HFMA - Hospital Fire Marshals Association - So that lives saved by science and skill may not be lost - by fire

Incipient Fire Brigade Training designed to meet the standards of the National Fire Protection Association and OSHA is offered twice a year.

HFMA Fire Suppression Training Calendar
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A short quiz will be given prior to the start of the program. The quiz will measure the knowledge of the student concerning the subject matter to be presented in the Incipient Fire Brigade training program.

Chemistry of Fire
A tabletop demonstration that provides the necessary knowledge needed to identify the various classes of fire and methods of suppression for each. The demonstration is directed specifically toward health care facilities and includes the proper procedures for fire discovery and response. The program provides visual examples of fire behavior and how it can be contained or suppressed.

Fire Brigade Operations
Students will become familiar with the multiple built-in tools of defense within their own facility and how they can be designed to suppress or contain unwanted fires in their incipient stage. The student will gain a better understanding of sprinkler systems, standpipe systems, proper use of hose-line and the most effective nozzles for the hose-line. They will also learn methods of hose-line advancement that will be put to use in the hands-on segment of the program.

Film (Fire in a Healthcare Facility)
A film produced by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) highlighting the R.A.C.E. procedures adopted by the JCAHO for use by healthcare staff. The film will be discussed as to how it pertains for the facilities represented by the students.

Special Hazards
Special hazards that can be expected to be found in a healthcare facility are analyzed as to the dangers they present and ways to reduce the danger. Hazards discussed will include various chemicals, radiological and biological hazards, MRI and others. The student will leave with a better understanding on how to approach an emergency involving a specific hazard and how to approach potential hazardous areas under normal everyday conditions.

Portable Fire Extinguishers
Portable extinguishers that can be found in a healthcare facility will be discussed in detail and will be visually shown how to effectively put each into use. Extinguishers will include those approved for class A fires only, class B & C fires only and extinguishers rated for class A, B & C will be reviewed. Students will leave with a full understanding of how to operate each extinguisher and the precautions that need to be taken.

Hands-on Fire Suppression using Portable Fire Extinguishers
The students will put the information learned in the classroom portable extinguisher segment into actual use. All students will be required to actually suppress a controlled class B fire by using an extinguisher obtained from his/her facility. Students will leave with a full understanding of how to effectively suppress an incipient fire with a portable extinguisher and gain confidence in using an extinguisher in an emergency.

Standpipe and Hose-line (Hands-On)
Students will visually inspect the standpipe system used in their facility for the purpose of learning when and when not to use the system. They will put the system into use and use a water charged hose line with various nozzles. Students will leave with the knowledge and ability to effectively use a hose line designed for occupant use during an emergency.

Post Test
A short quiz will be given at the conclusion of the program. The quiz will measure the impact of the program by comparing the student’s knowledge before and after the program.

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