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