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Firefighter In-Service Training

  • St. Petersburg College provides advanced specialized training for fire professionals at the SPC Fire and Public Safety Training Center and at fire stations throughout Pinellas County.

  • Online Fire Inspector and Instructor CEUs

    Florida Certified Fire Inspectors and Instructors can earn CEU's toward their recertification online.

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  • Florida Fire Prevention Code Update - NFPA 1 

    **Please Note: You will not be able to access online CEU classes in My Courses, Friday July 24th - Sunday July 26th** 

     

    8.0 CEU's     $30.00 for class      

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III


    This course is designed to make inspectors aware of the changes in the Fire Code with the adoption of the 2012 edition of the codes, including Florida changes. The student will gain knowledge including but not limited to: who is responsible for making inspection occur; performance based options and how they are met; identifying different occupancy classifications; how to apply the multiple occupancy section; the process and need for emergency plans; recognize changes, deletions, and additions to open flames; life safety evaluations; working knowledge of means of egress and changes; understand the Florida changes as well as many other changes, additions, and deletions to the fire code.

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  • Florida Fire Prevention Code Update - NFPA 101 

    **Please Note: You will not be able to access online CEU classes in My Courses, Friday July 24th - Sunday July 26th** 

     

    8.0 CEU's     $30.00 for class     

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Fire Code Administrator
    • Instructor I, II, III


    This course will give students a better understanding of the new 2012 NFPA 101 and the State changes. Upon completion of this course students should be able to: understand the creation and history of NFPA 101; know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur; know the changes, deletions, and additions to pertinent chapters; know what a performance based option is and how they are met; be able to identify the different occupancy classifications; understand how to apply the multiple occupancy section; have a working knowledge of means of egress and changes to that section; understand the process and need for emergency plans; have a basic understanding of floor evacuation plans; understand the difference between new and existing occupancies; understand the changes to the Florida Code; recognize the changes, deletions and additions to the Annexes.

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  • Apartments, Rooming Houses and Hotels 

    **Please Note: You will not be able to access online CEU classes in My Courses, Friday July 24th - Sunday July 26th** 

     

     3.5 CEU's   $30.00 for class            

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III


    This class will discuss Apartments, Rooming Houses, and Hotels in regards to fire inspections; the requirements; the differences and; the frequency of inspections. It will use NFPA 1 and NFPA 101 as references. The class will cover definitions of Apartments, Rooming Houses, and Hotels; differentiation between rooming houses and single family dwellings; difference between hotel and dormitory; between new and existing hotels and apartments; between positive alarm sequence and pre-signal alarms frequency of inspections; and discuss setting policy on the frequency of re-inspections at these facilities.

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  • Electric Car Fires and Investigation 

    **Please Note: You will not be able to access online CEU classes in My Courses, Friday July 24th - Sunday July 26th** 

     

    4.0 CEU's   $30.00 for class      
     

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III


    A relatively new problem in the fire service and for investigators is the electric vehicle. This course will give a detailed familiarization of electric and hybrid vehicles and necessary safety procedures and concerns for Firefighters and Investigators.

    Upon successful completion of this lesson, the student shall be able to: Recognize the difference between an Electric Vehicle and a Hybrid Vehicle; Know the basic parts of EV's; Determine how they work and what the basic system or circuit looks like; Understand the different types of batteries found in these vehicles; Know the scope of the future problem represented by the number of these vehicles; Understand the storage problem posed by lithium-ion batteries; Define the term "Thermal Runaway"; Determine safe methods for extinguishing EV fires; Understand that due to the rapid changes occurring in technology, safety challenges will continuously evolve; Be familiarized with the Interim safety guidelines; Know that High Voltage Cables should not be cut and HV battery should not be tampered with; Understand what caused the recall of the Chevy Volt; Define what a Lithium-ion battery is made of and some basics of how it works; Know what a "Smart Key" is and how to deal with one; Be familiar with what a Hybrid vehicle is; Know where the disconnects and fuses for these types of vehicles are usually located; Understand and recognize the potential hazards associated with Electric and Hybrid vehicles.

