The Vernon Fire Department Training Division provides manipulative training and classroom education for all department personnel. Training is conducted by developing, assigning, delivering, and evaluating all aspects of manipulative skills and classroom education. Fire Department training is continous and never-ending. Fire personnel are required to train every day on a variety of differing subject matter of which they are required to perform during emergency service calls.
The Training Division issues a monthly training schedule to all companies. The training schedule allows the training officer to ensure that state and federal training mandates are being accomplished. It also assigns subject areas that have been identified by the department as training priorities. Examples of these training priorities include:
- Emergency Medical Skills
- Fire Prevention Procedures
- Fire Suppression Applications
- Firefighter Survival Abilities
- Hazardous Materials Mitigation
- Incident Command System Use
- Multi-casualty Incident Exercises
- Multi-company Training Drills
- Safety & Workplace Competences
- Urban Search & Rescue Proficiencies
- Wellness and Physical Fitness Practices
Fire Department personnel receive on average, 625 hours of formal training per person, per year. This training regiment is repeated annually so as to maintain the needed skills for the required tasks.
Newly hired firefighters are on probation for 18 months, and must complete a rigorous training program, including a basic two-week fire academy. The program is broken into 6-month blocks and covers all aspects of firefighting and emergency response. The training officer, in conjunction with the recruit's company officer, administers the program. The successful training of our recruits is one of our highest priorities.