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100+ Common Fire Service Acronyms to Help Your Students in the Field

by  Public Safety Group     Sep 28, 2021
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As seasoned fire service professionals know, there are many acronyms and abbreviations used in all aspects of a fire career. Whether these acronyms are used in reference to specific equipment, operational roles, or simply for relevant organization names, mastering these shorthand phrases takes time and practice. To help your students in the field, we have put together a list of 100+ fire service acronyms that can be referenced as they begin to navigate the complex terminology used in the fire service. 

  1. AAR: After Action Review
  2. AC: Assistant Chief
  3. ACLS: Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  4. AEMT: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  5. AGL: Above Ground Level
  6. AHJ: Authority Having Jurisdiction 
  7. ALS: Advanced Life Support
  8. AMLS: Advanced Medical Life Support
  9. ARFF: Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting
  10. ATLS: Advanced Trauma Life Support
  11. BC: Battalion Chief
  12. BLS: Basic Life Support
  13. CDC: Centers for Disease Control
  14. CFO: Chief Fire Officer
  15. CRM: Crew Resource Management
  16. CPR: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  17. DL: Distance Learning 
  18. DNR: Do Not Resuscitate
  19. DOA: Dead on Arrival
  20. DOT: Department of Transportation
  21. DPS: Department of Public Safety
  22. ED: Emergency Department
  23. EFO: Executive Fire Officer
  24. EGH: Everybody Goes Home
  25. EMS: Emergency Medical Services
  26. EMT: Emergency Medical Technician
  27. EMT-B: EMT-Basic
  28. EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
  29. ePCR: Electronic Patient Care Report
  30. ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival
  31. ETD: Estimated Time of Departure
  32. ETE: Estimated Time En Route 
  33. EVOC: Emergency Vehicle Operator Course
  34. FADO: Fire Apparatus Driver Operator
  35. FC: Fire Chief 
  36. FD: Fire Department or Fire District
  37. FDIC: Fire Department Instructors Conference (annual conference)
  38. FDSOA: Fire Department Safety Officers Association
  39. FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
  40. FESHE: Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education
  41. FF: Fire Fighter
  42. FPO: Fire Prevention Officer
  43. FRI: Fire-Rescue International (annual conference)
  44. HazMat: Hazardous Materials
  45. HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  46. IAAI: International Association of Arson Investigators
  47. IABPFF: International Association of Black Professional Firefighters
  48. IAFC: International Association of Fire Chiefs
  49. IAFF: International Association of Fire Fighters
  50. IAP: Incident Action Plan
  51. IC: Incident Commander or Incident Commander
  52. ICS: Incident Command System
  53. IFSAC: International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
  54. IMS: Incident Management System
  55. ISFSI: International Society of Fire Service Instructors
  56. ISO: Incident Safety Officer
  57. JPR: Job Performance Requirements
  58. LODD: Line of Duty Death
  59. Lt.: Lieutenant 
  60. MAC: Multi-Agency Coordination (or Command)
  61. MCI: Mass Casualty Incident
  62. MPH: Miles Per Hour
  63. MVA: Motor Vehicle Accident
  64. MVC: Motor Vehicle Collision 
  65. NEC: National Electrical Code
  66. NFA: National Fire Academy
  67. NFC: National Fire Codes
  68. NFFF: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
  69. NFIRS: National Fire Incident Reporting System
  70. NFPA: National Fire Protection Association
  71. NHTSA: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  72. NIMS: National Incident Management System
  73. NIOSH: National Institute of Safety and Health
  74. NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology
  75. NP: Nozzle Pressure
  76. NPS: National Park Service
  77. NREMT: National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  78. NTSB: National Transportation Safety Board
  79. NVFC: National Volunteer Fire Council
  80. OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  81. PALS: Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  82. PEPP: Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers
  83. PCR: Patient Care Report
  84. PD: Police Department
  85. PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support
  86. PPE: Personal Protective Equipment
  87. PIO: Public Information Officer
  88. PSA: Public Service Announcement
  89. PSG: Public Safety Group, a Jones & Bartlett Learning Brand
  90. PTA: Prior to Arrival
  91. RIC: Rapid Intervention Crew
  92. RM: Risk Management
  93. SA: Situational Awareness
  94. SFM: State Fire Marshal
  95. SME: Subject Matter Expert
  96. SOB: Shortness of Breath
  97. SOP: Standard Operating Procedure
  98. TC: Traffic Collision
  99. TO: Training Officer
  100. UL: Underwriters Laboratories 
  101. USFA: United States Fire Administration
  102. USFS: United States Forest Service
  103. UTL: Unable to Locate
  104. VFD: Volunteer Fire Department
  105. WMD: Weapons of Mass Destruction
  106. WUI: Wildland Urban Interface

Looking for more ways to help your students prepare for the fire service? Check out this first-hand account of how one fire instructor is helping her students achieve 100% first-time pass rates on their certification exams. 

To learn more about how the Public Safety Group can help you reach your unique training goals, please contact your dedicated representative today.

