The goal of Kootenai County Fire & Rescue’s training division is to provide effective, realistic, and quality training for all personnel based on fire service standards, information analysis, and emergency response demands.
District personnel recorded 19,839 hours of training in 2013. Much of the training was completed at the 'company level' for our emergency response personnel. The Training Division worked closely with training liaisons to develop and coordinate training for suppression personnel.
The Training Division worked on multiple projects during 2013 under the direction of the Division Chief of Training. Activities included the implementation of a training manual and promotional testing. We also benefitted from multiple acquired structures that were used for quality live fire and rescue training. In addition to our own personnel, the training tower is being used consistently by some of our regional partners on a regular basis; Post Falls Police, North Idaho Fire Chiefs Association, the National Guard, Spirit Lake Fire, and the Sheriff's Department.
Classes attended by District personnel include The Ginsu Phenomenon, STICO, Paramedic Transitional course, Human resource law, Extrication Ops, EPA Hazkat course, Pride & Ownership, EMS conference, BNSF Hazmat awareness, Hazmat week, Rescue 42, Firefighter rehab, Critical thinking, Brannigan building construction, IC for High-rise, RIT, Ropes II, G-130-190, Trench rescue, ICS 300, ICS 400 and we also sent 29-people to fall FODA. KCFR continues to play a major role in the North Idaho Emergency Services Academy (NIESA) through the use of our training complex, apparatus and equipment, and instructors. KCFR and its citizenry should be proud of our participation and support of regional training; now and in the future.