Training & Safety
Training & Safety Division ResponsibilitiesThe Division of Training and Safety provides training
testing in various areas such as fire suppression, emergency medical care, hazardous materials response, technical rescue, fire prevention, and fire code enforcement. The Division of Training and Safety is integral in employee development through programs such as the Probationary Firefighter Academy and testing, development and proctoring promotional exams as well as oversight of succession planning for employees who desire to promote. The Division of Training and Safety oversees over 30,000 hours of training each year among all Fire Department members to assure that services delivered are of the highest quality.
The Division of Training and Safety is also responsible for the development and implementation of health and safety programs, including compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Elements of the health and safety program include physical fitness, behavioral health, firefighter safety and survival training, and personal protective equipment specification and management.
The Division of Training and Safety has management oversight for Special Operations to include the Hazardous Materials Response Team, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), Swiftwater Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, and Trench Rescue.
The Division of Training & Safety operates and maintains the Fire Training Center which is a regional training facility. Commonly referred to as the "Tower", this six acre facility has a seven story training tower, confined space underground props, hazardous materials above ground storage tanks, a rail car, pump testing pit, auto extrication area, and classroom facilities. The Tower is used by other City of Santa Rosa Departments as well as several fire departments in Sonoma County to conduct training exercises.