"The Rural Firefighting Operations Online Course provides a unique solution to small community fire department training problems of tight budgets, travel obstacles and member availability," said Dominic Colletti, chief training officer at RFA. "This new online program provides rural-specific firefighting information intended to help small-community firefighters and fire officers successfully meet day-to-day operational challenges inherently found in running their fire organization."
The online program, accessed from RFA's new website, LiveFireTraining.com, offers the flexibility volunteer firefighters need to learn at their own pace at an affordable price. It is particularly useful to indoctrinate fire officers, firefighters and pump operators into problem solving issues commonly found with the delivery of rural firefighting services. The student can work at a pace that best fits him or her, and can take up to six months to complete the program. Each student successfully completing the course receives a certificate of completion from RFA.
The workbook used for the 17 module online course is the newly-revised, second-edition of The Rural Firefighting Handbook. Each chapter in The Rural Firefighting Handbook corresponds with an online learning module. Students take the course by reading a chapter in the handbook, reviewing the corresponding online module chalkboard presentation, and then taking the online module test. Each module test is "open book," with a time limit, and is comprised of a combination of multiple choice and "true or false" questions. The LiveFireTraining.com website and Rural Firefighting Operations Online Course are available for immediate use by rural firefighters. Academy staff is available through email or by phone to assist students with questions on the course and subject materials.