Training is the core activity for firefighter's, it helps to ensure that every firefighter can perform competently as an individual and every fire company is prepared to operate as a high performance team.
The Savage Fire Department’s training provides ongoing and comprehensive training that enhances the knowledge and skills of our firefighters to ensure that each member is prepared for the next call.
Training is scheduled for each Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning and typically lasts 2-1/2 - 3 hours; the extra time allows us to train at our regional training facility, bring in outside speakers and training props. The second Tuesday/Wednesday is reserved for station and truck maintenance. The third Tuesday we have our monthly relief association meeting and a short training session. If there is a fifth Tuesday, that is an off night for the department. Each member is required to make a minimum 75% of the training throughout the year.
In July, 2014 we welcomed 7 new members to our department; two of the new members came to us with some of the required training, this allowed us to get those members responding on trucks quiet a bit sooner than members that come to us with no formal training. The other five new members started their formal training at our county fire academy in August. The academy typically runs about six months and will cover all of the required fire and EMS training.
Everyone Goes Home
Everyone Goes Home is a program developed by the National Firefighter's Foundation to prevent firefighter line of duty deaths and injuries. In March 2004, a Firefighter Life Safety Summit was held to address the need for change within the fire service. At this summit, the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives were created and a program was born to ensure that Everyone Goes Home. Our goal is to help the U.S. Fire Administration achieve its objective of reducing the number of preventable firefighter fatalities. The adoption of the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives is a vital step in achieving that goal.
16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives
Below is a list of the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, more information can be found by going to LifeSafetyInitives.com
1. Define and advocate the need for a cultural change within the fire service relating to safety; incorporating leadership, management, supervision, accountability and personal responsibility.
2. Enhance the personal and organizational accountability for health and safety throughout the fire service.
3. Focus greater attention on the integration of risk management with incident management at all levels, including strategic, tactical, and planning responsibilities.
4. All firefighters must be empowered to stop unsafe practices.
5. Develop and implement national standards for training, qualifications, and certification (including regular recertification) that are equally applicable to all firefighters based on the duties they are expected to perform.
6. Develop and implement national medical and physical fitness standards that are equally applicable to all firefighters, based on the duties they are expected to perform.
7. Create a national research agenda and data collection system that relates to the initiatives.
8. Utilize available technology wherever it can produce higher levels of health and safety.
9. Thoroughly investigate all firefighter fatalities, injuries, and near misses.
10. Grant programs should support the implementation of safe practices and/or mandate safe practices as an eligibility requirement.
11. National standards for emergency response policies and procedures should be developed and championed.
12. National protocols for response to violent incidents should be developed and championed.
13. Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.
14. Public education must receive more resources and be championed as a critical fire and life safety program.
15. Advocacy must be strengthened for the enforcement of codes and the installation of home fire sprinklers.
16. Safety must be a primary consideration in the design of apparatus and equipment.