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We are magic city


The Magic City Truck Academy, are comprised of career firefighters from the Birmingham metro area. Our instructors work for some of the busiest quints and truck companies in their respective cities. We believe the art of truck work is a craft. A craft built on a foundation of constant training and continuous education.

Our goal, is to provide a quality, informative, hands on approach to truck work. Our classes feature the following truck disciplines: Ladders, VEIS, Search, Forced Entry, Ventilation, Ropes, Thermal Imaging and Saws.

Each class, can be tailored to the host departments specification.


Ladders / OJ Kolodziej & Shawn Donovan

VEIS & Search / Chris Groban, Luke Ahl, Drew Mosley & Chris Tobin

Forced Entry / Brandon Lewis & Clay Magee

Rope / JC Kelly

Ventilation / Stephen Cook, Drew Gargus & William Knight

Thermal Imaging / OJ Kolodziej

Saws / Drew Gargus

Aerial Placement / Stephen Cook, OJ Kolodziej & Shawn Donovan

The Truck Company Officer / OJ Kolodziej, Stephen Cook & Shawn Donovan

The Dark Side of Ladders / OJ Kolodziej

BOOM You’re the Truck! But…I Ride an Engine / OJ Kolodziej & Crew

First Due Truck Ops / Everyone!




Course description.

This course should be taken by any firefighter, not just if assigned to a truck company. Our course covers multiple disciplines that instill fundamentals that every firefighter should know. Our profession is dangerous and truck operations even more, since many of their tasks do not include the protection from a hose line.


Boom! You’re The Truck! But…I Ride an Engine (20hr class)

In todays fire service not everyone has a Truck Company. BUT every has an engine. In this classthats exactly what we’ll cover. Performing Truck Company tasks from the Engine!

PPE; Full Turnouts.

The Dark Side of Ladders! (20hr class)

Many of us live in a sunny world of what we believe to be ground ladders. 

In this reality we just carry, throw, and extend ladders. 

But...there is another world. A world that’s not as sunny not as brightly lit. In this world Ladders are spliced, walls are scaled, and buckets are extended. This is the Dark Side! 

The Dark Side of Ladders are you ready?

PPE: Full Turnouts.

The Truck Company Officer (20hr class)

In this high intensity class we will reinforce or lay the ground work for aggressive, but intelligent Truck Company operations that is effective and efficient.

This class is designed for anyone that is aspiring to be a driver, officer, or if you’re already one. This is for all those that love Truck work with or without a Truck!

PPE: Full Turnouts.

Ground Ladders (5-10hr class)

Ladders are one of the most misused and misunderstood tools in the Fire Service. In this class you will learn how to conserve your energy, throw ladders effectively, and utilize them as a means of survival. When handled properly and with confidence your ground ladder program can run smooth.

PPE: Full Turnouts.

 Force Entry (5-10hr class)

Forcible Entry - Basic Irons
Forcible entry is an essential skill that all truck personnel, and all firefighters should be proficient at. In this class we will cover the mechanical advantages of the halligan, striking tips, door size up, including metal and wood doors, inward vs outward swinging doors, and the proper way to attack each. Students will practice forcible entry on a forcible entry simulator and any acquired property that is available if your department so chooses.

PPE: Helmet, Gloves, Eye protection.


Vent Enter Search (10hr class)

This class covers the techniques of single-story and multi-level structure vent-enter- search (VES). Students will be divided into groups and will perform in all positions of the ground- floor VES station including simulating clearing the window, ladder placement, entry, controlling the room environment, search and bringing the victim to the rescue phase. Multiple stations will run concurrently so all students will get the opportunity to perform the skills.

PPE: Full Turnout.


Ventilation (16 hr class)
In this class the student will have an understanding of the science, building construction, and

practical application as it applies to tactical ventilation of residential structures.

PPE: Full Turnout.


Aerial Rescue / Positioning (4-8hr class)
In this class we will ensure that the student is familiar with basic rope, equipment, techniques

and the use of aerial apparatus to perform rescues.

