The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Training Division develops, implements and maintains programs supporting the safe, efficient and effective actions of District personnel. The Training Division serves all departments including Suppression, Support Services, Fire Prevention, Volunteers, Management and Administration Support Staff. The District's Training Division is staffed with one Battalion Chief, three Fire Captains and one Senior Office Assistant.
The Training Division coordinates specialized in-house training to convey new concepts and techniques, reinforce existing skills and address modern advances in the delivery of emergency services which maintain the high skill level of District personnel. Specialized training programs cover such diverse topics as Low Angle Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue Operations, Wildland Urban Interface Firefighting, Auto Extrication, and the Art of Reading Smoke.
The District is committed to providing training that meets or exceeds fire service industry standards and accomplishes this in part by utilizing instructors certified by the California State Fire Marshal, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, the California Incident Command Certification System and other recognized certifying agencies. The District is fortunate to count among its employees several such certified and qualified instructors and where possible utilizes some of the most notable industry professionals to instruct District personnel.
The Training Division coordinates and provides instruction for recruit firefighters through an in-house Firefighter Academy. Other District-specific training produced and delivered by the Training Division includes an Engineer Academy for personnel interested in becoming apparatus operators. In addition, a Captain Academy for prospective company officers and a Battalion Chief Academy for future shift commanders are being developed.
Through the Acquired Structure Program, citizens who have planned demolition of a structure on their property can donate the structure to the District for training. The training consists of highly realistic drills and, at times, live-fire training, exercising carefully planned, controlled operations utilizing the vacant structure. The training drills reinforce important skills necessary for search and rescue, and fire suppression in residential structures. This training provides extremely valuable experience for our firefighters. Please contact the Training Division for more information regarding the District's Acquired Structure Program.
The Training Division maintains a very active role in joint regional training with surrounding agencies, County and State fire training officer associations, and through its affiliations with national organizations dedicated to increasing the quality and safety of fire training. This network helps fulfill the Training Division's mission to ensure District personnel provide a very high level of emergency and non-emergency services to the community and return home safely at the end of each shift.