Before you can respond to an incident, you must first receive the proper training. Fire and rescue training requires a time commitment and can be physically demanding; however, those who choose to stay the course gain a sense of confidence and pride in their accomplishments. Learn life-saving skills to help your community when they need you the most … Will You Answer the Call?
Examples of Basic Fire and Rescue Training
- First Aid
- Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations
- Fire Fighter I
- Emergency Medical Technician
These trainings are the foundation for your service in fire and rescue. If you really love it and want to do more, you have the opportunity to continue with specialty classes.
Examples of Specialty Training
- Swift Water Rescue
- Rescue and Advanced Rescue Technician
- High Angle Rescue
- Mass Casualty Response
If you are willing to put in the time and effort, we have a training for you.
Training classes are offered through the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) in conjunction with the University of Maryland. These classes are FREE of charge to our volunteers and there is no experience necessary to begin.
If you were to choose to continue your education in the fire services, some of the classes earn college credits through the University of Maryland.
Washington County is a part of the Western Maryland region; however, you can attend any class in the state if you are willing to travel. You must go through your station’s leadership (training officer or chief) to sign up for all MFRI classes.
Administrative & Leadership Trainings
In addition to the operational trainings, we offer a number of administrative and public relations classes, including:
- Recruitment and Retention
- Mentoring New Recruits
- Your Role as a Leader
- Managing Fire Department Finances
- How to Market Your Company
- Strategic Planning
- Conflict Resolution
- REV Program (public relations/recruitment/event training)
Our training classes will teach you valuable skills that you will find useful in your volunteer fire and rescue career, as well as in your professional and personal life.
Conferences and Conventions
Training and educational opportunities exist at the state and national level to network with other Fire and Rescue personnel and to learn from local, state, and national experts.
Company Training Sessions
Most companies hold their own training days or nights. These team building activities are used to coach their members as they sharpen the skills they need to be ready for any emergency that may come.
Once you are a member of a fire and rescue company, you can become involved in our Observer Program. This program was designed to promote and maintain participation of our new members. While you are not permitted to actively participate in an incident, as a new recruit you can ride along to an incident as an observer. This will help new recruits better understand fire and rescue operations and gain more comprehension of the training that you will receive.