Montana State University

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Upcoming Courses

This is a listing of courses that are being offered throughout the state. Most courses require you to register for them 2 months prior to the start date to allow for logistics, instructors, and other needs to make the class happen.

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Other Agency Training Around the State:

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services - (MT DES Calendar)

Montana DNRC Fire & Aviation Management - (Training Calendar)


NCBRT MGT 324 - Campus Emergencies: Prevention, Response, & Recovery

Butte Aug. 12-13
Montana Tech/MT DES

Marschal Rothe


Montana DNRC July 21-24 Floodplain Resource Seminar – Helena, Montana:

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ICS-400 Advanced ICS – Great Falls August 5 & 6th:  Sponsored by Cascade County DES and the City of Great Falls.

Please contact Kristal Kuhn, 406-727-8070   or:  to register.


August 27th Lewistown: Senior Officials Workshop.

Co-sponsored by Judith Basin Co. DES, Fergus Co. DES, and Montana DES. This is a free one-day workshop for elected officials and senior agency administrators or department heads (Tribal, City, County, State, NGO's). Topics will include an overview of MCA Title 10, Emergency Planning, Recovery from Disasters, and other topics. Please see the flyer for details and how to register. There will be hosted lunch.


A Systematic Methodology for the Assessment and Interpretation of Compartment Fire Damage

September 12, 2014 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Location: Billings ARFF/Airport Operations Center
2281 Overlook Drive
Billings, MT 59105
Presented by: Andrew Cox, PE
Special Agent/Certified Fire Investigator
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Correctly identifying an area of fire origin is significantly more complex than many traditional fire investigation courses of instruction make it out to be. When compartment fires transition from pre-flashover, fuel-controlled conditions to post-flashover, ventilation-controlled conditions, dramatic changes occur in the principles that govern the location and extent of the fire damages that are generated. This course of instruction is intended to explore the factors contributing to fire damage, especially the effects of ventilation, and to provide a systematic framework for considering such factors during the course of an origin analysis. The framework for analysis to be discussed has been termed “Origin Matrix Analysis” and was designed to aid fire investigators in applying relevant fire dynamics principles to determine the origin of fires. Course highlights include:
• Identify misleading fire dynamics principles currently present in nearly every fire investigation related textbook.
• Cover more than just “what you need to know.” Provides a means for how to apply that knowledge in practice.
• Improve ability to correctly identify area of origin.
• Offer insight on how to present and justify origin analysis and findings to attorneys, judges, juries, etc.
• Provides a visual investigative analysis tool not addressed by any other current teaching curriculum.

Andrew Cox is currently a Special Agent (SA) with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), where he has been employed for approximately 15 years. Andrew is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Fire Protection Engineering. Andrew is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and Certified as a Fire Investigator (CFI) with ATF and the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). Andrew is also a member of the NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations Technical Committee and has lectured extensively throughout the United States in topics related to fire investigation.

Please call Trever Schilling at (406) 657-8426 for registration information. Seating is limited, so confirm your registration as soon as possible. Seats will not be held until payment is received or other arrangements have been made (in any case, payment must be received prior to the date of the training).
Cost: $75.00 per person (lunch included) - This training is co-sponsored by the Billings Fire Department and the Montana Chapter of the IAAI.