Fire School and Regional Training Programs


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Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute

Fire School and Regional Training Programs

2022 Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI) Goodland Fire School

The 2022 Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute (KFRTI) Goodland Fire School is a cooperative event to advance the knowledge and skills of Kansas firefighters. This event combines the annual fire schools normally held by KFRTI and Goodland Fire Department into one single event. Any Kansas firefighter, ranging from probationary members to fire chiefs, are invited to choose event sessions that promote knowledge, skills, and fellowship.

    Please note

    • Admission to Friday evening’s welcoming session, Saturday courses, Saturday’s meal and social, and Sunday courses are included with conference registration. Early bird registrations received through February 23 will be discounted to $35. Registrations received after February 23 will cost $45. 
    • Online pre-registration will close on March 10. All registrations before March 10 may select to receive an event tee shirt. On-site registrations will be accepted only as remaining space permits. 
    • Saturday and Sunday box lunches will be provided by KFRTI.
    • Transportation: Bussing has been arranged for students between a point of gathering and training sites. Students should stage with their PPE at the point of gathering at the times designated in their confirmation email.
    • Certification Test Lab: KFRTI will provide a written exam proctor and a limited number of exams for each certification topic. The Certification Test Lab will open daily at 8:00 a.m.. but all exams must be complete by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. All candidates should enter the test lab at least 2 hours before the lab is scheduled to close. To ensure the certification topic you wish to complete is available, please RSVP in the enrollment notes to which exam you are seeking to take and arrive earlier in the day.

    Special Events:

    • Plan to attend Friday Welcoming session at 6:30 p.m. (MST) for keynotes from Training Chief Larry Hemphill (Ret. from Salina Fire Department), Director Kelly McCoy of KFRTI, and Fire Chief Brian James of Goodland Fire Department.
    • Saturday social offers fellowship, festivity, and food. Compete for the high honor of “the Saltiest Stache,” enjoy an evening meal sponsored by Sherman County Rural Fire Board Banquet, and win door prizes while touring vendor exhibits.

    Day 1: Friday, March 24, 2022

    Times are displayed in Mountain Standard Time Zone

    7:30 a.m.           Registration Opens

    8:00                   Essentials of Chaplaincy begins

    8:30                   Registration table closes

    12:00 p.m.         Class breaks for lunch

    1:00                   Class resumes

    5:00                   Class adjourns for day

    5:30                   Registration reopens

    6:30                   Evening Welcome Session begins

    8:30                   Conclude evening session

    Day 2: Saturday, March 26, 2022

    Times are displayed in Mountain Standard Time Zone

    7:00 a.m.           Registration Opens

    7:45                   Bussing to training sites

    8:00                   Class begins

    8:30                   Registration table closes

    11:00                 Sack lunches distributed to field classes for ad hoc lunch breaks

    12:00 p.m.         Classroom-based classes break for lunch

    1:00                   All classes resume

    4:00                   All classes adjourn, and return busses

    5:30                   Registration reopens

    6:00                   Vendor area opens for student interaction

    6:30                   Meal & Social Session

    8:30                   Conclude Meal & Social Session

    Day 3: Sunday, March 26, 2022

    Times are displayed in Mountain Standard Time Zone

    7:00 a.m.           Registration Opens

    7:45                   Bussing to training sites

    8:00                   Class begins

    8:30                   Registration closes

    12:00 p.m.         Classes break for lunch

                              Certification Lab concludes

    1:00                   All classes resume

    4:00                   Classes conclude and students are bussed from training sites

    Course Descriptions

    KFRTI will provide a written exam proctor and a limited number of exams for each certification topic. The Certification Test Lab will open daily at 8:00 a.m. All exams must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday. Candidates should enter the test lab at least 2 hours before the lab is scheduled to close. To ensure the certification topic you wish to complete is available, please RSVP in the enrollment notes for exam you are planning to take and make sure to arrive earlier in the day.

    • Hours vary by exam
    • Session 1: Drop in anytime on Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
    • Session 2: Drop in anytime on Sunday between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. 
    • Proctors: KFRTI Certification Staff

    This two-day course, created by the Federation of Fire Chaplains, provides an opportunity for everyone – experienced chaplains, new chaplains, and prospective chaplains alike – to learn valuable lessons about Fire Chaplaincy. The class covers the following areas: the foundations of fire chaplaincy; personhood of the fire chaplain; fire chaplain’s ministry to firefighters; fire chaplain’s ministry to crisis victims; beginning a fire department chaplaincy; critical incident stress management; firefighter injury or death; death notification; and fire department funerals.

