Fire School

The  Annual 2021 Indian Hills Fire School will be held on the North Campus of Indian HIlls Community College on March 20, 2021 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.

To register online click here.

To register via fax, email, or mail download the registration form by clicking here.

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 before February 25th. The second higher price is for registrations after February 25th.  Refunds will not be allowed after Mar. 16, 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.

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  Tim Richmond 641-226-7780
Mike Holcomb 641-777-3799 Justin Harvey 641-919-8408
John Freshwater 515-729-2045    John Francis 641-455-4966
Justin Hudson 641-8954946      Troy Elmore 641-919-2122
Gene Rouze 641-670-7916    Mark Neff 641-660-1326
Jamey Robinson 641-569-3753  

Keynote  -  8:15-9:15

A Culture of Improvement

Presenter: Steve Hergenreter, Fire Chief, Fort Dodge Fire Dept

Description:  This keynote will entail a discussion on the significance of continual learning from day 1 to your last day. The importance of learning is fundamental to the nature of EMS and Fire regardless of rank or position in the organization. We must make the most of every opportunity of learning, fostering our newest member while continuing our own learning. What are the most important factors in a culture of continuing learning in this quickly changing world of fire and EMS?

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


Early Bird Price before 2/25

Price after 2/25
Agricultural Equipment Rescue and Emergency Treatment $40 $45
Balancing the Mission and Safety $60 $65
Basic Skills 101 $40 $45
Fire & Safety Operations Training for Motorsports Venues $40 $45
Fire Investigation for First Responders $40 $45
First on Scene….Now What? $40 $45
Modern Fire Ventilation Tactics $40 $45
Vehicle Fire Fighting $40 $45


Agricultural Equipment Rescue and Emergency Treatment (Hands on & 2 CEHs EMS-Trauma)     $40/$45*

Instructors: Justin Harvey, Firefighter, Hedrick FD; Service Technician and SME, Greiner Implement Co., Tim Richmond, FSTB Field Staff & AEMT, Dave Yeager, Ottumwa FD

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 and injury resulting from agricultural equipment. Understanding how these machines are built and how they operate will give the rescuer an advantage when the need arises.  The hands-on portion of this course will demonstrate techniques for stabilization and gaining access to harvest equipment and grain augers for patient removal, as well as emergency patient treatment. Blood loss is a common complication of agricultural injuries so this class will include Stop the Bleed training giving rescuers the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and intervene effectively. .

PPE Required:  Full NFPA protective clothing


Balancing the Mission and Safety $60/$65                    

Instructor: Steve Hergenreter, Fire Chief, Fort Dodge Fire Dept

Description: Courageous self-leadership, culture, values, and normalization of deviance, all come together strategically to take your team’s safety, health and performance to the next level. The purpose of the course is to assure you balance the safety of your team with the overall mission.  The course is appropriate for participants from 1 year of service up through the Chief.


Basic Fire Skills 101       (Hands on)          $40/$45  

Instructors: Mike Holcomb, Agency FD, John Freshwater, Albia FD, Troy Elmore, Libertyville FD, Justin Hudson, Centerville 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. 

Requirements: Full NFPA compliant Personal Protective Equipment and SCBA, spare cylinder if available.


Fire & Safety Operations Training for Motorsports Venues (Hands on & EMS & 2 CEHs EMS-Trauma     $40/$45*         

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, as well as patient care. Different models of motorsport vehicles will be available as well as props for a hands-on portion. The content will meet NFPA 610 requirements.

PPE Required:  Full NFPA protective clothing


Fire Investigation for First Responders           $40/$45

Instructors: Cory Benge, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, Ottumwa Fire Dept

Description:  This course presents 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.


First on Scene.....Now What?             (Hands on)        $40/$45*      

Instructors: Mark Neff, FSTB, Cole Owens, Ottumwa FD, Will Munley, 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.  All participants must be clean-shaven. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Modern Fire Ventilation Tactics*          (Hands on)       $40/$45*  

Instructors: FSTB Instructors

Vertical and horizontal ventilation are important tools in a firefighter’s toolbox. Having proper knowledge of how to assess building construction and fire conditions upon arrival will make the difference in whether or not safe vertical ventilation can be accomplished. The classroom portion of this course will discuss the different types of ventilation tactics currently being utilized by the fire service and which type might work the best for any particular scenario.

The hands-on portion will concentrate on safe vertical ventilation tactics utilizing the new FireVent prop recently placed into service by the Fire Service Training Bureau. Participants will use both hand and power tools to practice techniques and develop skills needed for safe vertical ventilation.

PPE Required: Full PPE including SCBA and spare cylinder (if possible).


Vehicle Fire Fighting*          (Hands on)    $40/$45*  

Instructors: Josh Chance, Ottumwa FD, William Keith, OFD, John Francis, WCRF

Course Description: In this class, students will learn to recognize vehicle hazards such as bumpers, drive shafts, and passive restraint systems. Course content will also include identification of scene safety concerns, engine placement, and recognizing the challenges of compartment forcible entry to affect extinguishment. Methods to gain entry to engine compartments and trunks for more rapid-fire suppression are also presented as well as hose line selection, operation, and assembly. This course will include a combination of both classroom and hands-on, utilizing the new car fire prop offered through the FSTB.

PPE Required:  Full NFPA protective clothing, SCBA and spare cylinder

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.