Class Descriptions

Safety and Survival Training, LLC programs can be conducted in acquired structures, training facilities, or fire stations. All programs can be customized to fit any department’s training needs. Drill night sessions are also available for all areas of training as well as refresher training.

Mayday Recognition

Designed to educate the firefighter on how to recognize emergency situations and get the help needed to mitigate the situation. Students will be able to determine the difference between Mayday vs. Urgent messages and the proper uses of both.

Managing The Mayday

This program will prepare the command level as well as the company level officers for handling and coordinating firefighter emergencies that may be encountered. The fire ground is a dynamic place with constantly changing conditions putting our members at extreme risks. We must know how to coordinate these situations so everyone goes home.

Fireground Survival

Every firefighter must know how to mitigate fire ground emergencies that we are confronted with everyday. Students will learn to identify situations that get firefighters killed, how to take measures to avoid these situations, and learn survival procedures. Techniques learned will include Situational Awareness, Mayday Transmissions, Dis-Entanglement, Window Egress, & SCBA Confidence.

Rapid Intervention Crew – Awareness

To understand the need for Rapid Intervention Crews (RIC) on the fire ground, to be aware of the reasons for firefighter fatalities, the laws requiring RIC, and what it takes to assemble an effective firefighter rescue team. Focusing on the proactive tasks and RIC size-up to make the fire ground safe.

Rapid Intervention Crew – Basic Ops

To learn how to affect and plan for potential firefighter rescue situations after the Mayday has been transmitted on the fire ground. The fundamental firefighter rescue skills will be learned to provide a foundation to initial firefighter rescue efforts. Practical Skills to include: RIC Search & Packaging, Drags/Carries/Stair Removals, Window Removals, Floor Removals & Denver Drill.

Rapid Intervention Crew – Advanced Ops

Program is designed to educate students on how to effectively start firefighter rescue operations when encountering collapse or extremely challenging situations. Focus shall be on the initial RIC companies utilizing common tools carried by companies providing RIC services. Single vs. Multiple firefighter rescue situations will be encountered. Extremely labor intensive as well as team work required.

Rapid Intervention Crew – Competencies

How proficient are you and your RIC members on your skills on rescuing our own? To remain proficient on your previously learned skills you must put them to use or maintain your training levels. This program is designed to test the student on their knowledge, skills, & abilities that they have developed from previous training & experiences. The students will be put through various firefighter rescue scenarios during the initial stages of fire ground emergencies. This will help the student maintain the expected levels of competency needed when providing rapid intervention crew services.

Rapid Intervention Crew - Collapse Operations

Collapse situations have been the cause of many fire ground injuries or deaths to firefighters. It's the duty of the initial Rapid Intervention Crew to react and initiate rescue efforts in these situations. This class will educate the firefighters on how to respond to collapse emergencies that they may encounter on the fire ground. Basic techniques on stabilizing, shoring, accessing, lifting and removing firefighters from collapsed environments will be covered. This is not just a technical rescue program but a program designed for any firefighter that provides rapid intervention duties.

FD Personal Harness Use

The personal harness has become a common piece of firefighter’s PPE and is being worn routinely on their firefighting gear This harnesses can be worn externally, integrated into the bunker pants, or a part of a personal escape system. This program is a must for any firefighter utilizing a fire department personal harness. Students shall learn a variety of ways to utilize the harness to rescue trapped victims, firefighters, and most importantly themselves!

Personal Escape Systems

Firefighters throughout the fire service have been placed into situations forcing them to revert to secondary means of egress. The advent of personal escape systems has provided firefighters an additional secondary egress option. These programs are offered for firefighters to learn the proper use and procedures for these vital pieces of equipment. Safety & Survival Training, LLC can provide authorized training for the follow manufacturers:

- Sterling Rope Company
- RIT Rescue Systems
- Scott SCBA

Cutting & Burning Operations

This program will educate firefighters on the capabilities and limitations of metal cutting devices being carried on their apparatus to be used during proactive and reactive firefighter rescue situations. Students will learn safe use & practices during emergency situations requiring metal cutting operations. Students will rotate through several skill stations learning the uses of metal cutting saws and various torch cutting systems.

Petrogen Cutting Systems

The Petrogen cutting system has become a valuable asset to the emergency services increasing torch cutting capabilities. The Petrogen is an oxy-gasoline set-up that will cut through multiple layers of steel extremely quick and efficiently. Any responder that purchases this system should receive this factory authorized training to learn all aspects and capabilities of their system.

