The purpose of the IAFF Fire Ground Survival program is to ensure that training for Mayday prevention and Mayday operations are consistent between all fire fighters, company officers and chief officers. Fire fighters must be trained to perform potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air or trapped.
Real Incidents, Proven Survival Techniques, IAFF-Certified Instructors
These training exercises must be consistent throughout the fire service. Funded by the IAFF and assisted by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grant program, our comprehensive Fire Ground Survival training program applies the lessons learned from fire fighter fatality investigations conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and has been developed by a committee of subject matter experts from the IAFF, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and NIOSH.
There is no other call more challenging to fire ground operations than a Mayday call — the unthinkable moment when a fire fighter’s personal safety is in imminent danger. Fire fighter fatality data compiled by the United States Fire Administration have shown that fire fighters “becoming trapped and disoriented represent the largest portion of structural fire ground fatalities.” The incidents in which fire fighters have lost their lives, or lived to tell about it, have a consistent theme — inadequate situational awareness put them at risk.
Fire fighters don’t plan to be lost, disoriented, injured or trapped during a structure fire or emergency incident. But fires are unpredictable, volatile and ruthless – and they will not go according to your plans. What a fire fighter knows about a fire before entering a blazing building may radically change within minutes once inside the structure. Smoke, low visibility, lack of oxygen, structural instability and an unpredictable fire ground can cause even the most seasoned fire fighter to be overwhelmed in an instant. It’s not a matter of IF the Mayday happens, it’s WHEN.
The guiding fire service philosophy for decades has been training for success — we teach how to put the fire out or mitigate other hazards and hope everyone goes home. What we have failed to consistently do is drill for when failure does occur; without such training fire fighters do not have the practiced skills to rely on IF and WHEN they get into trouble.
The IAFF Fire Ground Survival (FGS) program is the most comprehensive survival skills and MAYDAY prevention program currently available within the fire service. Incorporating federal regulations, proven incident management best practices and survival techniques from leaders in the field, and real case studies from experienced fire fighters, the FGS program aims to educate all fire fighters to be prepared if the unfortunate happens.
IAFF Fire Ground Survival Instructors will provide participating fire departments with the skills they need to improve situational awareness and prevent a Mayday. Topics covered include:
- Preventing the Mayday: situational awareness, planning, size up, air management, fitness for survival, defensive operations.
- Being Ready for the Mayday: personal safety equipment, communications, accountability systems.
- Self-Survival Procedures: avoiding panic, mnemonic learning aid “GRAB LIVES” — actions a fire fighter must take to improve survivability, emergency breathing.
- Self-Survival Skills: SCBA familiarization, emergency procedures, disentanglement, upper-floor escape techniques.
- Fire Fighter Expectations of Command: command level Mayday training, pre-Mayday, Mayday and rescue, post-rescue, expanding the incident command system, communications.
- How to Survive the Mayday and How to Lead the Rescue
From the first-in recruit to the experienced commanding officer, the FGS program provides all levels of staff the step-by-step tools to use whether they are caught in the Mayday or leading the rescue. Through the use of mnemonics, case studies, personal experiences and real-time communications, personnel throughout the ranks will learn the life-saving techniques they need to know to facilitate a successful Mayday rescue.
Mayday training is fire fighter safety training. But without an ongoing training program, Mayday skills will deteriorate. A safe fire ground is maintained only when fire fighters can perform instinctively during a Mayday situation. From arrival at an incident to extinguishment of a fire, frequent drills are the only way fire personnel can be ready when a member needs immediate assistance. The FGS program provides the crucial review and practice fire service personnel need to improve survivability and decrease injury potential.
Fires will always be unpredictable and dangerous. Lack of situational awareness can mean disaster on the fire ground. FGS training can be the difference between life and death.
However, the program can only save lives when fire departments choose to use it.
The IAFF began developing the Fire Ground Survival training program in December 2007 to ensure that training for Mayday prevention and Mayday operations are consistent between all fire fighters, company officers and chief officers. Fire fighters must be trained to perform potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air or trapped. These training exercises must be consistent throughout the fire service.
Funded by the IAFF and assisted by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE Act) grant program, this comprehensive Fire Ground Survival training program applies the lessons learned from fire fighter fatality investigations conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and was developed by a committee of subject matter experts from the IAFF, the International Association of Fire chiefs and NIOSH.