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  • Fire Alarm Systems 

    **Please Note: You will not be able to access online CEU classes in My Courses, Friday July 24th - Sunday July 26th** 

     

     5.0 CEU's   $30.00 for class      

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III


    In order to give students a better understanding of the inspection of fire alarm systems and their components upon completion of this course, students should be able to: Define the different component systems that make-up a fire alarm system; Understand why inspections are done; Know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur; Know who may conduct inspections of fire alarm systems; Understand the content of the fire alarm systems inspection reports; Have an understanding of the history involving alarm systems and the code development; Understand and recognize the terms used in reference to fire alarm systems; Know the difference and the connotations of the words: Shall, Should, Will and May in codes; Understand the difference between the types of signals received by an alarm system; Know the difference between Passive and Active fire protection; Understand the system design process and FASFA Certification; Know the system and components must be listed; Recognize notification signals and devices used in an alarm system; Know the Basic System features of an alarm system; Understand the difference between a Protected Premises, Remote Station and Central Station Alarm System; Recognize initiation signals and devices used in an alarm system; Understand that devices are either manual or automatic; Recognize and understand the different types of detectors; Understand what should be looked at during an inspection; Understand the purpose and design of fire control panels; Be aware of the requirements of State Statute 633.01; Be aware of the ramifications of the adoption of the State Fire Codes.; Understand the requirements of State of Florida Administrative Code- Rule 4A-3.012; Know what is required on a system diagram or drawing; Understand compatibility of components and how the manual addresses them.

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  • Fire Behavior 

    **Please Note: You will not be able to access online CEU classes in My Courses, Friday July 24th - Sunday July 26th** 

     

     4.0 CEU's   $30.00 for class       

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III


    This class will give students a basic understanding of fire behavior and origin and cause determination. Upon successful completion of this lesson, the student shall be able to:

    Define fire; Determine the difference between endothermic and exothermic reactions; Describe physical and chemical changes of matter related to fire; Understand the fire triangle; Describe the four elements of the fire tetrahedron; Explain how the physical states of fuel affect the combustion process; Define combustible and flammable; Explain how oxygen concentration affects the combustion process; Describe heat; Define and understand Pyrolysis; Describe sources of heat energy; Describe spontaneous combustion; Have a basic understanding of electricity; Discuss the transmission of heat; Define flashpoint, fire point, autoignition temperature, and explosive limits; Understand the difference between Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, & Class K fires and how they are extinguished; Describe the stages of fire development within a compartment; Define rollover, flashover, and backdraft; Describe methods used to control and extinguish fire; Understand fire resistance; Understand the reason for investigation of fire and the applicable statutes; Understand the basics of origin and cause investigation; Recognize a "V" Pattern and why they occur; When to call for an Investigator.

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  • Hood Systems - Part One 

    **Please Note: You will not be able to access online CEU classes in My Courses, Friday July 24th - Sunday July 26th** 

     

     4.0 CEU's   $30.00 for class       

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III

    This course is an overview of hood and extinguishing systems. It is designed to familiarize Fire Inspectors with the operation, parts and design of hoods and extinguishing systems. There will also be an in-depth study of the laws and codes that apply to hoods and extinguishing systems. Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to: Define the different component systems that make-up a pre-engineered hood system; Understand why inspections are done; Know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur; Know who may conduct inspections of pre-engineered systems; Understand the content of the pre-engineered systems inspection reports; Be aware of the requirements of State Statute 633.061; Be aware of the requirements of State Statute 633.071; Understand the requirements of State of Florida Administrative Code- Rule 4A-21; Know what is required on a system diagram or drawing; Determine when a hood system is required; Understand the required format and content of the Manufacturer’s Manual; Determine when a hood and extinguishing system is required; Find the system specifications for parts; Understand how a system drawing is completed and submitted; Have a working knowledge of the history of hoods and extinguishing systems; Know the different types of tests performed on the system; Understand the Problems Unique to Commercial Cooking Equipment; Define Saponification.


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  • Hood Systems - Part Two 

    **Please Note: You will not be able to access online CEU classes in My Courses, Friday July 24th - Sunday July 26th** 

     

     4.5 CEU's   $30.00 for class    
     

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III


    This course will give the student a better understanding of the inspection of hood systems and their components. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to: Define the different component systems that make-up a pre-engineered hood system; Understand why parts must be listed; Know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur; Know the difference between manufacturer and after-market parts; Understand what a mixed system is; Be aware of the requirements for the location of system cylinders; Recognize an illegal system; Be able to locate the UL "EX" number; Understand not to exceed actuation network limitation; Know and understand the installation of manual pull stations, piping and grease seals; Understand the different types of cable required; Recognize the proper placement and use of fusible links; Find the system specifications for parts; Understand how a system drawing is completed and submitted; Have a working knowledge of the shutoff valves; Know the different types of tests performed on the system; Recognize the proper wiring and cable design in the NEMA box; Know when an alarm system is required; Understand what is in and required by the owner's manual; Have a working knowledge of what a discharge test is and how they are accomplished; Know what a technician is required to do in a system inspection and recharge; Recognize when there is a problem in a system; Recognize and understand the use of water wash hood systems; Be familiar with Residential Hood Systems; Be familiar with Recirculating Hood Systems; Be familiar with Solid Fuel Cooking equipment.

