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Nassau County Fire Service Academy


 

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The Nassau County Fire Service Academy, a NCCRS member since 2008, serves as the coordinated centralized effort to assist 71 fire departments in Nassau County comply with state standards and federal regulations. The Academy provides professional training of firefighters, company officers, and department officers.

Located on a multi-acre campus, the Academy comprises classrooms, apparatus rooms, and a six-story tower, along with separate buildings simulating residences, apartments, an industrial complex, and commercial properties, all of which can be set afire for real world experience.

Source of official student records: Records Administrator, The Nassau County Fire Service Academy, 300 Winding Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804.


Titles of all evaluated learning experiences


Descriptions and credit recommendations

Essentials of Firefighting

Location: Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.
Length: 30 hours (10 weeks).
Dates: Version 1: September 2003 - March 2012. Version 2: April 2012 - Present.
Objectives: Versions 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Describe organization of the fire department; define the role of the firefighter; define the mission of the fire service; identify standard operation procedures; discuss use of ropes, knots and hoisting methods; describe member assistance programs and critical aspects of NFPA 1500; explain key components of fire department communications, fire-ground operations, protective clothing, and SCBA; identify safe procedures for responding to and returning from alarms on apparatus; identify potential hazards involved in operations at emergency scenes; identify forcible entry methods and procedures and personal accountability and emergency evacuation methods; discuss the selection, placement and use of ground ladders; discuss the extinguishment of vehicle fires and of exterior Class A materials; identify search and rescue procedures; explain proper interior fire attack, utilization of sprinkler systems, ventilation, overhaul and property conservation, water supplies, classification of fire, fire scene illumination, utilities control, ground cover fires, fire safety surveys and preplan, fire safety education, ladder and hose maintenance.
Instruction: Versions 1 and 2: Instruction is provided in a traditional classroom setting and in a distance learning format. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to safely and effectively perform basic firefighting operations as part of a firefighting team.
Credit recommendation: Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology (12/08).  Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology (3/13 revalidation).
NOTE: Version 1: If this course and Primary Firefighting are both successfully completed, the credit recommendation for the two courses combined is 4 semester hours (3 lecture and 1 practical) in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology. Version 2: If this course and Primary Firefighting are both successfully completed, the credit recommendation for the two courses combined is 5 semester hours (3 lecture and 2 practical) in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology (3/13).

Introduction to Fire Officer

Location: Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.
Length: 27 hours (9 weeks).
Dates: September 2003 - Present.
Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:Define and describe traditional and non-traditional roles of the company officer, the challenges, and sources of laws and liability; discuss the phases of transition, problems and keys for successful transition, traits of effective leaders, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Herzberg’s motivation-hygiene theory, and McClelland’s theory of needs; discuss sources of power, principals of ethical behavior, styles of leadership, managing diversity, leadership verses management, mission, vision, goals, and objectives; discuss organizational tables, responsibilities of a manager, decision making process, types and characteristics of planning, and advantages and principals of delegation; discuss changing and updating policies and procedures, discipline, elements of communications, active listening, and formal and informal communications; discuss the company officer’s role in safety, safety and health programs, causes of injuries and fatalities, signs and symptoms of stress, and critical incident stress; discuss accident investigations, size-up, incident action plans, incident priorities, priority sequence of operations, and the use of size-up techniques through practical exercises; discuss type and function of each company, personnel required for specific functions, and basic strategy and tactics; formulate strategy and tactics for specific scenarios; and perform incident management exercises.
Instruction: Assuming the role of company officer; leadership, supervision and management; fire department communications; the company officer’s role in safety; emergency response and size-up; strategy and tactics for single company operations; and incident management. Instructional format includes lectures, class discussions, hands-on activities, and various scenarios.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Fire Service Administration, Fire Protection Technology, Business Management, Supervision/Administration or Strategies and Tactics (12/08) (3/13 revalidation).

