Training is one of the most important functions of a modern fire rescue agency. For Greater Naples Fire Rescue to fulfill its mission of service to the community, the Training and Professional Development Section must monitor changing environments and requirements and provide adequate training opportunities for personnel to respond safely to an emergency. The mission of the Training and Professional Development Section is to enhance service delivery by providing safe, high quality, progressive, and effective training, education, and professional development programs.
The Training and Professional Development Section consists of an Assistant Chief of Training and Professional Development, a Division Chief of Fire, a Division Chief of EMS, a Training Captain of Fire, a Training Captain of EMS, a Captain of Special Operations and Acquired Structures, two Lieutenants of Fire Training, two Lieutenants of EMS Training, and an Administrative Assistant.
• The Assistant Chief oversees the management of the section, ensures quality control and compliance, advises on program development and strategic guidance, and works with local, state, and regional partners to ensure the sustainability and relevancy of programs.
• The Division Chief of Fire is responsible for maintenance of skills and certification of all fire department personnel. Develops strategies for ISO compliance, supports Battalion Chiefs and company officers with station training programs, and coordinates and delivers training on vehicle extrication, multi-company drills, wildland safety, and new employee orientation.
• The Division Chief of EMS monitors trends in EMS, advises on best practices, delivers training and ensures quality control and compliance with EMS standards, works with local, regional, and state partners to ensure our EMS programs align with cutting edge practices.
• The Captain of Special Operations and Acquired Structures oversees the management of our four programs: Marine Emergency Response Team (MERT), Dive Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue Team 635, and Hazardous Materials response. Working with team leaders, ensures compliance with best practices, develops team budgets, and works with local, regional, and state partners to maintain a best practice strategy. Additionally, coordinates specialty training opportunities, including acquired structure training and compliance with applicable NFPA Standards.
• The Training Captain works under the direction of the Division Chief, is the lead instructor during training sessions, is responsible for delivering quality training through defined objectives and proving direction to associate instructors. The safety of the personnel on the training ground is paramount and the Training Captain will be the head Safety Officer during training sessions.
• The Training Lieutenant assists in delivering training either with the Training Captain or on their own through lesson plans and defined objectives. They are responsible for the safety of personnel on the training ground.
• The Administrative Assistant aids the Assistant Chief in ensuring credentials of all personnel are current, training records are appropriately entered into the District’s recording system, and various other administrative functions.