Entry Level Firefighter

This Entry Level Firefighter program is designed for self-study and learning at your own pace. The process is meant to simplify the primary training of new members. But that does not mean it will be easier. The text that should be used is the "Klamath County Fire District #4 SOG Manual" kept in the alarm room at the station, and Fire District #4’s "Individual Performance Standards" or (IPS) and "Engine Company Performance Standards" or (ECPS), these can be downloaded from this website within each Unit or the entire document is available on the home page. Also used is the “IFSTA Essentials for Firefighting" fifth edition. The Fire District has a few for you to borrow, or they are available for purchase on the Internet. IFTS Essentials 5 Edition

First the most important rule, please keep personal copies of all submitted documentation. Things happen and documents can be lost. The Process Overview looks like this. Complete the written test, complete the hands on portion, document these in your task book. Then practice the skill for the three times to show proficiency. When the task book is complete the ELF is complete.
1. To begin this self-study program, familiarize yourself with the locations of the resource material and download and print your ELF Task Book. This Task Book is available under #6 below. You are free to use the training computer to view and print the training material.

2. Next select a Unit from the left hand side of this website. It is best to start Unit 01 and work your way through, but that is not required. However, we ask that the first chapter be done prior to any other. Use the Task Book to track your progress.

3. Each Unit is based on you learning KNOWLEDGE and SKILL. To ensure that you have learned, you will be asked to answer questions and document your tasks on the on the “STUDY QUESTIONS AND TASK LOG” within each Unit’s web page.

4. The study questions and skill sheets were written to the minimum NFPA standard. Because you are only asked to perform the minimum, you must be sure that your documentation and your work is 100% complete and 100% correct, as there is no room for error.

5. When you have completed one Unit, turn in your documentation to the Training Program Manager and work through your next Unit. Your Study Questions and Performance Standards will be reviewed by a member of the Training Division and if they meet Fire District #4’s standard, your progress will be recorded on the grid above the Response Eligibility board. If your work does not meet the quality required, it will be returned to you for correction or completion.

6. When all of the Entry Level Firefighter Units are 100% correct and complete, check with the Training Program Manager and to ensure that you have met all requirements for ELF, then your sponsor can help you meet all the other requirements for fire response.

To keep track of your progress print off the ELF Task Book and use it to record your progress. Read the directions on how to correctly fill out the task book. It has three separate steps for each Unit.

1. When each Unit's Study Questions are complete and correct, a signature goes on the task book under Requisite Knowledge unit

2. When the IPS or ECPS is completed, a signature goes on the task book under Requisite Skill for that unit

3. Then you must complete the task to an acceptable level three times, documenting each successfull execution with a signature. On this line of the task book, only two signatures can be from the same person, similar only two dates can be the same. This ensures that the candidate has evaluation input from more than one certified firefighter and truly has captured the ability and retained it over time.

Be sure to fill out a training roster to document training hours spent on this program. These hours do not need to be done in the station.

Periodically a progress report may be placed in your District mail box. If you attend a formal class that trains you to Entry Level Firefighter, bring a copy of the roster or Notice of Course Completion and that will be placed in your training file as documentation. Your sponsor or the Traning Program Manager can answer any questions you may have.