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The fire and EMS industry demand a high level of training and continuing education. The Fire Department continues to place a high emphasis in this area. Within the recent years, the departments training facility has been remodeled to include new seating, tables, lighting, and computer enhanced multimedia technologies to assist in training the department members. In addition to classroom training, personnel receive hands on training using MABAS training avenues such as the electrical hazards trailer, communications vehicle, roof ventilation simulator, and neighboring fire department’s burn training tower. Often, you can see training being conducted at various locations throughout town including houses that are scheduled for demolition.
The training and continuing education programs provided adhere to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Illinois State Fire Marshal, and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) standards. These are supported by the department’s involvement in our MABAS Division’s training and safety officers association and the Good Samaritan Hospital EMS System. All personnel have training in firefighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, confined space rescue, incident command and rapid intervention deployment, emergency vehicle operations, infection control and employee right to know.
While all members of the department are certified at various levels through the State Fire Marshal’s Office, many are attending collegiate programs toward Associate and Baccalaureate degrees at accredited colleges. All of the department’s training is coordinated through Captain Andy Ziemer, the Training and Safety Officer.