This initiative relies on the experiences that IAFF members have faced on the fire ground so fire fighters in similar situations will be able to perform standard, potentially life-saving actions if they become lost, disoriented, injured, low on air or trapped.
By February 2008, the IAFF had completed most of the program content and began working on an outline for video production to support the course materials. In May of 2008, the IAFF began video production to support this program at the Warner Brothers Studios in California. Over the next several months, video segments were edited and the student and facilitator manuals were created.
In September 2008, the FGS Committee began conducting beta classes to test and evaluate the curriculum and the delivery methods. To date, beta tests of the class have been conducted in New York, Los Angeles County, Austin, Tucson and Frederick County, Maryland. These classes included members from more than 30 IAFF affiliates.
Feedback from these beta classes was used to update the curriculum and enhance the quality of the program. The program was also highlighted at the IAFF’s 2009 John P. Redmond Symposium and the 2010 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).
The next step in the development of this program was to determine the best delivery method to provide the greatest access while maintaining the quality of instruction and, most importantly, providing the highest degree of safety. The IAFF evaluated various methods of providing the classroom portion as an online or distant learning module where members could progress through the curriculum at their own pace.
The final challenge was the hands-on or practical evolutions. To provide the proper supervision and safety requires a significant instructor-to-student ratio. Accordingly, the IAFF developed procedures and course instructions to make the program available to all members with minimal costs and without compromising quality and safety. The IAFF tested these procedures with the assistance of the Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and IAFF Local 1619 in May 2010.
IAFF Fire Ground Survival Awareness Course
This program is suitable for all ranks and experience levels. The Fire Ground Survival (FGS) course is a comprehensive curriculum developed using near misses, close calls and fire fighter fatalities to address the critical elements of fire ground survival.
Information from the IAFF, IAFC, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NIOSH, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), United States Fire Administration (USFA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the military was used to develop the five-part curriculum consisting of:
- Mayday Prevention
- Being Ready for the Mayday
- Self-Survival Procedures
- Self-Survival Skills
- Fire Fighter Expectations of Command During a Mayday
Successful completion of this course requires the study of actual near misses and fatalities to reinforce the learning of each of the five parts. Students will listen to presentations, view videos of simulated Mayday incidents and read documentation supporting how best to prevent a Mayday, as well as how best to prepare for, and handle an actual Mayday. Students will learn the specific actions a fire fighter must perform to assure the highest degree of survivability when things on the fire ground go wrong.
Students will also learn the specific actions the incident commander, dispatchers and others on the fire ground must take to assist in the fire fighter’s rescue. Mastery of the concepts will be evaluated using a post-test for each section.
This FGS awareness course is a pre-requisite for participation in the FGS Instructor Training (Train-the-Trainer/TtT) Course.
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IAFF Fire Ground Survival Operations Course
This option is hosted by a fire department for its own members, utilizing their department’s IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors and where needed and so trained, FGS Assistant Instructors.
- Accessibility: All IAFF local-affiliated fire departments that have received an IAFF FGS Full License will be allowed to host an IAFF FGS Delivery Operations Course.
- Instructors: A minimum of two IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors are required if the training is done in stages (i.e., not done in simultaneous training exercises as is done in the three-day IAFF FGS Direct Delivery Training Course). Fire departments that have more than two instructors (in pairs) will be permitted to conduct simultaneous exercises depending on the number of IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors. Fire department Assistant Instructors are permitted to assist the IAFF-Certified Instructors in delivering this course.
- Student Prerequisites: Successful completion of IAFF FGS Online Awareness Course.
- FGS Certification: Members successfully completing the IAFF FGS Operations Course will receive an IAFF FGS Operations certificate from their fire department. Members achieving this certification are NOT eligible to provide training to any other members.
IAFF Fire Ground Survival Train-the-Assistant Instructor Course
IAFF FGS Train-the-Assistant Instructor Course is hosted by a fire department utilizing IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors and is designed to train selected members from within IAFF-affiliated fire departments from the ranks of fire fighters, company officers and chief officers to become FGS Assistant Instructors.
These Assistant Instructors are permitted to provide training to the FGS Operations Level Course within their fire department and only under the supervision of the IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors.
