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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.

    Find out how to register and access your online class 

     

  • Florida Fire Prevention Code Update - NFPA 1 

     

    **Note: The college will be closed for Winter Break December 17-January 2. Students will be unable to register for the Fire Science online CEU courses during this time. Students already enrolled into these classes will be able to access during the break.** 

     

    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  

     

    **Note: The college will be closed for Winter Break December 17-January 2. Students will be unable to register for the Fire Science online CEU courses during this time. Students already enrolled into these classes will be able to access during the break.** 

     

    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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  • Fire Cause & Origins 

     

    **Note: The college will be closed for Winter Break December 17-January 2. Students will be unable to register for the Fire Science online CEU courses during this time. Students already enrolled into these classes will be able to access during the break.** 

     

    8.0 CEU's     $75.00 for class;

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

    Fire Cause & Origins is a blended class consisting of a four hour online component and a four hour on-site burn investigation. Students will be required to complete the online portion before attending the mandatory burn scene investigation. Topics discussed will be photographing the scene, taking evidence (where needed), and report writing documenting the investigation. This class is one in a series designed to give certified inspectors and investigators an opportunity to earn CEU’s toward re-certification.
     

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  • Changes to NFPA 13 for Storage 

    **Note: The college will be closed for Winter Break December 17-January 2. Students will be unable to register for the Fire Science online CEU courses during this time. Students already enrolled into these classes will be able to access during the break.** 

     

    4.0 CEU's     $30.00 for class

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


    This class will discuss some of the major changes to the 2016 edition of NFPA 13 in regards to fire inspections and relation to storage protection. While the 2016 edition is not being used currently, it is available to designers as a performance based option and fire service personnel should be familiar with the changes. Some of the changes will affect costs and be attractive to builders and designers.

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  • Apartments, Rooming Houses and Hotels  

     

     **Note: The college will be closed for Winter Break December 17-January 2. Students will be unable to register for the Fire Science online CEU courses during this time. Students already enrolled into these classes will be able to access during the break.** 

     

      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  

     

    **Note: The college will be closed for Winter Break December 17-January 2. Students will be unable to register for the Fire Science online CEU courses during this time. Students already enrolled into these classes will be able to access during the break.** 

     

    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 

     

    **Note: The college will be closed for Winter Break December 17-January 2. Students will be unable to register for the Fire Science online CEU courses during this time. Students already enrolled into these classes will be able to access during the break.** 

     

     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 

     

    **Note: The college will be closed for Winter Break December 17-January 2. Students will be unable to register for the Fire Science online CEU courses during this time. Students already enrolled into these classes will be able to access during the break.** 

     

     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 

     

    **Note: The college will be closed for Winter Break December 17-January 2. Students will be unable to register for the Fire Science online CEU courses during this time. Students already enrolled into these classes will be able to access during the break.** 

     

     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 

     

    **Note: The college will be closed for Winter Break December 17-January 2. Students will be unable to register for the Fire Science online CEU courses during this time. Students already enrolled into these classes will be able to access during the break.** 

     

     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

    Emergency Use & Evacuation of Elevators by Firefighters

    2016-12-02
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $70.00
    SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N. in Clearwater, Room 2-429

    Emergency Use & Evacuation of Elevators by Firefighters is based on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.4 standard Guide for Emergency Personnel. Tailored specifically for fire personnel, this course is delivered in a classroom setting. The first half is an instructor led discussion followed by a hands-on practical application covering techniques identified during the lecture. There are five main objectives identified: 1) identifying types of passenger elevators; 2) discussing evacuation procedures from stuck elevators; 3) practicing evacuation procedures from stuck elevators; 4) discussing use of Fireman Control Phase I & Phase II during fire emergencies; 5) practicing with Fireman Control Phase I & Phase II under controlled conditions.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2016-11-25

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    Live Fire Training Instructor I Refresher

    2016-12-16
    8 :30 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m.
    $85.00
    SPC Fire Training Center, 5005 126th Ave N. in Clearwater

    This refresher course is designed to satisfy the FSFC recertification requirement for Live Fire Training Instructors. Students must provide a copy of their LFTI I Certification 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. Once registered, please fax this information to (727) 499-4676 or scan and email to bain.gabrielle@spcollege.edu.

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

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2016-12-09

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    Aerial Apparatus Operations

    2017-01-09 - 2017-01-13
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $360.00
    SPC Fire Training Center, 5005 126th Ave N. in Clearwater

    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.

