Middletown Township Fire Department
Normandy Road (US NAVY)
Between West Front St. & Nut Swamp Rd.
Middletown, NJ 07748
Phone: 732-615-2270 Fax: 732-671-3303
Pride in Middletown
Archived News & Announcements
11.15.14 Fall Firefighter 1 Graduates
class met all of their State mandated training requirements and
completed graduation ceremonies on November 15th. Congratulations
and good luck to all of the newest firefighters.
Fall 2014 Firefighter 1 Class
1st. row (L-R) M. Volker, C. Mildorf, M. Oden, D. Polvino, R.
Wickman, K. Kane Jr., A. Zuniga 2nd. row (L-R) V. Gaona, S.
Chenoweth, M. Nosti, W. Grundmann, A. Navarro, M. Daugherty, J.
Woodhead, T. Poyner
06.05.14 Spring Firefighter 1 Course
Final Exercises & Graduation
Spring class is wrapping up. The recruits will participate in the
"Putting It All Together" exercises on Saturday June 7th. Exercises
commence at 0800 hours. Visitors must park in the main lot and
follow safety boundaries.
Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Tuesday June 10th at 1930
hours. The ceremony will be held in the gymnasium at Thorne Middle
School located at 70 Murphy Road in Middletown.
Spring 2014 Firefighter 1 Class 1st. row (L-R)
J. Ruhman, R. Nigro, C. Donnelly, D. Osborn, R. Gorski, J. Susser,
J. DeShong, C. Whelen, E. Taylor, H. Bane III, M. Fisher.
2nd. row (L-R) K. Covert, L. Nunez, J. Chenoweth, J. Little Jr., Brian Kost, N.
Gunsauls, A. Hill, J. Michitsch, T. Poyner, N. Simmons, G. Honnen.
3rd. row (L-R) A. Siciliano, R. Benson, M. Deickmann, J. Wood, J.
Valentine, A. Dougherty, T. Dombrowski, B. MacDonald, J. Hopler.
06.04.14 Updated Firefighter 1 Course
made some minor changes to our form. Please discard any old forms
and begin using the new form immediately. Old forms will no longer
Click here to download the updated form or go to the
05.04.14 What a semester!
Spring semester has reached its peak and the academy has been
buzzing with activity lately. A large Firefighter 1 class has
anchored the activity as they enter the rigorous hands on training
portion of their class. Last month, the Advanced SCBA & Air
Management students tested their endurance. This month the student
of the Truck Company Operations course learned new skills and honed
staff continues to push the boundaries of innovation with quality
instruction and challenging training props. A sincere thank you is
in order to all of the fantastic students who participated thus far.
Your effort and success is why we do what we do. Great job!
Lieutenant Nicholas Hubbard Jr. of Little Silver cuts through the shackle on a padlock prop
during the Truck Company Operations course.
03.01.14 Technical Difficulty
apologize for the lack of website updates and telephone issues. We
have been experiencing significant issues with our website software.
The problem has been resolved and the site will be updated
regularly. Additionally, our main telephone line is inoperable. The
weather is likely to blame and the issue has been difficult to
diagnose. Township support staff are working to correct this. Be
advised, we do not have access to out voicemail system. If you need
to contact us, please email us at our email@example.com
address. We apologize in advance for an inconveniences this has
06.12.13 The Winter/Spring Semester
five months, fourteen open enrollment courses, and dozens of drills,
the Winter/Spring semester finally concluded Sunday afternoon. Over
five hundred and fifty students were trained in open enrollment
courses and hundreds more in custom delivery and drill ground
staff is in the final stages of planning the Fall semester and it is
shaping up to be a great one. Please check back soon for more
information. Thank you to all of our members and customers for your
dedication to training. Great job.
06.11.13 The Spring 2013 Firefighter
1 Class Graduates
class began on February 23rd with 23 recruits from 13 different
companies/departments. After 3 1/2 months, 43 classes, 3
physical fitness assessments, 2 State exams and over 190 hours of
training, the Spring 2013 Firefighter 1 class finally graduated.