The FGS Assistant Instructor position is an option for a fire department that has at least two IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors. This position is created by the fire department’s IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors after identifying individuals that have mastered their skills and are capable of assisting the IAFF-Certified FGS Instructor. Local-affiliated fire departments can host a four-day FGS Train-the-Assistant Instructor Course at any time, but they must register and pay the required per student fee with the IAFF prior to the commencement of training.
- Accessibility: Only licensed IAFF local-affiliated fire departments will be allowed to host an FGS Train-the-Assistant Instructor Course and only those departments that have IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors.
- Prerequisites: FGS Online Awareness Course; be a fire fighter or employed by a fire department and involved in a fire service training program; demonstrated ability to assist IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors
- Cost: There is a $200 fee for each member who is being trained as an FGS Assistant Instructor. The IAFF will provide all the required training manuals and resource materials.
- FGS Certification: Members successfully completing the FGS Train-the-Trainer Assistant Course will receive an FGS Assistant Instructor certificate.
IAFF Fire Ground Survival Train-the-Trainer Course
IAFF FGS Train-the-Trainer Course is hosted by a fire department utilizing IAFF FGS Master Instructors and is designed to certify FGS Instructors by the IAFF from within IAFF-affiliated fire departments from the ranks of fire fighters, company officers and chief officers.
These IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors will have the ability to train their fire department’s recruits and incumbents who have completed the FGS Online Awareness Course.
IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors enhance these training sessions and increase retention by utilizing the FGS Classroom Instruction in addition to the FGS Online Awareness Course materials. IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors are also certified to deliver the FGS Hands-On Skills Training. Additionally, IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors are certified to train selected members as FGS Assistant Instructors from their fire department to assist in delivering the FGS Operations Course.
IAFF-affiliated fire departments can host a four-day FGS Train-the-Trainer Course by scheduling through the IAFF Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine Division. The fire department host will determine class dates and location in coordination with IAFF staff. IAFF FGS Master Instructors shall teach the FGS Train-the-Trainer Course.
- Accessibility: Only licensed IAFF local-affiliated fire departments will be allowed to host an IAFF FGS Train-the-Trainer Course. Course dates, locations and fire department hosts will be listed on the FGS website. Depending on space availability as determined by the host fire department, the IAFF FGS Train-the-Trainer Course can be attended by fire fighters from different fire departments by registering on the IAFF’s FGS website.
- Prerequisites: FGS Online Awareness Course; be a fire fighter or employed by a fire department and involved in a fire service training program; at least one year of teaching experience; demonstrated ability to teach from prepared materials; and certification to the NFPA Instructor I level or equivalent.
- FGS Certification: Members successfully completing the IAFF FGS Train-the-Trainer four-day Course will receive an IAFF-Certified Instructor Certificate, which will include date of completion and identification of hours trained (32 hours for FGS Train-the-Trainer Course).
Becoming a Certified IAFF FGS Master Instructor
The IAFF currently has 25 IAFF certified FGS Master Instructors. Prospective instructors for the four-day FGS Train-the-Trainer and three-day FGS Operations Training courses must meet the following qualifications. If you are unsure if you meet the following criteria, please describe any/all fire service, survival training and instruction-based experiences in two or three detailed paragraphs.
- Employed by a fire department.
- If there is an IAFF affiliate associated with the fire department, authorization from the IAFF local president.
- At least three years fire service teaching/training experience (preferably in fire ground survival).
- Successfully completed the IAFF FGS Online Awareness Course and the IAFF FGS Train-the-Trainer Course.
- The requirements of NFPA Instructor I level or the equivalent.
Interested individuals who meet the above criteria must provide the IAFF with the following:
- A written request, including their name, home address, e-mail and home and work telephone numbers.
- A brief (1-page) resume or other description of their background and qualification.
- A video of actual instruction of at least a 15-minute lecture class.
- A letter of recommendation from their local union president and fire department official. The letter should reflect the individual’s potential as an instructor.
All Master Instructors are appointed by the IAFF General President and work as independent contractors to the IAFF. The IAFF General President retains the right to cancel this appointment at any time for any reason. All Master Instructor appointments are reviewed annually and are renewable consistent with IAFF priorities and budget requirements.
