10 South Addison Road, Addison, Illinois 60101
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Training Division
Battalion Chief Scott Walker

This past year brought several dramatic changes to the Training Division. Fire and EMS training responsibilities were branched off into separated cooperating entities, with the Chief Officers of Fire and EMS Operations in charge of training in their respective areas of responsibility. Further division of responsibilities, such as record keeping and training schedules, were tasked to personnel working under each Chief Officer. This enhanced allocation of responsibility has improved the efficiency of training within the District and streamlined many of internal processes related to training.

Training Division tackled several training requirements that were mandated by the State Fire Marshal.  New firefighter standards and certifications were adopted by the State Fire Marshal, which will take effect in 2015. The current Firefighter 2 & 3 state certifications held by AFPD personnel are being replaced by Basic Operations Firefighter and Advanced Technician Firefighter respectively. In order for personnel to transition to the new firefighter certifications without having to start their firefighter training completely over from scratch, additional training and certifications needed to be completed to meet the newly established firefighter standards. All personnel had to obtain their Fire Service Vehicle Operator certification (FSVO), Technical Rescue Awareness (TRA) certification, various NIMS certifications and the Courage to Be Safe class. Training Division was able to get all members still in need of this training through an OSFM approved courses. In total, 35 FSVO and TRA certifications were obtained at no cost to the District by utilizing classes being administered under a State grant program.

The biggest logistical challenge to meeting the new OSFM firefighter standards was the requirement that all Advanced Technician Firefighters have the Vehicle & Machinery Operations certification (VMO). Training Division was able to organize and coordinated this class in-house using Addison Fire District instructors, successfully putting 39 members through this training. Holding this class in-house saved the District at least $15,000. To date nearly every member who attended this VMO class has successfully challenged the VMO state examination, with scores averaging in the mid nineties.

Looking forward to 2012, Training Division will continue to find ways to more efficiently administer training and will continue to find ways to work more closely with surrounding fire organizations in relationship to training. Some projects starting in 2012 will include the digitalization of personal training records, multifaceted joint training evaluations with surrounding organizations and the redesigning of the training tower interior to incorporate an SCBA confidence course.