West Virginia Public Service Training

EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Training

EMS Training

Public Service Training offers a wide variety of Emergency Medical Service Training for initial certification, recertification, continuing education, and specialized training.  Training is available at the request of a department chief or training officer and will be granted based on location, need, and proximity to current classes.  All training must be requested in writing using the Training Request Form.  For more information contact your local Public Service Training Coordinator.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

This 155 hour minimum program is the basic level of EMT care by the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services. This class meets the National Standards Curriculum.  The EMT candidate must successfully complete the program, complete required clinical time, complete the practical skills testing, and obtain a passing score on the WVOEMS state option test or the computer-based National Registry exam. Certification will be good for 4 years.

EMT Recertification

This is a 28 hour program designed to recertify WV EMTs. Participants must submit a completed CE Record Form and Skills Evaluation Form according to the current policies of WVOEMS.  Participants must score 70 or higher on the written evaluation from WVOEMS to receive recertification.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

This course emphasizes the skills needed to provide basic emergency care during the first phases of an emergency. The course is 72 hours of classroom and practical training in all aspects of initial response to a medical emergency. This course requires successful completion of a written test and practical exam for certification by WVOEMS as a First Responder. Recertification is required every four years.

EMR Recertification

This is a 12-hour program design to recertify WV EMRs.  Participants must submit a completed CE Record Form and Skills Evaluation Form according to the current policies of WVOEMS.  Participants must score 70 or higher on the written evaluation from WVOEMS to receive recertification.

EMT Miner

This course mirrors the EMT-B course with a special emphasis on the care of the injured in mining incidents. This course is 60 hours in length.  Participants receive certification through the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training.  Original certification is for 3 years.  An annual 8 hour refresher course maintains certification.

EMT Miner Recertification

This is an 8-hour annual recertification class to keep EMT Miners’ skills current.  There are four separate classes provided in a four-year rotation.  CPR Recertification is included every other year.

Continuing Education and Specialized EMS Training

Public Service Training offers a wide variety of EMS related training.  This includes CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens, HIPAA, HazMat Awareness, WV MCI, WV Protocols, and many more topics.  PST can also provide customized training classes to meet your needs – just contact your area PST Coordinator for more information.

 

Fire Service Training

 

Fire Service Training

Public Service Training provides a vast array of Fire Service and Fire Service related training.  PST offers all training approved by the West Virginia State Fire Commission under legislative rule, and literally hundreds of specialized classes for Fire, Rescue, EMS, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Management.  Training is available at the request of the fire department chief or training officer and will be granted based on location, need, and proximity to current classes.  All training must be requested in writing using the Training Request Form.  Some training is available online, in a blended learning format.  IFSAC Certification is available for some training.  Ask your local Public Service Training Coordinator about pricing, prerequisites, class size requirements, availability to Junior Firefighters, etc..

Fire Fighter 1

The 120-hour Fire Fighter 1 class meets NFPA 1001, 2013 edition.  The class includes NFPA 1001 2013 FF 1 Standard, HazMat Awareness/Operations, and First Aid/CPR.  The text is Jones & Bartlett “Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills” 3rd Edition - WV custom cover W/Advantage Access.  Successful completion of this class provides the minimum requirements by the WV State Fire Commission to respond to fire calls.  Firefighter 1 is available in an online blended learning format.  A combined Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 class is available.  IFSAC Testing is available.

Fire Fighter 2

The 40-hour Fire Fighter 2 class meets NFPA 1001, 2013 edition.  The text is Jones & Bartlett “Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills” 3rd Edition - WV custom cover W/Advantage Access.  Successful completion of this class provides the minimum requirements by the WV State Fire Commission to respond to vehicle extrication calls.  Prerequisite is Firefighter 1.  A combined Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2 class is available.  IFSAC Testing is available.

Driver Operator - Pumper

The 40-hour Driver Operator – Pumper class meets NFPA 1002, 2009 edition.  The text is Jones and Bartlett “Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator” Second Edition.  Prerequisites are Fire Fighter 1 and EVOC.

Driver Operator - Aerial

The 40-hour Driver Operator – Aerial class meets NFPA 1002, 2009 edition.  The text is IFSTA “Aerial Apparatus Driver Operator Handbook” Second Edition.  Prerequisites are Fire Fighter 1 and EVOC.