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  • Current Classes

    Clandestine Lab Awareness for Firefighter

    2015-08-04
    8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    $49.00
    SPC EpiCenter 13805 58th Street N. Clearwater, FL Room 2-304

    Fire Fighters need to recognize products and chemicals that are commonly used in clandestine labs and they need to know how to treat a clandestine lab encounter. There are numerous hazards that are prevalent with methamphetamine production and the ability to identify and properly respond to those hazards is survival for a first responder. The course addresses methamphetamine history, effects, lab recognition and trend production and survival response. The course provides lifesaving information that can be shared with other first responders. 4 CUE's for Instructor I, II & III renewal.

    The course if taught by retired narcotics detective Randy Keys. Randy is a graduate of the National Drug Enforcement Officers Academy and was assigned to the DEA task force. While assigned to the DEA Randy held clan lab site safety and tactical entry certification. Currently, Randy teaches narcotic investigation courses and clan lab certification. Randy is a graduate of St. Leo College and has a B.S. in Criminal Justice.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2015-07-30

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    Test Review for FSFC Apparatus & Pump Operator Certification

    2015-08-17
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $85.00
    SPC Fire Training Center 5005 126th Ave. N. Clearwater, FL.

    Designed for those that have already taken Apparatus Pump Operator and Fire Service Hydraulics and are preparing to take that state exam for Apparatus & Pump Operator certification. This class will be a comprehensive review of all materials related to the certification test.

    Required Text & Materials: Students must bring a calculator that can perform square roots. Also, must bring a copy of "Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook", 2nd ed.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2015-08-12

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    Aerial Apparatus Operations

    2015-09-14 - 2015-09-18
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $360.00
    SPC Fire Training Center 5005 126th Ave N., Clearwater, FL 33760

    This course is designed to educate the driver/operator responsible for the driving and operation of apparatus equipped with aerial devices. It will meet the NFPA 1002, Standard for the Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications. The course will include types and construction of aerial apparatus, aerial inspection & maintenance, driving, positioning, stabilization, operation of articulating and telescoping aerial apparatus, strategies & tactics, and testing of aerial apparatus. Students will be exposed to several different types of aerial apparatus throughout the course. Case studies will be reviewed covering various NIOSH reports relating to aerial apparatus incidents. FSFC 703

    Required: Students must supply their own helmet, gloves and textbook - IFSTA Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator 2nd Edition ISBN 978-0-87939-359-5. Students must pre-register and pre-pay.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2015-09-08

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    When Things Go Bad: Street Smart Forcible Entry

    2015-09-25
    8 :30 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m.
    $159.00
    Fire Training Center 5005 126th Ave N. Clearwater

    Part of the When Things Go Bad series, this course is designed to teach street-smart techniques to make forcible entry a simple and more efficient task. Some areas that will be covered include conventional forcible entry, unconventional forcible entry including hasp & staples, slide bolts, chain and padlocks, ect. Additionally, burglar bar removal, rotary saw entry, concrete wall breaching, rollup door entry, and other methods will be demonstrated.

    Required Text & Materials: Students must provide PPE w/ SCBA

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2015-09-21

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    When Things Go Bad: Tricks of the Truck

    2015-10-05 - 2015-10-07
    8 :30 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m.
    $308.76
    SPC Fire Training Center 5005 126th Ave N, Clearwater, FL

    From When Things Go Bad, Inc.: To increase scene safety and productivity, truck company operations is a must. Whether it be the designated truck company or members from another apparatus completing these essential tasks, they need to be trained in the most efficient manner possible. In this 3-day course you will learn the tricks of the trade in regards to conventional forcible entry, unconventional forcible entry, through the lock, ground ladders, multiple search tactics, civilian rescue, flat & peaked roof ventilation, overhaul, saw techniques, enlarging openings and more. The responsibilities and tool assignments of all six positions of the truck will be practiced and understood.

