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Special Ops Training

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security career cluster

Professional Development Courses

All of our Special Ops training courses are designed to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technician-level standards. You will receive a certificate of completion from TCC at the end of your course.

Hazardous Materials

All classes have been moved to State Certification Courses.

Rope Rescue

FPTA-1002 Rope Rescue Level I

This course covers fundamental skills and techniques required for a safe and efficient rescue. The course will be delivered using a combination of classroom instruction and extensive field exercises. The field exercises will help you gain practical hands-on experience in basic rope rescue evolutions.

  • Total hours: 40
  • Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Cost: $385 per student
  • Prerequisite: A background in public safety operations
  • Requirements:
    • Leather gloves
    • Long pants
    • Soft-soled shoes or boots
  • 2018 dates:
    • January 8–11
    • January 22–25
    • May 21–24
    • September 24–27
    • November 5–8
    • December 3–6

FPTA-1002 Rope Rescue Level II

This course builds upon the techniques covered in our Level I course. Instruction will include advanced skills and techniques required to perform technician-level rope rescue. The course will be delivered using a combination of classroom instruction and extensive field exercises that allow you to gain practical hands-on experience in advanced rope rescue evolutions.

  • Total hours: 40
  • Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Cost: $385 per student
  • Prerequisites:
    • A background in public safety operations
    • Our Rope Rescue Level I course
  • Requirements:
    • Leather gloves
    • Long pants
    • Soft-soled shoes or boots
  • 2018 dates:
    • March 19–22
    • May 29–June 1
    • October 1–4
    • November 26–29

FPTA-1000 Confined Space Technician

This course builds upon concepts covered in our Rope Rescue Level I course. Instruction includes classroom lecture and demonstration as well as a strong emphasis on practical field exercises. We’ll also cover governing regulations, team operations, equipment familiarization and practical rescue techniques.

  • Total hours: 40
  • Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Cost: $375 per student
  • Prerequisites:
    • A basic rope class within the last 2 years or
    • A letter from your chief stating you have adequate experience in this area
  • Requirements:
    • Gloves
    • Long pants
    • Soft-soled shoes or boots
  • 2018 dates:
    • January 16–19
    • June 11–14
    • October 8–11
    • December 10–13

Strategy & Tactics

FPTA-1007 Command & Control

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per student
  • 2018 dates:
    • May 29–June 1
    • July 30–August 2

FPTA-1007 Strategy & Tactics

This course is designed to develop the management skills company officers need to accomplish assigned tactics during emergency response. This course lays the foundation for effective response to still alarms and building the initial ICS system.

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per student
  • 2018 dates:
    • February 5–8
    • April 23–26
    • July 9–12

Swift Water Rescue

FIRS-1091 Swift Water Rescue Technician

This course includes classroom sessions that identify different types of swift water incidents and their hazards, rescuer safety, size-up, site safety, shore based procedures, wading rescues, and boat based rescues. You’ll learn defensive swim techniques, throw bags, tension diagonals, shore based rescue systems, boat based rescue systems and boat powered rescues.

  • Total hours: 50
  • Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Cost: $480 per student
  • Prerequisites:
    • A background in public safety, in addition to having taken a basic rope class within the last 2 years or
    • A letter from your chief stating you have adequate experience in this area
  • Requirements:
    • Towel
    • Wet suit
    • Gloves
    • Water shoes
    • Whistle
    • USCG Type 3 or 5 personal flotation device
  • 2018 dates:
    • April 30–May 4
    • May 14–18
    • June 11–15
    • July 9–13
    • July 23–27
    • August 6–10
    • August 20–24
    • September 10–14

FPTA-1001 Swift Water Rescue Skills Refresher

This course provides continuing education for Swift Water Rescue Technicians.

  • Total hours: 8
  • Time: 3 p.m.–11 p.m.
    • This course is 1 day only and includes a night drill
  • Cost: $80 per student
  • Prerequisites: Swift Water Rescue Technician certification from a recognized certifying entity
  • 2018 dates:
    • June 27, 28 or 29
    • August 13, 14 or 15

Trench Rescue

FIRS-1091 Trench Rescue Technician

This course covers advanced techniques and incorporates all levels of readiness, response, arrival and mediation of trench rescue incidents. Topics include equipment familiarization, soil types, utilities, benching and backfilling. Aspects of shoring equipment, timber, hydraulic and pneumatic shoring are also covered. You’ll be working in straight and intersecting trenches (T&L) in depths up to 12 feet.

  • Total hours: 50
  • Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Cost: $425 per student
  • Prerequisites:
    • A background in public safety, in addition to having taken a basic rope class within the last 2 years or
    • A letter from your chief stating you have adequate experience in this area
  • Requirements:
    • Helmet
    • Gloves
    • Goggles
    • Long pants
    • Comfortable shirt
  • 2018 dates:
    • June 4–8
    • June 18–22

Vehicle Rescue

FPTA-1004 Vehicle Rescue Technician

This course includes classroom sessions that identify the hazards and procedures associated with the complex environment of vehicle and machinery rescue, including detailed information on the latest vehicle safety systems.

The majority of the class involves hands-on applications of rescue techniques that use a variety of heavy rescue equipment. Some of the topics covered are extrication techniques, advanced stabilization techniques, air bags and mechanical lifting devices. We also incorporate scenarios involving automobiles, trucks and machinery.

  • Total hours: 50
  • Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Cost: $500 per student
  • Prerequisites: Basic firefighter certification
  • Requirements: Structural bunker gear or extrication gear
  • 2018 dates:
    • January 29–February 2
    • February 12–16
    • April 9–24 (C-shift only)
    • April 10–25 (A-shift only)
    • April 11–23 (B-shift only)
    • May 7–11
    • September 17–21
    • October 29–November 2

FPTA-1004 Vehicle Extrication Train-the-Trainer

  • Total hours: 24
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $320 per student
  • 2018 dates:
    • March 28–30
    • May 21–23
    • November 19–21

Textbook Policy

Textbooks will be available to you for loan at the Fire Service Training Center (FSTC). All loaned textbooks will be collected from you on the last day of class. A limited supply of textbooks will be available for purchase at the FSTC, or you may choose to purchase textbooks from another source.

It is your responsibility to arrange for purchase of textbooks individually or through your sponsoring department prior to the start of the course.

For specific textbook information, please contact:

Natasha Briggs
817-515-7172
natasha.briggs@tccd.edu

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Updated October 03, 2017