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Whether you are a seasoned fire professional serving a volunteer or career fire department, or are just beginning your career in the fire service, our School of Public Safety has a wide array of fire science training opportunities available to meet your educational needs while satisfying state and national training requirements.

If you are a fire department or organization seeking training, we have a variety of courses and customized training options to meet your unique needs.

Hazardous Materials (HazMat)

Hazardous Materials courses at NTC are designed to familiarize and train Emergency Response Team Members in regulations, suggested guidelines, procedures and techniques in mitigating a chemical release and/or spill on or off site. Whether you need a refresher or a beginning course on hazardous materials training, NTC offers convenient, on-site training in this critical area for both businesses and public safety agencies.

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First Responder Awareness / Refresher

First responders at the awareness level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. First responders at the awareness level who complete this four-hour course shall have sufficient training or have had sufficient experience to objectively demonstrate competency in a number of areas.

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If you’d like to request a customized version of this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

First Responder Operations / Refresher

First responders at the operations level are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property or the environment from the effects of a release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading and prevent exposures.

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If you’d like to request a customized version of this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Hazardous Materials Technician

Hazardous materials technicians are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch or otherwise stop the release of a substance.

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If you’d like to request a customized version of this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

HAZWOPER Occasional Site Worker

OSHA requires HAZWOPER site-worker training when employees perform work with hazardous materials at a variety of remediation sites and at hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities, on a non-emergency basis.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Brenda Zimmermann Thorpe at 715.803.1426 or zimmermannthorpe@ntc.edu.

HAZWOPER Supervisor / Refresher

This eight-hour safety course will familiarize you with OSHA’s requirements for on-site managers and supervisors in hazardous waste operations and emergency response activities. You will learn tips for hazard recognition, evaluation and control. In addition, this course provides field safety and response to emergency actions through case studies. This course is intended for managers and supervisors who work at hazardous waste operations and emergency response activities. The eight-hour, OSHA HAZWOPER Supervisor Refresher is designed for workers who have taken the initial HAZWOPER Supervisor training and need to refresh their HAZWOPER Supervisory training.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Brenda Zimmermann Thorpe at 715.803.1426 or zimmermannthorpe@ntc.edu.

HAZWOPER 40-Hour / Refresher

HAZWOPER 40-hour is required for workers who perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances. This course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in cleanup operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations and storage, disposal or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment and OSHA regulations. This course covers topics included in 29 CFR 1910.120. The eight-hour refresher course meets the requirements in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 for eight hours of annual refresher training for workers at hazardous waste sites. This course is designed for general site workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Brenda Zimmermann Thorpe at 715.803.1426 or zimmermannthorpe@ntc.edu.

Driver/Operator

Driver/Operator courses at NTC are designed to familiarize individuals who will be performing fire apparatus driving and aerial operation duties for their respective fire department. We offer a variety of courses for firefighters seeking to learn or enhance their driver/operator skills.

Driver/Operator — Aerial

This six-hour course introduces the participant to the basic knowledge and skills necessary to perform fire apparatus driving and aerial operation duties for their respective fire department. Individuals who expect to be appointed or have recently been appointed to Driver/Operator-Aerial duties on their respective fire departments would benefit from this course.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Fire Apparatus Driver Operator — Aerial

This 36-hour course prepares the participant to be able to perform aerial fire apparatus driving, positioning, operating and testing functions at a minimum nationally recognized level.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Driver/Operator — Pumper (Parts I and II)

These 15-hour (30 hours total) courses introduce the participant to the basic knowledge and skills necessary to perform fire apparatus driving and pumping duties for their respective fire departments. Individuals who expect to be appointed or have recently been appointed to driver/operator-pumper duties on their respective fire departments would benefit from this course.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Fire Apparatus Driver Operator — Pumper (Parts I and II)

These 33-hour (66 hours total) courses prepare the participant to be able to perform fire apparatus maintenance, driving, positioning, operating/pumping and testing functions at a minimum nationally recognized level.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Fire Certifications

NTC offers the opportunity to complete the Wisconsin Certification for practical skills examinations including Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Emergency Services Instructor I, Certified Fire Officer I and Certified Fire Officer II.