Vacant Building Operations

Vacant/unoccupied buildings and dwellings can be found in any response area across the country, especially with the current economy. This class on Vacant Building Operations will give the student an in depth look into the hazards and operational considerations while fighting fires in vacant buildings. Roles and responsibilities of both the engine and ladder companies will be covered in this 3 hour interactive lecture. Types of construction most commonly associated with these buildings and how to develop pre-planning for them will also be discussed.

101 - Petrogen Basic Course (Basic/Industry)

An introduction to oxy-gasoline cutting, this course focuses on safety and maintenance of the Petrogen system while giving the student the opportunity to practice common cutting scenarios. No experienced is required.

102 -Petrogen Demolition Performance Course (Basic/Industry)

A must for metal scrappers and demolition companies, this course will hone the skill of making one piece of steel into two, as fast and as cheaply as possible. Time is money and we we will show you how to unlock the power and potential of the Petrogen system. Cutting dirty, rusted, wet, partially buried steel will be your speciality. It is recommended that students have cutting experience but is not required. Tools utilized in the class will be Petrogen and burning rod.

103 - Petrogen Tradesmen Course (Basic/Industry)

"Precision with Petrogen" This course focuses on fine motor skills like cutting clean, ready to weld bevels, slicing precise holes and heating metal for bending. This course also includes an introduction to machine cutting (one axis). Fill your tool box with techniques from the American Welding Society Instructor Examiners. Students must complete the Petrogen Basic Course prior to this class. Tools utilized in the class will be Petrogen and Automated Rail Cutter.

201 - Petrogen Hot-Breach Operator (USAR 1)

The needs of the rescue operator are unique. Practical solutions to common rescue cutting problems are the focus of this hands-on intensive course. Strategy and communication will be considered while students refine their skills on a variety of materials. Beyond capabilities and safe operation, students will also leave with an understanding of proper maintenance, transportation and storage of their Petrogen Systems. Students must complete the Petrogen Basic Course prior to this class. Tools utilized in this course will be primarily Petrogen systems, plasma, and burning rod.

202 - Petrogen Hot-Breach Operator (USAR 2)

This course picks up right where the "USAR 1" course leaves off. After a short refresher and safety briefing the curriculum is 100% scenario based. Your team will be challenged in a tough, realistic environment where just as in the real world, task organization, tool selection and problem solving are the keys to success. This course places a high priority on low light, confined space, close-to casualty cutting. This training is intended to be the most realistic and demanding of it's kind. Students should arrive as they fight! Students must complete the USAR 1/Tactical 1 programs. Tools utilized in this course will be primarily Petrogen systems, plasma, burning rod, and manual tools. This class is currently only delivered at the Petrogen Breach Lab in Colorado Springs.

301 - DRMO Operator Course (Military/Law Enforcement)

The missionof the DRMO Operator is varied and difficult. The DRMO Operator course provides the tools to make working with steel safe, fast and simple. Students with no prior steel cutting experience will learn the safe way to cut steel ranging from 24 gage up to 14 inches, punch clean holes, cut stacks, laminates and bevel. Students will also receive thorough instruction on storage, transport and PMCS of the Petrogen system. Students must complete the Petrogen Basic Course prior to this class. Tools utilized in this program will be all Petrogen based. 

302 - Petrogen Hot-Breach Operator (Tactical 1)

The modern tactical breacher has a wide variety of materials to cut through and many tools to choose from. With a focus on practical hands-on solutions to common entry and exit barriers, the Hot-Breach course will expand the operators understanding of how to increase speed while reducing noise signature and collateral damage. This course also explores task organization for tactical recovery/extrication, enemy equipment fouling, sub-waterline cutting and other "special breach" missions. There is often more than one way to get the job done and this course will encourage a comprehensive, integrated approach to breaching. No steel cutting experience is required but breaching experience is recommended. Tools utilized in this course will be primarily Petrogen systems, plasma, burning rod, and manual tools.

303 - Petrogen Hot-Breach Operator (Tactical 2)

This course picks up where "Tactical 1" ends. After a short refresher and safety briefing this course is 100% scenario based. Students will apply skills learned in the "Tactical 1" course to solve tough realistic problems in the Petrogen Training Lab. Task organizing, tool selection and problem solving are the keys to success in the real world, and it is the same here. This course is designed to be the most demanding breach course of its kind. Students should arrive as they fight! Students must complete the Tactical 1/USAR 1 programs. Tools utilized in this course will be primarily Petrogen systems, plasma, burning rod, and manual tools. This class is currently only delivered at the Petrogen Breach Lab in Colorado Springs.