Staff Development & Training

When someone calls 9-1-1, it’s critical our members are trained and equipped to respond to any kind of emergency, no matter what it is.

apparatus at smoke house training

Our Staff Development and Training Division ensures fire fighters receive and maintain ongoing education and training in the latest developments in firefighting, hazards, equipment and techniques.

Training is an integral part of the fire service and is a continuous process for all members. We develop daily, weekly, monthly and yearly exercises and training programs to ensure our fire fighters and officers are able to meet every kind of emergency. We strive to keep our skills and knowledge at a superior level, keeping pace with modern technology and emerging trends.

Recruit Training

Firefighting recruits complete a six week training program to prepare them for active service. Recruits are instructed in essential skill sets of the fire service:

vehicle extrication training

  • basic and live firefighting
  • driving and pumping
  • auto-extrication
  • first responder, CPR, AED
  • hazardous materials awareness
  • other job skills.

 Standard Training

 We train fire fighters to NFPA 1001 level standards:

group training


  • Firefighting techniques
  • Medical emergency procedures
  • Public education service
  • Control of hazardous materials
  • Communication systems
  • Fire prevention legislation
  • Forensic fire investigation techniques. 

Specialty Teams

Our members also serve on teams that specialize in:

  • Hazardous materials emergencies
  • Technical and high angle rescues
  • Confined space rescues. 

Officer Development

Fire fighters are prepared for promotion to officer ranks by participating in promotional pool programs and completing fire officer training programs through the Justice Institute of B.C.