Training Information

Fire Training

Career (paid) firefighters in New York State must meet various training requirements as outlined in Federal, State, and Local (Authority Having Jurisdiction ‘AHJ’) mandates as outlined below:

Federal OSHA Fire Brigade Standard 1910.156(c)(2)
Federal OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard 1910.134(k)(5)
Federal OSHA Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response 1910.120(q)(8)
Federal Blood Borne Pathogens 1910.1030(g)(2)(ii)(B)
Federal Fire Extinguishers 1910.157(g)(2)
Federal Occupational noise / hearing protection 1910.95
Federal Confined space awareness 1910.146
Federal Officer / Instructor training 1910.120(q)(6)(v)
Federal Lock of / tag out 1910.147
Federal Hazardous Communications 1910.120
State High visibility traffic vests 23 CFR 634
State Right to Know Article 28 Section 878 & 1910.1200
State Workplace Violence 12 NYCRR Part 800.6
State Sexual Harassment LAB Section 201-G
State Minimum Qualifications for Firefighting Personnel 19 NYCRR NYS Part 426
State Minimum Qual. for FF personnel (admin) 19 NYCRR NYS Part 427
State Minimum Qualifications Law CVS 58-a
State Training for permanently appointed firefighters GMU 209-w
State Training for officers (FLSTPs) GMU 209-x
State Code enforcement training EXC 376-a
State EMS training 10 NYCRR Part 800.6
State EMS CME 10 NYCRR Part 800.8
State EMS protocol updates WREMAC
State OFPC Recommended Best Practices n/a
State Emergency Escape System Training 12 NYCRR 800.7
AHJ Fire Training Program Operational SOP 900.01
AHJ Technical Rescue Program Operational SOP 600.01


In addition to the above, there are many optional specialty disciplines and associated training courses within the fire service, such as hazardous materials technician, peer counselling, fire instruction, and advanced technical rescue including rope, confined space, water rescue, building collapse.  Our training is never ending.

Career firefighters also must complete 100 hours of annual in-service fire training as outlined in NYS Part 426.7.

Firefighters who are promoted to Fire Lieutenant must attend a First Line Supervisor Training Program, held in New York City.  Topics include communication, leadership, supervision, and tactics.  National Certification in ‘Fire Instructor 1’ and ‘Fire Officer 1’ are also part of this program.

Fire Lieutenants promoted to Fire Captain must attend an in-house training course focusing on department specific administrative topics.  Captains are also sent to ‘Fire Officer 2’ when scheduling permits.

Career Fire Chiefs in New York State must complete ‘Fire Officer 3’.

The department accomplishes much of its entry-level and annual in-service training through the ‘Municipal Training Program’ which incorporates New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control courses and support.  The municipal training program is headed by the department’s Municipal Training Officer (MTO).  All Lieutenants and Captains, and a select few firefighters, are appointed as Municipal Fire Instructors (MFIs) who assist the MTO in the delivery of the program.  This program gives us the ability to meet the Federal, State, and Local mandates with a high quality of vetted training content, but also the flexibility to meet our department’s specific needs.

All personnel are trained to a minimum level of Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B).  The EMT-Basic course consists of between 150-180 hours of instruction and 10 hours of clinical rotations.  To stay up to date, each EMT-Basic must complete 45 hours of continuing education training every three years.

Many of the department’s personnel choose to become Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P).  The EMT-Paramedic course consists of between 1,200-1,800 hours of instruction and 748 hours of clinical rotations.  To stay up to date, each EMT-Paramedic must complete 60 hours of continuing education training every three years.

Code Enforcement Officer Certification is done through NYS Department of State.  This certification is acquired by taking six stand-alone courses on various aspects of Code Enforcement work.  Each course is 4 days long.  Code Enforcement Officers must complete 24 hours of annual training to maintain their certification.

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