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Essential Skills and Training

Training for All Firefighters

Firefighters must learn many important skills, including

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • SCBA inspection and cylinder changing
  • Fire Department communications
  • Building construction and fire behavior
  • Fire control research
  • Portable fire extinguishers
  • Rope and knot tying
  • Ground ladders
  • Forcible entry
  • Tactical ventilation theory
  • Water supply
  • Hose and fire streams
  • Loss control
  • Orientation to fire origin and cause determination√
  • Fire prevention and life safety initiatives
  • Confined space awareness
  • First aid and buddy care
  • Hazardous materials
  • Air- and blood-borne pathogens
  • CPR