Training is one of the most important functions of a modern fire rescue agency. In order for Greater Naples Fire Rescue to fulfill its mission of service to the community, the Professional Development Section must monitor changing environments and requirements, ensuring adequate training opportunities are provided so personnel can respond safely to an emergency. The mission of the Professional Development Section is to enhance customer service delivery by providing safe, high quality, progressive, and effective training, education, and professional development programs.
The Professional Development Section consists of an Assistant Chief of Professional Development, a Special Operations Divsion Chief, a Training Captain, and an EMS Division Chief and provides and oversees initial and ongoing training of all Greater Naples Fire Rescue personnel. This includes:
• Daily training of more than 160 Operations Section personnel
• 3 Week New Employee Orientation Program
• Multi-company and company drills
• Continuing education for all District personnel
Special Operations Branch
Greater Naples Fire Rescue Special Operations Branch operates under the Professional Development Section Chief.
As Branch Director, the Special Operations Division Chief is supported by a group supervisor for each of the four special functions; Dive, Marine Emergency Response, Urban Search and Rescue, and Hazardous Materials. The Division Chief of Special Operations is responsible for providing oversight to field response incidents and personnel management and to ensure Greater Naples Fire Rescue personnel assigned to each of the specialty teams maintain their certifications and training.
Each of the special operations teams represents a group of highly skilled personnel that in addition to their firefighting and EMS duties, elect to diversify and train to meet the challenges and dangers of specific rescue environments.
Within the Professional Development Section, is the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Branch. The EMS Division Chief serves to coordinate the provision of emergency medical services throughout the District. Working closely with the Collier County Emergency Medical Service, the EMS Branch is responsible for such activities as:
• Advanced Life Support Program medical components oversight
• Field evaluation for quality assurance of all emergency care personnel
• Ensuring Employee Compliance with EMS Credential Requirements
• Conducting regular EMS Training