Basic Training

Basic training is responsible for the training of all new members. Recruit firefighters are trained and certified in the following areas:


  • Firefighter I & II (NFPA 1001 Standard, 2008 Edition)
  • VFIS Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations
  • Basic Rope Operations
  • Virginia Fire Programs-Mayday/Firefighter
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)

Recruit school consists of 24 to 26 weeks of classroom studies, fireground practice, and physical fitness training. Prior to graduating, recruits receive some of the most intense and highest quality training possible.


Recruit School Suppression/Rescue-Based Training

  History, Organization, and Terminology Emergency Vehicle Operations Course
  Company Operations Building Construction
  Fire Behavior Fire Protection Systems
  Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Fire Hose
  Aerial and Ground Ladders Water Supply
  Search and Rescue Foam Operations
  Extinguishers Fire Streams
  Communications Incident Management System
  Fire Prevention Fire Inspection
  Water Safety Swift Water Rescue
  Hazardous Materials Auto Fires
  Life Safety Rope Elevator Rescue
  High Rise Operations Salvage and Overhaul
  Personnel Accountability Utility Rope
  Rapid Intervention Team Personal Protective Equipment
  AMTRAK/METRO-Train Operations Terrorism Awareness
  Hand and Power Tools Forcible Entry
  Ventilation Utility Control
  Vehicle Extrication Technical Rescue Awareness
  Firefighter Safety and Survival  
Recruit School EMS-Based Training

CPR, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, and Automatic External Defibrillator Certification.


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