• Connecticut Custom Fire Training was founded and is staffed by veteran fire service professionals dedicated to providing high quality training…

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  • Custom Tool Modifications CCFT staff specialize in modifying standard firefighting tools to improve their functionality on the fire ground. Our…

Welcome To Connecticut Custom Fire Training

Connecticut Custom Fire Training was founded and is staffed by veteran fire service professionals dedicated to providing high quality training that is backed by years of experience in busy department throughout NY & CT. All of our staff are certified Fire Service Instructors who have spent years teaching at the state level, as well as on the national circuit. The focus at CCFT is on tailoring a program to meet the specific needs of your department whatever they may be. We do not use generic “canned programs”, we deliver customized training that applies to your department’s needs. Allow us to come into your department, evaluate your response area & typical call volume, discuss your training needs, and design a training program that will apply to your members, enhance their skill set, and improve upon overall departmental performance & effectiveness.
 

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CT Custom Fire Training presents the perfect winter training opportunity for fire departments. "Building Construction: From the task and tactic viewpoint" This program can be delivered as a 2 hour night drill, a 4 hour partial day, or as a full 8 hour day drill. This is not your typical building construction class! The goal of the program is to des
The presence of angle iron on inward swinging residential doors is a common security feature in the urban & suburban setting that can present a formidable entry challenge for the untrained firefighter. Typical angle iron used in this application is a 1 x 1 L-shaped steel bracket affixed to the door on the side with the locking mechanisms. The a
For many years there has been longstanding controversy regarding the use of the hydraulic spreader vertically as a jack to lift a vehicle in order to free a victim trapped beneath. Much of the negativity stems from the now infamous YouTube video where a vehicle shifts during lift and is dropped onto a victim beneath a car. I'm not going t
CT Custom Fire Training is working on the following project: The TL-9 Stabilizer What the videos below. Contact us for more information
Conventional forcible entry for inward opening doors requires firefighters to apply specific techniques using standard tools ( 8lb. axe & Halligan) to compromise the weak link associated with an entry/egress point. The weak link may vary based on construction features of the door & door frame, as well as the number and types of locks a
Having a good working knowledge regarding some of the key structural components in modern day vehicles can go a long way to improving your extrication skills. One such component you should be aware of and use to your advantage is the center dash bar found in virtually all automobiles produced after the year 2000. The center dash bar, (aka) central
The high pressure airbag pictured below experienced a blow out while under pressure, & under load. Airbag failures are extremely rare. In fact, in more than 20 years in the fire service, today was the first time I ever experienced one. Airbags are susceptible to other types of failures as well. They can be easily punctured or torn by jagged or
We at CCFT have been experimenting with aluminum wedges during our forcible entry classes. Although I'm not much of a trinkit guy I think the wedges are a wortwhile addition to a firefighters personal tools. The aluminum wedge allows you to maintain your purchase while forcing a door which is important, especially when operating alone. Another bonu
An emergency response more common than some might think is the run for a person or animal stuck between iron bars. Typically it involves an unknowing child or an overserved adult who has lodged their head or neck between the bars of a wrought iron fence or gate. Our options for removal are many, but our main concern should be focused
The baseball swing is an excellent forcible entry technique for wood doors set in wood frames, common to most private dwellings. By swinging the halligan like a baseball bat and driving the pike into the jamp you essentially split the frame. Splitting the frame will compromise the keepers on the frame which the bolts of the locks are set. Once the
The Nutmeg Carry is an alernative technique to remove a downed firefighter from a below grade area such as a basement or cellar. The traditional 2 firefighter removal tactic is good, but it exposes the upright firefighters to high heat conditions, and is extremaly time consuming due to the numerous resets. The Nutmeg Carry places the downed member
The importance of proper positioning and clear, concise communications between the Irons firefighter and the Canman cannot be overstressed. The Irons firefighter should position themselves between the tool and the door and keep their eyes focused on the working end of the tool. The Irons firefighter manipulates the Halligan into posistion and
 We at CT Custom Fire Training look forward to delivering cutting edge, customized training to suit your departments needs. We will continue to update our site with valuable information pertaining to firefighting and rescue operations. We will also be listing upcoming classes throughout te area so please keep an eye out for updated information
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