View Poll Results: VOLUNTEER FFs - What NFPA certifications do you have?

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  • Firefighter II

    34 79.07%
  • Instructor I

    13 30.23%
  • Instructor II

    4 9.30%
  • Instructor III

    2 4.65%
  • Fire Officer I

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    Default Volunteer FFs - What certifications do you have?

    This poll is for volunteer firefighters only. If you are a career firefighter, please answer the poll for career members.

    Please check all that apply on the poll at the top of this thread.
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    I am both...so I will answer this side with the certs I earned while a volly.

    FF1, Driver Operator, Officer, Instructor, Haz-Mat Technician, Hurst Jaws of Life Instructor

    I could add dozens of other classes, including NFA Field Courses to this list.

    I need to add my EMT, Wildland firefighter, and my Associate Degree in Fire Science.
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    Haz mat awareness nat. cert.
    Haz mat Operations 472 core, ppe,pc
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    AHA certified BLS instructor
    NFPA 1006 General requirements for tech. rescue
    Pa. DOH vehicle rescue technician

    A slew of other typical 4-24 hour classes offered by the community college we train through.

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    FFI and II (Both IFSAC certified, and HazMat Ops along with FFII). AEMT. I've got a bunch of other non-NFPA certificates as well as a few NFA classes. I've also got the Certified Wildland Firefighter class. Working on Instructor and Officer, Just waiting for them to come up in my area.
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    FF1, EMT-B, Emergency Vehicle Ops, HazMat, a bunch of NIMS/ICS courses and a bunch of in-house training, the most important being vehicle rescue.

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    I didn't respond to the poll but, just as a data point, I completed FF III and EMT as a volunteer before considering applying as a career firefighter.
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    Most of my certifications were earned while as a volunteer.......

    FFI/II; Fire & Life Safety Educator I/II; Instructor I/II; Officer I; Ice Rescue Technician; Haz-Mat Operations; NIMS 100-300; EMT-B and all my other EMS certs.

    Inspector I/II and Driver/Operator - Pumper as well as NIMS 400 were earned while on the job.

    Probably going to test for Haz-Mat Incident Commander through my VFD before the end of the year.
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    FFI, FFII, Haz Ops, Driver/Operator, Officer 1 and 2, ISO, HSO, Leadership 1,2,3. Trench Ops, Ropes 1 and 2. Extrication Tech. Many others I have forgotten.

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    FFI, FFII, FF survival, Evoc, Accident Extrication, Building construction, ISO 100, 200, and 700, EMT-B, AHA CPR & first aid instructor, and a couple more that aren't coming to my me at this moment.

    Also have my Associates in Fire Science

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    Essentials of FF, Intermediate FF, Advanced FF(Combined these three make FF1 and FF2), Hazmat Technician, NYS level 1 Fire investigator, Rope Rescue Technician, Auto Extrication, Fire Officer 1, ICS 100, 200, 700, 800, 300, EVOC, Pump Operator, Truck Company operations, Ice rescue awareness, Confined space Tech, Water rescue awareness, and a slew of other courses I cant think of right now.
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    My first volly put me through ff 1&2 along with instructor and officer (requirement for all line personnel). I had to go through an academy for career and recertified later on.
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    Certifications? Advanced EMT - Critical Care.

    Formal training? Lots. But while I have certificates, I don't consider them certifications.
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    FF1's my only big cert currently, going after FF2 at the end of this year.


    I have countless amounts of certifications in small stuff, like rope rescue and stuff.
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    FF1, FF2, Officer 1, Instructor 1, D/O Pumper, D/O Aerial, Haz-Ops, NIMS (100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800), NFA Safety Officer and Emergency Tech - Basic. I'm also certified as a Federal Air Management Administrator - fancy way of saying I teach people how to administer fit-testing.

    We're currently working on Haz-Tech for all our command officers. I'm also working on my Officer 2 and Instructor 2.

    Then countless additional certifications - rope, ice, Evoc... to many to list.

    My full-time job as a police sergeant and police instructor keeps my list pretty loaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    Certifications? Advanced EMT - Critical Care.
    What does "Advanced EMT - Critical Care" entail? Just curious as I've never heard of anything "critical care" below the Paramedic level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireMedic049 View Post
    What does "Advanced EMT - Critical Care" entail? Just curious as I've never heard of anything "critical care" below the Paramedic level.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AEMT-CC
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireMedic049 View Post
    What does "Advanced EMT - Critical Care" entail? Just curious as I've never heard of anything "critical care" below the Paramedic level.
    Picc got it - it's a NY thing. In general, the only difference (in field practice) is that some meds and procedures require permission from med control, while paramedics generally have standing orders for the entire protocol book.

