photos of fire fighter training

Providing training to firefighters and fire officers is a constant challenge. The various services provided by the Findlay Fire Department relate to both emergency and non-emergency activities, and must encompass a wide variety of topics.

Firefighters, in addition to protecting people and property from the ravages of fire, must now tackle such technical problems as pre-hospital medical care, hazardous materials releases, rescues from confined spaces or high-angle situations, natural disasters, and the increasing possibility of weapons of mass destruction from terrorists. The non-emergency arena is also broad-based, covering such activities as public fire safety education, knowledgeable building plan review, code enforcement, and arson investigation.

The Training Division of the Findlay Fire Department attempts to provide, for all of its members, the training and education required to meet these challenges. Some training, such as Firefighter Basic, Fire Officer Development, and technical training for Fire Inspectors is done “off-site” at locations like the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg. Most of the on-going training received by firefighters in accomplished in-house, utilizing State Certified Fire and Emergency Medical Technician instructors, Company Officers, Senior Firefighters, and state of the art training programs on video and DVD.

Below are listed some of the training classes delivered in-house and attended off-site.


  • Fires in Sprinklered Buildings
  • Haz-Mat: Operations Level
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Using Thermal Imaging Cameras
  • Rope Rescue Techniques
  • Fire Attack/Hose Line Operations
  • Forcible Entry
  • Firefighter Survival
  • Search and Rescue Techniques
  • Handling Propane Emergencies
  • EMT Continuing Education
  • Ice and Water Rescue
  • Pumping Engine Operations
  • Aerial Apparatus Operations
  • Terrorism Preparedness
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Confined Space Rescue Operations
  • Helicopter Landing Zone Safety
  • Clandestine Drug Lab Hazards
  • Aircraft Emergency Response
  • Rescue of Trapped Firefighters

Off Site

  • Command School (Officers)
  • Arson Detection
  • OSHA General Compliance
  • Bomb Threat Response Planning
  • Personnel Supervision
  • Advanced Auto Extrication
  • Company Officer Development
  • Certified Fire Safety Inspector
  • EMT Basic Certification
  • Firefighter Level I & II Certification
  • Technical Rescue Exercise
  • Basic Fire Investigation
  • Advanced Fire Investigation
  • Ladder Company Operations
  • Haz-Mat/Basic Life Support
  • Managing Company Tactical Ops.
  • Fire Flow/ Hydrant Spacing Seminar
  • Advanced Fire Sprinkler Seminar
  • Annual Northern Ohio Arson School
  • Housing Inspection Seminar
  • Emergency Response to Terrorism