MONTHLY DEPARTMENT FIRE TRAINING

2021 will be a demanding training year as we prepare for our upcoming ISO Public Rating Inspection in March. It is important that we maintain our individual training hours and enhancing our collective crew firefighting and rescue capabilities. With our third re-accreditation PEER assessor site review scheduled for the end of the year, we will maintain our training momentum.


Listed below is the tentative training schedule for the first four months of 2021. As you can see, I have scheduled weekly focus drills to be conducted during your weekly duty shift. These weekly training evolutions are designed to maintain our bread-and-butter firefighting and rescue skills.


I will also schedule multiple engine benchmark drills on Thursdays throughout the year to train with all our partner agencies. nights. This strategy provides sufficient manpower to do the “large muscle movements” and ensures sufficient engineers to drive and pump our rigs.


As in years past, the last Thursday of the month is our mandatory all members administrative meeting with the Chief, followed by our scheduled department training evolution. This opportunity allows each duty night to conduct individual and collective training with their crews. Please note that rigs have been assigned to each duty shift. If crews desire to work together during these drill nights, feel free to do so.


Being the best requires effort. We need to give way together while maintaining our training tasks in preparation for the ISO Public Protection Rating and re-accreditation with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). There is a method to the madness of this schedule. Let us stay the course and work together safely and efficiently! For planning purposes and instructor preparations the schedule will be updated quarterly.


Assistant Chief K. Murphy – Training Officer


Training Schedule January – April 2021


January 2021 – Focus on completing Benchmark 6. Use the two (2) single-story houses on the north side of King Road near the new proposed I-295 corridor. Finish with the first house before moving to the second house. To reduce conflicts the following shift assignments have been made. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday shifts will use the rear of the roof, while Wednesday and Thursday have the front of the roof. Career shifts will train with the volunteer shifts.


Have your crews complete Bloodborne Pathogens and HIPPA training using our FireRescue1Academy on-line training portal. A 100% completion by the end of the month January is expected.


There have been three (3) Driver Operator FireRescue1 Academy on-line training courses assigned to all our Driver operators. Each course is one hour in length with 100% completion by the end of March 2021.


January 7 - Engineer Drill – Murphy/Kline/Zamora, Foam system in 1911


January 14 - Recruit Training – Captains Austin and Belcher – All others open training Captain Zamora.


January 19 - EMS Continuing Education


January 20 - Officers meeting with professional development focus on proper use of the foam system – Instructor Captain Kline.


January 21 - Recruit Training – Captains Austin and Belcher – All others open training Captain Zamora


January 28 - Admin Mtg Chief Johnson Sr. - Benchmark 8 – All – Captains Kline/Sola/Zamora


February 2021 – Focus on completing Benchmark 5 on your duty nights. Career shifts participate and coordinate with the volunteer duty shifts when on shift. Benchmark # 5 is a “big muscle movement” drill that can be knocked out on the rear parking lot of Station 13. Start knocking out HAZMAT training by reviewing the new 2020 EOG. Also review two (2) pre-plans of buildings in our first response area.


February 4 - Engineer Drill – Assistant Chief Murphy/Captain Austin


February 11 - RT Drill – Assistant Chief S. Johnson/Captain Belcher


February 16 - EMS Continuing Education


February 17 - Officers meeting with professional development focus on the NC Fire Prevention and Administrative Code. - Instructor Chief Johnson Sr.


February 18 - Recruit Training – Captains Austin – All others open training Captain Clary


February 25 - Admin Mtg Chief Johnson Sr. - Benchmark 7 – All – Captains Hughes/Swartz and Lieutenants B. Gorman and Goodwin


March 2021 – Focus on handline deployment. Week one will be deploying 1-3/4-inch speedlays. Week two will be deploying the 2-inch speedlay. Week three will be deploying the 2-1/2-inch school line with a smooth bore nozzle off the rear of the big engines. Flow water during these evolutions. Discuss the difference between the different size lines and when one would be deployed over the other. Ensure you cover the importance of deploying the back-up line, where it should be positioned and what its mission is.


Review two (2) preplans of buildings in our first response area.


March 4 - Engineer Drill – Assistant Chiefs S. Johnson/Murphy and Captain Hughes.


March 11 - RT Drill – Assistant Chief Hanzal / Captains Clary and Hughes


March 16 - EMS Continuing Education


March 17 - Officers meeting with professional development focus on the Driver Safety – Assistant Chief S. Johnson


March 18 - Recruit Training – Captains Zamora – All others open training Captain Clary


March 25 - Admin Mtg Chief Johnson Sr. - Benchmark 2 – All – Captains Zamora, and Lieutenants Goodwin and Sola.


April 2021 – Focus on completing Benchmarks 3 and 4 on shift nights. Ensure all members have completed all assigned FireRescue1 on-line classes. Review two pre-plans of buildings in our first response area.


April 1 - Engineer training – Assistant Chief Murphy, Captains Kline and Zamora


April 8 - RT Drill – Captain Swartz/Austin and Lieutenant Goodwin


April 15 - Recruit Training – Captains Austin – All others open training Captain Clary


April 20 - EMS Continuing Education


April 21 - Officers meeting with professional development focus on Re-Accreditation Assistant Chief Clouston – via zoom.


April 29 - Admin Mtg Chief Johnson Sr. - Benchmark 7 – All – Assistant Chief Hanzal, Captains Clary, and Hughes.

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