Santa Clara County Fire Department

Annual Volunteer Firefighter Skills Checklist

Every year, all volunteer firefighters of the Santa Clara County Fire Department must have all of the following skills signed off. Most of these will be accomplished by attending the regular weekly training meetings; other skills signoffs require visits to stations to demonstrate the skill being signed off on.

Many of the skills on this checklist are also required for Firefighter 1 qualification. Many volunteer firefighters get both checklists signed off concurrently.

Preface

The subjects listed on this checklist will form the basis of the material used for your yearly volunteer firefighter training. It is your responsibility to have the listed items signed and dated by an officer as you complete training in these subjects. The officer will sign this checklist only when you, the volunteer firefighter, have shown competency in this subject.

All standards are referencing the latest edition of the Training Manual, the Department of Transportation - Emergency Response Guidebook, the Field Operations Guide ICS 420-1, or the IFSTA Manuals. The responsibility shall be that of the volunteer firefighter to show documentation for references when asked by the company officer.

Your Skills Checklist will be evaluated quarterly to measure your progress of its completion. It must be completed and filed with the Training Division no later than the first Volunteer Business Meeting of January of the following year.

Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

Performance

Standard

Identify four hazardous atmospheres that threaten firefighters' respiratory systems

IFSTA Essentials

Identify the limitations of SCBA, including toxic atmospheres, oxygen deficient atmospheres, time and physical condition of personnel

IFSTA Essentials

Identify components of Interspiro

Interspiro Manual

Demonstrate the use of the Interspiro

CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate changing SCBA cylinder

CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate cleaning and sanitizing SCBA

CNT Training Manual

Hose
Performance Standard

Demonstrate the cleaning of hose

IFSTA Essentials
CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate: Couple hose (over-hip method, one person)
Couple hose (foot-tilt, one person)
Uncoupling hose (knee press method)

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Hose Practices

Demonstrate hose roll for damaged hose

IFSTA Essentials
CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate:
Single roll - one person
Donut roll - one person
Donut roll - two person

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Hose Practices

Demonstrate the use of a hose wringer

IFSTA Essentials

Demonstrate pulling and loading:
Booster line
Pre-connected live line
3" supply line
5" supply line

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Hose Practices
CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate making hose packs

CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate replacing a burst section of hose

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Hose Practices

Demonstrate opening and closing a charged fog nozzle

IFSTA Essentials

Demonstrate advancing an attack line using District hose packs (stinger to 1-3/4" hose)

CNT Training Manual

Demonstate progressive hose lays using District hose packs

CNT Training Manual

Property Conservation
Performance Standard

Demonstrate:
Salvage cover counter payoff (two person)
Salvage cover crossover throw
Salvage cover single edge snap throw
Salvage cover balloon throw
Palo Alto Fold for salvage covers
Constructing a water chute
Constructing a water catchall

IFSTA Salvage and Overhaul
IFSTA Essentials

Ladders
Performance Standard

Identify items to check when inspecting ladders

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Ladders

Demonstrate cleaning ladders

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Ladders

Demonstrate removing, carrying, raising, lowering, and replacing folding attic ladders

IFSTA Essentials
CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate removing, carrying, raising, lowering, and replacing roof ladders

IFSTA Essentials
CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate removing, carrying, raising, lowering, and replacing 24' extension ladders

IFSTA Essentials
CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate removing, carrying, raising, lowering, and replacing 35' extension ladders

IFSTA Essentials
CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate:
Locking in on ladders
Tying off halyard

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Ladders

Demonstrate:
Moving ladder in vertical position (one person)
Moving ladder in vertical position (two person)

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Ladders

Demonstrate assisting a conscious person down a ladder

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Ladders

Demonstrate assisting an unconscious person down a ladder

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Ladders

Demonstrate carrying a roof ladder aloft

IFSTA Essentials
IFSTA Ladders

Ropes and Knots
Performance Standard

Demonstrate inspecting rope

IFSTA Essentials
CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate proper cleaning and storage of rope

IFSTA Essentials

Demonstrate tying:
Clove hitch
Figure 8
Figure 8 follow-through
Figure 8 bend
Figure 8 on a bight
Overhand bend
Double overhand bend

IFSTA Essentials
CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate hoisting tools and equipment aloft

IFSTA Essentials

Fire Behavior
Performance Standard

Define:
Fire
Fire triangle
Fire tetrahedron
Flash point
Ignition temperature
Flashover
Incipient stage of fire
Free burning stage of fire
Smoldering stage of fire

IFSTA Essentials

Identify:
Four (4) means of heat transfer
Four (4) principles of fire extinguishment
Four (4) classes of fire

IFSTA Essentials

Wildland
Performance Standard

Demonstrate use of Fire Tent Shelter

CNT Training Manual

Identify contents of Wildland Waist Belts

CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate use of:
Round point shovel
Pulaski
McLeod
Back pump

CNT Training Manual

Demonstrate how to carry and maintain hand tools

CNT Training Manual

Incident Command System
Performance Standard

Explain the components of the Command Staff

Field Operations Guide ICS 420-1

Explain the components of the General Staff

Field Operations Guide ICS 420-1

Explain the meaning of:
Span of control
Unity of command
Crew continuity
Division
Group
Unit

Field Operations Guide ICS 420-1

Hazardous Materials
Performance Standard

First Responder Awareness

 

Identify UN placards by hazard class, color, symbol, and name

DOT Emergency Response Guidebook

Demonstrate the use of the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook

DOT Emergency Response Guidebook

Additional Mandated Training
Performance Standard

American Heart Association

CPR Recertification curriculum

Bloodborne Pathogen

 

Airborne Pathogen

 

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