International CFBT Instructor L1

International course by Shan Raffel

Short description

Compartment Fire Behaviour Training Instructor Level 1

Course Objectives  IFE RTC

To provide students with the knowledge and skills required to deliver compartment fire behaviour training in carbonaceous fuelled training props designed to show the stages of fire development up to roll over. It also includes the safe and effective operation of small and large scale props used to demonstrate a wide range of fire development variables and applicable control tactics, tools and techniques.

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27 may until 31 may 2024

Training Base Weeze, Flughafenring 16,47652 Weeze DE

5 days


€ 2.950,-

Target audience


  • Principles of fire development and behavior in compartments
  • Principles of extinguishment
  • Ventilation methods, tactics and their impact on fire growth and spread.
  • Nozzle techniques and effectiveness. Kill Zone concept, transitional attack
  • Dynamic risk recognition techniques such as “Reading Fire” using the BE SAHF fire behaviour indicator method to recognition of the stage of fire development, assessment of fire progression, and understanding the potential effects of tactical ventilation and various firefighting techniques
  • Strategies, Tactics and Tools for risk mitigation and safety during compartment firefighting and realistic training
  • Tactical synergy. Strategic integration of tactical options.
  • The principles realistic training methods for compartment firefighting including the safe and effective operation of carbonaceous fuelled training props
  • Hygiene and site setup for safety
  • Instruction and assessment skills
  • Firefighting, and training site risk recognition and mitigation techniques
  • Security teams and tactics to ensure maximum safety and efficiency.

Target Audience

Fire Officers from Junior to Senior Officer Rank that will be directly involved in development or delivery of training programs to operational firefighters, or responsible for the development and implementation of realistic training programs and facilities.

Training Method

This 40 hour course consists of a combination of theoretical presentations, practical evolutions, classroom scenarios and practical exercises. Trainees are assessed on a daily basis by the Instructors. The course instructors are experienced in delivery strategies that will enhance the learning experience for learners that use English as a second language. A high standard of competence is set for the group and the program is designed to allow for sufficient repetition of the practical components.

Theory Components

The theory component is designed to build on a solid practical firefighting background. While advanced, sufficient time is allowed to compensate for the fact that the trainees use English as a second language. Instructors are highly motivated to giving the trainees every opportunity to meet the high standards set. Any student requiring additional assistance outside of normal class hours will find that the Instructors are prepared to give as much help as the student requires. A variety of assessment methods will be used.

Practical Components

The practical components will consist of workshops, realistic training sessions and tactical exercises. Trainees will be expected to be highly competent in the wearing of SCBA and familiar with all commonly used firefighting tools. All candidates must be fit for operational duties and the physical strain of realistic live fire training.


Students will be assessed against the competencies of the CFBT Level 1 Recognised Training Course as accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers. All training and assessments are conducted in accordance with internationally recognised standards, such as NFPA 1403 (USA), The Guidance and Compliance Framework for Compartment Fire Behaviour Training (UK). The CFBTI Level 1 and 2 are accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers as a Recognised Training Program.


This program involves live fire training and all participants must have completed the training outlined in National Fire Protection Association 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training and received training to meet the job performance requirements for Fire Fighter I in NFPA 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications.

Participants must be medically and physically qualified to wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Respiratory Protection regulations (29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910. 134) require that individuals who wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) receive an annual medical evaluation and be fit tested for the breathing apparatus used. In addition, this regulation prohibits conditions that may interfere with facepiece seal (e.g., facial hair in the area of the facepiece seal).

NFPA 1981 Standard on Open-Circuit SCBA for Emergency Services (2007) and NFPA 1500 Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program (2007) provide additional information on the medical and physical qualification for the use of SCBA


*Accommodation is not included, this will be € 125,- a night for halfboard.

*For personal firefighting gear, there is a possibility to rent some.

*A 50% deposit (non-refundable) will be required at the time of registration to secure your place.

*Registration Before: March 1st, 2024


Day 1
Theory Course Introduction
Tour of Training site – Induction and issue of PPE
Fundamentals of Fire Chemistry and Physics
Fire Development in Compartments
Practical Small scale demonstrations.
Lunch time
Extinguishment basics
Ventilation Essentials
Nozzle Techniques
Practical Set up of Demo and Attack Props. Nozzle practice, define Hot/Warm/Cold zones – First aid post – Decon and Rehab areas


Day 2
Theory Understanding and managing heat stress. Prevention – Measurement -Early Recognition – recording – active cooling
Safety Legislation and Regulations – International Best Practice including NFPA, Australian and UK Standards
Live Fire Training Environmental Control – Safety Procedures – Hygiene practices – student welfare and monitoring
Lunch time
Practical Final site inspection, familiarisation equipment and safety procedures, Hot/Warm/Cold – heat stress prevention, emergency response
Evolution 1 – Demonstrator Exercise under direction of course Instructor
Evolution 2 – Demonstrator Exercise under direction of course Instructors
Review – Make up – shower


Day 3 CFBT Instructors Course Level 1
Theory 3D Extinguishment Theory – Application Techniques – Limitations – Kill Zone Concept
Reading the Fire – BE SAHF model, size up the fire and develop the safest and most efficient strategy and tactics
Load Demo and Attack Props
Lunch time
Practical Practice and discuss Nozzle Techniques – Straight Stream – Transitional Attack Techniques
Evolution 3 – Demo under direction of course students (Students 1,2,3,4)
Evolution 4 – Attack under direction of course students (Students 5,6,7,8)
Review – Make up – shower


Day 4 CFBT Instructors Course Level 1
Theory 3D Zone Control – Recognising the Kill Zone – Safe Zoning and Buffer Zoning
  Flow Path Management – Air Track Control
  Entry procedures / progressive cooling / limitations of gas cooling
  Load Demo and Attack Props
Lunch time  
Practical Evolution 5– Demo under direction of course students (Students 9,10,11,12)
  Evolution 6 – Attack under direction of course students (Students 1,2,3,4)
  Review – Make up – shower


Day 5 CFBT Instructors Course Level 1
Theory Case Studies process and preparation
  Small Scale Props – Doll House workshop
Assessment Week 1 Summative Assessment
  Load Demo and Attack Props
Afternoon Evolution 7  – Attack Exercise under direction of student Instructor Team (Student 5,6,7,8)
  Evolution 8 – Attack Exercise under direction of course students (Students 9,10,11,12)


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