Labette Community College hosts an annual fire school held each May and/or June (see Calendar of Events) for firefighters throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The Kansas State Firefighters Association, Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute (KU), and the State Fire Marshal's Office, as well as other agencies, provide the instructors.
Course offerings are updated each year. LCC's Fire Science Advisory Board meets annually to make the selections.
2020 Fire School Information
Course Descriptions | Printable Course Description List
Ladders: Understanding the parts and functions of all types of ladders. Covering the different ways to carry ladders and throw ladders successfully in every situation. Understanding techniques to effectively work on the roof using roof ladders and the purpose of being aggressive in setting ladders on the fireground scene.
Search: Covering techniques and search methods that will give firefighters the confidence to aggressively search houses, apartments, and commercial buildings. Techniques for things to look for upon arrival and while searching.
Vent: This topic will cover the importance of ventilation and why it is needed on the fireground and when it is needed on the fireground. Covering topics of cutting on residential, apartments, and commercial buildings. Ventilation will also cover the different types of cuts on roofs and what saws you can use on different roofs.
This class will be a lecture, focusing on the senior firefighter and their ever changing role in the department. The class will be beneficial not only to the experienced firefighter looking to transition into a leadership role, but also those starting out looking to gain insight going forward, and everyone in between. Our goal is to shed some light on the importance of the senior firefighter, their past contributions and their role in the modern fire service.
Do you think aggression is bad in the fire service? Are members that are highly educated in the job a threat? This class will be a presentation about the good and bad side of aggression in the fire service. We will also cover education in the fire service and how aggression can be used for a positive outcome if dealt with correctly. In this class open discussion is strongly encouraged and some tough questions will be asked about where we are as a fire service.
This course helps bridge the gap between science and the fireground. Explaining the fundamentals of physics to improve our efficiency on the job, tool selections and tactics. By improving understanding of basic sciences we can better apply studies and research being presented and effecting tactics.
Community Service isn’t just about putting white/wet stuff on the red/hot stuff anymore! Good or bad our communities expect more than that in our society. How can we use our “Fire Brotherhood” as a tool for support when it matters most in the future? Chief Ward will examine success stories around the country and help those in attendance look at opportunities that are there for us each and every day to get “our” citizens or better yet voters on “Our” side for issues when it really counts.
In this class we will discuss pride and passion in the fire service. We will also discuss how your pride and passion can, at times, make you a target and how to work through these issues. We will also dive into the importance of having informal leadership in your department, and what it means to be a leader without rank.
This class will give the student an opportunity to gain some hands-on training with everything engine. We will show that using the “ Big Line” can and should be used when needed and that it’s possible while understaffed. The student will rotate through different groups with instructors from small and medium sized departments to give the maximum amount of knowledge to take home and try. There will be a short classroom session and the remainder will be spent hands-on. A minimum of bunker gear is required and an SCBA is preferred if possible. This class has a limit of 25 participants.
This hands-on course covers the down and dirty truth of moving water. Topics covered include drafting, hydrant supply, relay pumping, tandem pumping, and more. Students will learn various methods to ensure that the proper flow and pressures are being delivered to their firefighters and water supply is maintained. From hand lines to master streams, students will leave with the confidence to control their water and make the most of it!
During an era of information overload, this lecture will explore the important role fire officers and fire service leaders have in researching and vetting information. The instructor will also discuss why integrity and commitment are important leadership traits in the fire service and the impact that leaders and instructors have on the future of an organization.
This class will look deep into your departments training program when dealing with the lack of motivation and the individuals that have a direct effect on it. We will explore why there is a lack of motivation in your departments training and how we can overcome this. This class will provide you some information for you to take back and use at your department and give that extra boost of motivation where it may be needed. This class is broken down into two segments. The first is looking at why we don't train, and how that can lead to a lack of motivation. In addition, when we are training are we making the training stagnant, are we keeping the interest of everyone involved? Are the personnel at training there for the right or the wrong reasons? The second segment being, how to use our emotions to motivate us to train. What happens when there is a lack of training and we only give a small percentage of effort? We answer these questions and more during this class.
In this course we will cover the basics of farm extrication. This will include handling emergencies involving tractors, implements, combines, grain trucks, and other various hazards found on a farm. Incidents involving PTO entrapment as well as overturns will be covered.
This class covers the tactic of “Large Area Search” and the various methods to complete it. Students will develop their skills in simulated large area searches with victims and rescues. This class also covers air management, firefighter survival, and thermal imaging topics.
The fire service is rapidly changing and evolving, leaving many departments wondering how to keep up. Evolving from a primarily skill-driven profession, firefighting now requires expert problem solving skills, advanced critical thinking, superior fire ground judgments, and an excellent skill set. These abilities are no longer solely the responsibility of command staff, but are the expectation of every firefighter. The challenge is how to effectively and efficiently create and implement a training program that facilitates the development of these abilities. Join one of Missouri’s best fire service instructors for a dynamic class that will empower you to help facilitate growth and change in yourself and others. This class will examine how to effectively evaluate your training system, identify teaching strategies that actively engage participants, explore ways to incorporate evidence-based practices/tactics into training and so much more.
For this vehicle extrication class, we will explore and destroy vehicles utilizing current techniques that actually work on the highway. This class will begin with an interactive classroom session where we will work in small groups and utilize interactive media (phones) to evaluate the difference in modern vehicles vs. cars of the past. We will take a break and head to the parking lot and begin hands on application and collaboration learning. Each student will have personal attention from instructors who have applied current techniques in real life. The course will be highly interactive and contain a tremendous hands on portion.
This class will cover stretching and advancing hand lines, Searching off the line, Fire room ops, flowing while moving and many other first in Engine company skills. All will be done under live fire with realistic fireground conditions. This course has an extra fee of $40 and a 25 student limit.
Discussing personal experience in dealing with the Line of Duty Death of my first husband Lt. Bryon Johnson of Sedgwick County Fire District #1 in 2007. Discuss the importance of firefighter health, safety and training. Often, after a certain amount of time a department, firefighters become complacent in their day to day routine. They may take their knowledge and procedure training for granted. When these things come together, injury or on the job death may occur. These two events cause tragedy not only to the family of the fallen but to the department as well. Keeping health, safety and training at the forefront of every day, every shift and every scene, is essential for survival.
In this course we have the skills trailer available for hands on evolutions. The firefighter is exposed to actual fire fighting skills with direct supervision by KSFFA instructors. The firefighter will learn to be confident in the use of ladders, forcible entry tools, PPE, SCBA, and search and rescue skills. A must course for all firefighters new or seasoned.
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This session is Part 2 of a blended learning format with a focus on short, verbal presentations of assorted fire service topics by students participating as group leaders in various classroom-based activities. Every participant is required to perform the role of group leader in this training format. Additionally, all students are assigned a 15-minute presentation to deliver to the class on the final day of the seminar. Note: All students must first complete the online portion (Part 1) of the training before attending.