    Students must provide PPE w/ SCBA

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2015-09-28

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    When Things Go Bad: Engine Company Ops-Making the Stretch

    2015-10-13
    8 :30 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m.
    $147.00
    SPC Fire Training Center, 5005 126th Ave N. Clearwater FL

    Getting water on the fire makes all of our other problems go away. It is the one thing we must do on every fire to stop the incident. Today's fire service has us doing more and more and we have lost the art of making a good stretch. This When Things Go Bad course begins with a brief classroom presentation to review target flow rates, the different types of nozzles and hose loads we will see in the field. We will learn about GPM vs. BTU and matching the weapon to the size of the fight. Techniques taught will include: Various Rig to the Door Stretches, The 5 positions of the Engine Company, Nozzle handling and Hose movement for short-staffed companies. After this class you will feel much more confident in making a great stretch. If you have hose on your rig, the citizens and your brothers assigned to other tasks on the fire ground expect that you can pull the right hose and get it into position quickly. Embrace the challenge!

    Students must provide their own PPE including SCBA.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2015-10-08

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    Live Fire Training Instructor I Refresher

    2015-10-20
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $85.00
    SPC Fire Training Center 5005 126th Ave. N. Clearwater, FL

    This refresher course is designed to satisfy the FSFC recertification requirement for Live Fire Training Instructors. Students must provide a copy of their LFTI and Instructor I, II or III certifications as well as verification of participation in live fire trainings as the Instructor-in-Charge or Safety Officer.

    Students MUST BRING the most recent copy of NFPA 1402 & 1403, 2012 eds. preferred.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2015-10-15

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    When Things Go Bad: Unconventional Ground Ladders

    2015-10-29
    8 :30 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m.
    $140.00
    SPC Fire Training Center 5005 126th Ave N. Clearwater, FL

    From When Things Go Bad, Inc.: This class will incorporate classroom presentation and practical applications to cover ladder facts, safety ratings, when a ladder should be taken out of service, ect. Outside training will focus on conventional and unconventional ground ladder skills in its entirety starting with multiple ladder raises and include marquee & shoot raise, ally raise, upside down balcony raise, rope butt, chicken wing, ground ladder victim removals, hoisting, gin poles, A-frames, climbing techniques, alternative leg & arm locks, and more. There will also be various micro-scenarios to allow the student the ability to apply learned material in realistic time sensitive situations.

    Students must provide their own PPE including SCBA. Long pants and closed shoes must be worn on the drill grounds.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2015-10-23

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    When Things Go Bad: Engine Company Ops-The Not So Routine Attack

    2015-11-10
    8 :30 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m.
    $147.00
    SPC Fire Training Center, 5005 126th Ave N. Clearwater, FL

    Getting water on the fire makes all of our other problem go away. It is the one thing we must do on every fire to stop the incident. Today's fire service has us doing more and more and we have lost the art of making a good stretch, especially when the stretch is beyond the reach of our pre-connect. This When Things Go Bad course begins with a brief classroom presentation discussing how to estimate the stretch and different setup options available to us. We will review hose construction basics and how true inner diameter and materials used affects our operation. Throughout we emphasize the importance of BIG FIRE=BIG WATER. Techniques taught will include: Hallway Stretch, Vertical Stretches including "Wall-Hole" and "Hoisting", The Courtyard Lay and the 2.5" Blitz. After this class you will feel much more confident in making a difficult stretch look easy. If you have hose on your rig, the citizens and your brothers assigned to other tasks on the fire ground expect that you can pull the right hose and get it into position quickly. Embrace the challenge!

    Students must provide their own PPE including SCBA.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2015-11-05

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    When Things Go Bad: Aggressive Interior Search & Rescue

    2015-11-16
    8 :30 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m.
    $112.00
    SPC Fire Training Center, 5005 126th Ave N. Clearwater, FL

    This course is part of the When Things Go Bad series and focuses on searching & locating civilians as well as firefighters safely and expeditiously. Multiple strategies for searching, depending on building layout and task at hand will be taught. Such skills as conventional & orientated search, vent-enter search, rope assisted search, large area/team search, and ect. will be covered. Orientation of the searchers will be stressed and tactics for reorientation and other problems that firefighters may encounter will be demonstrated and practiced. In addition, rescue techniques in the IDLH atmosphere will also be covered.

    Students must provide their own PPE including SCBA. Long pants and closed shoes must be worn on the drill grounds.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2015-11-11

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  • Other Programs Offered

    • Live Fire Training Instructor I - 40 hr.
    • Live Fire Training Adjunct Instructor I - 16 hr.
    • Class A & LP Gas Live Fire Structural Training - 8 hr.
    • Class A & LP Gas Live Fire Structural Training - 4 hr.
    • Physical Abilities Test - 4 hr.

    LP Gas Training Props

    • Flammable & Combustible Liquids
    • Above Ground LP Storage Tank Training
    • Live Car Fire Training