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The statement “You don’t rise to the occasion, you fall to the level of your training” perfectly encapsulates the philosophy of the SVFD Training Division. By prioritizing ongoing and progressive training, we ensure that our firefighters are equipped with the necessary skills and expertise to respond effectively to any emergency situation. Training is not a one-time event; it is a continuous process that prepares our personnel to handle the most common and high-risk responses and hazards we face, such as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire Suppression.

Our training program is designed to meet local, state, and national standards, ensuring that our firefighters follow the best practices and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry. We recognize that training must encompass a wide range of scenarios, so we conduct exercises in various locations to simulate real-life emergency situations.

From Incident Command and Tactics to Emergency Vehicle Driving, and from Emergency Medical (Basic and Advanced Life Support) to Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, our comprehensive training curriculum covers all aspects of firefighting and rescue operations. Additionally, specialized training in Wildland Firefighting and Special Operations, which includes swift water rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, rope rescue, and extrication, equips our personnel to handle complex and high-risk situations.

By embracing a regional approach to training, we foster collaboration with other fire departments and emergency response agencies, allowing our firefighters to train alongside their counterparts from neighboring jurisdictions. This collaborative training builds consistency in actions and communication during emergency responses, ultimately leading to more effective and efficient use of resources.

Our commitment to continuous training and adherence to national standards ensures that our firefighters are always ready to rise to the occasion. As we continually elevate the level of our training, we empower our personnel to meet any challenge head-on and provide exceptional service to our community. At the core of our mission lies the dedication to maintain high standards of professionalism and preparedness, ensuring the safety and well-being of the public we serve.