 

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100+ Common Fire Service Acronyms to Help Your Students in the Field

by  Public Safety Group     Sep 28, 2021
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As seasoned fire service professionals know, there are many acronyms and abbreviations used in all aspects of a fire career. Whether these acronyms are used in reference to specific equipment, operational roles, or simply for relevant organization names, mastering these shorthand phrases takes time and practice. To help your students in the field, we have put together a list of 100+ fire service acronyms that can be referenced as they begin to navigate the complex terminology used in the fire service. 

  1. AAR: After Action Review
  2. AC: Assistant Chief
  3. ACLS: Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  4. AEMT: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  5. AGL: Above Ground Level
  6. AHJ: Authority Having Jurisdiction 
  7. ALS: Advanced Life Support
  8. AMLS: Advanced Medical Life Support
  9. ARFF: Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting
  10. ATLS: Advanced Trauma Life Support
  11. BC: Battalion Chief
  12. BLS: Basic Life Support
  13. CDC: Centers for Disease Control
  14. CFO: Chief Fire Officer
  15. CRM: Crew Resource Management
  16. CPR: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  17. DL: Distance Learning 
  18. DNR: Do Not Resuscitate
  19. DOA: Dead on Arrival
  20. DOT: Department of Transportation
  21. DPS: Department of Public Safety
  22. ED: Emergency Department
  23. EFO: Executive Fire Officer
  24. EGH: Everybody Goes Home
  25. EMS: Emergency Medical Services
  26. EMT: Emergency Medical Technician
  27. EMT-B: EMT-Basic
  28. EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
  29. ePCR: Electronic Patient Care Report
  30. ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival
  31. ETD: Estimated Time of Departure
  32. ETE: Estimated Time En Route 
  33. EVOC: Emergency Vehicle Operator Course
  34. FADO: Fire Apparatus Driver Operator
  35. FC: Fire Chief 
  36. FD: Fire Department or Fire District
  37. FDIC: Fire Department Instructors Conference (annual conference)
  38. FDSOA: Fire Department Safety Officers Association
  39. FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
  40. FESHE: Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education
  41. FF: Fire Fighter
  42. FPO: Fire Prevention Officer
  43. FRI: Fire-Rescue International (annual conference)
  44. HazMat: Hazardous Materials
  45. HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  46. IAAI: International Association of Arson Investigators
  47. IABPFF: International Association of Black Professional Firefighters
  48. IAFC: International Association of Fire Chiefs
  49. IAFF: International Association of Fire Fighters
  50. IAP: Incident Action Plan
  51. IC: Incident Commander or Incident Commander
  52. ICS: Incident Command System
  53. IFSAC: International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
  54. IMS: Incident Management System
  55. ISFSI: International Society of Fire Service Instructors
  56. ISO: Incident Safety Officer
  57. JPR: Job Performance Requirements
  58. LODD: Line of Duty Death
  59. Lt.: Lieutenant 
  60. MAC: Multi-Agency Coordination (or Command)
  61. MCI: Mass Casualty Incident
  62. MPH: Miles Per Hour
  63. MVA: Motor Vehicle Accident
  64. MVC: Motor Vehicle Collision 
  65. NEC: National Electrical Code
  66. NFA: National Fire Academy
  67. NFC: National Fire Codes
  68. NFFF: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
  69. NFIRS: National Fire Incident Reporting System
  70. NFPA: National Fire Protection Association
  71. NHTSA: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  72. NIMS: National Incident Management System
  73. NIOSH: National Institute of Safety and Health
  74. NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology
  75. NP: Nozzle Pressure
  76. NPS: National Park Service
  77. NREMT: National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  78. NTSB: National Transportation Safety Board
  79. NVFC: National Volunteer Fire Council
  80. OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  81. PALS: Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  82. PEPP: Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers
  83. PCR: Patient Care Report
  84. PD: Police Department
  85. PHTLS: Prehospital Trauma Life Support
  86. PPE: Personal Protective Equipment
  87. PIO: Public Information Officer
  88. PSA: Public Service Announcement
  89. PSG: Public Safety Group, a Jones & Bartlett Learning Brand
  90. PTA: Prior to Arrival
  91. RIC: Rapid Intervention Crew
  92. RM: Risk Management
  93. SA: Situational Awareness
  94. SFM: State Fire Marshal
  95. SME: Subject Matter Expert
  96. SOB: Shortness of Breath
  97. SOP: Standard Operating Procedure
  98. TC: Traffic Collision
  99. TO: Training Officer
  100. UL: Underwriters Laboratories 
  101. USFA: United States Fire Administration
  102. USFS: United States Forest Service
  103. UTL: Unable to Locate
  104. VFD: Volunteer Fire Department
  105. WMD: Weapons of Mass Destruction
  106. WUI: Wildland Urban Interface

Looking for more ways to help your students prepare for the fire service? Check out this first-hand account of how one fire instructor is helping her students achieve 100% first-time pass rates on their certification exams. 

To learn more about how the Public Safety Group can help you reach your unique training goals, please contact your dedicated representative today.

 

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