Tactical Ventilation

CEF011 – 4.00 Hours


FP CEF011 52 $10.00 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Ventilation is the systematic removal of super-heated gases and product of combustion.  This coordinated process replaces these products of combustion with cooler air and lifts toxic gases making a more viable environment for firefighters and victims.  However, when improperly applied it can result in extreme fire growth and rapidly deteriorating conditions.  In order for ventilation to be effective flow path effects, and all safety considerations should be strictly understood.  The type of ventilation should be strategy selected based off of conditions present and knowledge of ventilation types.  Many line of duty death contributing factors have been attributed to the effects from ventilation at the fire scene.  Although a very effective tactic, firefighters must be sure that they have a thorough knowledge of the process and the effects it will have.  This course offers 4 CE hours covering reasons for tactical ventilation, considerations affecting ventilation decisions, types of tactical ventilation, and how building systems effect tactical ventilation.  This course offers an interactive practice session and a module quiz based off IFSTA Essentials of Firefighting 7th edition.  This course satisfies: NFPA 1001 4.3.11, 4.3.12, 4.5.1


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Technical Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, you should have access to computer equipment meeting the following system requirements:

  • Recommended screen resolution: 1280 x 1024
  • Minimum screen resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Broadband or high speed internet
  • Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers
  • Latest version of Flash
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader

Text Book

Students are expected to use the Essentials of Firefighting, 7th Edition Manual

Attendance Requirements

To meet attendance requirements, participants must review each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • 1. Explain why tactical ventilation is performed at a structure fire.
  • 2. Describe safety considerations related to tactical ventilation..
  • 3. Describe ventilation tools and equipment.
  • 4. Describe horizontal ventilation.
  • 5. Describe vertical ventilation.
  • 6. Describe considerations related to the ventilation of basements and other special compartments.

Suggested Audience

Individuals seeking continuing education in the fire service.

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

  • 4.00 hours – Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)
  • State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)