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These free firefighter training programs usually include a video and a Powerpoint presentation. Many address advanced fire service topics or topics that are not often covered. Others reinforce the basics. They are targeted at both agency trainers and individuals.

Turnkey training. Agencies can use the programs by using the Powerpoint slides as distributed notes, running the video presentation, and pausing the video frequently to discuss the material presented. In this way, the training is consistent from session to session, trainer preparation time is greatly reduced, and the training is completely documented.

To be notified of future programs. Please send a note to staff@ffsupport.org with your comments on any of our programs. If you want to be notified when we post new programs (about every two months), include your email address.

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Basic Vehicle Extricatoin

Basic Forcible Entry

Mass Violence Post-Response Ops

Active Shooter Operational Details

Neural-Based Learning

Structural Firefighting with Limited Staffing

ICS: Rightsizing for Each Event

Active Shooter Response

Hurricane Response

Field Interviews

Mass Casualty EMS Care

Emergency Management for the Fire Service

The Fire Safety Officer: Roles and Responsibilities

Fire Scene Communications

Hazards of Marijuana
Grow Operations

Chemical Suicides

Emergency Incident Rehabilitation

Meth Labs Response



Self Defense for EMTs and Firefighters

Preparation for and Response to Mass-Shooting Events

Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) Overview




Critical Incident Stress

Wildland-Urban Interface

Ventilation: East Coast vs. West Coast

Rapid Treatment Model FAQ

Response to Gunfire

Dealing with the Mentally Ill

Leadership Principles

Management Principles

Terrorism Planning and Response

Mayday: Basic Concepts

Initial Scene Size-Up

Vehicle Fires: Assessment and Response

Role of the Public Information Officer (PIO)

Fire/EMS Response to Civil Unrest

A New Way to Lift

When a Child Dies on a Call

When to Seek Therapy

Evidence Preservation

Bombs, Bomb Response, and Suicide Bombers

After Action Self-Evaluations

Dealing with a Line-of-Duty Death (LODD)

More PDF Downloads
  • Mumbai Learning Points
    The terrorist attack on Mumbai provided several learning points of all public safety personnel.
  • Explosions and Explosives Cells
    Here's a short summary of what to do and what to look for as you approach and and you respond to calls for explosives and explosions.

All files are absolutely free to download or view. For more information, visit the Firefighters Support Foundation Web site.

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The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI) has produced a free 30-minute video showing the effects of fire on stored ammunition. Some structures we may respond to are known to store amounts of ammunition, and it's safe to assume that most residences have some present. The video shows over 400,000 rounds of ammunition being burned, dropped, shot and crushed (under a bulldozer). A simulated gun store with copious cases of ammunition is burned, as is an entire semi-trailer of ammo. You will be surprised at the results! CLICK HERE to view it.


Firefighters and other public safety professionals are eligible for an up-to 40-percent discount on products from several of the most sought-after manufacturers in the public safety industry. Simply download this one-page document that describes the process for obtaining these discounts. There's no catch--it's a way for these vendors to support the men and women in these professions. Discounts available from: Benchmade knives, ESS eyewear, Point 6 socks, as well as on firearms maintenance and training products.

Download the discount document HERE as a PDF.

Free Training Downloads

Basic Vehicle Extrication
A perfect introductory program for the firefighter needing a grounding in the concepts and techniques of extrication.

Critical Incident Stress Management
Building a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and Questions About CISM and CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing) are 45-minute and 25-minute long video presentations, respectively.

Basic Forcible Entry
This free training program addresses the physics of levers, forcible entry tools, residential vs. commercial construction, door size-up, through-the-lock methods, and conventional forcible entry.

Wildland-Urban Interface Fires
This training program is presented by Battalion Chief Scott Magers of the Hillsboro (OR) Fire Department and addresses the fact that urban and suburban fire departments are increasingly being deployed to wildfire areas.

Mass Violence Post-Response Operations
This training program addresses the preparation for and execution of the operations that need to happen in the days, week, and months that follow a mass-violence event.

Ventilation: East Coast & West Coast: Tricks of the Trade
This training program addresses the differences in regional ventilation techniques and provides some "tricks of the trade" for more efficient and effective application of techniques.

Active Shooter Operational Details/Rapid Treatment FAQ
These related programs detail the only practical model to address the main concern at most active shooter events: getting the wounded to definitive care as soon as possible.

Neural-Based Learning for Firefighters
Marcus Wynne, the world's foremost training designer for high-stress occupations, details several techniques based on advances in neuroscience that can immediately enhance a fire fighters performance under extreme stress.

Where's the Cavalry? Initial Management of a Structure Fire with Limited Manpower
This program address the problems of volunteer and combination departments that, of necessity, often have skeleton crews initially responding to fires.

Response to Gunfire
This program addresses the types of gunfire events that first responders may find themselves at, what their actions should be to protect themselves, and what to do while waiting for SWAT to arrive on-scene.

ICS: Rightsizing for Each Event
This program addresses the misconceptions surrounding the Incident Command System (ICS) and demonstrates the practicality, advantages, and necessity of ICS at almost every scene and event, from the smallest to the largest.

