Organization & Services
The Training Division functions under the operations deputy chief and the training captain to provide comprehensive training programs to the members of the City of Pueblo Fire Department. These programs serve to maintain and upgrade the member’s skills to best suit the mission of the Fire Department.
The training provided by the training division allows the department to provide the City of Pueblo and its citizens with excellent fire and rescue service. Similarly, the training facilities at the Pueblo Fire Department are vital to both the training of the department members and the members of neighboring departments as well.
The Training Division is also responsible for training new employees; each employee goes through an 8-week long academy prior to being placed into the stations.
Types of Training
- Aircraft rescue and firefighting - The training division ensures the members assigned to the airport fire station are trained to meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Each member assigned to the airport fire station completes 48 hours of training annually including live burn evolutions.
- Emergency medical services - The training division assists the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division in the continuing education of the department’s EMS providers.
- Fire service - Every member of the department trains in fire service topics for a total of 236 hours per year. In 2012, the department had over 47,000 man-hours of training. This training is vital to the firefighting personnel to meet the competencies identified in NFPA-1001.
- Hazardous materials - The training division provides for the training of all members to the hazardous materials operations level, and the continued education and training of personnel that are trained to the hazardous materials technician and specialist levels.
- National Incident Management System (NIMS) - The training division ensures the members of the department are compliant with the current NIMS requirements from the Federal Government. The department recently had 2 of its officers certified to teach all levels of the NIMS system.
Additional members of the department are trained in specialized areas such as swift water rescue, high-angle rescue, confined space rescue, auto extrication, and fire and explosion investigation.