Safety and Survival - 4-Day ~CANCELED~

May 24-27, 2021
8:00 am–5:00 pm


This is a hands-on, high-intensity safety and survival course designed to overcome obstacles by focusing on the individual firefighter and the firefighter beside them. Students will learn how to use their own gear and intuition instead of gimmicks or special gadgets. This course will help students feel more comfortable and confident in their gear, increase situational awareness and ultimately create instinctual skills to help save themselves or a fellow firefighter.

Instructors will emphasize a “rescue begins from within” concept, with a coordinated response from the exterior if possible. Day One will focus on individual knowledge of personal SCBA, radio, and gear. Day Two begins the one on one rescue your partner phase. Day Three moves into two rescuer tactics and attacking the structure for rescue. Day Four culminates in review, coverage of “classic RIT” development and deployment, and scenarios. As firefighters, we owe it to ourselves, our families, and the men and women we work with to be as safe and ready as possible to help everyone go home.

The instructors bring knowledge, experience, and passion for the job, coupled with and driven by the latest statistics and techniques, to provide students with a well-rounded toolbox to deal with “the most terrible of days”.

Prerequisites: Student are required to have a Firefighter 1 certification.

Lead Instructors
Kevin Ohrt, Lt., Toledo Fire & Rescue
Tammy Ohrt, Lt., Toledo Fire & Rescue


To provide each Student with...

1. A consistent and comprehensive approach towards safety and survival.
2. Using the most recent information and data, concentrate on high probability scenarios (e.g. SCBA failures, collapse, and falling thru floors and roofs) and develop simple and effective rescue tactics for them.
3. The means to be a better “victim”. But also, to instill an “always in the fight” mentality.
4. A set of plans to make an individual a successful and immediate “first responder” to a partners need for rescue.
5. The ability to recognize when you are in trouble and to respond to each situation in an aggressive, effective, and rapid manner.
6. Finally, encourage an attitude of pro-activity through education, training, and mentality that promotes a life-long safety and survival mindset.

1. Project Mayday, Retired Chief Don Abbott, 2017
3. NFPA 1407: Standard for Training Fire Service Rapid Intervention Crews.
4. NFPA 1710: Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments.
5. NFPA 1981: Standard on Open Circuit Self Contained Breathing Apparatus for Emergency Services.
6. NFPA 1982: Standard on Personal Alert Safety Systems
7. NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents.

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