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Firefighter I

Firefighter I is a 36-hour course that prepares the participant to be able to perform fire fighting functions at a minimum nationally recognized level under state supervision. Certification is awarded upon the candidate passing the written and practical skills examinations.

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If you’d like to request a customized version of this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Firefighter II

Firefighter II is a 42-hour course that prepares the participant to be able to perform fire fighting functions at an advanced nationally recognized level under state supervision. Certification is awarded upon the Certified Firefighter I passing the written and practical skills examinations.

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If you’d like to request a customized version of this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Emergency Services Instructor I (Formally Fire Instructor I)

This 40-hour course prepares the participant to perform fire instruction duties at a minimum nationally recognized level.

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If you’d like to request a customized version of this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Certified Fire Officer I

This 40-hour course prepares the participant to perform fire fighting supervisor functions at a minimum nationally recognized level. Certification is awarded upon the Certified Firefighter II passing written and practical skills exams and completing the Emergency Services Instructor I course.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Certified Fire Officer II

This 30-hour course prepares the participant to perform fire fighting supervisor/manager functions at a minimum nationally recognized level. Certification is awarded upon the Certified Fire Officer I passing written and practical skills exams.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Confined Space Rescue

NTC offers convenient, on-site training in this critical area for businesses, fire departments, rescue personnel or anyone else who may be working in confined spaces. Many workplaces contain areas that are considered confined spaces, which are areas large enough for an employee to enter fully and perform assigned work, but are not designed for continuous occupancy and have a limited means of entry or exit. Confined spaces may include tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels and more.

Popular Confined Space Rescue Courses

Confined Space Awareness Training

This four-hour course is designed to be used as part of a Confined Space Program for all employees who work around confined spaces. This course is not intended for those workers who are required to enter confined space, as confined space entry training should be done in a classroom session and include sufficient hands-on training and practice.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Brenda Zimmermann Thorpe at 715.803.1426 or zimmermannthorpe@ntc.edu.

Confined Space Entrance and Attendant

In this eight-hour confined space training course, students learn to fulfill their assigned responsibilities as Confined Space Entrant and Attendants during permit space entries. The focus is on complying with all the provisions of their location’s confined space entry policies and procedures. Students receive hands on training with atmospheric monitors, ventilators and other entry equipment. Course materials and the training program are designed to meet the requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.146.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Brenda Zimmermann Thorpe at 715.803.1426 or zimmermannthorpe@ntc.edu.

Confined Space Entry Supervisor

The objective of this eight-hour confined space training course is to train workers to fulfill their responsibilities as Entry Supervisors. Individuals who take this class must have previously completed Confined Space Entrant and Attendant training. Entry Supervisors are required to ensure that the permit space is safe to enter and acceptable entry conditions are maintained during entry. They are also responsible for making sure the permit is completed and reviewed with the entrants and attendant.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Brenda Zimmermann Thorpe at 715.803.1426 or zimmermannthorpe@ntc.edu.

Confined Space Rescue

This eight-hour course complies with OSHA requirements for employers who have permit spaces in their facilities in which employees will be working to provide rescue and emergency services in case of an accident. The training concentrates on rescue techniques, equipment and methods. This program is designed to meet the requirements for an in-house rescue team.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Brenda Zimmermann Thorpe at 715.803.1426 or zimmermannthorpe@ntc.edu.

Confined Space Rescue — Refresher

This course is required by OSHA to be completed every year for individuals who are working in and around confined spaces. This course will cover the current OSHA standard and can be customized to suit the needs of your workplace.

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Brenda Zimmermann Thorpe at 715.803.1426 or zimmermannthorpe@ntc.edu.