    • Attendees of the Essentials of Chaplaincy course will need to provide an additional payment via check in the amount of $165 to “Sherman County Rural Fire” for course materials and resources on the first day of the course.
    • 16 Hours
    • Starts Friday, Ends on Saturday
    • Instructor: Fire Chaplain Rodney Veldhuizen

    This one-day Firefighter Resilience course will introduce students to resilience science as it applies to fire and emergency services. Fire and emergency response personnel often suffer from the stressors found in emergency service and disaster work. Resilience study is intended to provide the knowledge necessary for rescuers to adapt successfully to future adversity. Students will analyze the impacts of stress common to emergency response personnel, practice resilience exercises, and discuss rugged firefighters and crews to learn lessons from a strength-based perspective.

    • 8 Hours
    • Starts Saturday and ends Saturday
    • Instructor: Kelly McCoy, Director of KFRTI

    This course provides a basic understanding of how to get to the fire and get the first line in place. With low staff apparatus (2 or 3-man trucks, rural, or low staff volunteer). We will address forcible entry, hose deployment, hose movement, hose handling, and VESI. Students will have the opportunity to become comfortable with irons, forcing doors, moving and handling the hose, and performing first-floor VESI. SPECIAL NOTE: Students will need to bring full PPE and, if available, SCBA. Scott SCBA refill will be available on site.

    • 8 Hours
    • Session 1: Starts Saturday and ends Saturday
    • Session 2: Starts Sunday and ends Sunday
    • Instructors: Jaime Ross, Cody Jackson

    This two-day, instructor-led course is intended to be presented at the local level. Instructional units include firefighter safety in the interface, managing human factors in the interface, pre-incident planning, size up and initial strategy, structure triage, structure protection overview, tactics in the interface, tactical operations and resource use in the interface, action assessment, plan update, and after-action review.

    Designed to assist any emergency responders who will be planning for and making operational decisions during an interface incident. This course is for personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4), Task Force Leader (TFLD), or any Strike Team Leader.

    • 16 Hour Course
    • Starts Saturday and ends Sunday
    • Instructor: Kansas Forest Service

    This discussion-based course explores foundational fire service instructor topics such as adult learning characteristics, context-based training, performance-based evaluations, and adapting course plans away from PowerPoint. Additional topics will be explored based upon student interests.

    • 8 Hour Class
    • Starts Sunday and ends Sunday   
    • Instructor:  Erin McGruder

    This one-day course provides the knowledge and skills required to perform a Grain Engulfment Rescue. This course requires a basic knowledge of Confined Space Rescue techniques as well as knowledge of Lock-out-Tag-out procedures as prescribed by OSHA and other regulations. Removal/rescue from grain bins and hoppers, grain bin cutting procedures, entrapment prevention, and hazards of working in and around grain storage facilities are also addressed in this course.

    • 8 Hours
    • Session 1: Starts Saturday and ends Saturday
    • Session 2: Starts Sunday and ends Sunday
    • Instructors: KFRTI

    This one-day course presents complex, hands-on scenarios involving semi-trucks, school buses, concrete mixers, farm equipment, passenger vehicles, and more. Scenarios include complex stabilization, patient care and packaging, and lifting and moving with multiple different systems. Personal protective equipment required for this course includes cut resistant clothing, gloves, hard toed boots, helmets, and eye protection.

    • 8 Hours
    • Session 1: Starts Saturday and ends Saturday
    • Session 2: Starts Sunday and ends Sunday
    • Instructors:  Jaime Ross, Cody Jackson

    This one-day course includes both classroom discussion and outdoor practical skills development to support shore-based water rescue incidents. We will discuss shore-based safety, equipment, techniques, and when to call for more resources at a water rescue. This course is designed for firefighters to gain an awareness of the hazards they face while dealing with victims in water while keeping themselves safe throughout the incident.

    • 8 Hours
    • Session 1: Starts Saturday and ends Saturday
    • Session 2: Starts Sunday and ends Sunday
    • Instructors: KFRTI

    This one-day course is designed to help first responders conduct rescue operations with the equipment available on initial response apparatus (ambulance, brush truck, engine, etc) with initial PPE. Topics include anchor systems, heavy lifting and moving, ladder-based rescue techniques, patient packaging, and cribbing and shoring. 

    • 8 Hours
    • Starts Saturday and ends Saturday
    • Instructors: Midwest Search and Rescue

    Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email jayhawkglobal@ku.edu or call 785-864-6779 at least four weeks before the first day of the event. Some events may require notice earlier than three weeks and require you to contact a specific individual; if so, that information is provided in the event-specific information.