New York State Accident Victim Extrication

Location: Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.
Length: 16 hours (4-5 weeks).
Dates: July 2005 - Present.
Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Improve rescuer awareness of safety concerns and apply approved techniques in a variety of extraction situations specific to vehicle extraction; identify types of vehicle construction and explain the limits of hydraulics; explain fuel systems and apply the proper procedures for safely shutting down a fuel system; apply preventative measures in reducing or eliminating firefighter injuries; stabilize utility and commercial vehicles, and school buses; explain the importance of proper size-up, resource management, and accountability; determine the proper method of incident management; identify hazards of wires and approach toward a vehicle fire; establish a perimeter and safe work zone on a highway; apply different methods of entanglement; explain the roles of law enforcement, EMS and tow operators.
Instruction: Topics include: vehicle rescue and terminology, vehicle technology, utility and commercial vehicles, vehicle rescue life cycle, basic vehicle rescue skills, and hydraulic extrication techniques.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Vehicle Extrication or Emergency Medical Service (8/10).

New York State Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations (Traditional and Hybrid)

(formerly Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations)

Location: Classroom-based or distance learning course offered through Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.
Length: Version 1: 14 hours (7 weeks) Version 2: 15 hours (7 weeks).
Dates: Version 1: September 2003 - March 2011. Version 2: April 2011 - Present.
Objectives: Versions 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Define basic hazardous materials terms; identify hazardous materials and determine basic hazard and response information; explain the first responder’s role at the scene of a hazardous materials incident; initiate scene management; describe hazardous materials control operations; and describe decontamination procedures.
Instruction: Versions 1 and 2: This course is designed to prepare emergency responders to effectively and safely respond to and stabilize hazardous materials incidents from the defensive position and may be delivered in a traditional classroom format or in a hybrid (3 hour classroom and coursework online) format with a proctored final exam administered at the Fire Service Academy. Major topics include: scope of hazardous materials; basic chemistry terms; material safety data sheet; classes of hazardous materials; recognizing and identifying hazardous materials; emergency response guidebook; safety; toxicology; decontamination; personnel protective equipment; hazardous material controls; incident command system; emergency response plan.
Credit recommendation: Versions 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Science, Fire Service Administration, Fire Protection Technology, Hazardous Materials, Occupational Health and Safety, Emergency Management, Public Health, Allied Health, Environmental Health, Police Science or Emergency Medical Service (12/08) (3/13 revalidation).

New York State Apparatus Operator - Aerial Device

Location: Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.
Length: 27 hours (9 weeks).
Dates: July 2005 - Present.
Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Identify the types, conditions, and causes of fire apparatus accidents; comply with state and federal laws pertaining to driving apparatus; practice safe and efficient response of fire apparatus; identify and inspect various components of the aerial apparatus; recognize limitations to stabilization and practice stabilization methods; perform risk analysis for ongoing aerial operations; apply apparatus for rescue operations, exposure protection, ventilation, elevated fire attack, standpipe operations, agricultural structures; practice clear, concise communications and apply emergency procedures to specific apparatus.
Instruction: This course is designed to increase awareness of the complexity of the aerial apparatus stressing the importance of the operation and structural design limits.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Hydraulics, Fire Science, Strategies and Tactics (8/10).

New York State Apparatus Operator - Pump

Location: Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.
Length: 24 hours (8 weeks).
Dates: July 2005 - Present.
Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Recognize the importance of safe and efficient response of fire apparatus; apply state and federal laws and national standards as they pertain to driving apparatus; identify the types, conditions and causes of fire apparatus accidents; describe, identify, and operate the various types and classes of apparatus equipped with a fire pump; prepare and document vehicle inspections; calculate for friction loss, fire flow, and hydraulics; discuss the six principles of pressure and the properties of water; define NFA fire flow formula; identify three methods of establishing water supply for initial attack and explain procedures for Sprinklers, Standpipes, Foam and Relay operations; operate a fire pump in booster tank, drafting and hydrant operations.
Instruction: Topics include: EVOC review, fire apparatus classification and typing, pump components, operational inspection, hydraulic calculations, pressure and fire pumps, math skills, and the operation of a fire pump.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Hydraulics, Fire Science, Strategies and Tactics (8/10).

New York State Principles of Instruction

Location: Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.
Length: 15 hours (5 weeks).
Dates: July 2005 - Present.
Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: Identify and use the five steps in teaching technique; select effective teaching methods and utilize proper training aids to deliver appropriate fire service training for a target audience; convert a skills checklist on a fire service topic into a valid performance evaluation; instruct a psychomotor lesson and successfully complete a written cognitive test.
Instruction: This course is designed to provide fire service personnel with a general teaching methods background to introduce them to the delivery of classroom based instruction.  Methods of instruction include lectures, class discussions, demonstrations, in-class exercises, audio/visual materials, and supervised practice lessons.
Credit recommendation: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Services Supervision, Leadership, or Educational Methods (8/10) (3/13 revalidation).

