Training & Education
Firefighters must be ready for many different emergencies, so they train for low incidence, high impact scenarios.
The Training Division develops curriculum, oversees delivery, and evaluates training through testing and observation at drills and actual incidents. The Training Officer is a full-time career firefighter (Lieutenant) within the department. This officer also oversees the Volunteer Firefighter Program, recruitment, and retention in coordination with the Volunteer Captain/Lieutenants.
Basic recruit training for career employees is through a 13-week Fire Academy Course at Bates Technical College. Upon graduation, employees are Firefighter 1 (FF1) and Firefighter 2 (FF2) certified with hazmat operations, and are also National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant.
Volunteers receive a 150-hour training course through the Thurston County Recruitment Academy.
For more information, contact the Tumwater Fire Department at (360) 754-4170.