Trench Rescue

NTC’s trench rescue prop simulates conditions that may exist when construction of water and sewer lines is taking place. Students are given the opportunity to develop trench rescue shoring skills in a controlled environment while simultaneously communicating with team members that are either in the trench or on the outer edge.

Trench Rescue Awareness

This eight-hour course includes: Proper scene size-up and hazard recognition; Resources required for trench rescue incidents; Scene management and ICS / IMS; Typical trench emergencies and trench collapse patterns; Overview of trench rescue procedures; Hazards unique to trench and excavations, along with mitigation techniques; Procedures for rapid, non-entry rescue of minimally injured victims. This course is intended to provide “Awareness” training as outlined in NFPA 1670 (Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents).

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Trench Rescue Operations

This 16-hour course presents intensive, “hands-on” training to emergency personnel who are expected to operate at a trench emergency. Material to be covered includes: OSHA regulations, Implementation of pre-entry procedures, Soil type identification, Hazard control operations, locating victims and determining victim survivability profiles, entry briefings and procedures, use of “traditional sheeting and shoring techniques” involving both timber and pneumatic shoring equipment, sloping and benching procedures, procedures for extrication and removal of trapped victims. This course is intended to provide “Operations” training as outlined in NFPA 1670 (Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents).

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Trench Rescue Technician

This 40-hour course presents intensive, “hands-on” training to emergency personnel who are expected to operate at the technician-level at a trench emergency. Material to be covered includes: Basic review of operations-level skills, Implementation of pre-entry procedures; Soil type identification; Advanced hazard control operations; Entry briefings and procedures; Use of advanced techniques in conjunction with “traditional sheeting and shoring operations” involving both timber and pneumatic shoring equipment in intersecting and deep wall trenches; Procedures for extrication and removal of trapped victims. Personnel will operate in realistic conditions using the latest equipment available for trench rescue operations. This course is intended to provide “Technician-Level” training as outlined in NFPA 1670 (Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents).

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Structural Collapse

NTC utilizes a real-world structural collapse prop to train emergency responders in search and rescue, recovery and incident investigations.

Structural Collapse Awareness

This eight-hour course is intended for all emergency response personnel who might respond to an incident involving a structural collapse. Material to be covered includes: Scene organization and safety, Available resources for structural collapse rescue, Hazards at structural collapse incidents, Basic hazard control operations, Collapse patterns and void formation types, Search and structural stability marking systems, Introduction to the Urban Search and Rescue System, and the procedures for rescuing surface or “lightly trapped” victims from a structural collapse. This course is intended to provide “Awareness-Level” training as outlined in NFPA 1670 (Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents).

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Structural Collapse Operations

This 24-hour course is intended to provide the student with hands-on training for responding to and operating at the scene of collapse rescue incidents involving the failure of “light –framed ordinary” or “masonry” construction building. Practical exercises will emphasize safety while developing such skills as basic shoring, void search and rescue, hazard recognition and control, and basic extrication operations to remove trapped victims. This course is designed to help achieve “Operations” level training in the Structural Collapse Rescue discipline as outlined in NFPA 1670 (Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents).

If you’d like to request this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.

Summer Fire Academy

NTC annually offers a summer Firefighter Academy for individuals seeking the certifications required to work in volunteer fire departments or achieve full-time employment. The Academy condenses three courses (Certified Firefighter I, Certified Firefighter II and HazMat Operations) that would typically take approximately one year to complete into a six-week format. Academy courses are held at the College’s state-of-the-art Public Safety Center of Excellence.

Contact Kris Grod at 715.803.1512 or grod@ntc.edu to register or for more details.

Flashover Training

NTC’s portable Flashover Simulator offers the opportunity to learn the indicators of a flashover in a safe, realistic training environment. Through this unique training experience, learners are able to recognize the signs of an impending flashover and how to effectively prevent it.

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If you’d like to request a customized version of this training, please contact Gera Peterson at 715.348.7205 or petersong@ntc.edu.