Ceremonies were held at Thompson Middle School Tuesday night. A
fantastic effort by a very good class. Congratulations to all of our
new firefighters in your careers.
Some of the new
Firefighters prepare to receive their certificates during the
Firefighter 1 Class 1st. row (L-R) B. Scott, D. Eluzzi, T. Wolf, R.
Svenson Jr., M. Daneman, J. Baccellieri, M. Rance, A. Washington.
2nd. row (L-R) T.White, R. Ross, W. Hrehowsik, S. Lisowski II, N.
Costa, B. Thompson, K. Countryman, R. Winthers, S. Hueston, A.
06.09.13 Technical Rescue Wraps Up
students from 6 local departments finished up their training Sunday
morning. The 21 hour class included a lecture and hands on training
that met the requirements in NFPA 1006 for Subchapter 5 (Principles)
and Rope Rescuer Level 1. Students who successfully completed the
Principles portion now meet the prerequisites for the Vehicle &
Machinery Rescue course planned for the Fall semester.
Students in the
Principles class perform a low angle evolution during training.
06.08.13 Putting It All Together A
Spring 2013 Firefighter 1 recruits reported early for one more long
day of training. All four squads spent the day responding to mock
incidents throughout the day. Putting It All Together is designed to
make final preparations for the Recruits before graduating and
reporting to their companies for duty. The class performed near
flawlessly and earned their stripes under the tutelage of academy
First Squad, led by
Instructor Ron Burkhardt Jr., arrives on location and assumes truck
company duties during an evolution on the final day of training.
04.21.13 Advanced SCBA & Air
Management Course a Success
Sunday another class of 18 students from 6 area departments
participated in the final hours of this semester's Advanced SCBA &
Air Management course. Lessons included everything from emergency
breathing techniques and air consumption rate exercises to point of
no return recognition and reduced profile maneuvers. Each student
was challenged physically and mentally and will return to their
companies better off for it. We look forward to the next course.
Great job by all.
Here a Little Silver FF navigates the attic portion of the confidence course in zero visibility conditions. Zero visibility scenarios are played out throughout the course to reinforce skills in stressful situations.
03.10.13 New Training Tip Don’t
Just be a Firefighter: Take Responsibility for Your Training This
week's new training tip is an article from Firehouse Magazine.
02.24.13 New Training Tip
Jack Hueston discusses fireground tips for Company Officers.
02.23.13 Spring Firefighter 1 Course
three new Recruits reported to the Training Academy for instruction
this morning. The long road to becoming Firefighters began with an
inspection, orientation and equipment distribution. The Recruits
report back for their first lesson Tuesday night. Good luck to all
of our hopeful candidates.
The Recruits of the
Spring 2013 Firefighter 1 course receive orientation on their first
02.16.13 New Training Tip
David A. D'Arcy provides a look at two important aspects of thermal
imaging technology. Read more.
02.13.13 Thermal Imaging Course
night nineteen students from around the County with various levels
of experience sat in on the lecture and participated in the TIC
workshop. With a focus on the technology behind the TIC,
applications and techniques those in attendance left class feeling
more confident in the TIC's abilities and their own to effectively
use it. Mission accomplished. Look for a new
Training Tip on this subject later
02.01.13 New Firefighter 1 Course
created a new page for Firefighter 1
Recruits and Company Officers to use as a resource during the
course. Users will find up to date schedules, reference materials
and links to be used by Recruits for their education. The page link
has been added to the navigation bar on the left of our website.
01.02.13 New Year Brings New Training
New Year! The Training Academy would like to wish a safe and healthy
2013 to everyone. We are eager to see you all at the training
academy for another great year of fire service training.
pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Winter/Spring Course
Catalog. We are confident our offerings will meet your
training needs. The semester kicks off on February 2nd with the
Annual Refresher. Register early and often to take advantage.
released is our newly revised Subscription Service. We have designed
a series of packages to meet the needs of any Company or Department
keep your training costs down. By subscribing to the Training
Academy you can secure the level of training you desire for one (1)
fee. We’ve designed three (3) custom subscriptions to meet the needs
of any Company or Department. Subscribers can save up to 30% on a
subscription and the packages each offer their own set of
Plans & Programs Director Appointed
Wieczerzak was appointed to the vacant position. Tom is an
experienced member of the fire service and well seasoned staff
member. His primary responsibilities will include facility and staff
scheduling and HR for the instructor staff. Good luck Tom.
