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US Fire Administration - National Fire Academy

North Carolina Weekend – Emmitsburg, Maryland

2-day On-Campus Program at the National Fire Academy (State Weekend)

November 18-20, 2016

The 2-Day on-Campus Program (formerly State Weekend Program) is targeted for fire service personnel with a minimum of 3 years’ experience. Most 2-day courses are designed for mid-level officers rather than chief officers or firefighters.

2016 NFA Weekend Schedule

November 18, 2015- Travel Day
4:00 - 6:00 PM - Registration
5:00 PM - Dinner (campus cafeteria)
6:15 PM - Opening Session (ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY)
7:00 PM - Classes begin
9:00 PM - Classes end for the day

November 19, 2016
8:00 AM - Classes resume
5:00 PM - Classes end for the day

November 20, 2016
8:00 AM - Classes resume
2:00 PM - Classes end

Students: Read and following instructions prior to registering.

To apply for a course you need a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID). This number will be used in place of a Social Security Number on General Admissions Application forms. This includes applications for the 2-day on-campus program (the State Weekend Program). Please click on the link below to obtain your SID. The process takes about 10 minutes.

Register for SID: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register

Eligibility to receive a certificate of completion requires class attendance both Saturday and Sunday. Failure to do so, will result in your entire department being banned from State Weekend programs for a period of 3 years. If you have an emergency, and must leave the campus, please contact Student Services in Building “C” and ask them to inform Wayne Bailey.

Registration: $80.00 fee covers meals in the Campus Cafeteria - Friday dinner through Sunday lunch (at the campus cafeteria), a recreation pass, socials and favors. Lodging and course costs are absorbed by the Academy. Transportation expenses and meals in route and return are the responsibility of the student.

Please note that alcohol will not be purchased by NC DOI OSFM or the NC Associations of Fire Chiefs. Alcohol will be available for purchase by individuals in the Pub.

REGISTRATION FEE MUST BE PAID ONLINE

Application Deadline: Online registration and payment is required AND a hard copy of Form 119-25- https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/ff_119_25_2_75_5a.pdf must be mailed to the address below, postmarked no later than August 31st, 2016.

NC OSFM
ATTN: NFA Weekend
1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27609-1202

Online payment and registration must be completed before the hard copy of the application is reviewed for consideration.

Each application will be reviewed to determine participation eligibility. Applications received by our office, without a Student Identification Number (SID) and/or online payment, as indicated above, will not be processed.

Individual applicants will be notified, by email, of acceptance or denial on or before October 1st. Please provide a valid email address on your NFA application and online registration.

Refunds will not be issued after October 15, 2016.

COURSE SELECTIONS

You will be asked for first, second and third class choices. Every effort will be made to place you in your first choice however it is not always possible. Please make sure you really wish to take the second and third choices. If a second or third choice is not indicated on your application you will be placed in a class with the lowest registration numbers.

W0290 - Training Operations in Small Departments

This 2-day course is designed to provide students with some basic tools and skills to coordinate training in a small fire/EMS organization. A training function in a smaller department typically may include conducting training drills and coordinating training with a nearby larger city or State training function. Course content includes Leadership issues in fire service training, such as why and how the local training officer must be a catalyst for change, and personal motivators within the department. Identifying the legal issues affecting the training function, including an understanding of a standard of care, and the impact of OSHA and NFPA standards. Safety considerations in training. Marketing training internally. Identifying ways to justify training needs. Resolving training conflicts using appropriate conflict resolution techniques. Selecting and evaluating training curriculum and materials from outside sources. Effective delivery and evaluation of training.

Selection Criteria: Fire and rescue personnel who coordinate training in small departments. Volunteer firefighters and officers who instruct in small fire and rescue departments. Fire personnel serving on training committees. Training officers in volunteer fire departments.

NOTE: Students who have taken NFA's Challenges for Local Training Officers through the Volunteer Incentive Program are not encouraged to take NFA's Training Operations in Small Departments.

W0636 – Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

This two-day course is designed to help fire and emergency services learn what community risk reduction is and how to build organizational support for it. This course will address the challenges that fire departments face in shifting their priorities from response to prevention. In many departments, community risk reduction is still considered a low priority. This course will show you how community risk reduction can help you and your department become more of a community player in times of decreased budgets.

This course includes three units of instruction:

  • Unit 1: Components of Community Risk Reduction.
  • Unit 2: Community Risk Reduction as a Service Priority.
  • Unit 3: Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction.

At the end of this course, students will be evaluated through a 25-question multiple-choice examination. A final grade will be provided to each student. The minimum score needed to pass is 70.

There is a pre-course assignment to complete before class that should take about one hour to complete.

Selection criteria: The target audience for this course may include the following:

  • Fire and emergency services personnel who want to learn about community risk reduction.
  • Fire and emergency services personnel who are currently involved with fire prevention and have an interest in advancing risk-reduction efforts in their community.

Prerequisites: None

W0379 - Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

Curriculum - Arson

This course is designed specifically to provide a clear definition of the role of the first responder in arson detection and provide essential knowledge to enable them to recognize the potential of intentionally set fires, preservation and protection of evidence, and proper reporting of information to appropriate officials. By strengthening the partnership between first responders and investigators, the chances for successfully solving arson-related crimes will increase. The course includes topics such as fire behavior, critical observations of the first responder, fire causes, scene security and evidence preservation, legal considerations, and documentation of findings.

