Health and Public Services

Firefighter Training

Hawkeye offers training for individuals seeking firefighter training. These courses are currently undergoing reorganizing to provide students with the most up-to-date information and training.

Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.

Quad County Regional Fire School

Date Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time 7:00am Registration
9:00am-4:00pm Fire School Courses
Cost $25 - Includes lunch from Jim's Bar-B-Que of Waterloo
Location HAZMAT Regional Training Center
1925 Newell Street
Waterloo, Iowa

Download Regional Fire School registration form and guidelines.

Mail completed form and payment to:
HAZMAT Regional Training Center
Fire School
1925 Newell Street
Waterloo, IA 50707
More Information HAZMAT Regional Training Center

Available Courses

Basic Vehicle Extrication - 15 seats
Instructor: Bob Sandry
Auto crashes are the leading cause of accidental injury and death and some of the most common rescues that we respond to. Injured victims can be entrapped by the vehicle, requiring efficient and effective extrication operations to free them. Improper extrication methods can cause unwanted movement and additional injury to these patients. This course will give the student the techniques needed to safely size-up and mitigate an emergency involving an automobile type vehicle. Students will learn the proper procedures for vehicle stabilization, patient disentanglement and removal. This course will give the students hand-on experience with various types of rescue tools. Full NFPA compliant protective clothing and safety glasses will be required.

Emergency Incident Rehab - 20 seats

Instructors: Hawkeye Community College EMS Instructors
This course will demonstrate how to meet the requirements of NFPA 1584– The Standard on Rehab Process for Responders for Emergency Incidents and Training Exercises. The morning session will include lecture and explanation, and afternoon session will be a hands-on experience practicing the new skills as we provide rehab and medical monitoring for the live fire exercises taking place for fire school. This is designed for incident commanders, safety officers, and emergency service personnel . Six hours of optional EMS continuing education hours available.

Fire Origin and Cause - 50 seats
Instructors: Mark Sands and Jeff Shatzer, Iowa Department of Public Safety
This course will include discussion on accidental, undetermined, and arson fires. Accelerant dog “Pogo” will also be on hand to help with the class.

Forcible Entry - 15 seats
Instructors: Cedar Valley F.O.O.L.S. staff
The forcible entry class begins with identifying the various tools and their intended purpose. During the class, students will learn to identify the types, materials and construction features of components that may require forcible entry under fire fighting and/or rescue situations. Instructors cover tool selection and maintenance, safe carries and hands on operation of pick head axes, “irons”, saws, and other tools used by fire fighters to force entry. All of these tools may be used with Quad County’s new forcible entry prop. Full turnout gear and SCBA required.

Live Fire: Burn Building - 20 seats
Instructors: Matt Andersen, Waterloo Fire Rescue Engineer and HAZMAT Regional Training Center Staff
This class will benefit both the experienced veteran and new firefighter by honing their hose handling, fire suppression, and rescue techniques through controlled live fire situations. The scenarios created in the live fire burn building are as realistic as possible resulting in valuable real life experiences. This training is capable of meeting or exceeding the live fire requirements for Firefighter I and Firefighter II certification. Full turnout gear and SCBA required.

Vehicle Fire Response - 15 seats
Instructors: Chris Charley and Waterloo Fire Rescue Staff
Whether you are an officer or firefighter, all personnel must know and understand how forces in a structure are working against us when fire has impinged upon the structural members. This course will cover the practice of safety concerns, common causes, and tactics to suppress through lecture and hands-on practices. Hands-on evolutions involve ignition and extinguishment of vehicle fires. State mandated facial hair restrictions will be followed. Full NFPA compliant protective clothing and SCBA with extra cylinder will be required.

Sponsored by:

  • Quad County Firefighters Association
  • HAZMAT Regional Training Center
  • Hawkeye Community College
  • Cedar Valley Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (F.O.O.L.S.)

Program Contacts

Program Coordinator

John Cockrell
Health Education and Services Center 217C
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Bryan Renfro
Black Hawk Hall 102
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