11.25.12 Fall Firefighter 1 Class
1/2 months, over 180 hours of training, a hurricane and a two week
delay in training, the Firefighters of the Fall 2012 Firefighter 1
class finally graduated.
future is sure to hold good things for these new Firefighters. We
wish you all the best of luck. Stay safe, keep training.
1st. Row (L-R) E.
Van Schaack, K. Barlow, A. Cook, L. Vamvas, J. Velez-Bey. 2nd.
Row (L-R) M. Mittiga, S. Powers, W. Story, T. Bane, J. Merkel, D.
10.24.12 Semester Updates
Unfortunately, the Rapid Intervention Operations Course was canceled
due to low enrollment. The course will be offered again next Fall.
still an opportunity to register for the Calling the Mayday course
(#12-1212-54). Please register now before it's too late.
Operations course was a success yet again. Sixteen students from six
departments attended the course. We offer the course every Fall.
semester will conclude on November 17th with the graduation
ceremonies for the Fall 2012 Firefighter 1 class. Ceremonies will be
held on at 1300 hours at Bayshore Middle School.
Semester is in Full Swing
Training Academy is hoping with activity as the fall semester is
officially in full swing. The Vehicle & Machinery Rescue class is
shaping up to be quite the challenge for our students. Interested in
the course next time? Stop out this weekend to get a glimpse of the
scenarios we have planned.
Recruits of the Fall Firefighter 1 class are nearing the midway
point in their training. Graduation is scheduled for November 17th.
September 19th students who attended, received instruction on how to
run a Large Diameter Hose Pipeline Strike Team. This class is a must
for officers who's companies operate in a Pipeline.
07.22.12 Station 11
Fights Fire with Foam
Sunday morning Station 11 arrived at our facility to complete their
hands on training for an in-house Firefighting Foam Operations
course. The members were met with flammable liquid fires of all
sizes. They put their newly learned knowledge of foam tactics to the
test, successfully setting up foam operations and extinguishing
multiple flammable liquid fires.
operations must begin with the proper size up. Firefighters need to
know what type of flammable liquid and how much of it they are
dealing with. Determining the square footage, the appropriate
application rate and proportioning rate will determine how much foam
concentrate is needed. Foam operations should not be started until
enough foam is on scene to extinguish the fire. Check back soon for
a related training tip.
07.19.12 Station 9
this year, Station 9 requested several training drills and in-house
courses from the Training Academy in hopes of providing a quality
year of training for their members. The academy gladly obliged and a
schedule was set. On July 19th, the academy delivered the
Thermal Imaging Operations course for Station 9's members. The
course which covers technical aspects of the TIC, application and
techniques, was well received by the members. The class often times
changes a firefighter's perspective on how they view object through
a TIC. The Training Academy has plans to offer the course in the
Winter/Spring semester of 2013.
07.17.12 South Wall
week we traveled down to Wall Township and spent the week with the
crew from South Wall Fire & Rescue. The reason...Pump Operations.
Thirteen members of the company attended the course, held over two
nights and two days of training. The course concluded on Sunday with
drafting and relay operations.
to check out our
Fall Semester schedule for dates on our upcoming Pump Ops
07.10.12 NFPA & DFS
Issue Safety Alerts
week the NFPA released a safety alert regarding SCBA face pieces.
Read the NFPA release
here. This week the NJ DFS followed up the release with a Safety
Alert of its own.
Click here to download. Most of this information came to light
as a result of a study conducted by NIST in 2011.
