OUR TRAINING FACILITY
Our facility, located at 5850 Shed Road, offers a wide array of training opportunities. Sitting on approximately 10 acres, it offers props such as: a four-story cinder block training tower with exterior stairwell; a two-story WHP training/burn building equipped with sprinkler system, standpipe system, and five areas for Class A fire burns; a railcar; search and rescue maze; ventilation prop; flashover prop; drafting pit; and a large concrete slab. We also have five large classrooms with audiovisuals, and remote broadcast capabilities to all fire stations within the city.
Our facilities and faculty are offered to other city and parish public safety entities thereby further enhancing the local ability to work together for the safety and wellbeing of our community.
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION COURSES
As and American Heart Association Training Center, our department conducts classes and trains new instructors to carry out the mission of the AHA both in our department and our community.
NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
A required program of the federal government, this curriculum is offered to members of the department. We certify all members to the levels of ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800 levels based on rank in the department.
FIRE FIGHTER I AND II RECRUIT PROGRAM
An internal program extending five months, this educational opportunity is required of all newly hired personnel. During the framework of the course, recruits are required to meet standardized performance levels in physical fitness, fireground operations, safety, hazardous materials procedures, emergency medical services, and extensive classroom requirements. Before graduating and becoming eligible for the position of Probational Firefighter, recruits must also successfully pass to a minimum, International Fire Service Accreditation Congress approved testing for Hazardous Material Awareness Level, Hazardous Materials Operations Level, Firefighter I, Firefighter II through Louisiana State University, and Emergency Medical Technician-Basic level as approved through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Louisiana Bureau of EMS. This program helps to assure that all newly hired personnel are ready and competent to face, understand, endure, and properly react, to the harshness of perils faced in the emergency service, and provide the citizens of Bossier City the finest possible protection.
OFFICER CONTINUING TRAINING
Required annually, this 12-hour curriculum is delivered to all suppression divisions members in the ranks of Captain, District Chief, and Assistant Chief according to NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications.
DRIVER CONTINUING TRAINING
Required annually, this 12 hour curriculum is delivered to all suppression divisions members in the rank of Driver according to NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications.
NEW DRIVER COURSE
Required of all suppression personnel that have been promoted to the rank of Probationary Driver, this 60-hour course encompasses the entire NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications. Participating personnel must successfully pass both dynamic and cognitive portions of the course.