Loudoun County Volunteer Fire-EMS Rescue Training
As a fire-rescue volunteer you will be placed in emergency situations which call for specialized training. This training is offered through the county training center located in Leesburg, VA and is provided at No Cost to the volunteer. Training begins at a very basic level as a firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and can become as advanced as a Fire officer or Paramedic. How much training you take and how advanced you become in emergency response is up to you. Training is rigorous and time consuming but worth it.
INITIAL TRAINING CLASSES
Loudoun County Volunteer Orientation
The Orientation course introduces the new member to the fire and rescue system in Loudoun County. Volunteers are also introduced to legal issues associated with the fire-rescue field as well as the benefits derived from volunteering.
Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)
The BBP course offers information to students regarding infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. The course describes how to control exposure to bloodborne pathogens and the procedures in the case of a direct exposure.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
This is an 8 hour American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR course that describes what to do if you encounter a person in cardiac arrest (when a persons heart stops beating and the person is not breathing). You will learn and perform the procedures needed to improve the chance of survival until more advance procedures can be performed.
Hazardous Materials Awareness (HMA) and Hazardous Materials Operations (HMO)
HMA is an online course through FEMA with a proctored written test conducted in Loudoun which you are required to pass to be an EMT and fulfill some of our Administrative duties. The HMA course is intended to provide a general introduction to hazardous materials that can serve as a foundation for more specific studies in the future.
HMO is an in-class 40 hour course designed to train the emergency responder to work defensively during a hazardous materials incident. Topics include properties of hazardous materials, containers, transportation hazards, and protective equipment. Practical applications include PPE, defensive controls, victim rescue, and decontamination.
BASIC EMS (Emergency Medical Services) CLASSES
Emergency Medical Responder/First Responder (EMR/FR)
The EMS First Responder Program is a 63-hour (minimum) course developed to provide training in the provision of emergency care for those who are likely to be the first medical personnel responding to the scene of an accident, fire, or medical emergency. The emphasis of the course prepares the responder to address immediate life threats and injuries until more highly trained personnel are available.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
All members who wish to perform duties as an attendant in charge must complete the entry-level 154 hour EMT-B course which is a combination of classroom study, practical scenarios and 10 hours of clinical rotations in a hospital emergency room. This course is designed to train individuals to provide emergency medical care, including all skills related to basic life support.
ADVANCED EMS CLASSES
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
The EMT program is a 150+ hour course that teaches students all the knowledge and skills necessary to provide emergency medical care as a BLS (Basic Life Support) provider. Topics include anatomy and physiology, oxygen therapy, airway management, trauma and medical care, patient assessment, and others. Students complete a 10-hour clinical rotation during the class. Students will participate in a cognitive and psychomotor skills exam at the completion of the course. Students who successfully pass both the cognitive and psychomotor examinations will receive certifications from the Virginia Office of EMS and the National Registry of EMTs. This course is required for anyone who is an AIC (attendant in charge) on an ambulance.
Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate (EMT-I)
This course introduces the EMT to Advance Life Support (ALS). This is the lowest certification level that is considered to be a medic in Loudoun County. The EMT-Intermediate course is a 350 hour in classroom, and 200+ hours of in hospital clinical and field rotations. Skills learned include IV initiation, medication administration, advanced airway management, and EKG interpretations. This class include ACLS and PALS certification.
Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic (EMT-P)
This course is the highest level of pre-hospital advance life support care in Virginia. . This Paramedic course is a 500+ hour course. Class requirements also require 100+ hours of in hospital clinical and field rotations. This class expands on the skills and subjects covered in the Intermediate program. Students who successful pass the course will receive certification from the Virginia Office of EMS and the National Registry of EMTs.
BASIC FIREFIGHTER CLASSES
Firefighter Recruit School
This 300 plus hour course is an entry-level course for new fire fighters and prepares the student for a basic operational role on the fire ground. This fast paced, high-intensity course is a combination of classroom study and practical scenarios that prepare the fire fighter to carry out fire ground functions under supervision of an officer or experienced fire fighter. This course includes the VDFP/NFPA 1001 Firefighter I and II class, VDFP Mayday! Firefighter Down, and VDFP Liquid Propane Gas Emergencies classes into one course.
ADVANCED FIREFIGHTER CLASSES
This course is specific to either a pumper or an aerial piece of apparatus. Topics are based on the apparatus and include maintenance and operational of the vehicle. Strategies and tactics, design, proper use and basic functionality of the piece are also discussed.
This course is designed for individuals who would like to take an active role in teaching firefighter courses. A student will complete various exams and projects which will demonstrate their ability to teach lecture and practical instructional procedures.
A course designed for “new” officers or officer candidates to learn basic skills such as communication, effective supervision and resource management. This course introduces the following topics: The Company Officer’s Role in Challenges and Opportunities, Effective Communications, Organization, Management, Managing Resources, Leadership, Personal Safety, Leading Others, Fire Prevention, Building Construction, Fire Prevention and Investigation, Planning and Readiness, and Incident Management.
A course designed to examine hazard recognition, victim access, and stabilization and retrieval. The curriculum closely follows Virginia Labor and Industry guidelines with regard to definitions, equipment and rescue team preparation. Practical and classroom sessions focus on the three primary hazards associated with confined space entry: physical, atmospheric and physiological. Much effort is devoted towards realistic training evolutions using the latest equipment and techniques to assure student retention of the material.
Swift Water Rescue
A course designed to enable rescue personnel who are first to arrive on the scene of a water rescue incident to accomplish the following goals: shore-based rescue – reach and throw; self-rescue and survival; incident management and safety; appropriate patient care; advance scene assessment and pre-planning.
A series of courses designed to teach the student construction and operation of horizontal and angled high line systems, proper rope handling techniques, and effective patient packaging, Classroom time (minimal) includes advanced rigging theory for single and double track systems.
NFA Leadership I-III
This course presents the company officer with the basic leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire service environment.
A course designed to offer a combination of classroom and practical evolutions that allow the student to learn proper techniques to make open trenches and excavations safe for victim access and removal. Time is spent on locating materials locally and on obtaining a local community resource list. This class is made realistic by actual sheeting and shoring operations of “unsafe” trenches with shoring equipment as well as developing skills in lifting practices within the trench environment.
Other training: Ice Rescue, Building Construction, NIMS, Rural Water Supply, Vehicle Rescue, and more…
Each station varies on the types of administrative volunteers they utilize and their minimum training requirements. In addition to training specific to the administrative duties, CPR and Blood Borne Pathogens are routinely provided and required of all members to complete. The time commitment for these courses is not as extensive as the training requirements for operational members.
Specialized administrative duties such as Chaplains are required to attend annual training to maintain their role. Stations may require administrative positions carry specific qualifications or experience such as a Certified Public Accounts, Attorneys licensed to practice law in Virginia, Strategic Planning and Management Certifications, Food Safety Handler, and many others.
Loudoun County Fire Rescue Training Center
Most basic classes are taught at the Oliver Robert ‘O.R.’ Dubé Fire and Rescue Training Academy located at:
16600 Courage Court
The training center has classrooms, EMS training equipment, patient simulators, burn building and training areas for vehicle extrication and other firefighting/rescue skills.