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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.

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:
    • September 24–27
    • November 5–8
    • December 3–6
  • 2019 dates:
    • January 7–10
    • February 18–21
    • May 13–16
    • September 16–19
    • October 14–17
    • November 5–8

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:
    • October 1–4
    • November 26–29
  • 2019 dates:
    • March 18–21
    • April 1–4
    • October 21–24
    • November 11–14

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:
    • October 8–11
    • December 10–13
  • 2019 dates:
    • January 22–25
    • April 29–May 2
    • September 30–October 3
    • December 2–5

Strategy & Tactics / Command & Control

FPTA-1007 Command & Control (Natural & Man-made Disasters)

This 4-day course is designed for incident commanders who manage large-scale, complex incidents.

You will learn to develop standard Incident Command System (ICS) Forms to produce a written Incident Action Plan for fire department operations at natural and man-made disasters.

The primary focus is the operational component of a fire department’s response to civil disturbances, fires, hazardous materials releases, tornadoes and planned events. This course emphasizes command and control decision-making skills as well as the interrelationship of the operational function to hazard preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

Areas covered include:

  • Operational applications of the ICS
  • Command and control
  • ICS / Emergency Operations Center interface
  • Evacuation
  • Sheltering
  • Communications

The interactive course uses lecture, simulations, scenarios, and student participation as instructional methodologies.

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per student
  • 2019 date:
    • July 29–August 1

FPTA-1007 Command & Control (Multi-Alarm Incidents)

This 4-day course is interactive, using lecture, simulations, post-incident reviews and student participation as instructional methods. It focuses on the command officer’s responsibility while conducting major operations involving multiple alarms.

Areas covered include:

  • Command and decision-making process
  • Advanced incident command
  • Command and control
  • Safety
  • Personnel accountability
  • Communications

Through the use of simulations and debriefing, students are taught to apply standard processes for command and communication to various types of complex emergency incidents. A broad range of simulations are used to duplicate emergency incidents that require the student to evaluate multiple hazards, such as fire department emergencies involving multi-family occupancies, hotels, commercial occupancies, large shopping malls, and high-rises.

The interactive course uses lecture, simulations, scenarios, and student participation as instructional methodologies.

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per student
  • 2018 date:
    • November 27–30
  • 2019 date:
    • May 20–23

FPTA-1007 Development of Strategy and Command

In this 4 day course, fire officers review leadership concepts, reading smoke, UL fire research, and command best practices. All ranks are welcome; however, the target audience is first-on-scene incident commanders and first-on-scene battalion chiefs.

The focus is command and communication processes as applied to structure fires ranging from small, residential structures to multi-occupancy, commercial complexes.

Topics covered include:

  • Command presence
  • Decision-making and fire command
  • Effective delegation through Groups and Divisions
  • Incident management
  • Arrival reports
  • Development of strategy, tactics, and action plans

Special emphasis is placed on a consistency in command process and communication.

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 Incident Command System (ICS).

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per student
  • 2019 dates:
    • April 8–11
    • July 15–18

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:
    • Days 1, 2, 4 & 5: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Day 3: noon–11 p.m.
  • Cost: $480 per student
  • Prerequisites:
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Have a background in public safety
    • Be in good physical condition
    • Be able to swim
    • Have taken a Rope Rescue Level I (RRL1) class within the last 2 years
      or
      Provide a letter from your chief stating you have sufficient experience in this area
      • If you did not take the RRL1 class at TCC, you must provide documentation showing the place and date of your RRL1 completion
  • Requirements:
    • Towel
    • Wet suit (optional)
    • Gloves
    • Water shoes
    • Whistle
    • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Type III or V Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • 2018 dates:
    • September 10–14
  • 2019 dates:
    • April 29–May 3
    • May 13–17
    • June 3–7
    • July 8–12
    • July 22–26
    • August 5–9
    • August 19–23
    • September 9–13

FIRS–1091 Flood Boat Operator

This course is designed to train rescue personnel in handling motorized boats during flood operations.

Topics covered include:

  • Types of motorized boats suitable for water rescue
  • Boat handling on still or slow moving water
  • Crew roles
  • Boat safety
  • Problem solving

You will then put techniques to work by doing searches in flood environments, retrieving stranded victim and in-water, and rescuing conscious and unconscious persons.

  • Total hours: 16
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $175 per student
  • Prerequisites:
    • Be certified Swift Water Technician
    • Have Texas Parks and Wildlife Boater Education Certification
  • Requirements:
    • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Type V Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
    • Helmet
    • Footwear
    • Optional:
      • Wet or dry suits
      • Gloves
  • 2018 dates canceled
  • 2019 dates:
    • April 15–16
    • May 21–22
    • June 11–12
    • August 28–29

FIRS–1091 Swift Water Boat Operator

This course is designed to train rescue personnel in handling motorized boats during swift water rescue operations.

Topics covered include:

  • Types of motorized boats suitable for swift water rescue
  • Boat handling on dynamic or fast moving water
  • Crew roles
  • Boat safety
  • Problem solving

Practical application of skills operating a motorized boat in dynamic water rescues, and victim retrieval of conscious and unconscious persons, including man-over-board situations.

  • Total hours: 16
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $175 per student
  • Prerequisites:
    • Floodwater Boat Operator
    • Texas Parks and Wildlife Boater Education Certification
  • Requirements:
    • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Type V Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
    • Helmet
    • Footwear
    • Gloves
    • Wet or dry suits (optional)
  • 2018 dates:
    • Canceled: September 4–5
    • Canceled: September 6–7
  • 2019 dates:
    • TBD

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
  • Requirements:
    • Towel
    • Wet suit (optional)
    • Gloves
    • Water shoes
    • Whistle
    • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Type III or V Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • 2019 dates:
    • July 17, 18 or 19
    • August 12, 13 or 14

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
  • 2019 dates:
    • March 4–8
    • March 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:
    • September 17–21
    • October 29–November 2
  • 2019 dates:
    • January 7–11
    • February 11–15
    • April 8–23 (A-shift only)
    • April 9–24 (B-shift only)
    • April 10–22 (C-shift only)
    • May 20–24
    • September 23–27
    • October 21–25

FPTA-1004 Vehicle Extrication Train-the-Trainer

This 3-day class is exclusively for department training officers and instructors who want to refresh and update the vehicle rescue and extrication training within their agencies. We address competencies from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006 and 1670 technical rescue standards during the 1 day of classroom instruction and the 2 days of hands-on skills training.

  • Total hours: 24
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $320 per student
  • Prerequisites:
    • Be a department training officer or instructor
    • Have Fire Instructor 1 certification (or equivalent)
    • Have experience in vehicle rescue and extrication
  • Requirements:
    • Be authorized by your department / agency to attend
    • Provide your own personal protective equipment (PPE), including:
      • Head protection
      • Safety glasses
      • Full upper/lower body protection
      • Gloves
      • Protective footwear
  • 2018 dates:
    • November 19–21
  • 2019 dates:
    • March 18–20
    • June 3–5
    • November 18–20

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 11, 2018