Click here to download the report. To summarize what the NFPA
Exposure to high temperature environments, which firefighters can
encounter during fires they are attempting to extinguish, can result
in the thermal degradation or melting of a Self- Contained Breathing
Apparatus (SCBA) facepiece lens, resulting in elimination of the
protection meant for the user’s respiratory system and exposing the
user to products of combustion and super heated air.
Firefighters should follow manufacturer recommendations for care and
maintenance of all SCBA components. Routine inspection of SCBA face
pieces is critical to ensuring user safety. Firefighters should
inspect their face pieces before and after each use. It is also
recommended that face pieces be inspected at least once monthly.
facepiece lenses showing evidence of exposure to intense heat is an
indication of thermal degradation and potential failure. Any SCBA
facepiece lens found to have cracks, crazing, bubbling, deformation,
discoloring, gaps or holes should be immediately removed from
service and a replacement issued.
Firefighter 1 Class Graduates
that becoming a Firefighter is a big commitment is an
understatement. Ask the graduates of the Spring 2012 Firefighter 1
class and they'll tell you just how big it is. After attending 177
hours of lectures, quizzes, hands on and final exams, the Spring
class graduated, officially becoming Firefighter's. The ceremony,
attended by approximately 300 friends, family and supporting
firefighters, was executed flawlessly by the newest 23 Firefighters
received their helmets and certificates.
Training Academy wishes our newest brother's and sister all the best
in their career's. We'll see you on the fire grounds.
1st. Row (L-R) B.
Goldwyn, N. Quiles, N. Figaro, M. Greco, C. Burbank, W. Bruno, P.
Arminas. 2nd. Row (L-R) D. Howard, C. D'Altilio, M. Schubert, J.
Smith, F. Saborido, J. Bruno, R. Donahue, D. DesBiens. 3rd. Row
(L-R) C. Annunziata, D. Fowler, S. McBride, D. Grobben, J. Evans, S.
Crystian, S. Fowler, T. Kennedy
1 Class Final Exercises
9th the Spring 2012 Firefighter 1 Class participated in the "Putting
It All Together" exercise. The twenty three member recruit class ran
seventeen mock incidents throughout the day. The class was
challenged with small scale incidents like rubbish fires to full
scale structure fires.
class will officially graduate on June 16th. The graduation
ceremonies will be held at 1PM in the All Purpose Room of Bayshore
Middle School. All are welcome.
respond to a working fire in the tower. Units arriving on scene were
met with locked door requiring forcible entry and heavy fire
05.18.12 Training Tip
week's Training Tip, Tom Wieczerzak discusses the 5-10-20 Rule & Air
Bag Safety. Read more.
05.17.12 Station 9
Thursday night Station 9 members came prepared to work. Officer's
wanted the company to receive an overview of emergency escape or
bailout procedures. With no escape system currently in use here in
Middletown, Station 9 members were instructed on a number of "No
first ladder escapes, personal escape rope, webbing harnesses and
other techniques were all conducted. Each member was given the
opportunity to perform each procedure and executed them flawlessly.
the Priorities of Rescue/Escape come into play before the decision
to "Bailout" is made. If all avenues of rescue/escape are are not
available, going out the window is our last option.
calling a Mayday, this type of procedure is a Low Frequency, High
Consequence scenario. Training in these procedures on a regular
basis will increase a firefighter's window of survivability. A great drill for any firefighter.
FF Brian Mavrinac
uses his SCBA harness and a caribiner with life safety rope to
safely rappel out of an upper floor window.
prelude to our upcoming Vehicle & Machinery Rescue course, Course
Coordinator Tom Wieczerzak wanted to prep our staff for the newer
technology found in modern vehicle construction. Modern vehicle
design presents a number of challenges when rescue of a trapped
passenger is involved.
went asking for partners in the automotive industry, Mercedes Benz
answered. Mercedes Benz Product Analysis Engineer Teddy Vaughn
secured and had donated a brand new GL 320 for our use. Yes, that's
right, we destroyed a perfectly good $85,000 Mercedes Benz, but all
for a good reason.
Following a thorough product overview in the classroom, Mr. Vaughn
demonstrated the deployment of the passenger compartment air bags.