    Gloves, helmet, & proper attire for water pumping exercises, IFSTA Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition ISBN 978-0-87939-571-1. This may also be purchased at St. Pete Gibbs Bookstore, 6700 7th Ave. N in St. Petersburg.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-01-02

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    Gordon Graham

    2017-01-11
    8 :30 a.m. - 4 :30 p.m.
    $120.00 Cost includes Lunch.
    SPC Allstate Center, 3200 34th Street S. in St. Petersburg, Florida Room

    The St. Petersburg College Fire and Public Safety Training Center is thrilled to welcome speaker Gordon Graham to the SPC Allstate Center. Mr. Graham is a 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement and founder of Lexipol, a company designed to standardize policy, procedure and training in public safety operations. Along with Chief Billy Goldfeder, Mr. Graham is the co-founder of Firefighterclosecalls.com. He assisted the IAFC in building their successful website Firfighternearmiss.com. In 2001 he developed the “Six Minutes for Safety” for the United States Forest Service. This program has been credited with reducing wildland firefighter injuries and deaths. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence from the IAFC for his lifelong work in improving firefighter safety and performance. Find out more on his website, www.gordongraham.com. Topics discussed will be 5 Concurrent Themes for Success, Supervision 101, Ethical Decision Making, and The Top Ten Things that get Firefighters in Trouble.

    Lunch will be provided. Please contact Stephanie Calvert, 727-302-6873 or calvert.stephanie@spcollege.edu, with questions on registration.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2016-12-16

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    Fire Service Hydraulics

    2017-01-30
    2017-01-31
    2017-02-02
    2017-02-06
    2017-02-08
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $275.00
    SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N. in Clearwater, Room 2-423

    This 40 hour course covers relationship flow, pressure, and mathematical hydraulic formulas. Fire hydraulics is an introduction to the principle, variables, and calculations concerning the practical application of water as utilized in the fire service. An overview of fire characteristics, properties of water, apparatus & appliances, fire streams, and hydraulic calculations will be addressed to establish a functional understanding of fireground hydraulics. This creates a baseline for the introduction of quick fireground hydraulics or “Rule of Hand” Calculation.

    Required Text & Materials: IFSTA “Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook” 3rd edition ISBN 978-0-87939-571-1 and simple calculator with square root function. This may also be purchased at St. Pete Gibbs Bookstore, 6700 7th Ave. N in St. Petersburg.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-01-23

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    Apparatus Pump Operator

    2017-02-14
    2017-02-17
    2017-02-20
    2017-02-23
    2017-02-24
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $310.00
    SPC Fire Training Center, 5005 126th Ave N. in Clearwater

    The curriculum will cover the laws, rules, & driving techniques for emergency vehicles, as well as basic fireground hydraulics. Fireground evolutions are a large component of the practical portion on the course. The evolutions include use of preconnected lines, tandem pumping, drafting, relays, and master streams. Student should have a basic understanding of fire stream hydraulics as demonstrated in Firefighter I and Firefighter II prior to registering.

    Required Text & Materials: Gloves, helmet, & proper attire for water pumping exercises, IFSTA Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition ISBN 978-0-87939-571-1. This may also be purchased at St. Pete Gibbs Bookstore, 6700 7th Ave. N in St. Petersburg.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-02-07

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    NFA Leadership I for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Company Success

    2017-03-16 - 2017-03-17
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $165.00
    SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N. in Clearwater, Room 2-423

    This two-day course presents the Company Officer (CO) with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course includes techniques and approaches to problem-solving, ways to identify and assess the needs of the CO's subordinates, methods for running meetings effectively in the fire service environment, and decision-making skills for the CO. This course is a prerequisite to the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-03-09

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    NFA Leadership II for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Personal Success

    2017-03-20 - 2017-03-21
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $165.00
    SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N. in Clearwater, Room 2-423

    This two-day course provides the Company Officer (CO) with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course addresses ethics, use and abuse of power at the CO level, creativity in the fire service environment, and management of the multiple roles of the CO. This course is a prerequisite to the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-03-13

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    NFA Leadership III for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Supervisory Success

    2017-03-23 - 2017-03-24
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $165.00
    SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N. in Clearwater, Room 2-423

    This two-day course provides the Company Officer (CO) with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment. The course covers when and how to delegate to subordinates, assess personal leadership styles through situational leadership, discipline subordinates, and apply coaching/motivating techniques. This course is a prerequisite to the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-03-16

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    NFA Shaping the Future

    2017-03-27 - 2017-03-28
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $165.00
    SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N. in Clearwater, Room 2-423

    This two-day course is designed to assist first- and second-level supervisors and Company Officers (COs) in developing knowledge and skills in contemporary approaches to organizational problem-solving. Topics include use of creative approaches to identifying trends within their organizations; applying problem-solving methodologies; the importance and application of continuous improvement within organizations; how to quantify problems and solutions; factors in organizational and individual resistance to change; and strategies for implementing change. The course incorporates facilitated, student-centered methodologies, including lecture, small and large group activities, and individual assessments. This course is a prerequisite to the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-03-20

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    Aerial Apparatus Operations

    2017-04-17 - 2017-04-21
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $360.00
    SPC Fire Training Center, 5005 126th Ave N. in Clearwater.

    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.

    Gloves, helmet, & proper attire for water pumping exercises, IFSTA Pumping and Aerial Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition ISBN 978-0-87939-571-1. This may also be purchased at St. Pete Gibbs Bookstore, 6700 7th Ave. N in St. Petersburg.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-04-11

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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