Primary Firefighting

Location: Nassau County Fire Service Academy, Old Bethpage, NY.
Length: Version 1: 36 hours (12 weeks). Versions 2 and 3: 48 hours.
Dates: Version 1: September 2003 - September 2011. Version 2: October 2011 - March 2012. Version 3: April 2012 - Present.
Objectives: Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:Students will be able to properly don and doff personal protective clothing and SCBA; hoist tools and equipment using ropes and knots; locate information in department documents and standard or code materials; operate fire department communications equipment; utilize fire-ground operations; identify and evaluate fire-ground hazards; utilize SCBA during emergency operations; safely mount and dismount fire apparatus; set up and operate in protected work areas; use hand and power tools to force entry; operate in hazardous areas as a member of a team; demonstrate a variety of ladder carries; set-up and utilize ground ladders; safely attack vehicle fires; operate hand lines and master streams; conduct search and rescue operations as a member of a team; attack structural fires; advance charged and uncharged hose lines; perform vertical and horizontal ventilations using hand and power tools; perform overhaul and property conservation operations; connect a pumper to various water supplies; operate portable fire extinguishers to safely extinguish Class A Class B and Class C fires; safely operate mobile generating equipment to illuminate fire-ground operations; control and extinguish ground cover fires; clean and maintain various fire department equipment including ladders and hoses; connect to and operate dry and wet sprinkler systems. Versions 2 and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: In addition to the above objectives, students will be able to identify and describe the basic principles of combustion; identify and describe the three methods of heat transfer; identify and describe the phases of burning; understand the difference between Flashover and backdraft; identify the 5 classifications of building construction; understand how fire, smoke and heat travel within these structures due to their construction; identify conditions that require SCBA;demonstrate donning and doffing of SCBA; regularly check remote gauge to determine amount of air remaining; demonstrate Emergency Escape Procedures and harness conversion; demonstrate primary Search, Reduced Profile & Swim; demonstrate relief of Nozzle team & secondary search; demonstrate proper response to low air alarm; demonstrate proper use of portable radios with SCBA; demonstrate the ability to quickly find and remove a downed firefighter; explain vehicle construction and its fuels and the associated hazards they present; gain access to a vehicle to suppress a fire using basic firefighting and rescue techniques; identify proper apparatus placement for a vehicle fire incident; identify various types of Hybrid Vehicles and describe hazards associated with each.
Instruction: Version 1: Proficiency in various required skills including: donning and doffing personal protective clothing and SCBA; hoisting tools and equipment using ropes and knots; locating information in Department documents and standards or code materials; operating fire department communications equipment; fire ground operations; identifying and evaluating fire-ground hazards; utilizing SCBA during emergency operations; safely mounting and dismounting fire apparatus; setting up and operating in protected work areas; the use of hand and power tools to force entry; operating in and and exiting hazardous areas as a team; ladder carries; setting up and utilizing ground ladders; safely attacking vehicle fires; operating hand lines and master streams; conducting search and rescue operations as a member of a team; attacking structural fires; advancing charged and uncharged hose lines; performing vertical and horizontal ventilations using hand and power tools; performing overhaul and property conservation operations; connecting a pumper to various water supplies; operating portable fire extinguishers to safely extinguish Class A, Class B, and Class C fires; safely operate mobile generating equipment to illuminate fire-ground operations; controlling and extinguishing ground cover fires; conduct fire safety surveys and develop preplans; clean and maintain various fire department equipment including ladders and hoses; connect to and operate dry and wet sprinkler systems. Versions 2 and 3: In addition to the above topics in Version 1, students will also participate in a Fire Behavior Lab, and cover Mask Confidence and Vehicle Fire skills.
Credit recommendation: Versions 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology (12/08); Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection (3/13 revalidation).
NOTE: Versions 1 and 2: If this course and Essentials of Firefighting are both successfully completed, the credit recommendation for the two courses combined is 4 semester hours (3 lecture and 1 practical) in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology. Version 3: If this course and Essentials of Firefighting are both successfully completed, the credit recommendation for the two courses combined is 5 semester hours (3 lecture and 2 practical) in Fire Science, Occupational Health and Safety or Fire Protection Technology (3/13 revalidation).

Last Updated: November 18, 2014