Fire Officer 1

The 40 Hour Fire Officer 1 class meets NFPA 1021, 2014 edition.  The text is Jones and Bartlett “Fire Officer Principles and Practice” Third Edition.  Participants are required to complete a significant amount of classwork outside of scheduled classes.  Participants must attend at least 90% of the classroom instruction, complete the workbook, complete all homework assignments, take chapter quizzes, take the final tests, and score overall 70% or higher.  Chapter quizzes will be 10% of the grade.  The Portfolios (homework assignments) will be 20 % of the grade.  The Workbook will be 20% of the grade.  The Final Test will be 50% of the grade. A combined Fire Officer 1 and Fire Officer 2 class is available and Fire Officer 1 and 2 is available in an online blended learning format.

Fire Officer 2

The 30-hour Fire Officer 2 class meets NFPA 1021, 2014 edition.  The text is Jones and Bartlett “Fire Officer Principles and Practice” Third Edition.  Participants are required to complete a significant amount of classwork outside of scheduled classes.  Participants must attend at least 90% of the classroom instruction, complete the workbook, complete all homework assignments, take chapter quizzes, take the final tests, and score overall 70% or higher.  Chapter quizzes will be 10% of the grade.  The Portfolios (homework assignments) will be 20 % of the grade.  The Workbook will be 20% of the grade.  The Final Test will be 50% of the grade. A combined Fire Officer 1 and Fire Officer 2 class is available and Fire Officer 1 and 2 is available in an online blended learning format.

Emergency Vehicle Operations

The 16-hour Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) is the basic level training needed to operate any emergency vehicle.  The class includes classroom instruction and practical skills driving course.

Specialized Fire Service Training

Public Service Training provides a wide range of specialized fire service training. When a department identifies a training need Public Service Training will work to meet that need. Examples of such training include Basic Pumps, Building Construction, Engine Company Operations, Fire Investigation, Incident Safety Officer, Reading Smoke, Rural Water Movement, SCBA Confidence, Structural Firefighting, and many more topics.

Technical Rescue Training

 

Technical Rescue Training

Public Service Training provides a wide variety of Technical Rescue Training meeting NFPA 1006 Standards.  Training is available at the request of the fire department chief or training officer and will be granted based on location, need, and proximity to current classes.  All training must be requested in writing using the Training Request Form.  For more information contact your local Public Service Training Coordinator.

Rescue Core Prerequisites

The 34-hour Rescue Core Prerequisites class meets the requirements of NFPA 1006 Ch.5, 2013 edition and includes awareness level information for all of the technical rescue disciplines.  This class is a prerequisite for NFPA 1006 Technical Rescue Classes including Rope, Confined Space, Trench, Vehicle and Machinery, and Water Rescue.  The class text is Jones & Bartlett “Rescue Core Prerequisites” (WV Custom Cover Fundamentals of Technical Rescue book with rope supplement).  Class hours for any individual class may vary depending on class size, instructor to student ratio, and student proficiency.  There are no prerequisites for this class.

Vehicle & Machinery Rescue, Level 1

The 16-hour Vehicle & Machinery Rescue Level 1 class meets NFPA 1006 Ch.10, 2013 edition.  The text is Jones and Bartlett “Vehicle Extrication Levels I & II: Principles and Practice”.  Prerequisite is Rescue Core Prerequisites, NFPA 1006 Chapter 5 OR WVU-FSE Rescue Core Course, OR Vehicle & Machinery Search and Rescue Operations

Vehicle & Machinery Rescue, Level 2

The 16-hour Vehicle & Machinery Rescue Level 2 class meets NFPA 1006 Ch.10, 2013 edition.  The text is Jones and Bartlett “Vehicle Extrication Levels I & II: Principles and Practice”.  Prerequisite is Vehicle and Machinery Rescue Level 1, OR Vehicle & Machinery Search and Rescue Operations.

Rope Rescue, Level 1

The 20-hour Rope Rescue Level 1 class meets NFPA 1006, Ch. 6, 2013 edition.  The text is Jones & Bartlett “High-Angle Rope Rescue Techniques Levels 1 & II”.  Prerequisite is Rescue Core Prerequisites, NFPA 1006 Chapter 5, OR WVU-FSE Rescue Core Course, OR Rope Rescue Low and High Angle Operations.

