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Special Ops Training

All of our Special Ops training courses are designed to meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. 

You will receive a certificate of completion from TCC at the end of your course.

On this page, browse our courses in these special ops areas:

Rope Rescue

Rope Rescue Level I

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

This course is a prerequisite for:

  • Collapse Rescue Operations
  • Confined Space Technician
  • Rope Rescue Level II
  • Swift Water Rescue Technician
  • Trench Rescue Technician
  • Vehicle Rescue Technician
  • Vortex

Course Details

  • 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
  • 2021 dates:
    • June 14–17
    • October 4–7
    • December 13–16

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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.

Course Details

  • 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
  • 2021 dates:
    • May 3–6
    • July 6–9
    • September 7–10
    • November 8–11

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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.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 40
  • Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Cost: $375 per student
  • Prerequisite:
    • 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
  • Requirements:
    • Gloves
    • Long pants
    • Soft-soled shoes or boots
  • 2021 dates:
    • May 24–27
    • December 6–9

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Vortex (Artificial High Directional)

This course focuses on the use of the Arizona Vortex Multi-Pod System and the Aztek set of fours. 

You will learn advanced uses of multi-pod system, including the tripod, easel, side a-frame, and the a-frame bipod. You will also learn advanced anchoring, knots, and equipment selection.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 24
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $350 per student
  • Prerequisite:
    • Have taken a Rope Rescue Level II (RRL2) and Confined Space Technician classes within the last 2 years
      or
      Have certification through the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) or the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA)
  • 2021 dates:
    • September 28–30

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Incident Command

Blue Card IC

  • Total hours: 24
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $150 per student
  • Prerequisite:
    • 50-hour online Blue Card training course
  • 2021 dates:
    • August 30–September 1

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Command & Control: Managing 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.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per student
  • 2021 dates:
    • May 10–13
    • August 2–5

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Command & Control: Managing 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.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per student
  • 2021 dates:
    • July 19–22

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Command & Control: Strategy & Tactics

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).

Course Details

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $250 per student
  • 2021 dates:
    • July 6–9
    • August 16–19

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Structure Collapse

Collapse Rescue Operations

  • Total hours: 50
  • Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Cost: $1,850 per student
  • Prerequisite:
    • Rope Rescue Level I
  • 2021 dates:
    • November 15–19

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Structure Collapse Refresher

  • Total hours: 24
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $485 per student
  • Prerequisite:
    • Structure Collapse Specialist
  • 2021 dates:
    • November 29–December 1
      • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Swift Water Rescue

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.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 50
  • Time:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Thursday: 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)
  • 2021 dates:
    • May 10–14
    • June 7–11
    • June 21–25
    • July 12–16
    • August 9–13
    • August 23–27
    • September 13–17

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USAR Boat Operator

This course—which is designed to train rescue personnel in handling motorized boats during flood operations—is the combination of the Flood Boat Operator and Swift Water Boat Operator. You take the 2 16-hour courses consecutively.

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 operating a motorized boat in dynamic water rescues, doing searches in flood environments, retrieving stranded victims, and rescuing conscious and unconscious persons.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $350 per student
  • Prerequisites:
    • Be certified Swift Water Technician
    • Have Texas Parks and Wildlife Boater Safety Education Certification
  • Requirements:
    • Motorized Rescue Boat—no more than 3 crew members per boat
    • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Type V Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
    • Helmet
    • Footwear
    • Optional:
      • Wet or dry suits
      • Gloves
  • 2021 dates:
    • May 3–6
    • June 1–4
    • October 18–21

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Swift Water Tech Refresher

This course provides continuing education for Swift Water Rescue Technicians.

Course Details

  • 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)
  • 2021 dates:
    • June 14, 15, or 16
    • July 26, 27, or 28

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Trench Rescue

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.

Course Details

  • 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 Rope Rescue Level I 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
  • 2021 dates:
    • October 11–15
    • October 25–29

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Vehicle Rescue

Vehicle Rescue Operations

This course is a prerequisite for Vehicle Rescue Technician.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 24
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $375 per student
  • 2021 Dates:
    • May 17–19
    • September 7–9
    • October 18–20
    • December 1–3

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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.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $300 per student
  • Prerequisites:
    • Basic firefighter certification
    • Rope Rescue Level I
    • Vehicle Rescue Operations
  • Requirements: Structural bunker gear or extrication gear
  • 2021 dates:
    • November 1–4

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Vehicle Rescue Instructor

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.