This course is designed for all fire and emergency services personnel who might conduct preliminary investigations into the origin and cause of fires.

Interested students must complete Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Q0379) available through NFA Online at: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa/courses/online.html prior to participating in this classroom based course. Students who do not complete this prerequisite course requirement and provide proof of completion will not be issued a National Fire Academy completion certificate.

Selection Criteria: Fire and emergency services personnel who respond to fires or might conduct preliminary investigations into the origin and cause of fires.

Prerequisites:

  1. ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online at www.usfa.dhs.gov/nfa/nfaonline. Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  2. Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders (Q0379) available through NFA Online at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa/courses/online.html NOTE: You will not be permitted to attend class if you do not complete this prerequisite requirement.

W0455 – Strategy and Tactics for the Initial Company (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

This two-day course is designed to meet the needs of Company Officers (COs) responsible for managing the operations of one or more companies during structural firefighting operations. This course is designed to develop the management skills needed by COs to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires.

Selection criteria: Senior firefighters who may at times assume the responsibilities of the CO (National Fire Protection Association 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Level II).

Prerequisites: None

W0633 –Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention Level 1 (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

This two-day course is based on the requirements of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1035 pertaining to the Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention — Level 1. This course empowers students with a broad understanding of the knowledge, skills and abilities that the Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention — Level 1 should have as requirements of NFPA Standard 1035 pertaining to youth firesetting. This course is for the practitioner who provides services at the program delivery level.

This course covers the following:

  • Review of NFPA 1035 for Youth Firesetting Intervention Specialist — Level 1.
  • The extent of the youth firesetting problem and justification for local youth firesetting prevention and intervention programs.
  • Examination of the typologies of firesetting and the motivation behind firesetting behaviors.
  • Identification, intake, screening, disposition and follow-up.
  • Youth firesetting educational interventions.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain national trends in youth firesetting and compare those trends to the statistics from their home communities.
  • Classify the typologies of youth firesetting.
  • Explain intervention options to mitigate youth firesetting behavior.
  • Present an educational intervention for a Youth Firesetting Prevention and Intervention Program.

Selection criteria: Students either have or will have responsibilities as the practitioner who provides services at the program delivery level. This includes the person who is responsible for the identification, intake, screening, educational intervention, follow-up, and evaluation of the program services and results. Students representing the fire service are encouraged to partner with other agencies for this training. Partners can include but are not limited to fire investigators, law enforcement, mental health, social services, juvenile justice, or other stakeholders who can assist in building and maintaining programs in their communities.

Prerequisites: None

W0760 - New Fire Chief I: Challenging Issues (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

This two-day course is designed to develop the managerial, administrative and leadership skills necessary for the first time fire chief and chief officer who desire a leadership position in their department. This course addresses critical knowledge and skills pertaining to the responsibilities of a fire chief, including such topics as local politics and the role of the chief officer, liability and risk management, and resources and items of knowledge needed to become a first time leader in a new position in his or her agency.

For specific questions concerning this course, please contact Kevin Brame by email at Kevin.Brame@fema.dhs.gov or by phone at 301-447-1069.

Selection criteria: The primary candidates for this course include new or emerging chief officers in a volunteer or combination fire department or emergency service organization. The secondary candidates are new career chiefs, department leaders or emerging leaders of a fire department or emergency service organization. This course is open to all interested emergency services personnel, including volunteer, career and allied professionals. The class is intended primarily for those who have served or will begin to serve soon in leadership positions and who seek to learn more effective ways of managing and leading their agency.

Prerequisites: None

W0761 – New Fire Chief II: Administrative Issues (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

This two-day course is to provide students with the managerial, administrative and leadership skills and awareness necessary for new or recently appointed or elected chiefs to effectively meet their obligations of the position.

Selection criteria: The primary audience is newly appointed fire chiefs in volunteer, combination or career departments, as well as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) chiefs.

The secondary audience is department leaders and current officers who may become fire chiefs, as well as local government administrators and elected officials who are involved in the administration of a fire department or EMS.

Prerequisites: None

W0762 – New Chief III: Contemporary Issues (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

This two-day course will develop the managerial skills, leadership skills, and contemporary issues and awareness necessary for newly appointed or elected fire chiefs to effectively meet their obligations. The course will help to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for them to perform effectively now and in the future.

Selection criteria:

  • The primary audience is newly appointed or elected fire chiefs in volunteer, combination or career departments.
  • The secondary audience is departmental leaders who may become fire chiefs and local-level government administrators and elected officials, including fire district commissioners, board members, etc.

Prerequisites: None

W0730 - Health and Safety Officer (Revised) (Course available only during NFA Sponsored State Weekends)

This two-day course examines the Health and Safety Officer's role in identifying, evaluating and implementing policy and procedures that affect health and safety aspects for emergency responders. Risk analysis, wellness, and other occupational safety issues will be the main emphasis of this course.

Selection criteria: Individuals who have department-level health and safety responsibilities. Individuals attending this course should have working knowledge of the Incident Command System as taught by the National Fire Academy, working knowledge of applicable National Fire Protection Association and Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements and recommendations, and responsibility for setting policy for the department on such issues.

Prerequisites: None

Registration Information

NFA Application Form 119-25-2

Online Registration: http://membercenter.ncafc.com/event-2273758

Contact Emily Narron at emily.narron@ncdoi.gov or Devin Cockrell at devin.cockrell@ncdoi.gov if you have any questions.