The primary goal of the Training Division is to ensure that all personnel have the knowledge and skills to effectively perform their duties as emergency responders in a safe and efficient manner to reduce the likelihood of injury or death. This goal is accomplished by providing a realistic training program combining classroom and hands-on instruction, evaluating past performances through post incident analysis and case studies from around the country.
The Training Division provides our personnel with all local, State and Federally mandated training in all of the disciplines they employ as they respond in our community.
The Training Complex includes modern classroom space with up-to-date audio visual and technical props, a four story drill tower, a two story, state-of-the-art, natural gas fueled, live fire training lab and a drivers training pad. Training subjects cover a diverse group of topics including firefighting techniques, tactics and strategies, hazardous materials regulation, technical rescue and explosive ordinance response to name a few.
The Training Officer is responsible for planning, directing and oversight of all training and professional development for all members of the Fire Department. The Training Officer also ensures compliance with generally accepted standards and/or operational requirements or recommendations by such regulatory/oversight agencies as the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The Training Officer also serves as the Department’s Incident Safety Officer as needed.
Training Division Chief Jase Smith