Rope Rescue, Level 2

The 20-hour Rope Rescue Level 2 class meets NFPA 1006, Ch. 6, 2013 edition.  The text is Jones & Bartlett “High-Angle Rope Rescue Techniques Levels 1 & II”.  Prerequisite is Rope Rescue Level 1, NFPA 1006 Chapter 6, OR WVU-FSE Rescue Core Course, OR Rope Rescue Low and High Angle Operations.

Swiftwater & Surface Water Rescue, Level 1

The 24-hour Swiftwater & Surface Water Rescue Level 1 class meets NFPA 1006 Ch.11 & 12, 2013 edition.  The text is Pan American “Swift Water Rescue” by Slim Ray.  Prerequisites are Rescue Core Prerequisites, NFPA 1006 Chapter 5 OR WVU-FSE Rescue Core Course, Must pass swim test AND Rope Rescue Level 1, NFPA 1006 Chapter 6 OR Rope Rescue Low Angle Operations OR Swift Water Operations and Rope Rescue Low Angle Operations.

Swiftwater & Surface Water Rescue, Level 2

The 18-hour Swiftwater & Surface Water Rescue Level 2 class meets NFPA 1006 Ch.11 & 12, 2013 edition.  The text is Pan American “Swift Water Rescue” by Slim Ray.  Prerequisite is Swift Water Rescue Level 1 OR Swift Water Operations and Rope Rescue Low Angle Operations.

Trench Rescue, Level 1

The 20-hour Trench Rescue Level 1 class meets NFPA 1006 Ch.8, 2013 edition.  The text is Jones & Bartlett “Trench Rescue: Awareness, Operations, Technician” Second Edition.  Prerequisites are Trench Rescue Operations OR Rescue Core Prerequisites, NFPA 1006 Chapter 5 OR WVU-FSE Rescue Core Course AND Rope Rescue Level 1, NFPA 1006 Chapter 6 OR Rope Rescue Low and High Angle Operations AND Confined Space Rescue Level 1, NFPA 1006 Chapter 7 OR Confined Space Rescue Operations AND Vehicle and Machinery Rescue Level 1, NFPA 1006 Chapter 10 OR Vehicle Machinery Search and Rescue Operations

Trench Rescue, Level 2

The 32-hour Trench Rescue Level 2 class meets NFPA 1006 Ch.8, 2013 edition.  The text is Jones & Bartlett “Trench Rescue: Awareness, Operations, Technician” Second Edition.  Prerequisite is Trench Rescue Level 1 OR Trench Rescue Operations

Confined Space Rescue, Level 1

The 20-hour Confined Space Rescue Level 1 class meets NFPA 1006 Ch.7, 2013 edition.  The text is Delmar “Technical Rescuer Confined Space Levels I and II”.  Prerequisite is Rescue Core Prerequisites, NFPA 1006 Chapter 5 OR WVU-FSE Rescue Core Course OR Confined Space Rescue Operations

Confined Space Rescue, Level 2

The 20-hour Confined Space Rescue Level 1 class meets NFPA 1006 Ch.7, 2013 edition.  The text is Delmar “Technical Rescuer Confined Space Levels I and II”.  Prerequisite is Confined Space Rescue Level 1, NFPA 1006 Chapter 7 OR Confined Space Rescue Operations.

 

Hazardous Materials Training

 

Hazardous Materials Training

Public Service Training offers Hazardous Materials Training from awareness to technician level.  Specialized HazMat training is also available.  All training must be requested in writing using the Training Request Form.  Some training is available online, in a blended learning format.  IFSAC Certification is available for some training.  Ask your local Public Service Training Coordinator about pricing, prerequisites, class size requirements, availability to Junior Firefighters, etc..

Hazardous Materials Awareness

The 4-hour Hazardous Materials Awareness class meets NFPA 472, 2013 edition.  This class includes a complete review of the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook.  The ERG is the only text for this class.  IFSAC Testing is available.

Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations

The 34-hour Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations class meets NFPA 472, 2013 edition including product control and PPE.  Participants learn defensive operations and decontamination techniques.  The text is Jones and Bartlett “Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations” 2nd Edition and the Emergency Response Guidebook.  The class may also use the Firefighter textbook.  IFSAC Testing is available.

