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 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 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, an EMS Division Chief, a Special Operations Division Chief, and a Training Captain.
• 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 EMS monitors trends in EMS, advises on best practices, ensures quality control and compliance with EMS standards, works with local, regional, and state partners to ensure our EMS programs aline with cutting edge practices.
• The Divison Chief of Special Operations 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, the Divison Chief ensures compliance with best practices, develops team budgets, and works with local, regional, and state partners to maintain a best practice strategy. 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.
• The Training Captain develops strategies for ISO compliance, supports company officers with station training programs, assesses strengths and weaknesses through incident response and individual feedback, and coordinates specialty training opportunities, including acquired structure training, vehicle extrication, multi-company drills, wildland safety, and new employee orientation.