EMS & Training
A Word From the EMS & Professional Standards Officer
The Concord Fire Department Training Bureau strives to maintain the highest level of proficiency in Emergency Medical Treatment, firefighting operations, and rescue techniques. In accordance with standards and criteria established at the federal, state and local level, the Training Bureau is responsible for monitoring these changing requirements, and implementing training activities to ensure the department is well prepared for all hazards.
The Concord Fire Department follows a structured Annual Training Plan which provides concentrated training programs in four areas: Emergency Medical Treatment, Fire Suppression, Specialty Rescue, and Professional Development.
Emergency Medical Treatment
Emergency Medical Technicians complete a 72 hour program taught by Concord Fire Department Instructor Coordinators and Concord Hospital’s Medical Director, Dr. David Hirsch. Paramedics complete a unique 72 hour program hosted in conjunction with Concord Hospital which provides training in their Simulation Lab on techniques in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and advanced medical procedures designed to be used at emergency scenes.
Concord Firefighters train in a Live Fire Training Structure which was designed and built by firefighters. The structure is designed to ensure our members are trained appropriately and, more importantly, safely, in all aspects of fire suppression. Performance standards are used to reinforce proficiency in basic operational skills. Firefighter survival skills, such as calling a “Mayday” and Rapid Intervention, a technique used to rescue a firefighter from burning buildings or collapse scenarios, are practiced on an a regular basis, as the safety of our members is vital.
In 2012, Concord Firefighters have received over 4,000 hours of specialty rescue training through the New Hampshire Fire Academy thanks to a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Training areas included Incident Command, Rope Rescue Operations, Swift-Water Rescue Operations, Confined Space Rescue Operations, and Hazardous Materials Operations.
On-going Professional Development provides training through the New Hampshire Fire Academy’s Company Officer I & II programs. These programs prepare our members for promotion to leadership positions in our Command Staff. Local and national experts deliver an additional 12 hours of education specific to leadership skills for our Company Officers.
The Training Bureau continually researches new equipment, methods, and technology that will improve operational functions and ensure the safety of all personnel.
Captain John Chisholm
EMS & Professional Standards Officer