The CFD recently celebrated Class 1-17’s completion of training on Friday. The 4-week class, allowed CFD as well as other nearby fire departments to have new hires certified in FF1 when they go on shift instead of having to wait for months for the class.
CFD extended this opportunity to other departments since CFD only hires 1 or 2 employees at a time. The class for just two students does not justify the cost of waiting for an academy class to be held, however, by partnering with multiple departments it allows all departments to split the certification cost between departments.
The registration cost for a new hire was $1250 for an outside class, however by cost sharing with multiple departments not only will new hires be trained and utilized quicker, but the cost is about $500 per class. This was appealing not only because of cost to other departments, but also for the quality of training at CFD Fire Academy.
The last portion of the training prior to graduation on Saturday involved scenario training. This all day training had the trainees respond to car wrecks, trapped people and structure fires. The last scenario was at the Chickasha Municipal Airport. After the training at the Airport was complete, the instructor had them head back in full bunker gear as part of their endurance training. However, the trainees were greeted quickly and joined by others in the 3 mile walk by 18 firefighters from their own fire departments and neighboring departments. This included Anadarko, Chickasha, Duncan, Marlow, Tuttle and Yukon. These firefighters joined the trainees as they too joined the brotherhood of firefighters. This would not have been possible without the help of OSU Fire Service Training Center and Great Plains Technology Center.