Recruit Training Section
The Training Coordinator designs, monitors, directs, and supervises both the "In-Service" and “Recruit Section” programs which were very active in 2008. We graduated the largest class ever (53), and are now engaged in training another 30. Recruit Training accounts for the majority of training hours, from 1998-2008 approximately 400 firefighter recruits have graduated and joined the ranks of the Department.
“In-Service” Training Section
The Specialty Field Training Instructor (SFTI) Team of eighteen (18) members research, create, and deliver Specialty Training course/drills to the Emergency Response Division personnel on a shift basis. The SFTI Team works under the direction of the Chief of Training and conducted over 1,800 hours of Specialty Training in 2007
Driver Engineer Section
The Driver Engineer Section is responsible for the training of Recruit Firefighters, Active Firefighters, and other City Employees. Comprehensive driving and operating instruction is provided to the drivers of Emergency Response Fire Suppression Apparatus, Special Operations vehicles as well as heavy Rescue Apparatus and the light fleet (Automobiles). The Section participates on the Accident Review Board, and provides remediation for drivers involved in accidents. This section also provides Defensive Driving Courses (Classroom and Hands-on Training), Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC), Fire Service Hydraulics & Vehicle Inspection and Safety courses. It services the Fire Department by performing quarterly Driver’s License validity confirmation, Driver Engineer performance evaluations, Reserve Driver Engineer Classes, and working on specifications for new apparatus manufacturing and delivery via the Apparatus and Equipment Committee.
The Certification Section Officer is responsible coordinating, scheduling, monitoring, and documenting all training.