TRAINING: Course Cancellation/New Announcements

TRAINING: Course Cancellation-Five New Class Announcements


The training schedule has been updated at to reflect these course announcements:



Course # 514-16003 Alerting System-Agency POC Train-the-Trainer scheduled for TONIGHT-8/23/16 has been cancelled due to insufficient registrations.






  • Applications are being accepted now. Please download the new version of the Standard Training Course Application from Course descriptions and pre-requisites can be found at:
  • Please read all of the notes below, download the appropriate documents and share them with your recruits and firefighters. Start submitting standard training course applications and NYS OFPC training authorization forms immediately.
  • As always, the training schedule is a “living document” with frequent updates. PLEASE NOTE THAT MORE COURSES WILL BE FORTHCOMING SOON



All 14-hour Firefighter 1 Orientations are held at the Erie County Emergency Services Training & Operations Center in Cheektowaga.


If you plan to be or are enrolled in an Erie County Firefighter 1 Class, watch this video to learn what will be expected of you and what you should start practicing for:


The air consumption test is not a race, but a test of physical abilities and endurance that establishes a personal benchmark for you to understand just how long a nominal 30 minute air bottle may last you under firefighter working conditions. Instructors will work with you to prepare you to be successful in this training scenario.


It consists of eight (8) stations that simulate real firefighter tasks to be completed on the fireground:

  1. Hose Carry/Stair Climb
  2. Hose Stretch & Hose Pull
  3. Tool Lift/Carry
  4. Ladder Raise
  5. Forcible Entry
  6. Search
  7. Rescue
  8. Ceiling Push/Pull

Recruit Firefighters must complete all eight (8) stations and stay on breathing air for a minimum of 10 minutes. Once all eight (8) stations are completed and the student still has air left in their SCBA cylinder, they will continue to rotate through each station until such time that their air is completely breathed down from their bottle. Each firefighter is partnered with a shadow/escort who monitors them frequently and records their air consumption and time after each station.


Those students who are not successful in the Air Consumption Test will continue on to the HazMat module and should also apply for the next BEFO-Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations course to be announced.

Review the attachment, check out the video and start preparing. Please share with all existing and future Firefighter 1 students.



The new Firefighter 1 (and Firefighter 2 and BEFO-Basic Exterior Firefighting Operations courses) curriculum are based on the IFSTA/Brady Essentials of Firefighting and Fire Department Operations-6th Edition. This book is required at the first class and they may be purchased at the Fire Safety Office at a cost of $85 each. Your fire company or fire district will be billed by the Erie County Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid Organization. If you are purchasing elsewhere – be sure that you are buying the version that includes “Fire Department Operations.”

Be sure to include your e-mail address and cell or other phone number on your application to ensure effective communications as the roster is posted and important course information must be distributed.



View this physical fitness training tip from SFI Scott Janowski at or download and share this Training Tip with your Chief/Training Officers and Firefighter 1 Candidates.



Please download the current version of the Standard Training Course Application (see below) and destroy all old copies. Course hosts have one week after the schedule is published to submit their course applications after which time, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

A completed and signed NYS OFPC Training Authorization Form should accompany applications for ALL hands-on courses.


Rosters are posted to as student registrations are compiled for the particular class, and only after the minimum number of registrations have been received. Rosters are updated periodically as registrations are received, as a course is full, or as the registration deadline has passed.


Please note that a new column has been added to the training schedule to indicate the status of a course.


  • N=New Course Announcement since last update
  • O=Open-Accepting Applications
  • F=Full-No longer accepting applications-All Confirmed and Alternate spots have been filled
  • A=Accepting Applications for Alternate Spots Only
  • R=Course at Risk of Not Running if 10 applications are not received by posted deadline
  • C=Information Changed since last update
  • P=Course In Progress



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