What Will I Learn?

  • How to assemble a team and devise the attack technique for fighting various kinds of fires
  • How to select the proper tools to force entry into a building
  • How to provide proper ventilation in a building based on the structure and nature of the fire.
  • Our focus will be on structural fire control and rescue operations as well as fire and life safety initiatives, preparedness, and maintenance.


Firefighters take on significant responsibilities when they choose their profession, putting themselves in the path of danger and taking calculated risks to keep others safe. Firefighters need to possess many skills to perform their job safely and effectively. One of those things is to be dressed in less than 2 minutes! This includes turnout gear, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), etc. All that gear plus their tools can weigh anywhere between 80 to 120 pounds.

Walk Away With:

This course is designed to train the student to the professional qualification level of Firefighter 2 as outlined in NFPA 1001 Professional Qualifications Standard. There is a lab requirement for this course that will meet on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. in HSHS 174. This lab is designed to prepare students to pass the psychomotor portion of the Firefighter 2 certification exam as outlined in NFPA 1001 Professional Qualifications Standard.

Who Should Attend?

This course is for EMTs with a current NREMT certification currently employed or interested in the fire industry that have completed the Firefighter 1 course.

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Instructor Bio

Brad Buehler started his career as a firefighter in the Air Force and was honorably discharged after completing four years of service. He then became a civilian firefighter/fire officer/EMT and served in those positions for the next 20yrs. He has an extensive background in Technical (rope) Rescue, Swift Water, and backcountry rescue. Recently, his focus has shifted toward educating aspiring Emergency Responders tactical firefighting techniques, critical thinking, and overall safety on any emergency scene.