This course is designed to prepare students for entry-level fire fighter positions. Students will learn through classroom and guided practice activities the essentials of fire suppression, which includes: fire department orientation and terminology, fire department history, understanding fire behavior, wearing personal protective clothing, identifying ropes, tying knots, using fire extinguishers, performing forcible entry, carrying and raising ladders, operating self-contained breathing apparatus, employing search and rescue techniques, working with ventilation tools and practicing hose evolutions on an operating fire engine all in a safety conscious environment. These skills along with leadership and communication skills will prepare the student for certification through employment opportunities with many fire departments.
Mr. Chris McCance from Getz Fire Equipment recently stopped by the fire science classroom to talk with students about fire safely and shared with students the responsibility of being a Service Technician where protecting life and property is the number one priority with Getz.
Class of 2015-2016
Students have started getting into gear and learning about personal protective equipment and working as a team during fire rescue.
Students practice swinging of cutting and striking tools applicable to ventilation and forcible entry
Students are introduced to the obstacle course used by the City of Galesburg Firefighters.
Class of 2013-2014
The GAVC Fire Science class performed a Fire Extinguisher use and demonstration to a physical sciences and cooking class at GHS. This was a project for the Public Education section of their course. The GAVC gave a down and dirty discussion on the science of fire and how that applies to portable fire extinguisher selection and use. After the quick discussion we proceeded outside for a live fire demonstration. After the “Instructors” finished showing live usage, the GHS students and teachers were allowed the opportunity to use a fire extinguisher to put out a live fire. A great learning opportunity and great success by all!”
Students get a first-hand experience at the training site obstacle course
Class of 2012-2013
The Fire Science class had a somewhat unique opportunity to observe a fire's growth and behavior without any harm or
risk involved! The "burn cell" was created by Galesburg Fire Department members to support an arson investigation class with the side benefit of allowing the GAVC group to experience supporting evidence of the fire behavior chapters of the curriculum. They witnessed the fire starting out small and growing to involve the entire compartment with all the stages of fire development pointed out. One of the interesting points is how the accumulated heat and energy in a structure fire can begin the burning process on articles of furniture and decoration that are not in direct physical contact with the flame. Just a way to show how the study of the sciences and their vocational applications can impact our surroundings and our lives.