Fire School

The  Annual 2020 Indian Hills Fire School will be held on the North Campus of Indian HIlls Community College on March 21, 2020 from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

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7:30-8:15             Breakfast, Check In, Vendor Hall Open

8:15-9:15             Keynote              

9:30-12:30          Classes in session            

12:30-1:30           Lunch (provided)

1:30-4:30             Classes in session

Registration & Other Information:

You may register on-line or print a registration form to register via fax, email or mail.

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When registering, participants should indicate 1st, 2nd, & 3rd course choice. If a session has filled or is cancelled, the participant will be moved to their second or third choice course.

Refunds will not be allowed after March 17, however substitutions may be made up to conference start. Walk-in registrations are accepted for classes on a space-available basis only.

Fire School registration will be held at the IHCC North Campus in the North Advanced Technologies building (Former Aviation Building). Students will move to several different buildings on the North Campus after breakfast for classes.


Keynote - 8:15-9:15

The New Mentor
Presenter: K Doc Patterson, Doc Patterson, Commander - Southeast Iowa Regional Fire Honor Guard.
Description: Leadership Mentoring is a professional relationship that helps less experienced protégés or mentees learn by observing, participating in and leading real-world experiences. Emergency Responders are attracted to the potential gains attributed to mentorship as they work to create their own programs. Recent increases in popularity can be attributed, in part, to an accelerated pace of innovation and a growing competition for talent. We will look at the six ways to establish a mentoring program that benefits your company.

Break Out Courses - 9:30-4:30

Basic Fire Skills 101 (Hands on) $40*
Instructors: Mike Holcomb, Agency FD, Tim Richmond, Wapello Co. RFD, John Francis, Wapello Co. RFD, John Freshwater, Albia FD, Troy Elmore, Libertyville FD.
Description: This session introduces basic skills needed to assure fire fighter’s safety. It is intended for department members who have not attended FF I training yet. Students will gain skills needed in understanding fire behavior, safety, basic SCBA, ropes, ladders, forcible entry, and fire hose rolls and carries. Students will have an opportunity to challenge their skills in a Class A live fire burn.
Requirements: Full NFPA compliant Personal Protective Equipment and SCBA, spare cylinder if available.

First on Scene.....Now What? (Hands on) $40*
Instructor: Mark Neff assisted by other FSTB Specialists
Description: Your department has been dispatched to a residential house fire. You get to the station assuming an adequate turnout of personnel. WRONG! As you enter the station you see four other firemen have also arrived. You can only turn out one engine. What do you do now? This class will take a hands-on practical approach to arriving on-scene of a residential house fire utilizing the FSTB Interior Fire Attack Simulator. The four person crew will make assignments based on a quick 360, aggressive exterior attack while other members make ventilation, then transition to an interior for final fire extinguishment. This class is tailored to fit any department’s operational needs during initial response dealing with under staffing. Students should be prepared to put in a full day of hands-on firefighting and ventilation.
PPE Required: Full NFPA compliant PPE including SCBA. All participants must be clean shaven. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Re-fire the Emergency Services $60
Facilitator: Doc Patterson, Commander - Southeast Iowa Regional Fire Honor Guard.
Description: We are faced with many challenges in today’s fire service. Recruitment, retention, generation gap and training are becoming a major issue. How do we make a paradigm shift for the success of our emergency services? We are going to look at these challenges and work on solutions to make the “best job in the world” better. “The Doctor is in” and we will work through the challenges and look for answers with the help of our peers. Your answers maybe sitting next to you. Communication and leadership will be the focus of this training workshop.

Foam Basics and Best Practices (Hands On) (5 hr class) $50
Instructors: Rick Isaacks, Sales Manager & Glenn McClanahan, Territory Manager, Municipal Foam Products
Description: The goal of this course is to make emergency responders aware of product characteristics, types, uses and correct application of firefighting foam concentrates. The advantages and disadvantages of foam in specific situations as well as the different type of application devices will be discussed and demonstrated.
PPE Required: Full NFPA protective clothing

Agricultural Emergencies and Equipment Extrication (Hands on & EMS 2 FE/4 OE) $40*
Instructors: Justin Harvey, Firefighter, Hedrick FD; Service Technician and SME, Greiner Implement Co., Larry Sample Agency FD, Cindy Hewitt ORHC & Agency FD, Prof. Rescue Innovations
Description: We live in an agriculture based state where the potential for agricultural emergencies is huge. This program will familiarize rural responders with handling emergencies involving entanglement in grain augers and grain heads on harvest and grain moving equipment. Understanding how these machines are built and how they operate will give an advantage to the responder when the need arises. The hands-on portion of this course will demonstrate stabilization and techniques for gaining access to harvest equipment and grain augers for patient removal.
PPE Required: Full NFPA protective clothing

