Hands on Training (H.O.T.) are 1- to 2-day intense training sessions on subjects not readily available in South Carolina.
These classes have limited enrollment and are free to members of the SC State Firefighters’ Association.

Farm/Machinery Rescue

Farm and Machinery incidents occur around us every day from the family farm/ranch, the 18th hold of the golf course, construction sites, or even our roadways. The Farm/Machinery Rescue Course is designed to introduce the emergency responder to various situations and hazards related to farm and heavy equipment accidents. This course focuses on a wide variety of topics including hazard identification, available resources, stabilization of tractor overturns with entrapment, auger entrapment, equipment stabilization/disassembly, in addition to, the techniques and tools used to mitigate such incidents are some of the top addressed. Utilizing a mixture of classroom and field exercises, this course is designed to enhance the responder’s capabilities and efficiency when faced with such incidents.

Instructor: Brian Robinson

Pre-requisites: Must have current Basic (Awareness/Operations Level) Extrication Certification

Required PPE: NFPA approved structural firefighting gear or extrication jumpsuit / technical rescue gear, helmet, secondary eye protection, leather type gloves or extrication type gloves, hard sole shoes preferably steel toe or any NFPA approved type boot.

June 8-9, 2021
9:00AM to 6:00PM

Location: Lexington County Training

School Bus Extrication 

This program is designed to present techniques and tips that can assist the rescuer in extricating a patient trapped in School Buses. During the classroom portion, we are going to first take a look at school bus types, construction standards, anatomy and extrication techniques. We will discuss scene approach, hazards, and stabilization of school bus. Multi-passenger vehicles present us with quite a different challenge; this course will assist the rescuer in meeting this challenge. The rescuer will be presented with the complications and challenges of extrication from school buses and other multi-passenger vehicles. We will discuss the challenges of a Mass Casualty incident and triage tips for the student and their departments. Students will gain hands on experience during field experiences. Student will stabilize a school bus, complete window removal, picture window evolution, seat removal, breach the sidewall and rear of the bus.

Instructor: Keith Wilson

Pre-requisites: Must have current Basic (Awareness/Operations Level) Extrication Certification such as 3330 Basic Auto Extrication.

Minimum PPE – Head, Eye, Hand and Foot protection, Long sleeves in the form of extrication gear or turnout gear or coveralls.

June 8-9, 2021
9:00AM to 6:00PM

June 12-13, 2021
Sat (1:00 pm-7:00 pm) and Sun (9:00 am-4:00 pm)

 Location: SC Fire Academy

Truck Class

The program offers firefighters an opportunity to either sharpen their current skills or learn new and efficient skills for all the various tasks required of truck company members. This program is a hands-on program with topics including riding assignments, efficient ground ladder operations, forcible entry for residential and commercial construction, proper horizontal and vertical ventilation, fire ground search and rescue.

Lead Instructor: Chief Greg Nicholson – (Pleasant Valley Fire) Also Captain with Charlotte Fire Department, Ladder 2

June 12-13, 2021 (Sat – 1:00PM to 7:00PM, Sun – 9:00AM to 4:00PM) 

Location: City of Columbia Training

Pre-Requisites: SCBA training