Structural Training


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Registration: Registration for all structural courses at the Wyoming Fire Academy can be found online at: 

You will need to create a free username and password to log in to the above site, register for courses, and receive your email confirmation. Please provide a valid email address during this process.

* Note: All National Fire Academy courses require an NFA 119-25-2 (Formerly 75-5A) or an NFA 119-25-1 (formerly 75-5) form and Student Identification Number (SID) to register. Click here to register for your free Student Identification Number (SID).

Live fire training at the Wyoming Fire Academy requires a completed Live Fire Verification Form in order to participate.

All classes are conducted at the Wyoming Fire Academy unless otherwise noted.

Structural Course Coordinators:

Ken Metzler
Academy Fire Trainer
Wyoming State Forestry Division
2500 Academy Court
Riverton, WY 82501
Office: 307-857-6820 
Fax: 307-856-6563 

Ian Kraft
Training Division Manager
Wyoming Fire Marshal's Office
2500 Academy Court
Riverton, WY 82501
Office: 307-856-6776 
Fax: 307-856-6563 

2017 Structural Training Schedule - Wyoming Fire Academy

 Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations

LOCATION: Wyoming Fire Academy 2500 Academy Court, Riverton, Wyoming 82501

DATE: February 23, 24, 25 2018

TIME: 6:00 PM- 10:00 PM (Friday)- Awareness Level 

          8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Saturday)- Operation Level 

          8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (Sunday)- Operation Level

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Hazardous materials are found in every jurisdiction, community, workplace, and modern household. Incidents involving these materials can be caused by such factors as human error, package failure, and transportation accidents.

Because of the harmful characteristics of these substances, first responders must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to address incidents involving hazardous materials in a safe and effective manner.
This course incorporates classroom and practical training for hazardous materials response at the operations level. Students will need to bring personal protective structural gear and an SCBA.
 INSTRUCTOR: Dalton Sanders, SW Regional Trainer / Fire Investigator
CONTACT INFORMATION: Any questions can be directed to Dalton Sanders at the Wyoming Fire Academy (307) 857-6820 Cell (307) 631-8657 or by email at

Click here to register for class.

FIFR, Fire Investigation: First Responders
Date: 3/2/2018 – 3/3/2018   

Time: Friday 6:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Instructor:  Ken Metzler

Link for Pre-Course work:

Course Description: This two-day course is designed specifically to provide a clear definition of the role of first responders in fire investigation and provide essential knowledge to enable them to recognize the potential of intentionally set fires, preservation and protection of evidence, and proper reporting of information to appropriate officials. By strengthening the partnership between first responders and investigators, the chances for successfully solving arson-related crimes will increase. The course includes topics such as fire behavior, critical observations of the first responder, fire causes, scene security and evidence preservation, legal considerations, and documentation of findings.

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 WFA Practical Weekend

LOCATION:  Wyoming Fire Academy, 2500 Academy Court, Riverton WY

DATE: April 7-8, 2018

TIME:   Saturday- 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

             Sunday- 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM     Testing- 1:00 PM to 3:00PM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to give students the opportunity for hands on training to help complete their training records for Firefighter I. Topics covered will include Forcible Entry, Ladders, Search and Rescue, Ventilation, Live Fire, ICS, and use of the gas props. Participants will also have a chance to take the state written exam for Firefighter I on Sunday afternoon.

REGISTRATION: Registration will close on April 2, 2018 and will be limited to 24 students.

INSTRUCTORS: Eric Siwik, Trainer/ Fire Investigator, others TBD

CONTACT INFORMATION: Any questions about the class can be directed to Eric Siwik at the Wyoming Fire Academy (307) 857-6820, cell (307) 214-0609, or email

Click here to register for class.

Courage to be Safe    

Date: 4/6/2018 – 4/7/2018   

Time: Friday 6:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Instructor:  Ken Metzler


Course Description: Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. Their courage allows them to willingly risk their own lives so that others can be saved. A different type of courage is required to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations, avoiding needless risks and tragic consequences.

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DMICO, Decision Making for Initial Company Operations    

Date: 4/17/2018 – 4/18/2018   

Time: Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructor:  Ken Metzler

Course Description: This two-day course is designed to develop the decision making skills needed by Company Officers (COs) to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires. All activities and scenarios used in this course are based on structure fires. With the real possibility of being the first to arrive at an incident, the CO’s initial decisions will have an impact throughout the entire incident. It is vital that COs be able to make good management decisions that have a favorable impact on the eventual outcome. In addition to a possible role as the initial Incident Commander, the CO may well be assigned a subordinate position within the Incident Command System organization. COs need to have a clear understanding of the system, the position that they are assigned to, and their role in the organization if they are to function effectively and help make the system work.

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