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Firefighter In-Service Training

  • St. Petersburg College provides advanced specialized training for fire professionals at the SPC Fire and Public Safety Training Center and at fire stations throughout Pinellas County.

  • Online Fire Inspector and Instructor CEUs

    Florida Certified Fire Inspectors and Instructors can earn CEUs toward their recertification online.

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  • Florida Fire Prevention Code Update - NFPA 1: 8.0 CEUs

    8.0 CEU's     $30.00 for class

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III

    This course is designed to make inspectors aware of the changes in the Fire Code with the adoption of the 2012 edition of the codes, including Florida changes. The student will gain knowledge including but not limited to: who is responsible for making inspection occur; performance based options and how they are met; identifying different occupancy classifications; how to apply the multiple occupancy section; the process and need for emergency plans; recognize changes, deletions, and additions to open flames; life safety evaluations; working knowledge of means of egress and changes; understand the Florida changes as well as many other changes, additions, and deletions to the fire code.

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  • Florida Fire Prevention Code Update - NFPA 101: 8.0 CEUs 

    8.0 CEU's     $30.00 for class     

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Fire Code Administrator
    • Instructor I, II, III

    This course will give students a better understanding of the new 2012 NFPA 101 and the State changes. Upon completion of this course students should be able to: understand the creation and history of NFPA 101; know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur; know the changes, deletions, and additions to pertinent chapters; know what a performance based option is and how they are met; be able to identify the different occupancy classifications; understand how to apply the multiple occupancy section; have a working knowledge of means of egress and changes to that section; understand the process and need for emergency plans; have a basic understanding of floor evacuation plans; understand the difference between new and existing occupancies; understand the changes to the Florida Code; recognize the changes, deletions and additions to the Annexes.

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  • Fire Origin & Cause Review: 4.0 CEUs

    4.0 CEUs     $30.00 for class;

    • Fire Code Administrator
    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III

     Fire Origin and Cause is an online class consisting of a four hour lecture. Topics discussed will be photographing the scene, taking evidence (where needed), and report writing documenting the investigation. This class is one in a series designed to give certified inspectors and investigators an opportunity to earn CEU’s toward re-certification. 

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  • Changes to NFPA 13 for Storage: 4.0 CEUs  

    4.0 CEUs     $30.00 for class

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Fire Code Administrator
    • Instructor I, II, & III

    This class will discuss some of the major changes to the 2016 edition of NFPA 13 in regards to fire inspections and relation to storage protection. While the 2016 edition is not being used currently, it is available to designers as a performance based option and fire service personnel should be familiar with the changes. Some of the changes will affect costs and be attractive to builders and designers.

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  • Wind Driven Fires: 8.0 CEUs 

     8 CEUs

    Renews for

    •  Fire Code Administrator,
    • Firesafety Inspector I
    • Instructor I
    • Instructor II
    • Instructor III

    This online course is be based on a collaborative research project between CFD, FDNY, NFPA, NYU-Poly and NIST. This use of fire modeling and live burn tests are used and presented as part of the NIST report. This course is based on NIST and other publications on the subject and is applicable to all Fire Service professionals at every rank. Objectives: Describe significant past wind driven fires; Describe the need for proper size-up and recognition of a wind driven fire; To examine the effect of wind on a fire incident in a single-story residential structure using a computational fluid dynamics model, the Fire Dynamics Simulator; To simulate the fire conditions in the structure with and without wind to provide visualizations of the fire behavior; Describe the use of wind control devices; Describe strategic and tactical options when operating at a wind driven fire; To improve the safety of fire fighters.

     

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  • Apartments, Rooming Houses and Hotels: 3.5 CEUs 

      3.5 CEUs   $30.00 for class            

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III

    This class will discuss Apartments, Rooming Houses, and Hotels in regards to fire inspections; the requirements; the differences and; the frequency of inspections. It will use NFPA 1 and NFPA 101 as references. The class will cover definitions of Apartments, Rooming Houses, and Hotels; differentiation between rooming houses and single family dwellings; difference between hotel and dormitory; between new and existing hotels and apartments; between positive alarm sequence and pre-signal alarms frequency of inspections; and discuss setting policy on the frequency of re-inspections at these facilities.

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  • Electric Car Fires and Investigation: 4.0 CEUs 

    4.0 CEUs   $30.00 for class     

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III


    A relatively new problem in the fire service and for investigators is the electric vehicle. This course will give a detailed familiarization of electric and hybrid vehicles and necessary safety procedures and concerns for Firefighters and Investigators.

