Training: Officer Training
Clark County Fire & Rescue recognizes that its Captains and Chief Officers should receive the highest quality training possible. The following are all various methods of ensuring that the management team is provided with current, relevant, and professional training:
The Department conducts weekly tactical simulators to challenge and train its officers (and potential officers) in basic strategy and tactics. All on-duty personnel attend this weekly training. Neighboring fire districts often send personnel to this challenging training.
All officers are exposed to at least one live fire training session per year giving them the opportunity to lead firefighting personnel in actual firefighting operations and ensuring that they receive the most realistic training possible.
Understanding that exposure to new and different ideas are beneficial, Clark County Fire & Rescue sends its personnel to seminars and conferences both in the Portland metropolitan area and out of the area. These personnel have brought back ideas, concepts, tricks of the trade and other various tools that have improved the effectiveness of both the individuals and Clark County Fire & Rescue as a whole.
The Department strives to ensure that all its officers are trained to state and national levels (where applicable). All of the officers are trained to the following certification levels: Hazardous Material IC, IFSAC Instructor 1, and ICS - I-300.
The job of an officer entails much more than just commanding personnel at a fire. The majority of the job consists of personnel and project management. Sexual harassment prevention, effective supervisory practices, IBA (interest based approach) training, project management, and other HR/business management techniques are taught to our officers.
Clark County Fire & Rescue supports its personnel in the pursuit of higher education. Nearly all of the officers have obtained at least an Associates degree, while almost half of the officers have obtained their Bachelor's degree.
National Fire Academy
St. Joseph's College (Emmitsburg, MD) was purchased by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 1979 to serve as a national training facility for fire and emergency services. This 110-acre campus houses the U.S. Fire Administration, the National Fire Academy, the Emergency Management Institute, and the Fallen Firefighter's Memorial. Every year Clark County Fire & Rescue sends officers to train at the Academy at a minimal cost to the department.
The Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) is an initiative of the Academy designed to provide senior officers with a broad prospective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration. The officers enhance their professional development through a unique series of four graduate and upper-level college equivalent courses. The EFOP spans a four-year period and includes three "core" courses and an elective course. Chief's Mason, Ciraulo, Lange, Bartel, and Dawdy are all graduates of the EFOP. Chief Konkright and Captain Rommel are currently enrolled in this prestigious program.