Dealing with the Mentally Ill
The focus of the program is on obtaining time-critical information in short time frames during the chaos of any emergency scene.

Active Shooter Response
This training program focuses on getting aid to the wounded within the golden hour, even while law enforcement is still clearing the structure.

Leadership and Management Principles
Useful for individuals wanting to move up the ladder, for officers in command or supervisory positions, and for top management.

Hurricane Planning for Small- and Mid-Sized Agencies
This training program from the Firefighters Support Foundation addresses the phases of the hurricane event and the preparatory actions that agencies should be taking during each of them.

Terrorism Planning and Response for Mid- and Small-Size Public Safety Agencies
Presenter August Vernon addresses the role of public safety agencies in preparing for and responding to the grave potential threat of small-scale terrorism.

Conducting Field Interviews
Stan Walters, A.K.A. "The Lie Guy", describes a powerful narrative-based approach to gathering accurate, actionable information from both cooperative and uncooperative subjects.

Mayday: Basic Concepts
Eric Stroud address the various response strategies available to a firefighter that finds them self in a Mayday situation.

Mass Casualty Emergency Medical Care
This program presents the basics of Tactical Casualty Combat Care (TCCC), an approach developed in combat zones over the last decade that has saved thousands of lives.

Initial Scene Size-Up Training Program
Again presented by Michael Finney, this program defines initial scene size-up and when it should occur. It explains the components of a good size-up and explains the notification and communication process involved.

Emergency Management for the Fire Service
This program, presented by Michael Finney, defines the four major components of the emergency management cycle.

Fire Safety Officer Program
This program consists of a 25-minute video program and an accompanying 15-slide PowerPoint presentation.

Fire Scene Communications Program
This free training program defines communications and its elements, discusses best practices, and presents tactics that ensure that information is being effectively disseminated.

Vehicle Fires: Assessment and Response
The Firefighters Support Foundation's (FSF) newest free firefighter training program, Vehicle Fires: Assessment and Response, is now available

Marijuana Grow Operations -- Safe Multi-Agency Response
The Firefighters Support Foundation’s  training program, Marijuana Grow Operations – Safe Multi-Agency Response, is now available free to all firefighters and first responders.

Program on the Public Information Officer's Role
The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest free training program, Public Information Officer: Roles and Responsibilities, is now available.

Chemical Suicides, a New Threat to First Responders
The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest training program, Chemical Suicides, is now available free by download. Train your personnel on this emerging threat to first responders.

Fire/EMS Response to Civil Unrest
Civil unrest events are becoming more prevalent and FD and EMS units are playing a greater role in responding to them. Presented by August Vernon, this free firefighter training program consists of a 40-minute video and customizable PowerPoint presentation.

Emergency Incident Rehabilitation
The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest training program, Emergency Incident Rehabilitation, is now available free by download. This program consists of a 30-minute video presentation and a 90-slide PowerPoint presentation.

A New Way to Lift Video Seminar
The Firefighters Support Foundation has released its newest free program, A New Way to Lift, in which presenter James Shaw explains how to use the principles of Tai Chi and other eastern disciplines as well as the principles of sound biomechanics to lift heavy objects from the odd positions that firefighters encounter every day.

Meth Labs, Meth Lab Response, and Meth Users
The Firefighters Support Foundation has released Meth Labs, Meth Lab Response, and Meth Users. This free one hour video program and 100-slide PowerPoint presentation familiarizes public safety personnel about: how to recognize a lab if you are approaching one or are in one, how to recognize a dangerous meth user, the chemicals used in clandestine meth manufacture, and what to do if you encounter a user or lab.

When A Child Dies on A Call
The Firefighters Support Foundation (FSF) offers a 20-minute firefighter training program presented by Dr. Anne Bisek that deals with first responder psychological issues when a child dies during an incident.

Dealing with a Line-of-Duty Death
Download a free 50-minute video program from the Firefighters Support Foundation in which Dr. Ellen Kirschman discusses issues regarding firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODDs).

Bombs, Bomb Response, and Suicide Bombers
This free training program from Firefighters Support Foundation includes more than a dozen open-source documents full of information on handling all aspects of this kind of event, from communications to hazmat to tactics, as well as videos on bombing response.

Response to Mass Shooting Events
Mass shooting events are becoming more common, and the response to them involves every public safety agency for miles around. This free training program from Firefighters Support Foundation details the actions that firefighters and EMS agencies can take to prepare themselves for this all-too-likely event, and the actions they can take when the event occurs.

Free Firefighter Training: Evidence Preservation
This free firefighter training program from the Firefighters Support Foundation addresses all aspects of preserving evidence at fire, medical, and rescue scenes.

When to Seek Therapy
In this free 30-minute training program from the Firefighters Support Foundation, Dr. Anne Bisek, a psychologist practicing in Fremont, California, discusses questions she has found that first responders often have about seeking therapy.

After Action Self-Evaluations
This free training program from the Firefighters Support Foundation presents a disarmingly simple continuous-improvement method that is widely used in the business world but so far hasn't been much adopted by the public safety sector.

Free Firefighter/EMT Self-Defense Program Available
The Firefighters Support Foundation’s (FSF) newest training program, Self-Defense for Firefighters and EMTs, is now available free by download.

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