The four-day Train-the-Trainer course has three main purposes. First, to review the online materials so as to increase the candidates’ knowledge related to fire ground survival. Second, to improve the candidates’ ability to deliver the prepared classroom lessons to fire fighters from their department, and lastly, to improve the candidates’ ability to demonstrate and teach the practical survival skills that are part of the FGS curriculum.
The course will focus on:
- Preventing the Mayday
- Being Ready for the Mayday
- Self-Survival Procedures
- Self-Survival Skills
- Fire Fighter’s Expectations of Command
The course will be taught by IAFF Fire Ground Survival Master Instructors using small-group learning methods. They will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. on most days provided that all of the learning objectives for that day are covered. One hour will be given for lunch.
Students will spend part of the time in a classroom setting and the rest of the time performing practical self-survival skills while wearing full protective equipment (PPE), including SCBA.
Payment of Fees and Purchases
FGS Mobile Training Trailer and course: $81,000
FGS course and 1 set of props (no trailer): $47,000
FGS course using IAFF-owned trailer within 200 miles: $34,000
All workshop and/or examination fees and purchase costs are in U.S. funds.
We accept checks, money orders and credit cards (VISA/MasterCard/Amex/Discover).
Checks or money orders, in U.S. funds, shall be made payable to: IAFF – Health and Safety Division/FGS Program
Once a course’s date is scheduled, it cannot be postponed due to a lack of registrants. The only cancellation exception would be due to an “Act of God.” If a workshop is postponed, the host site can reschedule a future date. The IAFF will not be responsible for refunding airline or train tickets associated to the fire department, IAFF local affiliate or individual should a cancellation occur due to an “Act of God.”
There will be no refunds of the course, examination fees or study materials. Emergency medical situations prior to or during a workshop may be reviewed by the IAFF, but it will be up to the discretion of the IAFF to determine if a refund is warranted. All medical emergency reporting must include valid documentation or paperwork, otherwise possible consideration of a refund will not be granted.
International Association of Fire Fighters
Attn: Health and Safety Division
1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5395
Phone: (202) 824-1572
Fax: (202) 737-8418
Host Site Requirements
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Contact the IAFF and inform them of your desire to become a host FGS workshop and examination site. Workshop and administration sites affiliated with the IAFF will be given preferential treatment as host sites.
- The dates requested will be honored based on instructor availability. However, a workshop date will only be established three months after the minimum of 30 candidates is met to enable all candidates to prepare for the workshop and examination. The host site will be consulted on all details before the date is finalized.
- Your site must have a classroom with desks and chairs to seat a minimum of 30 students. The room must be free of distractions and at a comfortable temperature for the students.
- The site should also have the following instructional resources: LCD projector, computer with external speakers to utilize with the projector, printer, copy machine and five dry erase boards or easel pads.
- The site will be required to assemble the provided training props (at their own expenses) prior to the start of the workshop according to the plans provided.
Host Site Notes
A fire department may be a host site for up to 30 candidates at a fixed fee. As part of this fee, the IAFF will provide durable, fabricated props and signage. The props and signage will remain the property of the host site, and the IAFF will provide vendor information for the purchase of additional or replacement props.
The IAFF will provide all the required training manuals and resource materials. Each student for the IAFF-Certified FGS Instructor Program will be required to have these teaching aids. As part of this fee, the IAFF-Certified FGS Instructor will be registered with the IAFF and will receive all updated training materials and continued information regarding the FGS program. Payment must be received 90 days prior to the start of the workshop. If payment is not received prior to the start of the workshop candidates will not be authorized to attend.
If you do not have a minimum of 30 candidates, you may also consider:
- Conducting the workshop with a smaller class size for the fixed fee. While such an option will cost you more per candidate, it will give each FGS candidate more individual time with the IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors. Additionally, it will enable you to immediately establish a date.
- Contacting your neighboring departments. If additional outside participants attend, the fee is divided based on overall cost and number of students.
- The IAFF may be able to assist in advertising the class if the host site is unable to fill the 30 student slots.
All registered candidates, as part of the fee, will receive the FGS manuals, including Instructor Guides, PowerPoint Presentations, FGS Instructional Videos, Plans for Prop Construction, Practical Skill Instructor Notes and Evaluation Sheets.
All materials will be sent immediately after registering with a valid credit card, verifiable fire department purchase order number or department check. If a credit card payment is declined, the individual or department will be notified and their slots will be removed and study guides will not be sent until a valid payment is received by the IAFF.
