OUR TRAINING FACILITY
Our facility, located at 5850 Shed Road, offers a wide array of training opportunities. Sitting on approximately 10 acres, it offers props such as: a four-story cinder block training tower with exterior stairwell; a two-story WHP training/burn building equipped with sprinkler system, cut away hatches for ventilation, and five areas for Class A fire burns; a railcar; eighteen wheel tanker trailer; search and rescue maze; flashover prop; a multi-purpose wood frame house on stilts; drafting pit; and a large concrete slab. We also have two large classrooms with audiovisuals, and remote broadcast capabilities to all fire stations within the city.
Our facilities and faculty are offered to other city and parish public safety entities thereby further enhancing the local ability to work together for the safety and wellbeing of our community.
CITIZENS EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
In coordination with the Bossier-Caddo Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, bi-annual courses are offered to local citizens at the Training Center educating them in the areas of emergency efforts during times of high demand incidents. Citizens receive instructions in the areas of light search and rescue, first aid, fire safety, terrorism, and general preparedness. Website: www.c-bcitizencorps.org
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PROGRAMS
In coordination with Bossier Parish School Board, two courses are offered and are eligible to receive high school credits in the following areas:
Emergency Medical Technician - Offered at the Caddo-Bossier Vocational Technical College, this course affords the full curriculum of the Department of Transportation and Development requirements. Students are eligible, upon satisfactory completion, the opportunity to sit for the state practical applications test and the National Registry written examination. Students must be a high school junior or senior in good standing with the school system.
Fire Fighter I - Offered at the Training Center location, this course covers the entire curriculum to entry-level fire fighter. Students must display a full understanding of all knowledge-based information and demonstrate all required dynamic skills. Uponsatisfactory completion, students are afforded the opportunity to complete the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress' testing through Louisiana State University's Fire and Emergency Training Institute. This course is offered to high school seniors.
SPECIALIZED RESPONSE TRAINING
In coordination with Roco Rescue Training, courses are hosted annually in the areas of Rope I, Rope II, and Confined Space rescue. Many members of our department are certified instructors with Roco, and travel to various destinations to instruct. Website: www.rocorescue.com
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION COURSES
In conjunction with Bossier Parish Community College, several courses are conducted within each spring and fall semester. Basic CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and their respective refresher courses are offered twice annually.
For large groups needing any of the above courses, the Training Division, staffed with Regional Faculty members of the American Heart Association, is available to administrate courses on an as needed basis.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN-BASIC REFRESHER
In conjunction with Bossier Parish Community College this 36 hours curriculum is also offered twice annually to help citizens and other outside agency members maintain their active status as Emergency Medical Technicians. Website: www.bpcc.edu
This intense training program is catered to the practicing EMT. Open to both departmental and mutual aid agency personnel, this highly concentrated curriculum extends for 50 weeks and includes classroom education along with hospital clinical rotations in skilled arenas and ambulance internship for field arenas. The curriculum meets and exceeds the Department of Transportation requirements. Students usually exceed the standard norm for passing their certification testing.
NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
A required program of the federal government, this curriculum is offered to both members of the department and non-members that are affiliated with agencies required to have staff educated in this arena. We presently have two instructors for the ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, and 800 levels of this program.
FIRE FIGHTER I AND II RECRUIT PROGRAM
An internal program extending four and one-half months, this educational opportunity is required of all newly hired personnel that are not certified to the level of IFSAC Firefighter II and IFSAC Hazardous Material Operations. During the context of the course, recruits are required to meet standardized performance levels in physical fitness, fireground operations, safety, hazardous materials procedures, emergency medical services, and extensive classroom requirements. Before graduating and becoming eligible for the position of Probational Firefighter, recruits must also successfully pass to a minimum, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress approved testing for Hazardous Material Awareness Level, Hazardous Materials Operations Level, Firefighter I, Firefighter II through Louisiana State University, and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic level as approved through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Louisiana Bureau of EMS. This program helps to assure that all newly hired personnel are ready and competent to face, understand, endure, and properly react, to the harshness of perils faced in the emergency service, and provide the citizens of Bossier City the finest possible protection.
OFFICER CONTINUING TRAINING
Required annually, this 12-hour curriculum is delivered to all suppression divisions members in the ranks of Captain, District Chief, and Assistant Chief according to NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications.
DRIVER CONTINUING TRAINING
Required annually, this 12 hour curriculum is delivered to all suppression divisions members in the rank of Driver according to NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications.
NEW DRIVER COURSE
Required of all suppression personnel that have been promoted to the rank of Probationary Driver, this 40-hour course encompasses the entire NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications. Participating personnel must successfully pass both dynamic and cognitive portions of the course.