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Fire Training Division

Mission Statement
The Mission of the Chula Vista Fire Department's Training Division is to provide effective and realistic training for all personnel based on fire service standards, information analysis, and emergency response demands.

Organizational Structure
There are currently three personnel assigned to the Fire Training Division, two Fire Captains and one Secretary. The Training Facility is located at 850 Paseo Ranchero adjacent to Fire Station 4. This location also has a training classroom and training tower which won an architectural award. The training classroom is capable of handling a class of up to 40 students. The department is currently planning an expansion of the Training area to accommodate the Fire Department's growth and training needs.

The training provided to a modern day firefighter is as diverse as the types of calls the Fire Department responds to. One moment the firefighters are fighting a structure fire and the next moment they are assisting an elderly person back into their wheel chair. From the moment a firefighter is hired until the day they retire, they are immersed in training. The numerous dangers of a superheated atmosphere inside of a structure fire are not ideal for "on the job training'' sessions. The Training Division's goal is to provide valuable training before a firefighter is presented with the many different types of emergency and non-emergency calls for service. Some of these training topics include:

  • Academy Training for New Hires
  • Incident Command and Control
  • Structural Firefighting
  • Vehicle Firefighting
  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Fire Investigation
  • High Angle Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Vehicle Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Building Collapse
  • Disaster Preparedness, Response, Mitigation
  • Emergency Medical Training
  • Includes Defibrillator and Combitube
  • Report Writing
  • Software Training
  • Employee Developmental and Promotional Training

When the training is Chula Vista Fire Department specific the Training Division facilitates the training, but since some state and federal mandated training is very general it is much more cost effective to look elsewhere for the training. One of the programs that the Chula Vista Fire Department is proud to be a part of is Southwestern College's ROP "In-Service Training" program. The other San Diego County fire departments participate as well and for topics like EMT recertification, hazardous materials training, and etc. it is a perfect venue for a drill or class. It also serves to get all of the fire service resources in the South Bay together on a monthly basis. Consolidation of training classes with other departments pays large dividends when operating on mutual aid emergency incidents. Other training may be too specialized for the Chula Vista Fire Department to offer internally, so personnel go to classes and seminars locally, regionally and nationally.

One of the many added benefits of having a full time training staff is that training can be custom fit to the many challenges and opportunities consistent with a large fire department. The Training Chief and Captains sit on several fire department committees with the goal of improving training's efficiency, effectiveness and overall safety of fire department operations.

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