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Our District is well known and respected for its outstanding training program. Training activities are scheduled through the Battalion Chief for Training.  Volunteer applicants are issued a uniform and protective gear then enrolled in initial training for Emergency Medical Technician or initial training for Thurston County Recruit Academy.


After successful completion of initial training, volunteers begin a six-month probation period during which time they are assigned to a mentor. Mentors ensure that volunteers understand procedures and policies and assist them with any needs that arise.

The Thurston Fire Rescue Training Consortium (TFRTC) hosts the Recruit Firefighter I Training Academy.  This course of study provides new firefighters the basic knowledge and skills to perform safely on the fire ground in a team configuration.  The curriculum objectives meet the requirements of Washington State Basic Firefighter 1 and NFPA 1001 and include live fire training.

Training opportunities continue for volunteers throughout their career with the department.

The South Bay Fire Department has a Fire Officer Development Program (ODP). One of the department’s organizational development priorities is to establish an ongoing officer development program. The basic idea of ODP is to provide specialized training, coaching and mentoring for members who exhibit leadership traits and have an interest in promotion within the Department.


There is a high level of focus and coaching to the ODP candidates for promotional preparation, giving advantage to ODP candidates and more importantly preparing members for officer level responsibility before being formally promoted.

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