooring,
interior/exterior wall treatment layers (including but not limited to stucco
and paint). Metals, wood and glass are recognized as having no potential for

If asbestos is determined in any layer of material (in concentrations greater
than 1%), the structure/house many not be used for any type of training
activities, including burns, forcible entry, etc.

Building Preparation, Obtaining Permission and Permits

The lead instructor or instructor coordinating the live fire training shall be
responsible for obtaining all releases, permits, approvals and releases
relating to the training fire. They shall include, but not necessarily be
limited to the following:

      1. Confirm a clear title on the property.
      2. Obtain written permission from the building owner.
      3. Verify ownership of the selected building.

      4. Obtain documented proof of cancellation of insurance on the
         selected building.
      5. Obtain a burn permit.
      6. Obtain approval from Public Safety Coordinator.
      7. Obtain approval from the instructor serving as Safety Officer.
      8. Review requirements and restrictions in the Burn Permit including
         the expiration date on the permit.
      9. Request and confirm completion of an asbestos survey to be
         completed by a Certified Building Inspector.
      10.If asbestos (in any form) is determined to be in the structure, the
         structure will not be considered for a training burn or any other
         type of training activity.

Site Preparation

The following preparations will be made prior to conducting a training fire
in a structure:

             Request a walkthrough of the property by authority having
              jurisdiction’s Fire Chief and lead instructor. The walk
              through should include a review of asbestos testing results,
              hazardous waste, mercury, lead and other results from
              previous inspection.
             Confirm that utility services (gas, electric, etc.) have been
             All debris will be cleared from entrances, exits and from the
              immediate exterior area.
             At least two points of egress shall be provided in all training
              fire structures.
             All interior contents shall be arranged to permit free access
              to and egress from all rooms.
             No additional combustible or smoke generating substance
              other than wood pallets or other Class A materials will be
              added to any structure.
             The fire load shall be conservative.
             Low-density combustible fiberboard and unconventional
              interior finishes shall be removed.

              All windows and doors to be used for egress or emergency
               evacuation will be checked for and made capable of
               unrestricted opening.
              Structures will be pre-vented at the roof. The roof vent
               opening may be covered with an appropriate material. A
               metal cable will be extended to the ground. The vent cover
               will be removed at an appropriate time during fire attack
               operations to permit ventilation and prevent flashover or
              Heavy roof, attic, ceiling fixtures, etc., shall be removed.
              Pre-training fire checklist shall be completed.

Notification of Training Fire Activities

Prior to conducting live fire training, the following notification must be

              Obtain a burn permit.
              Dispatch Center—time, location, type of burn and fire
               departments be utilized.
              The authority having jurisdiction (Fire Chief).
              Occupants of adjoining properties.
              Law Enforcement having jurisdiction.
              Local Government (city, village, township, etc.).

Off Site Pre-Training Fire Checklist

              On-site inspection by the jurisdiction Fire Chief and lead
              Inspection for asbestos, hazardous waste, mercury, leads,
              Training structure was analyzed for structural integrity.
              Exposures evaluated.
              Special hazards considered.
              Access to site and all sides of building adequate.
              Water supply from two hydrants or other reliable source.
              Traffic control considered.
              Exterior debris, trees and brush cleared away.
              Two points of ingress/egress available.

              Windows and doors unrestricted.
              Interior access not obstructed and complicated.
              Ceiling fixtures removed.
              Class A fuel only for fire starting.
              Interior fire load reasonable and conservative.
              Permits, permission and other documentation obtained.
              Evidence of all pre-requisite training (NFPA 1001) obtained
               for all students.
              Adjacent property owners notified.
              All utilities disconnected.
              Heavy attic and roof objects removed.
              Porches, steps and railing made safe.

     Lead Instructor’s Signature: _______________________________

On-site Training Fire Operations Checklist

            Class A fuel only.
            Adequate fire apparatus on site.
            ALS Ambulance on-scene.
            Rescue on scene.
            Rehab established.
            Two separate hydrants available or water source established.
            Pumpers flow tested for a minimum 500 gpm water supply.
            Roof pre-vented with adequate opening (4 ft X 4 ft).
            Vent covers with cables to ground.
            Fire load conservative (not excessive).
            Ignition location determined.
            Safe ignition fuel utilized (Class A Only).
            Ignition crew fully protected with PPE and SCBA.
            Protective hose line for ignition crew manned and charged.
            Ignition from exterior only.
            Lead instructor on site as Incident Commander.
            Designated Safety Officer (instructor) on scene.
            Command and sectors established in accordance with
            Command location identified and announced.

              All radios checked for proper functioning and channel
              Sectors established:
                    1. Command
                    2. Safety
                    3. Rehab
                    4. Interior
                    5. Exposure(s)
                    6. RIC crew(s)
                    7. Other sectors as needed

      Lead Instructor’s Signature: ______________________________

Post Training Fire Checklist

              All instructors and students accounted for (PAR).
              Equipment and clothing checked for damage.
              Remaining fires overhauled and controlled.
              Critique conducted.
              Total extinguishment completed at the end of training
              Copy of ―Transfer of Authority‖ form signed by building
              Building secured and made safe.
              Bunker gear and equipment decontaminated.

             Agreement for use of Equipment and Facilities

A current and valid written contractual agreement allowing the use of
facilities, equipment, supplies and other apparatus shall be on file with the
program. In addition, proof of hose; ladder; pump; air compressor (air
quality test and cascade hydrostat testing); and self contained breathing
apparatus testing (regulator flow tests and hydrostat testing of SCBA bottles)
will be required. A letter from the chief of the department is acceptable
proof of testing as long as it includes dates that the respective tests were
accomplished. However, the documents have to be maintained by the
department and are subject to audit by the program. If your department can
not provide proof of equipment testing, certification classes in the respective
areas (in which your department cannot provide proof of testing) will not be

able to be held at your department. The contractual agreements will be
updated on an annual basis and documentation of testing on an as needed

                  Ohio Fire Academy Usage Guidelines

Any lead instructor wishing to take a class to the Ohio Fire Academy (OFA)
for usage of the Academy facilities must comply with the requirements in
this section. An OFA Grounds Request Form shall be submitted to the
Public Safety Coordinator. The OFA Agreement for will be completed by
the Public Safety Coordinator and forwarded with the Grounds Request form
to the OFA. OFA Waivers will need to be completed by each student that
will be in attendance at the training and submitted to the Public Safety
Coordinator to be forwarded to the OFA also. Additional OFA conditions
must be met including instructor requirements, rehab procedures, and
ambulance standby. The OFA also requires that at least three academy staff
personnel be on hand during training evolutions at $25.00 per hour per staff

                   Adult Education Student Handbook

Additional policies and procedures are covered in the Adult Education
Handbook that is not covered in these policies and procedures. Refer to the
Handbook for the additional policies. The Director of Adult Education has
the final say in resolving any conflicts between this document and the Adult
Education Handbook.