Fire Training Division
BackgroundThe Bossier City Fire Department's Fire Training Division was formed in 1984. In February of 1994 we moved to our present location. 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 10,000 square foot building for classes and emergency operations, a concrete slab, a flash-over prop, a large storage building, covered apparatus storage, a ventilation prop, confined space rescue prop, a chlorine rail car, 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, and Louisiana Bureau of EMS.
Newly hired fire suppression personnel attending the academy are referred to as recruits. Recruits attend the academy for 5 months to improve their minds and bodies to enable them to serve the public needs.
While attending the 20 week academy, recruits are trained and certified to Louisiana State Firefighter I and II classification, and Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations Levels. Recruits also receive Emergency Medical Technician training 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 acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to carry out their 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 maintain certifications firefighters must attend annual Hazardous Material Refreshers, and semi-annual refreshers to keep EMT and Paramedic 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 Training Center for the American Heart Association 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.
Our Training FacilityOur facility offers a wide array of training opportunities. Sitting on approximately 10 acres, it offers props such as: a 4-story cinder block training tower with exterior stairwell; a 2-story WHP training/burn building equipped with sprinkler system, standpipe system, and 5areas for Class A fire burns; a rail car; search and rescue maze; ventilation prop; flash-over prop; drafting pit; and a large concrete slab. We also have 5 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 well being of our community.
As an American Heart Association training Center, our department conducts classes and trains new instructors to carry out the mission of the AHA both in our department and our community. For more information visit the American Heart Association website.
American Heart Association Courses
National Incident Management SystemA required program of the federal government, this curriculum is offered to members of the department. We certify all members to the levels of ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 levels based on rank in the department.
Fire Fighter 1 & 2 Recruit ProgramAn internal program extending 5 months, this educational opportunity is required of all newly hired personnel. During the framework of the course, recruits are required to meet standardized performance levels in physical fitness, fire ground 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.