Training / Safety

Training/Safety Division Responsibilities

The Training/Safety Division is responsible for the coordination and delivery of professional development, educational activities, manipulative skill enhancement and team response training. The documentation of professional certification, skill development and professional development accomplishments is an important managerial function of the division. Delivery of safety programs, recruitment and promotional examinations are administered from the Training/Safety Division. The Training/Safety Division is managed by one of three Fire Battalion Chiefs. In addition to program management, the Fire Battalion Chief – Training/Safety provides direct supervision of an assigned shift. The division receives clerical support from the department's senior administrative assistant.

Firefighter Training

The primary function of the Training/Safety Division is the delivery of training and professional development activities through classroom education sessions, manipulative skills practice, team response drills and advertisement of outside educational/training opportunities. The division delivers these activities through a variety of department policies including the Annual Training Plan, Apparatus Operator Guidebook and Certification Program, Training Manual and Firefighter/Paramedic Probation Manual. Every day, fire responders participate in some type of training. On average, a Poway firefighter spends 2 to 3 hours every day learning new information, reviewing essential job knowledge and practicing manipulative skills.

The division uses a variety of reference materials, laws and regulations to formulate its training and professional development activities including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Fire Protection Association, CalOSHA, California Emergency Medical Services Authority, California State Fire Marshal, and California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) Program.

Fire Department Facilities

The Fire Department maintains three facilities dedicated to training and professional development activities. Fire Station 1 and 3 each have classrooms equipped with movable furniture and computerized A/V systems. The state-of-the-art, five-story Poway Fire Department Training Tower is a source of pride in the department. The 1-acre facility provides personnel a location to perform live fire training, simulated building fires, wildland firefighting hose lays, multi-company drills flowing water, technical rope rescue drills, and auto extrication. The tower is often used by partner fire agencies and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Firefighter Recruitment

The Training/Safety Division is responsible for the coordination of personnel recruitments and promotional examinations with the Department of Human Resources and Risk Management. Poway is a member of the North County Regional JPA Firefighter Testing Consortium which provides the department a list of tested and qualified firefighter/paramedic candidates every three months.

Additional Programs

The Fire Battalion Chief assigned to the Training/Safety Division is charged with managing a variety of other programs including:

  • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Firefighter Wellness and Vaccination Program
  • Uniforms and Grooming
  • Poway Unified School District Programs – Every 15 Minutes Program, Senior Experience Program, Firefighter ROP (Regional Occupational Program)
  • California Department of Motor Vehicle Licensing
  • Civilian Ride-Along Programs
  • Aircraft crash/rescue drills with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

Annual wildfire drills and certification.