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TOUR THE SVFD TRAINING CENTER
Spokane Valley Fire continues to offer virtual opportunities. Each of our facilities are unique and have individual responsibilities. During 2021 we invite you to join us each month for a virtual tour of one of our Fire Stations or facilities. This month we are featuring our Training Center.
The SVFD Training Center is used for classroom and practical training of SVFD employees. It is also used, whenever possible, to host the department’s recruit academies. Having an on-site academy builds camaraderie within the recruit class that lasts a career! Academy history is on the walls in the Training Center. Photos of recruit classes hang alongside items that the recruit classes gift the department in honor of their instructors.
But the SVFD Training Center is not just for recruit academies. SVFD personnel use the classroom for all types of training. The Training Center is equipped with a computer system and projector that enable instructors to present a variety of classroom training. Other equipment and props such as CPR dummies and IV setups can be brought in for practical training. The classroom has even been used for physical fitness, nutrition, and wellness training!
Pre-COVID, the Training Center was used to host CPR and Stop the Bleed classes every month for our citizens. We plan to get back to these classes just as soon as it’s safe to do so! SVFD also invites the public into the Training Center every year during our annual department Open House. At previous open houses, the public has been invited in to have their blood pressure checked by the SVFD Fire Corps, to participate in a hands-on Stop the Bleed presentation, and to watch Mako the Arson Dog (retired) demonstrate his amazing abilities.
While Firefighter Paramedic Pegau only speaks to the classroom portion of our Training Center, we also have an outdoor fire training tower for that hands on experiential learning on the physical aspects of being a Firefighter.
- Julie Happy