Initial Spring Schedule Released

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Initial Spring Schedule Released

The training schedule has been updated at to reflect these fourteen (14) new course announcements:

  • Two (2) Truck Company Operations Courses
  • One (1) Scene Support Operations – Pilot Remaining 18 hours – This course is for students who originally attended the Firefighter 1 Orientation and now need to complete remaining the 18 hours of Scene Support Operations. This is not an original 27-hour SSO course. This class is scheduled for Tuesdays and double session Saturdays starting 6/3.
  • One (1) Firefighter 1 Summer Boot Camp – The Pilot 14 hr. Orientation is scheduled for the weekend of Saturday-May 17 and Sunday-May 18 at the Training & Operations Center. Chief or Training Officers are required to accompany their recruits for only the first two (2) hours of orientation on Saturday. Boot Camp will be held Monday-Friday July 7-18 with a formal graduation ceremony tentatively planned for Friday-July 18.
  • One (1) Firefighter 1 hosted by Scranton for the Hamburg Fire Control. The Pilot 14 hr. Orientation is scheduled for the weekend of Saturday-April 26 and Sunday-April 27 at the Training & Operations Center. Chief or Training Officers are required to accompany their recruits for only the first two (2) hours of orientation on Saturday.As previously publicized, the New Firefighter 1 Pilot Delivery Model is organized into three (3) modules: A 14-hour Orientation, 16-hour HazMat and 61-hour Fire Training module. Students need to apply only for the first module and will be automatically enrolled in the other modules as appropriate.The class will then shift to double-session Sundays; with two exceptions when it will be held on Saturdays to avoid conflict with Mother’s Day (5/11) for the HazMat module; and Father’s Day (6/15) for the Fire Training modules of the class. Those students who are not successful in the Air Consumption Test will continue on to the HazMat module and should also apply for the Scene Support Operations – (Pilot Remaining 18 hours) course scheduled for Tuesdays and double session Saturdays starting 6/3.One (1) Live Fire Training Safety (REPLACES 1A/1B)
  • Two (2) Apparatus Operator-Emergency Vehicle Courses
  • One (1) Live Fire Training Safety (REPLACES 1A/1B)
  • Two (2) Principles of Instruction Courses
  • Two (3) Apparatus Operator-Pump Courses
  • One (1) FAST Course at Clarence Center. This course was cancelled last year due to an instructor scheduling conflict. Students must re-apply.
  • One (1) Bath Salts Seminar at Armor – Class size is limited to 60 students. Openings are available.

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. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.


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 all applications for hands-on courses.


Individual course registration confirmations are no longer faxed out to students. Rosters are posted 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. Rosters for each course are posted to:


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


PLEASE PRIORITIZE APPLICATIONS – As most Firefighter 1 courses fill up quickly, Chiefs and Training Officers submitting applications for multiple recruits for the same class should assign a priority number to each applicant. This number (with 1 being the highest priority candidate) can be written in the lower right hand corner of each application before it is sent in.

Those attending Firefighter 1 courses should note the dates of the mandatory orientation for each course which must be attended by the student, accompanied by a chief or training officer.

The Delmar Firefighter’s Handbook on Essentials of Firefighting and Emergency Response-NY Third Edition are required at the first class and are available through the Fire Safety Office at a cost of $95 each.

Students confirmed as attending Firefighter 1 courses should download, review, and share the Student Packet with their officers prior to attending orientation.

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.


All Firefighter 14-hour Pilot Orientations are held at the Training & Operations Center.

If you plan to be or are enrolled in an Erie County Firefighter 1 Pilot Delivery Model 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. Review the attachment, check out the video and start preparing.

Please share with all existing and future Firefighter 1 students.

Download: 2014 Erie County Firefighter 1 Pilot Delivery Model Initiative


Those students registering for an 78-Apparatus Operator-Pump or 79-Apparatus Operator-Aerial Devices should note that pre-requisites include 1Y-Apparatus Operator-EVOC and and at least 1R-Scene Support Operations. An explanation of these pre-requisites is included below.

Students attending 1Y-Apparatus Operator-EVOC courses must bring their own apparatus to the hands-on portion of the class. This is a class for operating Emergency Vehicles under emergency conditions and is not a driving class. Students should already be familiar with the operation of the apparatus they are driving in the course.


Please be sure to have all firefighters and first responders subscribe to The Training Ground eNewsletter to receive advance notice of training opportunities and connect with us via, on our Facebook page at:, and via our Twitter feed:

Download: 1063-Emergency Services Training Course Application

Download: Course Details-Apparatus Operator

Download: Firefighter 1 Student Packet-140218

Download, Print and Post our Web Poster to encourage all firefighters to sign up to receive advance notice of training and other opportunities! If they’re not on this list — they’re really missing out on a lot of good, timely information.


Stay Safe. Train Often.

Erie County Division of Fire Safety
Department of Emergency Services
Training & Operations Center
3359 Broadway – Cheektowaga NY 14227
716.681.7111 – FAX.681-3645

>FIND US ON FACEBOOK: Erie County Emergency Services



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s