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There are 12 state and federal organizations that govern the operations of the fire department. These organizations create rules and regulations as well as require mandated training:

FSS (Florida State Statutes) SERP (State Emergency Response Plan) NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) USFA (United States Fire Administration) IAFF (International Association of Firefighters) FDOH (Florida Department of Health) Flagler County FLSA (Fair Labor and Standards Act) FSFM (Florida State Fire Marshal) EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

Fire training requirements add up to at least 20 hours a month for each firefighter and up to 24 hours a year for paramedics.

One of the most difficult things we must do in fire service is to train firefighters for something they may never do. Fighting fires and providing medical care is a given. Other requirements mandated by federal or state organizations are a bit more challenging for firefighters. For example, firefighters need to attend at least 8 hours of confined space rescue training. We may never have to perform a confined space rescue, but we need to know the basics just in case.

Other certifications require a certain amount of hours of recertification time. Most fire certifications are recertified on an annual basis, while a paramedic certification recertifies every two years. Most of the training performed is to keep certifications current; fire certifications include training for structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, SCBA training, Task performances, hazardous materials, confined space, terrorism, officer training, incident command training, apparatus driver training and aerial ladder training. Each one of these categories can be broken down to sub-categories such as apparatus driver. As an apparatus driver, rules and regulations, driving a cone course, driving a designated road course, operating the pump, and knowing where all the equipment is and how to operate each piece of equipment is an annual task performance.

Emergency medical certifications are recertified on a bi-annual cycle usually on the even year. Emergency medical certifications include emergency medical technician, paramedic, pre-hospital trauma life support (PHTLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), bloodbourne pathogens, infectious disease, pediatric advanced life support (PALS), and advanced respiratory techniques.

Fire Rescue has a training site located at 655 Justice Lane in Bunnell that encompasses ten acres of land. Located on the training site are a four story training tower and a burn building. Additionally, there is a propane training prop for natural and propane gas training. Plans are in place to acquire the proper permits to clear additional land and prepare the site for other types of training. Additional plans include areas that will be paved to perform training on car fires, extrication, confined space rescue, trench rescue, and driver training.

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