Our staff then went to work making several experimental cuts to
defeat the reinforced construction of this modern SUV. Designs in
the air bag system, new lightweight reinforced steal and Boron
components proved to be challenging and led to several good
discussions and refined techniques.
In all, the GL 320 proved to be
invaluable. Needless to say, our staff members are better prepared
to provide a high level of training to our students. Another example
of how our staff dedicates themselves to the craft of education. We
cannot thank Mr. Vaughn and Mercedes Benz enough for this fantastic
comprehensive motor vehicle extrication course is what you're
looking for, be sure to enroll in the Technical Rescuer-Vehicle &
Machinery Rescue Level I (#12-1218-46)
Course this fall.
EMS must work side by side when it comes to motor vehicle crashes
with entrapped occupants. On Tuesday night, Fairview First Aid &
Station 9 worked on their extrication skills in a number of
scenarios under the direction of Training Academy Instructor Tom
vehicle extrication training is what you're looking for, be sure to
check out our new Technical Rescuer Series course based on the NFPA
1006 Standard this Fall. Vehicle & Machinery Rescue Level I, Course
# 12- 1218-46, begins September 18th.
Wieczerzak supervises as Station 9 members perform a skill. Photo by
04.18.12 New Training
week's training tip by Dave D'Arcy focuses on an ever popular topic,
Air Management. Read more.
SCBA & Air Management Concludes and Begins Again
firefighters in two groups completed last weeks class on Sunday.
This week's class began last night with a lecture delivered by
Instructor Dave D'Arcy. Firefighters will continue Wednesday with
emergency breathing techniques, reduced profile maneuvers and
entanglement hazards. Sunday proves to be more of a challenge with
Air Consumption Rate exercises, Low and No Air Maneuvers, Confidence
Course and Team Relay Air Management exercises.
FF Craig Dombrowski performs the
prone reduced profile maneuver.
Registration Form Updated
updated our student registration form to include NJ EMT
certification numbers. EMT's should list their numbers on
registration forms to ensure CEU's are granted for applicable
courses. See our Forms page to download a
2 Students on the Home Stretch
semester's FF2 class is winding down and nearing the end of their
training. Students will have spent over 108 hours enhancing their
knowledge of the fire service and emergency response.
Sunday April 1st, FF2 students trained along side the Special
Services Emergency Response Team. Students participated in a
confined space rescue operation to satisfy the requirements of the
course job performance requirements.
course wraps up on April 24th when the students will challenge the
final exam. Those who successfully challenge will be eligible to
obtain their State FF2 Certification from the Division of Fire
03.30.12 DFS Brochure
Division of Fire Safety has released its Spring Brochure. All course
offerings are free to all firefighters in NJ. As always, we strongly
encourage our firefighters to take advantage of the great
03.29.12 Course Cancelations
Technical Rescuer - Rope Level 1 (#12-1205-29), Building
Construction for the Fire Service (#12-1007-14) and Emergency
Medical Response (#12-1602-19) courses has been canceled due
to low enrollment.
03.16.12 History of
the Irish in the Fire Service
month our Training Tip serves to educate our readers on the colorful
history of Irish American's in the American Fire Service. Chris
Ayotte takes a look inside a proud people, the Irish.
More Firefighters Attend Rapid Intervention Training
Sunday morning, Station 9 members attended a three hour Rapid
Intervention Awareness course at the Training Academy. Many of these
Station 9 firefighters plan to move onto advanced training in Rapid
Intervention this semester.
Space Awareness Course is Full
course (#12-1207-17) has reached the maximum number of enrollments.
Student Registration Forms received from this point on will be
placed on a waiting list.
03.02.12 Rope Rescue
Principles Course Canceled
course (#12-1201-15) has been canceled due to low enrollment.
Provider Course this Weekend (#12-1601-28)
Training Academy offers several CPR & AED courses a year. Take
advantage of this one day offering. This course is open to Fire,
Police, EMS and the general public. Tuition is only $25.00.
Registration ends Thursday March 1st.