    Becoming a critical care EMT (long known as a "Level Three") requires only two semesters worth of study - and that's strictly the EMS stuff. Nobody offers a degree in AEMT-CC. Most folks who are stepping up from basic do the AEMT-I (essentially a trauma tech, and not analagous to the national Intermediate) in the fall and the AEMT-CC in the spring. Classes have always been taught locally.

    Before paramedic training became more widely available (some early paramedics in this area routinely commuted 2-3 hours several nights a week to attend classes), the CC provided a way to deliver ALS to the masses. While paramedic numbers in the area have grown, it's still not unusual to hear a squad report enroute "Level 3."

    Re: Levels. In the early days, Level 1 was EMT Basic, Level 2 was Intermediate, Level 3 was Critical Care, and Level 4 was Paramedic. The terms still see use today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    Picc got it - it's a NY thing. In general, the only difference (in field practice) is that some meds and procedures require permission from med control, while paramedics generally have standing orders for the entire protocol book.

    Becoming a critical care EMT (long known as a "Level Three") requires only two semesters worth of study - and that's strictly the EMS stuff. Nobody offers a degree in AEMT-CC. Most folks who are stepping up from basic do the AEMT-I (essentially a trauma tech, and not analagous to the national Intermediate) in the fall and the AEMT-CC in the spring. Classes have always been taught locally.

    Before paramedic training became more widely available (some early paramedics in this area routinely commuted 2-3 hours several nights a week to attend classes), the CC provided a way to deliver ALS to the masses. While paramedic numbers in the area have grown, it's still not unusual to hear a squad report enroute "Level 3."

    Re: Levels. In the early days, Level 1 was EMT Basic, Level 2 was Intermediate, Level 3 was Critical Care, and Level 4 was Paramedic. The terms still see use today.
    I'm familiar with this type of thing, but not the terminology used in NY. When I lived in NC a number of years ago, they had an "Advanced Intermediate" level that sounds to be very similar to this.

    In PA a "critical care" Paramedic is typically part of a flight crew or some other high acuity care team and authorized to do things beyond what a Paramedic on a "common" ambulance or response unit can do.
    I'd never heard of the "critical care" label being used for an overall provider level whose skill set doesn't actually include "critical care" treatment beyond what would be the normal scope of practice for others at that level.

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    FF1, HAZMAT Awareness and Ops (Proboard), all the NIMS courses and like everyone else said, other certs from the community college that hosts the classes. Going for FF2 and Fire Officer 1 as soon as possible.
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    NY is finally working toward national standards vs their own. The current Intermediate is a dying breed, and with the availability of a paramedic program at the local community college, most folks who want to advance beyond Basic are taking the time to go paramedic.

    Those of us who have been around for a while aren't usually interested in devoting 18 months to two years to upgrading to paramedic, repeating much of the material we've already had. If a bridge program was offered, maybe.

    I suspect that as us old-timer I's and CC's get out of the business, things may well go the way of Delaware, which, as I understand it has only EMT-B and Paramedic.
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    Besides the listed in the poll...I got inspector, investigator, aircraft firefighter, evoc, haz-mat tech, extrication, trench rescue, ice rescue, confined space rescue, officer I & II, driver operator both engine and ladder, all the ICS crap, incident safety officer and health and safety officer.


    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    I suspect that as us old-timer I's and CC's get out of the business, things may well go the way of Delaware, which, as I understand it has only EMT-B and Paramedic.
    This is what Wisconsin is leaning to. Some of the EMT-I skills will got to the basic level and all the drugs will go to the paramedic level. It is still being debated in Madison but that seems to be the trend.
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    I have none of the courses listed. When I got into the fire service none of those courses were being taught. EMS back then was scrape them off the road. throw them on a stretcher, and drive like hell to the hospital. I guess things have changed a bit. Here are the ones I can remember. It has been 43 years for some of them. Most of them exist under some other name now.

    Essentials of Firemanship
    Initial Fire Attack
    Pump Operator
    Ladder Company Operation
    Heavy Rescue
    Training Officers Workshop I/II
    Educational Methodology
    NFA Leadership I/II/II
    Pump Testing Train the Trainer
    Basic Firefighter
    EVOC
    Fire Investigation
    Confined Space Awareness
    Hazmat Awareness/Operations/Technician

    Oh yes, the 1st 2 levels of NIMS. They were the biggest waste of time. A tanker may have wings on it in Calif. but it is something that FD's the rural areas have here.

    Going to take a FF1 course next month to see what they are now teaching.
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