ESI offers a variety of training programs for all skill sets.

All instructors are state certified, cross trained in EMS and firefighting with a minimum of 10 years experience.

ESI Equipment Rescue Division Training Course Instructors

2018 Open-Enrollment Training Classes

Do you want 1 or 2  department members to be trained without having to pay for the entire department? If so, ESI’s open-enrollment training courses are perfect for you!  Courses are first-come first-serve with 40 seats available per class.

**Stay Tuned for additional Open-Enrollment Classes**

Electric Vehicle Fires Awareness Course

An ESI Equipment Limited-Edition Open Enrollment Training Course

JUNE 12, 2018 • $20 a student

Evening Course • 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM • Available Seats: 40


ESI Equipment Training Programs

Winch Operations 101

Just about every emergency service provider has a winch in their equipment arsenal. Have you ever been properly trained on the safe operation of your winch? This interactive training program was designed in conjunction with Warn Industries based on rescuer’s needs, and provides the proper procedures and techniques for using vehicle mounted or portable winches. This course will cover the use, maintenance, and safety aspects of a winch and related equipment in rescue situations. You will gain knowledge on how to hold loads, pull loads, and secure vehicles for stabilization. This course will also provide techniques on how to properly inspect your winch for safe, efficient, and effective rescue operations. You will learn to use a simple formula to calculate how to safely operate a winch to prevent injury to personnel or damage to equipment. In addition to the lecture, the practical component will include a hands on application on using and maintaining your winch. Don’t let this important piece of equipment sit unused or not used to its safe capabilities.


Basic Hydraulic Rescue Tools (8 Hours)

This basic course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the Holmatro Rescue System. Highlights include the development of rescue tools, hydraulic concepts, show & tell of the tools in your system, and how to properly maintain your system. The course includes hands on experience in latest basic hydraulic tool rescue techniques and how they apply to doors, roofs, steering columns, dashboards, etc. Plenty of hands-on experience will assist the student with proper spreading techniques, different cutting styles, and getting the most out of rams.


Advanced Vehicle Extrication-Part I (8 Hours)

This advanced course is designed to give the student scenario based training with more difficult extrication challenges. Each learning station involves the actual entrapment of a simulated patient. Removal on a backboard is required for successful completion. To maximize the experience, all equipment the fire company has pertinent to auto extrication is utilized. Teamwork and incident command are emphasized in order to improve the process of extrication in the real world.

Prerequisite: Basic Auto Extrication Course


Advanced Vehicle Extrication-Part II (8 Hours)

“Putting It Altogether”. Taking the Advanced Rescue Part I to the next level, this program combines realistic practical revolutions and Rescue Scene Management. A short classroom session reviews Rescue Scene Management and Incident Command at a rescue scene. The practical session follows where teams are placed in scenarios utilizing dispatch and radio communications and face multiple vehicle/multiple patient crash incidents. The students are tested on their management skills as well as their rescue techniques. Integrating and working with EMS is an essential part of the program. By testing management, EMS and rescue all at the same time, the class creates a real life learning environment, many times taxing the limits of the teams.

Prerequisite: Advanced Vehicle Part I.


Basic Auto Extrication (16 Hours)

This is a basic course designed to be tailored to your company’s equipment and needs. It will be conducted in a modular fashion where groups move through learning stations. This course follows the minimum standards for acceptable practices for auto extrication and follows the steps of a rescue revolving around patient access, disentanglement and removal.


New Vehicle Construction (3 Hours each part)

The material in this lesson is designed to familiarize the student with the recent development in the automobile industry related to vehicle construction and occupant restraint systems. It will provide factual information that will educate the student regarding the location and identification of these newer components, why the older components are being discontinued and what happens to the newer components during a crash. This lesson is designed for EMS, Fire and Rescue personnel to increase their awareness of the dangers inherent in these systems. And, the danger of expecting older knowledge and techniques to be effective during extrications performed on newer vehicles.


Basic Hydraulic Rescue Tool – Review (3 Hours)

To review with currently certified Holmatro Rescue Tool users system and tool use in a classroom and practical setting. This course is intended to reinforce and review operational procedures and various techniques related to the Holmatro Rescue Tool systems.

Prerequisite: Each student applicant must have successfully completed an authorized 8-hour Holmatro / ESI basic Rescue Tool Training Program. Each student must be approved by the current chief or officer assigned to training in his/her organization.


High and Low Pressure Air Bag Training (3 Hours)

Proper set up and utilization of air bags. How to increase lift and power by using cribbing, tilt lifting and stacking bags. Also, a comparison of low and high pressure bags and their performance differences.


Rescue Scene Management (3 Hours)

Lecture/Chalkboard/Discussion are used to present a systematic approach to the vehicle rescue scene. Emphasis on answering the “Who is in CHARGE?” question and organizing all responding departments and personnel.


Large Truck Extrication Operations (8 Hours)

This program is designed to provide information on the concerns and problems of victim extrication operations related to large truck accidents. The program provides an overview of the anatomy and construction of large trucks, problems that can be encountered in accident situations and potential solutions that can lead to the successful extrications of the victims. Participants will be guided through the methods of scene size-up, hazard recognition and control skills, vehicle stabilization, victim access, and disentanglement methods. The program is presented in a format to maximize the participants ability to apply the information for efficient and effective rescue operations


Rescue Extrication Operations for Bus Accidents (8 Hours)

This program is designed to familiarize the participant with the complexities of rescue operations involving bus extrications. The course will review the various types of buses, their construction features, and differences. Participants will be introduced to the methods for stabilization, access, hazard recognition and control, triage, victim disentanglement and preparation for patient care, packaging and removal. The program will be presented in a didactic and practical skill format to maximize the participants’ ability to perform efficiently and effectively when confronted with these type of rescue operations. Several learning stations will be utilized on the same bus to provide the participants with as realistic scenarios as possible.


Managing Vehicle Fire Operations (8 Hours)

This interactive program is designed to provide firefighting personnel with the knowledge and skills that can be utilized for safe, efficient, and effective management of vehicle fire situations. Topics presented include scene size-up, hazard recognition and control, gaining access, fire suppression, and overhaul techniques that can be employed for vehicle fire operations.