Rescue Extrication (Hands on & EMS 2 FE/4 OE) $40*
Instructors: FSTB & Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI)
Description: This class will develop and enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of the motorsports workers to safely react and mitigate the emergency incident while reducing and/or preventing injury, loss of life and property. This class will cover track operations, fire suppression and extrication techniques unique to the racing environment, and patient care. Different models of motorsport vehicles will be available as well as props for hands-on portion. The content will meet NFPA 610 requirements.
PPE Required: Full NFPA protective clothing

Challenges of Wind & Solar Energy and the Fire Service $50
Instructor: Professional Rescue Innovations
Description: This class is designed to shift the paradigm in thinking toward a more proactive strategic approach to managing highly complex green energy emergencies not routinely faced by everyday emergency response personnel. Wind and solar energy systems have hidden challenges that include but are not limited to: gaining access, hazards materials, excessive building construction weight, and unique electrical systems. This class will discuss a safe response to these challenges.

EMS Continuing Education - Iowa allows a maximum of 4 CEH’s in “Rescue” per recert period

Hands On Class

  • Tuition- Volunteer Fire Fighter Fund
    Tuition in some classes has been reduced due to support from the Volunteer Fire Fighters Fund with cooperative assistance from the Fire Service Training Bureau.
  • T-Shirts
    We are working to find a sponsor for the T shirts for the 2020 Fire School! Please indicate shirt size when you register.
  • Health Liability Waiver & Release
    All participants acknowledges that he/she is aware of the risks associated with participation in such courses and is voluntarily agreeing to assume such risks. IHCC, except as provided under Chapter 669 of the Code of Iowa relating to tort claims, shall not be held liable for damages or injuries to students or persons participating in the fire school. There may be some programs presented that require significant physical exertion. Persons with heart, respiratory, or other physical conditions that may be aggravated by this type of exertion, or that may hinder their participation should not participate in certain programs. Individuals may be removed from the hands-on portion of a session should there be health-related concerns.
  • Personal Protective Equipment Requirements
    Several of the courses at fire school have the requirement of “Full NFPA protective clothing and SCBA.” For those classes, students must provide the following to participate:
    • Helmet (NFPA compliant)
    • Gloves (Cal OSHA or NFPA compliant)
    • Protective hood                           
    • Coat and pants with liner (NFPA )
    • SCBA with spare cylinder         
    • Firefighting boots

Individuals with facial hair or hairstyles that interfere with the proper seal of the SCBA will not be allowed to participate in the hands-on portion of classes requiring SCBA use. Protective hoods over beards are not approved.

Contact one of these Fire School Committee Members

Lori Reeves
Mike Holcomb
John Freshwater
Justin Hudson
Gene Rouze
Jamey Robinson
 Tim Richmond
 Cindy Hewitt
John Francis
Troy Elmore
Mark Neff

Equal Opportunity: Indian Hills Community College provides equal educational and employment opportunities and does not illegally discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, religion or disability in its educational programs, activities or its employment and personnel policies. Inquiries or grievances related to this policy may be directed to Bonnie Campbell, Director of Human Resources/Equity Coordinator, IHCC, 525 Grandview, Ottumwa, IA 52501.

Services for students with disabilities: Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations or special services are encouraged to contact the IHCC SUCCESS Center for assistance, Services are available to students who may need classroom accommodations and/or adaptive or specialized equipment. Students requesting accommodations must provide written documentation of their disability. Students should make their requests for accommodation by contacting the IHCC SUCCESS Center. All student requests are dealt with in a confidential manner. Students should contact the IHCC SUCCESS Center at (641) 683-5238. Centerville campus students should contact their SUCCESS Center at (641) 856-2143 or call the Associate Dean of Academic Services at (641) 683-5218.

Continuing Education Courses Refund Policy:
In order to qualify for a refund, you must cancel your registration at least 3 business days prior to course start.  If you have not prepaid for the class, charges will be assessed to your account if you do not cancel within the required timeframe or if you do not show up for the class you will be charged.  Exceptions will be made only in extreme circumstances.  To cancel a registration, call us at 1-800-346-4413.