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Cooperative Training Programs
Not all training for SFD members occurs on the job. The department has entered into a number of cooperative relationships with both fire service and non-fire service organizations:
- Safety officer training certification. In cooperation with the Evergreen Safety Council, Battalion Chiefs assigned to the Health and Safety Division are trained and certified as Fire Service Health and Safety Officers.
- Fire command and administration degree. In cooperation with Seattle Central Community College, the Boeing Company Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Department Officers’ Association (SFDOA), Seattle firefighters can pursue an associate of arts degree on an accelerated schedule. The degree program allows students to complete a Fire Officer Development 1 certificate after the first year of the program, with the second certificate available in the second year. Completion of the academic requirements of the college completes the degree.
- Paramedic training/certification. In cooperation with the University of Washington, EMTs are trained and certified as paramedics for agencies throughout the Puget Sound area. The training is completed over a one-year period and includes more than 2,000 hours of training in emergency medical care.
- Hazmat technician training. In cooperation with the Hammer Training Facility in Richland, WA, members of the SFD and other entities, including federal agencies and other fire departments, are trained and certified as hazardous materials technicians.
- All-risk incident management training. The division is cooperating with the South Puget Sound Fire Defense Region in the presentation of all-risk incident management training for ICS command and general staff. This training qualifies individuals to serve on regional, state and national overhead teams.
From March 28 to 31, 2000, at the Seattle Center, the first “Vision 2000 – The Emerging Fire Service” conference will bring nationally and regionally recognized speakers to Seattle. The annual conference is in cooperation with the SFDOA and Firehouse® Magazine.
For the Training Division, this conference exposes everyday SFD members to a variety of training opportunities, without leaving their backyard. Additionally, there is an even greater opportunity to expose the Pacific Northwest to fire service “heavy hitters” in an unprecedented gathering.
The conference was the “brain child” of Daniels when he served as president of the SFDOA. During the conference the staff of the Training Division joins with SFDOA President Captain David Jacobs and Conference Incident Commander Captain Ron Mondragon to help facilitate the conference.