PPE: Gloves, Helmet.



Positioning is an art all by it self. In this portion of the course the students will be instructed how to get the most capabilities out of a truck.

PPE: Helmet, Gloves, Steel toe boots.


Thermal Imaging Operations (10 hr class)

This course is designed for firefighter students of all experience levels. The material will give students a basic understanding of Thermal Imaging Cameras. Students will become familiar with the thermal imaging camera application and operations, including departmental SOGs for camera usage. The class includes how a thermal camera operates, situations where a camera can assist the firefighter, plus situations where a camera may not be reliable. The course can be tailored to your departments needs to include only a lecture/overview, lecture with drills or hands on drills only.

PPE: Full Turnout


Saw maintenance and skills (4hr class)
Each student will dissect and operate different types of saws. Students will develop a better

working knowledge of how saws operate, and how to do quick fixes if need on scene. 

Upcoming CLasses

February 25 - March 1, 2019

Truck School: Orange Beach, AL

Open Enrollment

Email inquiry to

March 16-17, 2019

“Flowin and Throwin” with FD Tactics Training

The Woodlands, TX

Open Enrollment

Call 832-596-9754

March 28-30, 2019



Facebook at @deepsouthfire


June 22-23, 2019

Two Day Truck Class

Ripon, WI

Email Inquiry to

June 28-30, 2019

The Truck Company Officer

Tifton, GA


September 19-21, 2019

Brad Clark Memorial Class (Assistant)

Truck Fundamentals

Richmond, VA


October 25-26, 2019

The Truck Company Officer

Dekalb County, Ga


November 1-2, 2019

Advanced Force Entry

Birmingham, Al

Email Inquire to

November 8-9, 2019

First Due Truck Ops

Raleigh, NC

Registration will open in September

Past Classes

February 25th

Forced Entry

The Steel City FOOLs chapter will be hosting this event. The event will take place at the Pelham Civic Center from 0900-1700. Immediately following the training event, a brotherhood social event is taking place at "The Beer Hog" just below the Pelham Bowling Alley, only a few blocks from the Amphitheater.

Cost: First ten are free, $16 for the next five and the last five are $50 which includes a one year membership to the Steel City FOOLs group.


Location: 500 Amphitheater Drive, Pelham,AL



Basic Truck Company Operations class at the Alabama Fire College

March 4th & 5th

This hands on training course is designed to meet the needs of firefighters whose primary functions are to perform a variety of services associated with truck work including: Forcible Entry, Ground Ladders, VEIS, Search, Rope, TIC Operations, Aerial Ladder Positioning and Ventilation. This course will examine the NFPA 1710 recommendations for truck company operations through evaluation of the acronym ILOVERUS

For more information call 1-800-241-2467

Special Equipment - PPE and SCBA

Physical Requirements - This course is hands on in nature with minimal classroom activity

Hours: 16

Course Cost: $150 in state, $250 out of state


July 8, 2017

Force Entry with Magic City Truck Academy

August 2, 2017

BJCC Magic City Truck Academy Instructor Demo


September 12-16, 2017

Truck School: Pelham Fire and Rescue


October 4-7, 2017

Alabama Fire College Weekend


November 1-3, 2017

Truck School: Scottsboro Fire Department

February 27 - March 1, 2018

Forcible Entry: Muscle Shoals Fire Department

March 5-7, 2018

Ground Ladders: Muscle Shoals Fire Department

March 10, 2018

Forcible Entry: Wetumpka Fire

March 12-14, 2018

Search: Muscle Shoals Fire Department

March 31, 2018

Charity Forcible Entry Class for Camp Conquest of Alabama

May 23 - 26, 2018

First Due Truck OPS: Metro Atlanta Fire Fighter’s Conference

June 4 - 8, 2018

Truck School: Madison/Decatur, AL

July 16 - 18, 2018

ISFA Conference, Louisiana