The Shreveport Fire Department Training Division strives to
continue it's role of providing support and on-going professional development training through
hands-on instruction and presenting dynamic lectures on topics relevant to the
needs of the department. For
the first time in the department's history, tow of the four Basic Training Classes offered consisted of a
five-week abbreviated class schedule which saved the tax payers an estimated $20,000 per recruit since
previously trained fire service recruits filled this year's roster. Similarly, we will continue to explore
new options to save money without jeopardizing quality personnel.
The Shreveport Fire Department Training Division is located at 6440 Greenwood Road in the western part of the city on a 19-acre tract. The Fire Academy consists of three classrooms, library, gymnasium, a two-bay apparatus building, seven-story drill tower, and a two-story, state of the art burn building. The burn training ground features a liquid fire training facility, an LPG fire simulator, tank trucks and a vehicle extrication project.
The Academy is directed by the Chief Training Officer, 2 Assistant Chief Training Officers and 4 Fire/Paramedic Training Officers. This cadre is responsible for providing classes and drills on new evolutions and standard training methods. The clerical staff is composed of one senior secretary and one associate word processor.
A closed-circuit television network is utilized to provide training programs to all 21 fire stations and divisions. The Fire and Emergency Television Network (F.E.T.N.) is also a part of the daily training curriculum.
Two Training Division personnel serve as hazardous materials response team coordinators, and respond to incidents involving hazardous chemicals to provide support. The Division also responds to large fires, mass casualty incidents and other major disasters within the city, to provide support for incident commanders and to evaluate on scene operations.
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