02.26.12 NJ Boating
Safety Course a Success
Training Academy successfully certified another 26 students to
operate a power vessel on NJ waterways. Don't miss the next
opportunity to enroll and receive your Boating Certification.
02.16.12 NJ Basic
Fire Police Course Canceled
(#12-1003-06) has been canceled due to low enrollment.
and Firefighter 2 Courses Begin Tonight at 1900 Hours
Students attending these
courses should arrive 15 minutes early for
class and report to the West Classroom. Course materials will be provided.
02.15.12 Advanced SCBA & Air
Management Course is Full
course (#12-1102-13) has reached the maximum number of enrollments.
Student Registration Forms received from this point on will be
placed on a waiting list.
Healthcare Provider Course Added
high demand, we have added an additional CPR & AED course to the
semester. Register today for the March 4th offering (#12-1601-28).
This course is certified by the American Heart Association and open
to he general public. Click
here for more information.
01.12.12 Full Release
of 2012 Winter/Spring Catalog
version of the semester catalog is now available. Inside you'll find
our course descriptions, prerequisites and tuition fees. Find out
what's new this year and learn about our new subscription package.
Winter/Spring Schedule Released
Training Academy is proud to release the Semester Course Offering.
Students can enroll in over 25 quality programs to meet their
training needs. The full course catalog
will follow shortly.
12.28.11 Early Course
Take advantage of these two early course offerings.
here to download a Student Registration Form.
National Fire Incident Reporting System "An Introduction to Firehouse Web"
Course#: 12-1009-01 Date: Thursday January 12, 2012 Time: 1900
hours Tuition: No Charge
Program Course #: 12-1801 Date: Sunday January 15, 2012
Time: 1900 hours Tuition: $25.00
Winter/Spring Semester Catalog Coming Soon
course catalog for the upcoming semester will be published by week's
end. Students can expect courses such as Fire Officer 1, Rapid
Intervention Operations, Firefighter 1 and others.
Spears discusses Unsafe Practices in this week's Training Tip.
11.19.11 Fall Semester Comes to an End
fantastic Fall semester of course offerings concluded Saturday. This
semester our staff trained firefighters from throughout the State on
quality programs such as Ropes & Rigging, Technical Rescuer: Rope
Level I & II, Rapid Intervention Awareness and Operations and
Advanced SCBA & Air Management. Likewise, the Training Academy
continues to expand our course offerings to the general public. The
Boating Safety and CPR courses provided many local residents with
the training they desired.
Training Academy continues to push our training programs to new
heights. Sticking to our core belief in quality programs and using
subject matter experts to deliver specific areas of instruction has
proven to be a successful model. The Board of Directors is already
busy planning what is sure to be a very exciting Spring semester. We
are confident our students will be just as excited about the
offerings to come. Thank you to all of our students and supporters
for your hard work all semester. We'll see you in 2012. Stay safe,
11.19.11 Gemtor Course Concludes
Saturday morning firefighters from Middletown, Wayside and Cheesequake took part in and completed the hands on portion of the
Gemtor Fire Service Harness and Life Saving Rope procedures course.
This course is designed to provide the student with a working
knowledge of the Gemtor harness for all applications. Students are
also instructed on the single slide bailout and lowering techniques.
FF Alex Czaplicki performs a
pick-off during the lowering evolution.
week's Training Tip, Captain Dave D'Arcy discusses extending the
hose stretch during high-rise and standpipe operations.
11.13.11 Calling the
Rapid Intervention Operations Course concluded today with the
Calling the Mayday module. The students participated in the National
Fire Academy course consisting of lecture and hands on training. The
video below shows a firefighter falling through a floor prop.
Students in this course are required to recognize the Mayday
parameters and properly call the Mayday.
