Courses

Self-Paced eLearning Courses

Our eLearning courses range from two to 20 hours in length. You’ll have course access online 24/7 for six-months, and after successfully completing the course, you’ll receive a certificate to document your achievement. Most importantly, you’ll walk away with practical solutions for the issues you face and confidence to know that you are truly informed.

The following self-paced eLearning courses are available for immediate enrollment:

Rural Firefighting Operations Online Course  Want to learn much more about effectively handling the day-to-day challenges of operating the small-community fire department? This program has 17 modules and provides essential information to improve the safety and performance of firefighting operations. It covers issues starting with fire department management, water supply pre-fire planning, all the way to conducting fireground operations. The Rural Firefighting Handbook, The No-Nonsense Guide to Small-Community Fire Protection is included as the textbook for this course, along with 38 pages of rural firefighting Standard Operating Procedures. RFO-01: self-paced; course length: 20 Hours — Cost: $249 Enroll.

Fire Eductors (TurboDraft)— Improving Water Supply Series Are you a fire officer, firefighter or pump operator who must deliver or use water from draft? This program covers why a rural fire department should consider using fire eductors; the principles behind how they work; and their potential uses and benefits. It reviews a detailed process for fireground deployment and includes real-world field tests to prove eductors are an important asset in improving water supply from draft. The course uses PDF study materials and a skill sheet suitable for use by the department’s training officer for student evaluation in fire eductor deployment. This is a two module course. IWS-01: self-paced; course length: 2 Hours — Cost: $79 Enroll.

Pressurized Hydrant Analysis — Improving Water Supply Series  Do you use pressurized fire hydrants as a water source for firefighting? Understanding a pressurized water supply system’s capability is critical to delivering the required Rate of Flow on any fire. This program reviews the myths and realities of operating pressurized hydrants. Three types of municipal water supply systems and water distribution piping designs are reviewed. Operation of wet- and dry-barrel fire hydrants and the equipment and procedures required for hydrant flow tests are assessed. A step-by-step process for converting test data into a hydrant-water-curve graph is covered. This is a three module course. It includes a four-page SOP for conducting pressurized hydrant testing.  IWS-02: self-paced; course length: 4 Hours — Cost: $129 Enroll.

About the RFA’s  eLearning courses: RFA’s self-paced courses are delivered exclusively online and progress is driven solely by the student. Courses may include books, video presentations, prerecorded audio, supporting articles, study guides, online learning activities, videos, and quizzes.

Students: Use the following link to log-in and access our digital chalkboard: Log-in.

On-Site Training Courses, delivered by a Rural Firefighting Academy Instructor

Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS) for Structure Firefighting Have you considered the use of Class A Foam and CAFS for structure firefighting? Class A Foam technology has its roots in wildland fire operations, but it’s proved to be a revolutionary breakthrough in structural firefighting. The fire service has seen a lot of promising innovations come and go, but few have represented as significant a step forward in our ability to control structure fire as the technology associated with Class A foam and Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS). This course will discuss the concepts and fireground application practices of Class A foam, including its benefits and limitations for the structural fire service. This course covers how compressed air foam streams work on contact to immediately penetrate burning materials, to slow and then halt the combustion process. Learn how compressed air foam can absorb heat more efficiently, causing temperatures to drop more quickly and reduce the likelihood of flashover inside a fire compartment. Test data and real-world results comparing CAFS with water are covered. Friction loss of compressed air foam inside fire attack hose is reviewed, along with discussion on decision making regarding creating rate-of-flow SOPs for compressed air foam structure fire attack. The class includes the 223-page student course textbook, The Compressed Air Foam Systems Handbook. 

Contact us at 484-365-3863 and we will provide a custom quote to deliver this class at your facility.