The US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides the standards and codes adopted by municipalities in United States and Canada. NFPA 1001: “Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications” identifies the minimum job performance requirements for career and volunteer firefighters. In early 2015, our department became one of the few volunteer fire departments in Alberta to have majority members with full NFPA 1001 certification. Every Tuesday night at 7:30 pm, practices are held at the fire hall to review and practice principles and skills of NFPA 1001.
Examples of the topics covered at fire practices may include:
- Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
- Fire Truck / Pump Operation
- Hoses and Nozzles
- Ropes and Ladders
- Vehicle Extrication
- Dispatch and Communications
There are also opportunities to attend out-of-town training programs hosted by other departments/organizations throughout the year.