Payment must be received prior to the start of the workshop. If payment is not received prior to the start of the workshop, candidates will not be authorized to attend.
The host site fee provides for six IAFF-Certified FGS Master Instructors.
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To ensure that the IAFF Fire Ground Survival (FGS) Program is being delivered properly and only as intended, a formal licensing policy has been implemented that specifies the way in which this IAFF FGS Program can legally be used. This procedure was instituted by the IAFF to protect the integrity of the IAFF FGS Program and the interests of the members of the IAFF by ensuring that the IAFF FGS Program is implemented properly and as intended.
Under the current policy, authorization to use the IAFF FGS Program under a Full License will only be granted to fire departments to train members of their department. Limiting the granting of licenses to only those entities that actually administer the FGS Program will enable us to ensure that the IAFF FGS Program is only being delivered in strict compliance with the licensing agreement.
Third party training organizations (limited to federal, state or provincial agencies; state/provincial fire academies; and colleges/universities that conduct fire fighter training) may apply for a Limited License. Such Limited Licenses allow third party training organizations or regional consortiums to use and teach the IAFF FGS Program for purposes of training fire fighters when the training is not provided or available from their fire department. However, this license is granted only upon the express conditions that the Limited Licensee may only deliver the IAFF FGS Program for a fire department that already possesses a complete and valid Full License from the IAFF. Limited Licensees shall not use the IAFF FGS Program to train any person without first obtaining a written agreement with the fire department to which the person is employed.
In addition, a fire department that uses another fire department’s resources and facilities to train fire fighters must apply for a Full License of their own.
The licensing policy ensures that the IAFF FGS Program used by either the Full Licensee or the Limited Licensee fully covers every aspect of the IAFF FGS Program, including all required safety measures. Any use of the IAFF FGS Program without a license or any misuse of the IAFF FGS Program is a violation of the IAFF copyright on this IAFF FGS Program.
The IAFF FGS Full License is granted only upon the express conditions that the Full Licensee must use the IAFF FGS Program in whole and only for the purpose of survival training. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, preventing the Mayday, being ready for the Mayday, self-survival procedures, self-survival skills, fire fighter’s expectations of command and proper program administration including using specified equipment, props, safety measures and IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors. The IAFF FGS Full Licensee shall be permitted to use FGS Assistant Instructors in conjunction with their fire department training and consistent with the IAFF training requirements. Any attempt by the Full Licensee to use only a portion of the IAFF FGS Program or to use the IAFF FGS Program without the proper safety measures and certified IAFF FGS Instructors is inconsistent with the scope of this license, and is therefore prohibited. The Full Licensee is only authorized to make use of the IAFF FGS Program in accordance with the terms and conditions of the IAFF FGS manual. Full Licenses will only be issued to fire departments for the purposes of training members of their own fire department
As a condition of receiving a Full License, an applicant must agree that it will conduct the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Program in accordance with the IAFF’s licensing requirements. The full licensee shall:
- Utilize only IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors — FGS Assistant Instructors are also permitted to be utilized by Full Licensees
- Build/purchase the required IAFF FGS equipment and props and verify that such equipment and props conform to all specifications in the IAFF FGS manual
- Ensure that it has the ability to administer the IAFF FGS Program in conformity with the specifications set forth with the FGS Program
- Ensure that each trainee has completed the IAFF FGS online Awareness Course
- Provide to the IAFF, on an annual basis, a roster of all individuals trained to the IAFF FGS Operations Level.
The IAFF will provide a custom certificate template for the fire department to issue to members successfully completing training.
A Limited IAFF FGS License is granted to allow the use the IAFF FGS Program for purposes of training fire fighters when the training is not provided or available from their department. The Limited License is granted only upon the express conditions that the Licensee may only administer the IAFF FGS Program for a fire department that already possesses a complete and valid Full License from the IAFF. Any attempt by the Limited Licensee to use only a portion of the IAFF FGS Program or to use the IAFF FGS Program without the proper safety measures and IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors is inconsistent with the scope of this License, and is therefore prohibited.
IAFF FGS Limited Licenses shall only be issued to third party training organizations or regional consortiums that are:
- Federal, state or provincial governments or agencies
- State or provincial fire academies
- Colleges/universities that conduct fire fighter training courses
- Regional consortiums of fire departments within a state or province.