    Upon successful completion of this lesson, the student shall be able to: Recognize the difference between an Electric Vehicle and a Hybrid Vehicle; Know the basic parts of EV's; Determine how they work and what the basic system or circuit looks like; Understand the different types of batteries found in these vehicles; Know the scope of the future problem represented by the number of these vehicles; Understand the storage problem posed by lithium-ion batteries; Define the term "Thermal Runaway"; Determine safe methods for extinguishing EV fires; Understand that due to the rapid changes occurring in technology, safety challenges will continuously evolve; Be familiarized with the Interim safety guidelines; Know that High Voltage Cables should not be cut and HV battery should not be tampered with; Understand what caused the recall of the Chevy Volt; Define what a Lithium-ion battery is made of and some basics of how it works; Know what a "Smart Key" is and how to deal with one; Be familiar with what a Hybrid vehicle is; Know where the disconnects and fuses for these types of vehicles are usually located; Understand and recognize the potential hazards associated with Electric and Hybrid vehicles.

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  • Fire Alarm Systems: 5.0 CEUs

    5.0 CEUs   $30.00 for class      

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III

    In order to give students a better understanding of the inspection of fire alarm systems and their components upon completion of this course, students should be able to: Define the different component systems that make-up a fire alarm system; Understand why inspections are done; Know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur; Know who may conduct inspections of fire alarm systems; Understand the content of the fire alarm systems inspection reports; Have an understanding of the history involving alarm systems and the code development; Understand and recognize the terms used in reference to fire alarm systems; Know the difference and the connotations of the words: Shall, Should, Will and May in codes; Understand the difference between the types of signals received by an alarm system; Know the difference between Passive and Active fire protection; Understand the system design process and FASFA Certification; Know the system and components must be listed; Recognize notification signals and devices used in an alarm system; Know the Basic System features of an alarm system; Understand the difference between a Protected Premises, Remote Station and Central Station Alarm System; Recognize initiation signals and devices used in an alarm system; Understand that devices are either manual or automatic; Recognize and understand the different types of detectors; Understand what should be looked at during an inspection; Understand the purpose and design of fire control panels; Be aware of the requirements of State Statute 633.01; Be aware of the ramifications of the adoption of the State Fire Codes.; Understand the requirements of State of Florida Administrative Code- Rule 4A-3.012; Know what is required on a system diagram or drawing; Understand compatibility of components and how the manual addresses them.

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  • Fire Behavior: 4.0 CEUs

     4.0 CEUs   $30.00 for class       

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III

    This class will give students a basic understanding of fire behavior and origin and cause determination. Upon successful completion of this lesson, the student shall be able to:

    Define fire; Determine the difference between endothermic and exothermic reactions; Describe physical and chemical changes of matter related to fire; Understand the fire triangle; Describe the four elements of the fire tetrahedron; Explain how the physical states of fuel affect the combustion process; Define combustible and flammable; Explain how oxygen concentration affects the combustion process; Describe heat; Define and understand Pyrolysis; Describe sources of heat energy; Describe spontaneous combustion; Have a basic understanding of electricity; Discuss the transmission of heat; Define flashpoint, fire point, autoignition temperature, and explosive limits; Understand the difference between Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, & Class K fires and how they are extinguished; Describe the stages of fire development within a compartment; Define rollover, flashover, and backdraft; Describe methods used to control and extinguish fire; Understand fire resistance; Understand the reason for investigation of fire and the applicable statutes; Understand the basics of origin and cause investigation; Recognize a "V" Pattern and why they occur; When to call for an Investigator.

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  • Methods of Program Evaluation: 6.0 CEUs  

    6.0 CEUs     $30.00 for class

    • Fire Code Administrator
    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I
    • Instructor II
    • Instructor III

    Regardless of whether your program is an internal health and safety program for your members, or an external community risk reduction program, evaluation of the program is a critical part of the process. This 6 hour class will focus on program evaluation to include a study of four types of evaluation: Formative evaluation, Process/implementation evaluation, Impact evaluation and Outcome/effectiveness evaluation.

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  • Hood Systems - Part One: 4.0 CEUs


     4.0 CEU's   $30.00 for class       

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III

    This course is an overview of hood and extinguishing systems. It is designed to familiarize Fire Inspectors with the operation, parts and design of hoods and extinguishing systems. There will also be an in-depth study of the laws and codes that apply to hoods and extinguishing systems. Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to: Define the different component systems that make-up a pre-engineered hood system; Understand why inspections are done; Know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur; Know who may conduct inspections of pre-engineered systems; Understand the content of the pre-engineered systems inspection reports; Be aware of the requirements of State Statute 633.061; Be aware of the requirements of State Statute 633.071; Understand the requirements of State of Florida Administrative Code- Rule 4A-21; Know what is required on a system diagram or drawing; Determine when a hood system is required; Understand the required format and content of the Manufacturer’s Manual; Determine when a hood and extinguishing system is required; Find the system specifications for parts; Understand how a system drawing is completed and submitted; Have a working knowledge of the history of hoods and extinguishing systems; Know the different types of tests performed on the system; Understand the Problems Unique to Commercial Cooking Equipment; Define Saponification.

