Truck Company Fireground Operations (TCFO) / Rescue Technician Site Operations and Vehicle Technician & Machinery Extraction (RTVME)
The objective of the TCFO course is to provide the student with the fundamental principles of truck company operations and how they are integrated during fireground operations. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate forcible entry, search and rescue, ventilation, salvage, overhaul and ladders. Major topics covered in the course are the functions and responsibilities of the truck company, forced entry, ground ladder use, techniques and procedures for locating victims, techniques for removal of smoke and gases, salvage operations, checking for fire extension, procedures for overhauling, building construction, utility control and electrical and lighting the fireground. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, audio/visual material, practical skills exercises, final examination and required assignments.
The objective of the RTVMR course is to prepare the student to approach each rescue incident with attention focused on the importance of proper operational planning and all related components for effective safe site operation, victim management, equipment maintenance and inspection with particular emphasis on vehicular and machinery rescue. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to recognize and implement the five phases of operational planning, understand and utilize technical rope rescue when needed; and properly package and transport a victim from a vehicular or machinery rescue. Major topics covered in the program include the five phases of successful site operations including, resource management, personal protective equipment, upsize activities, hazard identifications, search and rescue, ground support, incident management and termination, victim management, and rope rescue operations; maintenance and inspection of rope; rigging, anchoring and mechanical advantage; patient packaging and transfer during rescue operations; slope operations and evacuation; vehicular stabilization and extrication; specialty tools, hand tools, power and hydraulic tools; vehicular design; autos, busses, trucks, elevators, escalators, farm equipment, and mining/ industrial equipment/machinery. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, audio/visual materials, practical field exercises, and final examinations.
Notes: Individuals with physical or medical conditions that limit their full and active participation may not be eligible for this program. This program is taught off campus in Queen Anne’s County. Students are enrolled in two classes during the fall semester and two classes during the spring semester. Must be a member of a local fire department and at least 16 years old. A Medical Clearance by a certified physician will be required for all participants before school starts. Failure to comply will result in a denial of entry to the program.