As a condition of receiving a Limited License, an applicant must agree that it will conduct the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Program in accordance with the IAFF’s licensing requirements. The Limited Licensee shall:
- Utilize only IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors; FGS Assistant Instructors are not allowed to be used by Limited Licensees
- Build/purchase the required FGS Program’s equipment and props and verify that such equipment and props conform to all specifications in the FGS Manual
- Ensure that it has the ability to administer the FGS Program in conformity with the specifications of FGS Program
- Ensure that each trainee has completed the IAFF FGS online Awareness Course
- Provide to the IAFF, on an annual basis, a roster of all individuals trained to the FGS Operations Level
To ensure compliance with this policy, the IAFF will conduct on-site reviews and audits of the facilities holding a Limited License, and the Limited Licensee must agree to fully cooperate with such efforts. The on-site review and audit will include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Verification of FGS training procedures and use of FGS Program training materials
- Verification of IAFF-Certified FGS Instructors
- Equipment inspection to ensure all equipment and props meet the FGS specifications
- Verification of roster of all trained individuals
The IAFF will provide to the Full Licensee a custom certificate template for the fire department. The certificate template will be utilized by the fire department to present to those members who successfully complete the FGS Operations Course.
To ensure that the IAFF has adequate resources to conduct on-site reviews and audits, Limited License holders will be charged an annual licensing fee of five thousand dollars ($5,000). Limited Licensees will also be provided any and all updates to the FGS Program. Limited Licenses will continue to be non-transferable, non-exclusive and revocable at will for any reason.
The IAFF has copyrighted the IAFF Fire Ground Survival (FGS) Program in order to prevent unauthorized use of this Program. The IAFF owns the exclusive right to reproduce copies of the IAFF FGS Program; to prepare derivative works from the IAFF FGS Program; to distribute the IAFF FGS Program to the public; and to publicly display this work. The copyright on the IAFF FGS Program is registered with the United States Copyright Office. Because of this registration, the IAFF may invoke certain remedies in a lawsuit for copyright infringement. These remedies include actual damages, injunction, any profits realized by the infringer, and statutory damages, including attorneys’ fees and litigation costs. The IAFF’s copyright on the IAFF FGS Program is also afforded complete protection in Canada pursuant to the Universal Copyright Convention. The IAFF reserves all rights under Canadian and international law for copyright infringement for any illegal use, distribution, copying and creation of derivative works that are not allowed by this license. Under Canadian laws the IAFF may invoke certain remedies in a lawsuit for copyright infringement. These remedies include actual damages, injunction, any profits realized by the infringer, and punitive damages.
Any use of the IAFF FGS Program is only allowed within the terms and conditions spelled out in a licensing agreement, which must be strictly adhered to by all licensees. This agreement states that the licensee may only use the IAFF FGS Program in its entirety.
This copyright protection does extend to any derivative fire ground survival program that is “substantially similar” to the IAFF FGS Program. Further, the IAFF does NOT grant a license for the creation of derivative works, or works that are based on whole or in part on the IAFF FGS Program. This includes works that are written as well as oral. Specific, written permission is necessary from the IAFF in order to create derivative works.
While the IAFF may permit the reproduction and reprinting of the IAFF FGS Program upon request, this does not authorize the licensee to reprint or reproduce, in whole or in part, the IAFF FGS Program. Specific, written permission is necessary from the IAFF in order to reprint or reproduce the FGS Program. The IAFF reserves all rights and remedies for copyright infringement for any illegal use, distribution, copying or creation of derivative works that are not covered by this license.
The IAFF is entitled to, and will, institute legal action against any infringement of its exclusive rights or its licensing agreement. The remedies for copyright infringement include obtaining an injunction to prevent further infringement and to ensure the destruction of unauthorized copies. They also include the recovery of any damages suffered by the IAFF, recovery of the profits of the infringer, and the recovery of attorneys’ fees and costs of the litigation.
This license is subject to termination at the election of the IAFF by written notice. This license cannot be transferred or sub-licensed to any third parties without permission from the IAFF. The IAFF owns the copyright and other related rights to the work entitled “IAFF Fire Ground Survival (FGS) Program”. The IAFF owns the proprietary rights to the IAFF FGS Program.