Ferndale Volunteer
Fire Company

Training Information



Position Descriptions

 

Positions Within the Volunteer Fire Department

Operational Responding Members:
 

Ambulance Technician: Responds to medical calls on a Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance. Calls include anything from a headache to a major trauma, from a motor vehicle collision to a fall. The following classes must be completed to achieve this rank (and to be able to respond on calls):

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 131 hours
CPR/AED 8 hours total
HazMat Operations
24 hours
EMS Survival Skills (*not mandatory at this time) 16 hours
   
Probationary Firefighter / Red Stripe: Responds only on a fire engine, for calls which include medical and non-interior firefighting operations. This is a very basic, entry level and limited position but it provides an opportunity to begin providing service to the community quickly. The following classes must be completed to achieve this rank (and be able to respond on calls):

PERT (1st half of Firefighter I)
57 hours
HazMat Operations 24 hours
CPR/AED 8 hours total

Probationary Firefighter: Repsonds on a fire engine for all calls, including medical. This is an entry level position that permits direct hands-on firefighting including interior structurual firefighting. The following additional classes must be completed to be promoted to the rank of Probationary Firefighter:
Firefighter I
103 hours (less the 57 hours of PERT if completed already)

  Firefighter I: Repsonds on all calls, including medical, on either the engine or Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance. Calls include medical, structure fires, motor vehicle collisions, brush fires, and many more. The following additional classes must be completed to be promoted to the rank of Firefighter I:

EMT-B 131 hours

  Firefighter II: A firefighter II is basically the same as a Firefighter I, however, after completion of the course, you have the chance to act in a leadership role. For this rank, you need the classes requied for Firefighter I and:

Firefighter II (60 hours)