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Student Policy Manual


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First Responder
Student Policy Manual

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Colorado Firecamp, Inc. (Firecamp) offers training to prepare students for certification as a First Responder.  The program is open to students 16 years of age or older, who possess the physical ability necessary to fulfill the responsibility of a first responder.  Students selected shall be persons who by nature of employment, activity or geographic location are likely to be first on the scene of a medical emergency and who are willing to cooperate with existing emergency medical technician or paramedic units to assure a smooth continuation of medical care.

Firecamp is an equal opportunity organization, and all instructors and staff are hired and maintained on a non-discriminatory basis.  Qualified applicants are accepted, instructed and tested on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, age, marital status, military status, disability or sexual orientation.  Students are expected to be part of a team that respects diversity and not act in any way that is discriminatory. 

I. First Responder Functional Position Statement

A first responder is a person who by virtue of occupation, activity or geographic location may be the first on the scene of a medical emergency requiring immediate response.  As a first responder, that person is part of an emergency response team who acts within the scope of training to provide initial care until the victim(s) care can be transferred to an emergency medical technician (EMT) or Paramedic Unit for a smooth continuation of medical care. 

II. Steps to Certification as an First Responder

To become certified by the State of Colorado a student must complete the State mandated training from a First Responder training center recognized by the Division of Fire Safety of the State of Colorado (Division).  Colorado Firecamp is a State recognized training center.

Student training is in the form of lecture, demonstration, student participation and other methods for a minimum of 36 hours.  Class attendance is mandatory.  Curriculum standards are mandated by the State of Colorado.  The practical skills of each student will be evaluated by the training center.  The evaluation is a practical skills test required by the Division.  Each student must demonstrate competency in the skills required of a First Responder.  Colorado has adopted the evaluation prescribed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.  See Appendix B for test details.

The curriculum consists of courses detailed in Appendix A.  During each course the students will be evaluated by observation of the instructor(s) and will be given tests to determine the student’s comprehension of the subject matter.  Evaluations and tests are not assigned grades.  When it appears that a student is having problems with the subject matter, that student will be offered counseling. 

Students who successfully complete the training course and pass the practical skills test will receive a certificate evidencing the completion of training.

To complete the certification process, the student must submit an application for certification to the Colorado Division of Fire Safety with the required fees.  The Division requires that the applicant then successfully passes a written, proctored test.  Students who fail the first attempt may a take a second test.  Application to the Division and testing must be completed within 6 months following the date stated on the training center’s certificate of completion of training. 

While not required, the application procedure should be completed a minimum of 45 days prior to the first day of training.  The state examination must be requested from the Division at least 30 days prior to test date.  If not requested 30 days prior to the completion of training, the student will not be permitted to take the examination at the training center immediately following training and will be responsible for making other arrangements for testing.

Certification is valid for a period of three years.  It may be renewed upon completion of continuing education as prescribed by the Division. 

III. Application, Enrollment and Fees

To enroll as a student, an applicant must file a completed application with fees as outlined on the application form.  Applications may be downloaded from the Firecamp website www.coloradofirecamp.com, or requested by telephone at 719-539-9329, or by e-mail learn@coloradofirecamp.com.

Applications may be submitted electronically, by fax 719-530-0316 or by mail addressed to Colorado Firecamp, 9008 County Road 240, Salida, Colorado  81201.  Applications are not complete until the form and required fees are received by Firecamp.  Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as practicable. 

Course materials will be mailed or delivered to students upon completion of the application process.  This will put the student manual, syllabus and textbook into the student’s hands with time to review the training material prior to the beginning of training.  Having a basic understanding of the material prior to the class room session will enrich the student’s learning and will make the testing process much easier. 

If a student withdraws after acceptance by Firecamp and prior to the scheduled date for the commencement of training, the applicant will receive a refund of tuition and fees minus 25% of the tuition and fees required for the training.  To receive a refund, notice of withdrawal must be in writing and received by Firecamp prior to the commencement of training.  Notice may be hand delivered, mailed or transmitted electronically.  If a student withdraws after commencement of training, all tuition and fees are forfeit, regardless of the reason or circumstance responsible for withdrawal. 

IV. Learning Resources

Upon acceptance of the applicant, Firecamp will provide a handbook covering all the material to be presented in the First Responder training course.  This handbook is substantial in length and depth of the subject matter.  It is important that the student be familiar with the material prior to the commencement of training.  The handbook is a study aide and should be retained as a reference by the student after certification 

Class room theory is presented by lecture assisted with video presentation.  Instructors are available for answering questions after class and video may be replayed by the student(s) if a need for review is experienced.  Experiential training is presented with equipment necessary for the exercise presented. 

V. Discipline, Counseling And Dismissal

Firecamp first responder training is undertaken with a team approach designed to produce first responders who are competent, confident and will undertake their responsibilities as part of the emergency medical care team.  Disruption in the training experience or failure to participate as a team member will be deleterious to all the students making up that team.  If a student becomes disruptive, fails to participate as a team member or is chronically late or absent from class, a member of the instructor team will counsel the student and suggest remedial action.  A record of the reason for the counseling and the remedy suggested shall become part of the student’s file. 

Should a student continue a pattern of behavior deleterious to the team’s success, continues tardiness or absenteeism, the student may be dismissed.  A record of the reason for dismissal shall be maintained in the student’s file. 

VI. Grievance Policy

Any student who has a grievance may submit a statement in writing to the Training Director.  The Training Director will then review the grievance and promptly take steps necessary to address the stated grievance.  Such steps will include a conference with the person filing the grievance, a record of the grievance and action taken to be maintained as part of the student’s file. 

VII. Records and Student Files

 Firecamp will maintain a file on each student which will contain:

  • Students’ application and the action taken
  • Course schedule to include dates and course instructor(s)
  • Course roster
  • Results of all testing both written and practical
  • Attendance records
  • Record of any grievance and resolution thereof
  • Record of any disciplinary, counseling or dismissal action

All files will be retained for a minimum of 3 years or such other time as required by the Division. 

All information in each student’s file is available to the Division upon request.  A student’s file is available to a student or former student at the principal office of Firecamp during normal business hours.  A fee of fifty cents per page may be charged for copies of all or part of a student's file.

No other person or entity will have access to any information in a student’s file except as may be required by law, provided however, that upon inquiry Firecamp may disclose that a student has or has not successfully completed the training course and the practical examination. 

Physical files are secured in the office of Firecamp.  An electronic record of each students name and information needed to retrieve the physical file will be kept electronically.  No other personal information will be stored electronically.

VIII. Human Dignity Statement

Colorado Firecamp endorses Human Dignity Statement of the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy.  As cultural diversity increases among the American people, that change is being reflected in the composition of our Nation’s fire and emergency services personnel. We recognize the uniqueness of each individual and support human dignity by:

  • Ensuring equal opportunity to all students, employees, and contractors;
  • Prohibiting all discrimination and harassment;
  • Supporting affirmative employment policies and practices on behalf of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities;
  • Committing to resolve all human dignity issues;
  • Encouraging students, staff, and contractors to communicate and behave in a manner which is sensitive to, and acknowledges the viewpoints of, others;
  • Regarding diversity of a resource that enriches the learning environment through the hearing of differing perspectives, experiences, and ideas;
  • Removing barriers to teamwork through collaboration, problem solving, and the constructive resolution of conflicts; and
  • Continuing to identify and eliminate barriers to training, employment, and advancement of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.

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