Training is the Key to a Successful Fire Agency
The operations of a fire rescue agency are highly complex. Structure fires, motor vehicle and boating accidents, drownings, medical emergencies, HAZMAT incidents, aircraft crashes, entrapments, confined space and trench rescue, high angle rescue, wildfires, industrial accidents, active shooters, mass casualty incidents, the list is nearly endless. Preparing firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMT’s) and Paramedics to safely and effectively mitigate these emergencies takes training, and a lot of it. And training is costly.
Any successful fire rescue training program must have three key components:
- Qualified and competent instructors.
- A centralized facility that provides sufficient classrooms, office spaces, auditoriums, drill grounds, training tower, fire simulators and support functions suitable to train the personnel of a modern, all-hazards response agencies.
- A commitment from the agency and the community to provide funding, logistics and manpower to the training program.
The Greater Naples Fire Rescue District has acquired land near I-75 and Davis Boulevard and is beginning the process to develop a training and maintenance facility on the site.