Course Details

  • 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
  • 2021 dates:
    • June 1–3

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Wildland

S-130/190 Basic Wildland FF

This course includes I-100 & L-180:

  • Firefighter Training
  • Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior
  • Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service

S-130 is designed to provide entry-level firefighter skills.

S-190 teaches the primary factors affecting the start and spread of wildfire and recognition of potentially hazardous situations. S-190 is designed to meet the fire behavior training needs of a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) on an incident as outlined in the NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System, PMS 310-1, and the position task-book developed for the position.

Also included as part of this course is a version of L-180, which is designed for unit-level supervisors to use when delivering orientation training to new crew members.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 40
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $230 per student
  • 2021 dates: TBN

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S-131 Wildland Firefighter Type 1

This 12-hour course is designed to meet the training needs of the Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) and / or Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5).

Topics include:

  • Operational leadership
  • Communications
  • Lookouts-Communications-Escape routes-Safety zones (LCES)
  • Tactical decision-making

Classes are interactive and involve discussions in addition to tactical decision games designed to help you achieve the learning objectives.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 12
  • Time:
    • Day 1: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Day 2: 8 a.m.–noon
  • Cost: $125 per student
  • Prerequisite: S-130/190
  • 2021 dates:
    • June 14–15

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S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

This instructor-led course is intended to be presented at the local level.

The course lessons will introduce you to the function, maintenance, and use of internal combustion engine-powered chainsaws and their tactical wildland fire application.

Field exercises support entry-level training for firefighters who have little to no previous experience in operating a chainsaw. You will gain hands-on cutting experience in surroundings similar to fire-line situations.

Course Details

  • Total hours: 32
  • Time: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Cost: $150 per student
  • Prerequisite: S-130/190
  • Required equipment:
    • You are responsible for bringing your:
      • Full fire-line Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      • Approved chainsaw chaps
      • Hearing & eye protection
      • Gloves
  • 2021 dates: TBN

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S-215 Wildland Urban Interface

This 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
  • After-action review

Course Details

  • Total hours: 24
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $150 per student
  • Prerequisite: S-130/190
  • 2021 dates:
    • September 20–22

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S-230 Crew Boss

This classroom course is designed to teach you to be proficient in performing duties associated with the Single Resource Boss position—from initial dispatch through demobilization to the home unit.

Topics include:

  • Operational leadership
  • Preparation and mobilization
  • Assignment preparation
  • Risk management
  • Entrapment avoidance
  • Safety and tactics
  • Offline duties
  • Demobilization
  • Post-incident responsibilities

Course Details

  • Total hours: 26
  • Time: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Cost: $150 per student
  • Prerequisite: S-130/190
  • 2021 dates:
    • November 15–17

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S-231 Engine Boss

This skill course is designed to teach you to be proficient in performing duties associated with Engine Boss, Single Resource (ENGB).

Topics include:

  • Engine and crew capabilities and limitations
  • Information sources
  • Fire size up considerations
  • Tactics
  • Wildland urban interface

Course Details

  • Total hours: 16
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Cost: $125 per student
  • Prerequisite: S-130/190
  • 2021 dates:
    • November 18–19

Seat Reservation Procedure

Before submitting seat requests for Special Operations classes, please review the schedule below.

Seat requests for classes that start during the months listed in the left column will open at 8 a.m. on the dates listed in the right column.

We will not accept early seat request submissions.

For 2020–2021 classes starting in: Seat requests open at 8 a.m. on:
January–February 2021 September 1, 2020
March–May 2021 October 1, 2020
June–August 2021 January 2, 2021
September–November 2021 April 1, 2021
December2021 July 1, 2021

Submit your seat requests

Select this Special Ops Training Seat Request Form link on or after the opening dates specified above.

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.

If you prefer to purchase a textbook, you are responsible for buying your textbook(s) from an outside source before the first day of class.

For specific textbook information, please contact:

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

 

Contact

Northwest Campus

Fire Service Training Center
Natasha Briggs, Instructional Associate
817-515-7172
natasha.briggs@tccd.edu

Updated May 04, 2021