As fire chief of East County Fire & Rescue, I’d like to address questions regarding ECFR volunteer firefighter training. ECFR firefighters logged 5,377 training hours in fiscal year 2010. This included national standard classes on Fire Fighter I & II; Hazardous Materials, Incident Command, Safety Officer and Wildland disciplines. There were, also, too many in-house classes to list here.
Several members have attended the National Fire Academy or the Emergency Management Institute. Many have degrees in fire science. Currently, our 40 line personnel have 35 IFSAC accreditations, with more members testing last month.
Drills and classes are daily events. ECFR’s personnel receive training that exceeds state and federal training requirements.