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DoD Firefighter Rescue & Survival School

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Mission: To preclude death and injury by forging essential fireground rescue and survival skills.

What: DoD Firefighter Rescue & Survival School – Class 11 & 12

Where: Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana & Dobbins Expeditionary Combat Support Training Certification Center (ECS-TCC), Georgia

9-13 Sept 2024 – Grissom ARB, Indiana
23-27 Sept 2024 – Dobbins ECS-TCC, Georgia

How to Apply: Complete the form at the bottom of this page for more information

– Open to all DoD firefighters. Candidates may not be on a profile or have a fitness assessment failure

– Course is funded by Grissom ARB

– Home units are responsible for travel and lodging. Travel days are 8 Sep and 14 Sep (Grissom) and 22 Sep and 28 Sep (Dobbins)

“The USMC recognized that FRAS meets or exceeds a proficiency gap we discovered in our Marines. We made FRAS a requirement in our Training and Readiness Manual because we recognized the potential increase in combat readiness in the areas of leadership, decision-making under stress, and resilience.”

MGySgt M. Martinez, USMC FES Career Field Manager

“This course is modeled directly after the most highly effective national training courses in the fire protection industry. Although the initial result is making a good firefighter a great firefighter, the true benefit is watching those newly improved firefighters go back home to improve and challenge those around them.”

CMSgt M. O’Brien, AFRC FES MAJCOM Functional Manager

“FRAS works towards the whole airman concept. Not only does it provide the warfighter/firefighter the knowledge, skills, and abilities to save themselves in a hostile event, but also how to save other firefighters. ”

CMSgt P. Webb, Command Chief (Ret)


In many other career fields, physical and emotional constraints can be built around the individual. In Fire Protection, however, we must be able to adapt to the constraints dictated by the emergency. We never know when we will be in harm’s way. It is crucial that we maintain a constant readiness for the safety of ourselves and our fellow firefighters. The purpose of this course is to develop the tactile skills, decision-making ability, and adaptability necessary to prevent and respond to mayday situations on the fireground.

This is a physically demanding course. Each objective is designed to simulate a potential worst-case scenario and students should expect to spend the majority of each training day in full PPE. The course is 95% hands-on with many drills being completed in succession. Students should be prepared to practice proper nutrition and hydration throughout the week.

Graduate Patch

 Each individual must pass the standards briefed before each event to receive a “GO” in the listed objective. Failure of any of these tasks will not result in elimination from the course. Students who pass the tasks-conditions-standards set forth for each course objective will earn the “No Slack” patch.

Download Course Description Here

“The course was a gut check and very challenging… IT SHOULD STAY THAT WAY! It was important to me to be pushed past limits while also learning essential skills that could save lives!”

Student Critique

“The attitude of the course and instructors was exactly what I hoped the Air Force would be when I joined.  I took more from this week than I have learned in my entire career in the Air Force.”

Student Critique

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