Fire School

The  Annual 2022 Indian Hills Fire School will be held on the North Campus of Indian HIlls Community College on March 19, 2022 from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM. A new pre-event workshop will be held on Friday evening, March 18.

2022 Fire School Brochure

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Friday, March 18  
6:00pm-6:30pm  Dinner Courtsey of ServPro
6:30pm-9:30pm   Pre-Event Workshop
Saturday, March 19  
7:30am-8:15am     Breakfast, Check In, Vendor Hall Open
8:15am-9:15am Keynote 
9:30am-12:30pm Classes in session     
12:30pm-1:30pm  Lunch (provided)
1:30pm-4:30pm Classes in session
Sunday, March 20  
8:00am-11:00am Fire Investigation (Hands on 1 1/2 day class)


Registration & Other Information:

To register online click here

To register via fax, email, or contact Lori Reeves for a paper registration form. 

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. 

Two prices are listed for each course, the lower price indicates the “Early Bird” price for registering on or before February 24th. The second higher price is for registrations after February 24th. Refunds will not be allowed after Mar. 14, 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.


Due the gracious support of sponsors, T-shirts will be provided to all participants. Please indicate your shirts size when you register. Additional T-Shirts may be ordered when registering for a cost of $15.00. 

Health Liability Waiver & Release

All participants acknowledge that they are 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.

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.

Questions?  Contact one of these Fire School Committee Members:

Lori Reeves 641-777-5835  Justin Harvey 641-919-8408
Mike Holcomb 641-777-3799 John Francis 641-455-4966
John Freshwater 515-729-2045    Troy Elmore 641-919-2122
Gene Rouze 641-670-7916    Mark Neff 641-660-1326
Jamey Robinson 641-569-3753 Tim Richmond 641-226-7780

Friday Pre-Event Workshop - 6:30PM - 9:30 PM (Dinner 6:00PM)

Training Officer Roles & Responsibilities     $20 (meal provided)
Presenter: Jerry Eslick, Professional Rescue Innovations

The Training Officer plays an integral part in the success and safety of everyone in the department.  This course will be a discussion- type format on the roles and responsibilities of the training officer.  Topics covered will include: laws, standards, SOPs, and how a training officer can improve their training program. A meal will be served with this class at 6:00 PM courtesy of SERVPRO.


Saturday Keynote - 8:15AM - 9:15AM

The New Mentor
Presenter: K Doc Patterson

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. We will look at the six ways to establish a mentoring program that benefits your company.

Break Out Courses - 9:30AM-4:30PM
(with an hour lunch)


Early Bird Price before 2/25

Price after 2/24
Fire Investigation (1 ½ day class) $60 $65
First on Scene.....Now What? $40 $45
Propane Emergencies $40* $45
Grain Bin Rescue $40* $45
Interior Fire Attack $40* $45
SCBA Confidence Course with MOBAT Trailer $40* $45
Challenges of Wind & Solar Energy and the Fire Service $60 $65
Re-Fire the Emergency Services $60 $65
Electric Vehicles $40 $45
EMS Track $25** $30

Two prices are listed for each course, the lower price indicates the “Early Bird” price for registering before February 24th. The second higher price is for registrations after February 24th.

Tuition Reduction

*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

**Tuition in the EMS track has been reduced with WTED Funds

#EMS Continuing Education: Classes qualifying for EMS credit
~Hands On Class: Classes with hands on training

~Fire Investigation
Instructor: Cory Benge, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, Ottumwa Fire Dept 

Description: This 1 ½ day course will present a basic overview of a fire investigation. Students will review the basics of fire chemistry and develop an understanding of the role of the first responder in relation to fire suppression and fire investigation. The course will stress the importance of fire scene awareness, evidence identification, preservation, and the basics of a fire investigation. Students will develop an appreciation of the convergence of suppression, investigation, science, and law.  Students will also meet on Sunday from 8am-11am for a hands-on investigation at a staged arson house /building.

~First on Scene.....Now What?
Instructors: Mark Neff, FSTB, Cole Owens, Ottumwa FD  

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 Rural Emergency Services Training Tower. 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 and spare cylinder if available.