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  • Hood Systems - Part Two: 4.5 CEUs 

    4.5 CEUs   $30.00 for class   

    • Fire Safety Inspector I
    • Instructor I, II, III

    This course will give the student a better understanding of the inspection of hood systems and their components. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to: Define the different component systems that make-up a pre-engineered hood system; Understand why parts must be listed; Know who is responsible to make certain that inspections occur; Know the difference between manufacturer and after-market parts; Understand what a mixed system is; Be aware of the requirements for the location of system cylinders; Recognize an illegal system; Be able to locate the UL "EX" number; Understand not to exceed actuation network limitation; Know and understand the installation of manual pull stations, piping and grease seals; Understand the different types of cable required; Recognize the proper placement and use of fusible links; Find the system specifications for parts; Understand how a system drawing is completed and submitted; Have a working knowledge of the shutoff valves; Know the different types of tests performed on the system; Recognize the proper wiring and cable design in the NEMA box; Know when an alarm system is required; Understand what is in and required by the owner's manual; Have a working knowledge of what a discharge test is and how they are accomplished; Know what a technician is required to do in a system inspection and recharge; Recognize when there is a problem in a system; Recognize and understand the use of water wash hood systems; Be familiar with Residential Hood Systems; Be familiar with Recirculating Hood Systems; Be familiar with Solid Fuel Cooking equipment.

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  • Current Classes

    Statewide Emergency Response Plan (SERP)

    2017-09-22
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    $49.00
    SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N in Clearwater, Room 2-302

    This class is designed to introduce students to Florida’s Statewide Emergency Response system, components, benefits, and how the system works. Students will also learn how to conduct a post incident analysis to assure that necessary information is obtained and used to assist with future emergencies.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-09-15

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    ICS300 Intermediate Incident Command System

    2017-10-02 - 2017-10-04
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $264.82
    SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N. in Clearwater, Room 2-429

    ICS 300 provides the student with the knowledge of how NIMS ICS is used to manage and expanding incident, and how to apply the incident action planning process. The course covers ICS fundamentals review, unified command, incident/event assessment and establishing objectives, resource management, planning process, demobilization, transfer of command and close, and expands upon the prerequisites of ICS100 and ICS200. This class will use the NWCG curriculum without variance using an approved NWCG instructor.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-09-25

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    Emergency Vehicle Driver Training (EVDT)

    2017-10-09 - 2017-10-10
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    $183.00
    SPC Fire Training Center, 5005 126th Ave N. in Clearwater

    Participants in this VFIS course (formerly EVOC) will have the opportunity to gain and/or verify a broad range of competencies associated with driving emergency vehicles. These competencies include basic understanding of emergency vehicle operations as well as the skills necessary for practical application. The course is designed to present the necessary classroom experiences & competency course training, and will include testing in written form for both new & experienced emergency vehicle drivers. This class will utilize a fire engine and ambulance for the driving portion.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-10-02

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    NFA Command & Control of Incident Operations

    2017-10-09 - 2017-10-13
    8 :30 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m.
    $456.20
    SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N. in Clearwater, Room 2-306

    This class is designed to help students study proper fire command techniques for control and extinguishment of fires ranging from small, residential structures to mul-ti-occupancy commercial complexes. Topics covered include problem-solving and fire command, interagency and mutual aid, the ICS, incident management, size-up & strategy, tactics & action plans, truck company operations, engine company operations, building construction & fire behavior, pre-incident preparation, incident organi¬zation, and strategic command. Special emphasis will also be placed on firefighter safety.

    Deadline to register September 15

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-10-02

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    NFA Decision Making for Initial Company Operations

    2017-10-23 - 2017-10-24
    8 :30 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m.
    $165.00
    SPC EpiCenter, 13805 58th Street N. in Clearwater, Room 2-304

    Decision Making for Initial Company Operations is designed to develop the decision making skills needed by Company Officers (COs) to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires. All activities and scenarios used in this course are based on structure fires. As a Company Officer (CO) with the real possibility of being the first to arrive at an incident, the CO’s initial decisions will have an impact throughout the entire incident. It is vital that they be able to make good management decisions that have a favorable impact on the eventual outcome. In addition to a possible role as the initial Incident Commander (IC), the CO may well be assigned a subordinate position within the ICS organization. COs need to have a clear understanding of the system, the position they are assigned, and their role in the organization if they are to function effectively and help make the system work.

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    Deadline to cancel with refund: 2017-10-16

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  • Other Programs Offered

    • Live Fire Training Instructor I - 40 hr.
    • Live Fire Training Adjunct Instructor I - 16 hr.
    • Class A & LP Gas Live Fire Structural Training - 8 hr.
    • Class A & LP Gas Live Fire Structural Training - 4 hr.
    • Physical Abilities Test - 4 hr.

    LP Gas Training Props

    • Flammable & Combustible Liquids
    • Above Ground LP Storage Tank Training
    • Live Car Fire Training