Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Levels of fire and rescue training
The new minimum training standards are based on what level a person wants to serve in the fire and rescue system.
These standards have already been in place for career personnel.
Go to this document and review pages 6-11. Here you will see the different levels of service and what training will be required.
For example, on Page 6 you see
Under each of those levels are classes that will be required. Turn the page and you’re at a new level of service. The highest level is a command officer, such as a battalion chief or a volunteer chief. The highest expectations will be on command-level officers because there are 34 classes and almost 1,000 hours. Keep in mind that many of these command-level officers will have a lot of this training. The 1,000 hours is a total of the 34 classes, and it is unlikely there will be any current member who needs 1,000 hours of training.
A new recruit who wanted to achieve that level would eventually need all of those classes, but not in two years.
A story in tomorrow’s paper will explain this further, along with comments from county officials on why this is happening and what is next.