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Training: The Fire District maintains a variety of provide progressive and responsive training programs designed to ensure responders possess the skills, knowledge, and ability to serve are the community as well-trained professionals. Training programs are based on local, state, and national best practice training standards.

Training exercise for victim managementOur firefighters train virtually every day. Their training focuses primarily on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire Suppression training since these are the District’s core mission and are the most common and/or highest risk responses we face. Training takes place in a variety of locations. Our training program includes:

  • Incident Command and Tactics
  • Emergency Vehicle Driving and Operation
  • Emergency Medical Services (Basic and Advanced Life Support)
  • Structural Firefighting and Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Special Operations (swift water rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, rope rescue, extrication)

Firefighters walk through corridor filling with smoke during a training exerciseIn addition to continuous training for established firefighters, we also train newly-hired (probationary) volunteer and career firefighters. Each year, the District delivers a regional volunteer Recruit Academy that provides instruction based on NFPA training standards for Firefighter I, II and Hazardous Materials. Recruit firefighters must successfully complete comprehensive academic and practical skills testing throughout the Academy. Upon graduating the Academy, recruits become probationary firefighters, assigned to a specific station and crew to continue their initial training.