Free Online Training

These are all free online first responder courses that offer certificates and that I highly recommend. Please pass this info along to your Chief, Safety, Training Officers and Crew.


-IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System
-IS-700.a National Incident Management System Introduction
-IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
-IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
-IS-804 Emergency Support Function (ESF) #4 Firefighting
-IS-703.a NIMS Resource Management
-IS-706 NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid Intro

-Professional Development Series

-IS-120.a An Introduction to Exercises
-IS-230.d Fundamentals of Emergency Management
-IS-235.c Emergency Planning
-IS-240.b Leadership and Influence
-IS-241.b Decision Making and Problem Solving
-IS-242.b Effective Communication
-IS-244.b Developing and Managing Volunteer


Notice: Independent Study Exams now require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. If you do not yet have a SID, register at:

-National Fire Incident Reporting System


-Emergency Services Risk Reduction Program

-Courage To Be Safe
-Leadership, Accountabilty, Culture, Knowledge
-After Action Report
-Creating Change In The Fire Service
-Stress First Aid for Fire and EMS Personnel


-Fire Ground Survival Awareness


-Natural Gas and Electrical Safety Awareness

National Grid

-Responding To Utility Emergencies

Alliant Energy

-Pipeline Emergencies Awareness
-LNG 101


-Ethanol Emergency Response
-Hydrogen Response
-Propane Emergencies


-Solar PV Safety For Firefighters


-Alternative Fuel Vehicles


-National Traffic Incident Management

Emergency Responder Safety Institute

-HazMat Awareness
-Incident Command System Awareness
-Unified Command Awareness

Safe Response

-Railroad Safety Awareness


-Crude By Rail


-Emergency Response To Terrorism


-Suspicious Activity Reporting Fire & EMS


Note the following courses offer blended learning, online and hands on components. They can either be taken together or separately. For hands on, your department must schedule for training and is offered through out the country. All of these are excellent training opportunities.

-Railroad Safety Emergency Responders

Operation Life Saver


Hands On

-Anhydrous Ammonia


Hands On

-Chlorine Safety


Hands On

You will notice that many of these websites will offer many other interesting courses that will be beneficial to your development as a first responder. Take in as much training hands on and online as you can. It will only help to make you a better, smarter and safer firefighter. I always have thought that the best advice that an old firefighter can give to a young firefighter, is to see that they make it to be an old firefighter. Always ask questions, you can never know it all. Take in as much information as you can. There is lot of training available out there. Here on Firefighter Nation is a wealth of information. Read the different profiles, blogs and discussions View posted videos and join groups.Become a member of organizations such as the National Volunteer Fire Council at: , and your State Fire Association, They offer online training, webinars, seminars and many other benefits. Suscribe and read publications such as Fire Engineering, Fire House and Fire Rescue Magazine. Also view training videos at Firefighters Support Foundation, and on YouTube. Pass along what you learn. You always want it where you got your partner's six and they've got your six. Which is military speak, meaning your watching someone's back. Remember fire doesn't discriminate, it burns just the same wheter your a volunteer, career, combination, rural, suburban or urban fire department. Remember, you are a member of the fire service and we are all one family. Take care, may God bless you and may Saint Florian always keep you safe!

Alvin Gonzalez
Deputy Chief
West Lawrence, NY

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