Hazardous Materials Technician

The 50-hour Hazardous Materials Technician class meets NFPA 472, 2013 edition.  Participants learn offensive operations including the chlorine A, B, and C kits.  The text is “Hazardous Materials Managing the Incident” Fourth Edition.  Prerequisite is Hazardous Materials Operations.

Specialized HazMat Training

Public Service Training offers many specialized Hazardous Materials classes such as Hazardous Materials Technician Refresher, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response – HAZWOPER, HazMat I Q, Decontamination, Explosives Recognition, and many more.

 

IFSAC

 

IFSAC

WV Public Service Training is proud to offer IFSAC certification.  International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) provides accreditation to individuals who pass examinations based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire service professional qualifications.  IFSAC was founded to ensure the quality and continuation of a national accreditation system for fire service certification programs.  After an extensive application process and a site visit by IFSAC officials the West Virginia Department of Education received accreditation from IFSAC for the Public Service Training programs housed at the Regional Education Service Agencies around the state for four different levels: Hazardous Materials Awareness, Hazardous Materials Operations (Including Chapters 5, 6.2 and 6.6), Fire Fighter 1, and Firefighter 2.  Individuals wishing to receive IFSAC certification through WVPST must apply to attend a testing session and then successfully pass a written examination and demonstrate practical skills.  For IFSAC testing information contact your local PST Coordinator.  For more information about IFSAC visit www.ifsac.org.

 

Incident Command System Training

 

Incident Command System Training

Incident Command System (ICS) is used throughout the emergency services community for all incidents from routine 911 calls to major incidents and disasters.  Basic ICS is covered in entry level training.  Public Service Training also provides higher level ICS training, often referred to as NIMS (National Incident Management System) training, through FEMA curriculum.

NIMS / ICS 300

ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced application of the ICS. The course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses.  This course is intended for individuals who may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents or Type 3 incidents.  Prerequisites:  ICS-100 and ICS-200, IS-/ICS-700, IS-/ICS-800

NIMS / ICS 400

ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300 courses.  It is intended for senior personnel who are expected to perform in a management capacity in an area command or multiagency coordination entity.  Prerequisites:  ICS-300

Specialized Incident Command Training

Public Service Training can provide specialized Incident Command System training.  Classes focusing on ICS for EMS, strategy and tactics, emergency management for senior officials, and other specialized topics are available.  Contact the PST Coordinator in your region to discuss your training needs.

 

CPR and First Aid

CPR and First Aid

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR, is a simple lifesaving technique, but training is required for proper performance.  Public Service Training offers CPR for both the average layperson and the professional healthcare provider.  CPR classes include AED training.  Basic First Aid skills allow the proper treatment of minor incidents.  For more serious injuries and illnesses First Aid training prepares you for what to do until help arrives.  For more information contact your local Public Service Training Coordinator.

 

Regional Fire Schools

Regional Fire Schools

Public Service Training coordinates many Fire and Rescue Schools throughout the year.  Our intent is to provide basic programs for those who are new to Fire and EMS while offering advanced and technical courses for the veteran.  Participants not only receive excellent training, they also enjoy the opportunity to develop camaraderie and spend time with other emergency services personnel in a setting other than a high stress incident like a fire, traffic accident, or medical emergency.

 

Business and Industry Training

Industrial Fire Brigade Training

This course provides you with practical training under real fire conditions with your local emergency response leaders.  The curriculum is custom-designed to meet a client’s specific training needs and is designed to meet the objectives outlined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1081 Standard for Industrial Fire Brigade Member Professional Qualifications (2012 Edition)” Chapters 5, 6 and 7.  Based on the customer’s needs, this course can be 40 to 60 hours in length.

NFPA 1081 Industrial Interior/Exterior Fire Brigade Training

This course is designed to meet the objectives outlined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1081 Standard for Industrial Fire Brigade Member Professional Qualifications (2012 Edition)” Chapters 5, 6 and 7. This course will provide new brigade members, as well as existing emergency response personnel with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that may be used to safely resolve emergencies involving exterior and interior fire operations at an industrial facility. All of this is accomplished through a combination of classroom presentations and field exercises.

Specialized Training for Business and Industry

Public Service Training can provide cost effective, professional, safety training at your location and on your schedule.  Contact the PST Coordinator in your region to discuss your training needs.  PST can provide basic level CPR, first aid, and fire extinguisher training for all employees, and specialized higher level EMS, hazardous materials, and safety training.