Multi Force Prop Arrives
Saturday October 29th, the Training Academy took delivery of our
newest training prop. Mike Perrone and the folks at Firehouse
Innovations (FHI) delivered our brand new Multi-Force Forcible Entry
Training Door System. Instructors in attendance received a Train the
Trainer session from FHI employees. The prop will be available for
scheduling on November 1st, 2011. See our
Rapid Intervention Operations
training for this semester's course began on Sunday. Firefighters
conducted training in the use of emergency air supply systems,
firefighter carries & drags and rope assisted search techniques.
set of skills will include Grade to Grade Rescue and Upper Floor
Removal of firefighters. This 24-hour course is offered several
times a year by the Training Academy.
"Gene" DeRogatis instructs FF Ken Gaylin (Unexcelled Fire Co.) on the use of the
10.28.11 Holding the Nozzle
In this week's Training Tip, Captain Jack Hueston discusses the
proper technique for holding the nozzle.
10.23.11 Pump Operations Course Concludes
Firefighters from three departments successfully completed the Pump
Operations course this weekend. The twenty two hour course that
spanned four days, prepared driver trainees and would be operators on
fire service pumps. Most of the attendees had the opportunity to
work on their own company apparatus. Good luck to the new or soon to
be operators from Middletown, Tinton Falls and Scotch Plains.
Students utilize a Fol-Da-Tank to conduct drafting operations.
10.20.11 Flashover Awareness
Video of Firefighters in South Bend, Indiana who were recently
caught in a flashover has sparked a lot of discussion. Captain
Christopher K. Ayotte discusses Flashover Awareness in this week's
Training Tip. Read more.
Watch the video.
10.15.11 Advanced SCBA & Air Management Course Concludes
A group of Firefighters from five (5) different Departments
completed this recent course. The students in this course worked
extremely well together and accomplished all of the course goals.
Several of he course attendees will be returning for the upcoming
Rapid Intervention Operations course.
10.13.11 CPR & AED Healthcare Provider Course is Full
The upcoming American Heart Association Healthcare Provider course
is now full. Registrations received from this point forward will be
placed on a waiting list. The Training Academy will offer another
course early in 2012. Check back for updates.
10.11.11 Fire Prevention Week
This year's theme for Fire Prevention week is "Protect You Family
From Fire". According to a United States Fire Administration report,
an estimated 374,900 residential building fires are reported to U.S.
fire departments each year and cause an estimated 2,630 deaths,
13,075 injuries, and $7.6 billion in property loss.
Cooking is the leading cause of residential building fires, followed
Residential building fires peak over the evening dinner hours when
cooking fires are prevalent.
information on Fire Prevention Week log on to the USFA website
10.08.11 Rope Level I & II Course Concludes
The firefighters who enrolled in the 24 hour course, may have gotten more than they bargained for.
The course, which met all of the NFPA 1006 requirements, enabled the
students to develop skills in advanced rope techniques. From
rappelling to litter tending and ascending to high lines, the course
provided a solid foundation for these new technical rescuers. Almost
all of the students will be joining the Special Service Emergency
Response Team as Technical Rescue component members.
Left photo: Chief Michael Lee ascends using prusik cords. Photo
right: Firefighter Michael Scott inverts to perform a rescue.
10.07.11 New Training
several revisions the Board of Directors are proud to release the
new Training Academy patch. The new patch symbolizes the
professionalism displayed by the Academy's founders and all those
who have proudly served on staff over the years. The former patch,
in service since the early 1980's, will be memorialized in display
case hung in the Academy halls.
thank you to Tinton Falls Firefighter James Crawford for his
artistic guidance and design of the new patch.
09.29.11 Gemtor Course Added to Semester
The Training Academy has added another Gemtor training course to the
end of the semester. This is a 12 hour program intended to provide
the student with an overview of the harness and life saving rope
procedures. This course will also provide the student with the Gemtor's multiple uses in rescue operations. For more information
09.10.11 Ropes & Rigging Course
Students in the Basic Ropes & Rigging Course were exposed to a
number of basic rope concepts that included anchor, lowering and
rappelling systems. Instructors Kevin Fitzhenry and Donald DeRogatis
Jr. kept the class busy with a number of skills throughout the day.
Next up for this group of students will be the NFPA Rope Level I &
II course later this month.
