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CFBT Training Programs

CFBT-US LLC can deliver a range of customizable training programs at your training facility. These programs integrate classroom, lab exercises, and hands-on training to build knowledge and skill in fire behavior and firefighting operations. CFBT-US also offers a variety of shorter programs for conferences or seminars.

CFBT Level I

Compartment Fire Behavior Training (CFBT) Level I uses classroom and live fire training to examine fire behavior in a structural environment. Critical learning outcomes include the ability to recognize fire behavior indicators, predict fire development, and implement appropriate control measures to improve firefighter safety and fire control effectiveness. The CFBT Level I course provides participants with a fundamental understanding of fire behavior, fire development in a compartment, and develops foundational fire control skills. (16-hours)

See the CFBT Level I Course Information Sheet for additional details!


Compartment Fire Behavior Training Level II builds on the knowledge and skills developed in CFBT Level I. Classroom and live fire training are used to further develop skill in recognition of key fire behavior indicators, understanding of extreme fire behavior and proficiency in 3D fire control techniques. CFBT Level II can be delivered in sequence with CFBT Level I to provide a comprehensive compartment fire behavior training program. (16 hours)

See the CFBT Level II Course Information Sheet for additional details!

CFBT Instructor

Instructors must have an an understanding of the science that provides the foundation for CFBT as well as proficiency in hands-on skills. Compartment Fire Behavior Training Instructor integrates classroom instruction, case studies, small-scale lab demonstrations, and multiple live fire training sessions to develop a solid understanding of compartment fire behavior, dynamic risk assessment, 3D firefighting concepts, and safe practices for delivering compartment fire behavior training. Participants also develop the knowledge and skills necessary to apply National Fire Portection Association 1403: Standard on Live Fire Training(5-Days) as applied to Compartment Fire Behavior Training. All participants in the CFBT Instructor course receive a copy of 3D Firefighting: Training, Techniques, and Tactics as well as the complete CFBT Level I Curriculum. Completion of CFBT Level I is a prerequisite to attending CFBT Instructor.(40 hours)

See the CFBT Instructor Course Information Sheet for additional details!

Tactical Ventilation Instructor

Most ventilation training addresses the physical skills involved in making ventilation openings, with little emphasis on the underlying science and decision making process necessary for effective operations. Tactical Ventilation Instructor builds on the participant's knowledge of compartment fire behavior, developing a sound understanding of how ventilation influences fire behavior and the application of ventilation strategies in coordination with fire control. This course integrates classroom instruction, case studies, small-scale lab demonstrations, full-scale field exercises, and live fire training. Participants develop an integrated ventilation strategies and tactics framework that can be applied on the fireground. (40 hours)

AVAILABLE SOON! Reading the Fire

Readng the fire and predicting fire behavior is critical to firefighter safety. Reading the Fire uses the B-SAHF framework for reading the fire. Building-Smoke, Air Track, Heat, and Flame are key indicators of current fire behavior and allow prediction of fire development and potential for extreme fire behavior. Developing proficiency in this skill requies deliberate practice, this course uses photos, video, and computer simulations to help participants improve their understanding of fire behavior and skill at reading the fire with an emphasis on applying this skill in a realistic context.

Open Enrollment Courses

CFBT-US provides on site trainng at your facility. However, open enrollment CFBT courses delivered by CFBT-US instructors are available in Oregon through the Northwest Association of Fire Trainers.

Seminar Presentations

Seminar presentations can be condensed to fit a shorter timeframe or expanded to provide a more comprehensive examination of the topic. Contact CFBT-US for additional information on customized seminar presentations.

12-Minutes on the Fireground

This seminar presentation uses three case studies involving firefighter line-of-duty deaths to examine extreme fire behavior and critical fire behavior indicators. Participants will develop a basic understanding of flashover, backdraft, and smoke expolosion and the key indicators of these extreme fire beahvor phenomenon. (4 hours)

The Other FBI

Lack of situational awareness is often identified as a causal or contributing factor in firefighter line-of-duty deaths and injuries. Knowing what to look for and being able to predict likely fire behavior is a critical situational awareness skill. This seminar introduces the B-SAHF framework for reading the fire. Building-Smoke, Air Track, Heat, and Flame are key indicators of current fire behavior and allow prediction of fire development and potential for extreme fire behavior. This seminar provides the opportunity for participants to begin the process of developing an understanding of critical fire behavior indicators and an ability to read the fire. (4 hours)

The Missing Link

NFPA 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training has been in existance since 1986. However, firefighters continue to die during live fire training. Analysis of these incidents points to a number of common causal and contributing factors. This seminar identifies the limitations of NFPA 1403 and examines best practice in instructor selection and development for live fire training. (4 Hours)

The Chief's Responsibility for Live Fire Training

The fire chief is often the individual who acts for the "authority having jurisdiction" as defined in NFPA 1403 Standard on Live Fire Training. What is the fire chief's role and responsibility in live fire training. This seminar examines three case studies involving firefighter line-of-duty deaths during live fire training and development of an immediate action plan for implementation of best practices for safe and effective live fire training. (4 hours)

Ventilation Strategies: An International Comparison

In the late 1800s Massy Shaw, the first chief of the Metropolitan London Fire Brigade observed "it is a very rare circumstance to find any two countries, or even any to cities in one country, adopting the same means [of fighting fires]. The same is true today! This seminar examines the similarities and differences between ventilation strategies in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia with a focus on developing a more comprehensive framework for fireground operations. (90 minutes)

Extreme Fire Behavior: Understanding the Hazard

While firefighters generally recognize the terms flashover, backdraft, and smoke explosion, many do not have a good understanding of these extreme fire behavior phenomenon. This seminar provides an overview of extreme fire behavior with an emphasis on understanding what causes these phenomenon and the conditions that may result in flashover, backdraft, and smoke explosion. (90 minutes)

3D Firefighting

Paul Grimwood (London Fire Brigade, Ret.) coined the term “3D firefighting” to emphasize the three dimensional nature of the compartment fire environment and threats to firefighter safety. 3D concepts focus in particular on the hazard presented by unburned pyrolizate and flammable products of incomplete combustion present in smoke. This seminar looks at how this concept can be used to improve firefighter safety in the modern fire environment. (90 minutes)

What is CFBT

For many firefighters in the United States the terms Compartment Fire and Compartment Fire Behavior Training are new. This seminar examines exactly what compartment fire behavior training is and how this concept is being applied around the world to improve firefighter safety by increasing understanding of fire behavior, extreme fire behavior phenomena, fire control methods. (90 minutes)

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