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    I am a Lt. for a small combination department in Colorado. We are in definate need of training some of of our younger officers. The problem is that as volunteers, we don't have the resourses to give long drawn out classes or attend Officer Academies. Does anyone know of Fire Officer 1 classes that can be taken online, or any other way than the traditional class room approach?
    Also, does anyone else have the same problems, and if so, how does your department handle training for officers?
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    Sure, most Fire Colleges provide the majority of FO 1 as a distance education module. You may have to attend a few classes in person, but if you have multiple students enrolled, you may be able to bring them out to conduct those locally (or get your local community college to schedule/proctor it).

    Contact your state college first, but if no luck there, i know of a couple of local guys who did it through Texas A&M Fire College.


    As for alternatives to big school, we use a standard prep list of small certifications for ours including:

    -Strategies and Tactics (3 Days)
    -Incident Safety Officer (2 Days)
    -ICS 100/200 (4 Days)
    -S215(Wildland/Interface Strategy and Tactics - 2 Days)

    Throughout, we have the Jones & Bartlett Officer 1 manuals, so they home study the content of that, as well as Brunacini's "Fire Command". We condcut a couple of internal tactical training sessions given by me, and if they want to pursue the FO 1, they can do it as correspondence through the local Fire College.
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    Where are you located in Colorado?

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    FWIW, try to get them into at least as many traditional group officer classes as you can.

    You can get the book learning end of officer training online but you can't match the cross-pollination of ideas and viewpoints that occurs in a classroom that way.

    The most important part of many officer courses often takes place during coffee breaks and lunch when classmates connect and make each other a part of their extended fire service networks. Those networks are ultimately far more important than the paper certification.
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    Woodland Park
    Oh my that brings back memories of Farrish Reservoir and the hike to Stanley Reservoir when stationed at USAFA in the Springs.
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    Cool, I grew up in Boulder and have been transplanted to Oklahoma. I am just curious what comes of your question as well. I am on a small department and anytime training is brought up my ears perk up to see how everybody else is addressing the issue.

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    Keep in mind here that AFG Program Guidance frowns heavily on "home study" or courses that are not "instructor led, hands-on and lead to National or State certifications".
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    I know that TEEX will come in and do full tilt get it done classes on weekends under certain circumstances. Haz mat and EMS related both. www.teexwmdcampus.cpm
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