Instructed by the master of the craft: Andrew Brassard – this course teaches firefighters how to perform safe, aggressive, and thorough VES using fundamental and progressive techniques. In this two-day course, students will learn the principles, skills, and procedures involved in VES. Understand and develop the most efficient search skills and become a Vent Enter Search expert, so you are equipped to effectively serve your community as a firefighter.
This course offers a completely hands-on experience, as students learn first floor VES, second floor VES, ladder tips and tricks, and the where, when, why, and how of VES. This course provides advanced insights and techniques, based off NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology) and UL (Underwriters Laboratory) studies. This is where science meets the streets.
Apply what you’ve learned to our live fire environment, so you can most accurately master your skills before using these skills on the job. SFA Beyond the Academy courses provide qualified and active firefighters with the opportunity to learn specialized skills and advanced techniques using custom SFA equipment and props. These courses are taught by expert instructors with vast real-life experience. Become the best, trained by the best.
Firefighter Pre-Service – Firefighter II – NFPA 1001
This course includes training on:
- Throwing ladders and ladder operations
- Search tactics
- Fire and smoke conditions
- Patient removal techniques
All training is conducted safely in accordance with Section 21 Guidance Notes, NFPA Standards for Increased Hazard Exposure Training, and experienced Southwest Fire Academy instructors with a 5:1 student to instructor ratio.
Candidates successful in this program will receive a certificate of completion from Southwest Fire Academy. The OFMEM does not administer testing for this course.
What is Included
- Access to SFA equipment
- Certificate of completion
- Note: SCBA and PPE are available to rent, for an additional fee
What to Bring
- CSA approved footwear
- Bunker Gear and SCBA, with a spare cylinder
- Station workwear (long pants required)
Please note: if this course is not filled to 75% capacity 7 days before it is scheduled to begin, it may be cancelled. In the event of course cancellation, you will be provided adequate notice and a full refund.
Accommodations may be available upon request for the duration of your program. If you are staying for one or two nights, the flat rate for accommodations is $50 plus taxes. If you are staying for three or more nights, the fee is $100 plus taxes, total. Regardless of how long you are on campus, your fee will not exceed $100 plus taxes. This fee grants you access to your bunk, a communal kitchen, parking, and washroom/shower facilities. Please contact SFA at 705-510-9501 or email@example.com with advanced notice, to reserve your spot.