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Bossier City Fire Department

Fire Training Division

The Bossier City Fire Department's Fire Training Division was formed in 1984. In February of 1994 we moved to our present location of 5850 Shed Road. A mileage tax allowed the Fire Department to build classrooms, a training tower, offices, and purchase equipment for this location. Since then, the Fire Department has added an additional concrete slab, a flash-over prop, a large storage building, a wood frame house, and a multi-story burn building to the facility.

The purpose of the Bossier City Fire Academy is to train firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics for professional response to the public needs. To meet these needs our Fire Training Division staff is certified to teach and evaluate in all areas of instruction for the Louisiana State University's Fire and Emergency Training Institute, American Heart Association, Louisiana Bureau of EMS, Bossier parish School Board, and Bossier Parish Community College.

Newly hired fire suppression personnel attending the academy are referred to as recruits. Recruits attend the academy for four and half months to improve their minds and bodies to enable them to serve the public needs.

While attending the eighteen week academy, recruits are trained and certified to Louisiana State Firefighter I & II classification, and Hazardous Material Operations Level. Recruits also receive Basic Emergency Medicine to a National Standard. Recruits receive intensive instruction requiring study beyond the classroom. Recruit training is the beginning of continuous training essential to fulfill the demanding qualifications required of members of the Bossier City Fire Department. The key point in recruits training is learning the responsibility of being a public servant.

The Bossier City Fire Department Training Division is also responsible for the continued education of firefighters and EMS personnel. To sustain certifications firefighters must attend annual Hazardous Material Refreshers, and semi-annual refreshers to keep EMT certifications, annual officer and officer candidate classes, driver and driver candidate classes. Training also hosts classes of different topics with instructors from other departments or agencies that share their expertise with Bossier City firefighters. Our Training Center is a remote site for Roco Rescue training and a testing site for LSU Firefighter Certifications.

The Bossier City Fire Department Training Division is tasked with researching educational opportunities and sponsoring member attendance to additional classes and seminars outside of the Bossier City Fire Department. Many firefighters attend specialized courses in areas such as handling hazardous materials, high angle rescue, water rescue, and confined space extrication. The Training Division works to support the Bossier City Fire Department with the necessary education the firefighter needs to be knowledgeable and safe.

New to the program of the Training Academy are high school curriculum's. Added in 2005 the staff assists in education for First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician with the Bossier Parish School System. In 2007, the staff began its first instructional Firefighter I program for local high school juniors and seniors. These students not only gain valuable education in these areas, but also qualify for credits within the school system.

Many citizens outreach programs are conducted through the Training Division such as:Citizen Emergency Response Teams in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, Basic CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Emergency Medical Technician refreshers in combination with Bossier Parish Community college. 2007 has begun a new venture with American Heart Association in the hosting of an area wide mass CPR event open to all ages.

It is the goal of the Training Division to tutor both members of the department and citizens to a level that provides for the well-being and safety for all people in our city.
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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.


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:


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.



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:


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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Fire Training Division
Bossier City Fire Department
5850 Shed Road
Bossier City, LA 71111
Phone: 318-741-8330

Keith Waldron, Chief of Fire Training
Danny Asbell, Assistant Chief of Fire Training
Patrick Schaub, Fire Training Officer 

Office Hours M-F: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm