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2018 Alexandria FOS Class Descriptions
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 The First Five Minutes - FULL -

Instructors: Ulie Seal, Bloomington Fire Dept. and Tom Schmitz, Edina Fire Dept.

The goal of the First 5 Minutes is to provide the firefighter sitting in the right-seat of the first due apparatus an opportunity to develop the skills necessary to make the right decisions based on the application of the initial functions of Incident Command. A combination of presentations, case studies, and scenarios with class participation will be used to assist the participant in developing these skills.

The primary goal/function of the hazard zone management/command system is providing for the safety of the firefighters who are performing the tasks that stabilize the incidents problems. Most of the time this work takes place in a highly volatile, fast-paced, IDHL atmosphere (a hazard zone). We are summoned to solve a problem and we usually create solutions to the problem through action. The initial size-up produces the information that becomes the basis for the incident strategy and action plan (AP).

Investing a small amount of time evaluating the critical factors is extremely important to both beginning and on-going command and operational success as well as firefighter safety. Current, accurate, and relevant information obtained by the IC in the front of the event will generally provide the information foundation for initial and on-going effective action.


Intro to Fire Investigation
Instructor: James Iammatteo, State Fire Marshals Division

This 8 hour course will review the State Fire Marshal Division Investigation Services, 1st Responder's Role in Fire Investigation and will introduce students to topics related to NFPA 1033 Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator and NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. These topics will include fire behavior, building construction, fire pattern recognition, area of fire origin determination, fire cause, report writing and fatal fires. Case studies will also be presented.


Critical Thinking for Fire Ground Operations -FULL-
Instructors: Lance Ross and Trevor Hamdorm

This course is a hands-on course that will move you through many scenarios on the Incident Command City. Back by popular demand, this course is sure to cause you to think through many different scenarios that you could see as a firefighter or fire officer. The course will discuss tactics; discuss scene management, and safety. Sign up early as this class fills quickly!!


Motivational Leadership in a Tactical Environment
Instructors: Greg Hayes, Fire Chief, Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Motivating highly skilled tactical minded staff is one of the greatest challenges for all leaders. What are some of the key concepts that will make you successful and how can they be applied is critical; a question asked by many of today's leaders.

You will identify through lecture video review and hands-on evaluation ways you can size up your team and apply well-researched motivational techniques for application within your organization. From that point, you will learn and develop simple tools that are designed to help you clearly communicate and motivate your team.

Your ability to be tactically minded as leaders when motivating your team will determine the teams success or failure. Help yourself create a leadership environment giving your team the best chance for success.


Wildland/Rural Firefighting
Instructor: Brian Pisarek

This course is designed to provide students with essential tools and skills to safely operate in the rural environment.

Course content will cover rural water supply, fire behavior and rural firefighting tactics, safety and operational considerations, especially with wild land incidents. Management of mutual aid departments and scene control will be discussed along with case studies of past incidents.

Hand on tactical operations will be played out in the sand box models.


Certification I  - FULL - & Certification II

Instructors: Tim Farmer and Dan Roeglin

Take advantage of this opportunity to Review and Certify either for Fire Office I or Fire Office II. Reviews will be conducted on Saturday with the certification test on Sunday. Why certify? Certification defines professional competencies in a variety of fire service specialities and makes you part of a community of certified professionals around the world. It makes clear to professional peers, fire service leadership and the public you serve that you've committed yourself to test and meet performance standards set by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Your Minnesota Certifications are registered with both IFSAC and Pro Board.

Fire Officer I Review will be conducted by Retired Chief Tim Farmer. You will need to bring the Fire Officer Textbook. This is a review, assumed you have had a course and have read the Office I portion of the textbook.(NOTE: Instructor I is a prerequisite).

Fire Officer II Review will be conducted by Dan Roeglin, Hennepin Technical College. You will need to bring the Fire Officer Textbook. This is a review, assumed you have had a course and have read the Officer II portion of the textbook. (NOTE: Officer I and Instructor I are prerequisites).

Please register for Sunday's exam with the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board (MFSCB). The course is posted on the their website or you may call 866-566-0911.


Personal and Organizational Leadership Development
Instructor: T. John Cunningham, Fire Chief, Elk River

This course is designed to help grow our department leaders by exploring the relationship between personal and organizational success in an interactive learning environment.  The course is divided into three modules: the first part will explore personality types, leadership styles, leadership team roles, and personal engagement/success; the second module will focus on organizational success by looking at organizational leadership, politics, influence, ethics, change, and innovation; and lastly we will look at interpersonal communications and how to have candid conversions with team members to help grow our organizations. 


(F0729) - Incident Safety Officer - FULL -
Instructor: David Zinther

Curriculum: Responder Health and Safety
This two-day course examines the Safety Officer's role at emergency responses. A specific focus on operations within an Incident Command System (ICS) as a Safety Officer is a main theme. Response to all-hazards types of situations will be emphasized.


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