~Propane Emergencies
Instructor: Fire Service Training Bureau Field Staff 

Description: This on day class is designed for all firefighters who may be called upon when propane is inadvertently released from its container. The course starts with a classroom session on the physical properties of liquefied petroleum gases and more specifically, propane. This session is followed by hands-on evolutions demonstrating the proper offensive and defensive techniques for a propane device leaking product.

PPE Required: Full NFPA protective clothing and SCBA*

#~Grain Bin Rescue
 (2 CEHs Trauma)
Instructors: Professional Rescue Innovations (PRI) 

This one-day course is designed to increase the success of grain bin rescues. Participants will gain knowledge of the proper procedures and equipment needed by working in a grain bin simulator. They will discuss patient assessment and care and use technical rescue equipment, such as ropes, harnesses, carabineers, mechanical-advantage systems, anchorage points, cofferdams, breathing apparatus, and tripods to actually pull people out of grain and through the roof of a bin, just like in a real rescue situation. They will also experience first-hand an actual engulfment and the pressures involved on their body.

PPE Required: Full protective clothing (turnout gear - no SCBA) will be required for the hands-on portion of the class. Hardhat, gloves, eye protection, boots.

~Interior Fire Attack
Instructors:  Service Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)  

Participants in this one-day class will gain information and practice the skills required to enter structures at ground level. The basic principles of firefighter safety, fire behavior, thermal layering, ventilation, stages of fire and fire streams will be reviewed in the classroom. Students will put their knowledge to use in the FSTB newest two-story Mobile Fire Training Trailer. This training unit will simulate conditions encountered in actual interior structure fires. During the evolutions the student will be able to practice SCBA usage, hose handling skills, communications, and fire attacks simulating ground level, basement fires, and above ground fires. Accountability and incident command principles will be used during the training evolutions. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge and experience in the areas of safety, fire behavior, ventilation, fire hose appliances, and fire streams.  

PPE Required: Full NFPA compliant PPE including SCBA and spare cylinder if available.

~SCBA Confidence Course with MOBAT Trailer
Instructors: John Francis, Wapello Co. Rural FD /Training Bureau Field Staff (FSTB)   

Whether you are new to wearing SCBA or a seasoned Fire Fighter, the smoke filled maze in the MOBAT training prop, including stairs and trap doors, will test your skills in communications, restricted passage, search techniques, and self-survival.  A classroom session will cover important aspects of the training, but hands-on is the focus of the course. The goal of this course is for participants to walk away feeling challenged and possess more confidence in their ability to function in an SCBA during stressful situations.

PPE Required: Full NFPA compliant PPE including SCBA and spare cylinder if available.

Challenges of Wind & Solar Energy and the Fire Service
Instructor: Jerry Eslick, Professional Rescue Innovations

Description: This one day 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.


Re-Fire the Emergency Services
Facilitator: K Doc Patterson

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.

Supercars: The Super Fires of the Future
Instructor: Will Munley, Ottumwa FD

Description:  With brands like Tesla and Rivian taking over the market with electric vehicles, first responders are having to adapt to the many changes that come along with electrical fires. This class outlines the new challenges and adaptations that first responders are pushing to make to keep up with the new evolving super fires.

#~EMS Track    
Description: This track will include 6 hours of EMS classes to include:

The Traumatic Chest  This course examining traumatic chest injuries will also include a heart and lungs hands-on dissection lab.  Instructor: Brain Dotts, RN, Unity Point Life Flight   (2 CEH’s Cardiac, Trauma or Medical)

ICS & START/Jump START Triage  This course will review the ICS structure and will focus on the EMS Branch of an ICS incident.  Students will practice triage in a table top exercise. Instructor: Jamey Robinson, PM, Mahaska Co. EMA (2 CEH’s Ops)

Hemorrhage, Shock & Tourniquets  This class will examine the physiology and treatment of hemorrhage and shock.  Hands on will include wound packing and extremity tourniquets as well as junctional tourniquets and pelvic binders.  Instructor: Josh Hemminger, BA, PM, IHCC EMS Program Director. (2 CEH’s Trauma)


Lori ReevesLori Reeves, Coordinator
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5337 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5337
Cell Phone: (641) 777-5835
Email: [email protected] 



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.