Instructors Fitzhenry and DeRogatis look on as these students practice
09.07.11 NJ Division of Fire Safety Fall Courses
Today the DFS released its Fall Semester brochure. The courses
offered by DFS are free to all firefighters in the state. Download a
09.01.11 Technical Rescuer Course Update
The upcoming Technical Rescuer-Rope Level I & II course is full.
Registrations received from this point forward will be put on a
08.19.11 RIC Staging
Captain Matt Spears discusses where to stage the Rapid Intervention
Crew in this weeks Training Tip. Read
08.14.11 Boating Safety Course Delivered On August 14th, twenty nine students successfully completed
the New Jersey Boating Safety certification course. Students who
successfully complete this course receive their certification
operate any vessel on NJ waterways. Interested in this course? The
Training Academy generally offers this course three times yearly.
the Hose Stretch
Captain Jack Hueston discusses estimating the hose stretch in this
weeks Training Tip. Read more.
Captain John Drucker discusses building construction types in
this weeks Training Tip.
08.05.11 Pump Operator Skills
On July 31st the training academy delivered a full day of pump
operator refresher training for Station 6. Qualified, new and soon
to be operators participated in several skills evolutions designed
to both review and refine their abilities.
Instructor Jack Hueston makes the drafting tank ready for use.
08.04.11 Boating Safety Course Update
The Boating Safety Course scheduled for August 14th is full.
Registrations received from this point forward will be placed on a
waiting list. Students will be contacted in the order in which we
received their registration forms.
07.30.11 Pressurized Water Cans
Staff member Marcelo Aguirre discusses use of water cans during
search in this week's Training Tips.
07.29.11 The Training Academy is now on Twitter
The Social Media market is growing by the minute. We're doing our
part to keep up with the fast paced needs our students and
customers. Keep up with what's happening at the academy. Follow us
Pump Operations Course
July, the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company (Marlboro Fire
secured the services of the Training Academy to deliver a Pump
Operations course for its members. Throughout the week of July 11,
staff members traveled to Marlboro and delivered a custom designed
course utilizing Robertsville's hall for lectures and several local
sites for hands on training. The students who attended were trained
on their own apparatus exposing them to as much actual pump panel
time as possible. The final hands on portion of the course was
delivered on July 17th. Fourteen members completed the training.
07.22.11 Heat Related Injuries
member Rich Michitsch discusses heat related injuries in this week's
07.02.11 Training Academy Launches YouTube Page
Training Academy is utilizing web content and social media to every
advantage possible. Our new YouTube page will feature short video
segments on a variety of training topics. Send in your requests to
have our staff produce a training video.
Click here to visit the page and subscribe to follow us.
Academy Expands Offerings to the Public
Training Academy continues to expand its course offerings to provide
valuable training opportunities to the general public. This year the
Training Academy is offering another open enrollment Boating Safety
All persons who wish to operate a power vessel must possess a
Boating Safety Certificate. Successful completion of this course
will result in a Boating Safety Certificate issued by the New Jersey
Click here more more information. Civilians who wish to attend
this course must submit a registration form.
Click here to download the form.
06.30.11 Fall Semester Approved
2011 semester begins on August 2nd. The Board of Directors are proud
to offer another semester of quality training programs to the fire
service. Please see our
course catalog for more information.
Firefighter I Class Graduates
This year’s Spring semester concluded on June 23rd with the
graduation of the Spring Firefighter I class. Fifteen Recruits from
Middletown, Ocean, Tinton Falls, Fair Haven and Union Beach began
their training on March 26th.
After three and a half months of hard work and dedication, the
graduating Firefighters successfully complete their “Putting It All
Together” evolutions and performed to perfection during the
Congratulations to all of the graduates and good luck in your
row (L to R) Daniel Dunn Jr., Donald Hatter, Joseph Tietz, Ashley
Bracken, Mark Williams, Richard Houghton, Ryan Maguire. 2nd
row (L to R) Scott Ritter, Brian Mavrinac, Jordan Bishop, James
Longstreet, Robert Henne, Michael Estelle Jr., Michael Navarro,
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