Monthly Report from the Chief


February 2018
TO: President and Board Members, Kensington Fire Protection District
FROM: Lance Maples, Fire Chief
SUBJECT: Fire Chief's Report

Training 2017 Update

In 2017, the Training Division saw a transition from the 12-year training veteran to a brand new Training Chief. The newly promoted Battalion Chief is a 17-year veteran with the department and has a lot of new and innovative ideas that will be coupled wiith the tried and true tradition that has been a proven staple in the El Cerrito-Kensington Fire Department for many years. Even with that mid-year changing of the guard, the Training Division had another strong year of training programs including on-line, classroom hands on, and live fire. In 2017 we delivered training to firefighting personnel in the areas of performance evolutions, personal safety, engine and truck company operations, resuce operations, technical rescue operations and wildland operations. In addition, there were several classes conducted for firefighter safety, hazard awareness, fire prevention/target hazards, emergency operations and emergency medical training for both EMTs and Paramedics. We also enjoyed a productive year in several program areas with continued efforts in compliance training, our partnership with California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) and continued cooperative training agreements with all fire agencies in West Contra Costa County including Richmond Fire Department, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Pinole Fire Department, Chevron Fire Department and Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District. In 2017, we continued our successful use of the electronic Fire Master Calendar as well as Target Solutions. Both programs will be an integral tool moving into 2018 and beyond.

In 2017, we completed our 12th year working with the on-line training company, TargetSolutions, which assists us in compliance training with our Injury, Illness & Prevention Program (IIPP), City of El Cerrito policy review, Contra Costa County Operational Area policy review and didactic training prior to field training to just name a few. Members of the El Cerrito-Kensington Fire Department completed 1,037 hours of on-line training that included annual hazardous materials refresher, wildland refresher, basic and advanced medical training, driver safety, firefighter safety and operational training.

The Department also continued its agreement with the California Fire Fighters Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) which is a joint labor and management training program at the state level. Currently, we have 11 of our line personnel enrolled in the CFFJAC Program who will complete between 2,000 and 4,000 hours of training to earn journey level status in their perspective rank in accordance with program guidelines. Based on guidelines, these training hours generate State apprenticeship funds which are then used to pay for on-line training through TargetSolutions, annual maintenance of our Fireblast Fire Training Simulator, advanced life support training and other training materials.

Throughout the year, 136 performance evolutions were completed for personal safety, engine and truck company operations along with wildland safety and survival. Each of these performance evolutions were evaluated by the shift Battalion Chief to ensure that shift personnel met the approved standards as outlined by the Standards Committee. Completed performance evolutions were also examined by the Training Division to ensure that all field personnel met the standards as outlined by the El Cerrito-Kensington Fire Department and the Standards Committee.

In addition to the 1,037 hours of on-line training, firefighting personnel recorded 14,251 hours of training in an array of training categories that included Emergency Medical Training along with physical fitness training which once again demonstrates their dedication and commitment to serving our communities.