Monthly Report from the Chief


May 2017
TO: President and Board Members, Kensington Fire Protection District
FROM: Lance Maples, Fire Chief
SUBJECT: Fire Chief's Report

Training 2016
In 2016, the Training Division enjoyed another strong year of training programs delivered to firefighting personnel in the areas of performance evolution standards in personal safety, engine company operations, truck company operations, rescue 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 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and advanced medical training for Paramedics. We also enjoyed a very cooperative year in several program areas that included continued efforts in compliance training, expanding our partnership with California Fire Fighter 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 2016, we also transitioned from our previous paper training calendar and training memorandums to an electronic Fire Master Calendar. The Fire Master Calendar will be an integral tool moving into 2017 and beyond.

In 2016, we completed our eleventh year working with online 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. In 2016, members of the Fire Department completed 1,071 hours of online training in 1,029 trainings that included annual hazardous materials refresher training, wildland refresher training, basic and advanced medical training, driver safety training, firefighter safety training, and operational training. At the conclusion of 2016, Fire Department personnel have completed over 9,000 online training courses/activities.

In 2016, the Department continued its agreement with the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) which is a joint labor and management training program at the state level. Currently, we have 12 of our line personnel enrolled in the CFFJAC Program who will complete between 2,000 and 4,000 hours of training in order to earn journey level status in their perspective rank in accordance with program guidelines. Based on program guidelines, these training hours generate State apprenticeship funds which are then used to pay for online training through TargetSolutions, annual maintenance of our Fireblast Fire Training Simulator, advanced life support training and other training materials.

In 2016, 143 performance evolutions were completed for personal safety, engine company operations, truck company operations and wildland operations. Training evolutions were conducted throughout the year. 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 Fire Department and the Standards Committee.

In addition fo the 1,071 hours of online training, Firefighters recorded 13,592 hours of training in an array of training categories that included 785 hours of emergency medical training and 1,034 hours of physical fitness training which once again demonstrates their dedication and commitment to serving our communities.

In 2016, training was also conducted in the following areas:

  • Operational Training (Performance Evolutions & Quarterly Truck Training
  • Multi-Company Training with Richmond, County, Chevron, Pinole & Rodeo-Hercules

  • Wildland Training for Annual Refresher, Standards, MRA Drills and Fire Trails
  • Quarterly Training for Basic and Advanced EMS
  • Specialized EMS Training for Alzheimer's, Dementia and Autism
  • Quarterly Drive Safety and Operator Training
  • Technical Rescue Training for Confined Space, LARRO and Auto Extrication
  • Quarterly Safety Training, Facility Tours and Pre-Planning
  • Evidence and Scene Preservation Training
  • NFPA 1404 Air Management Training
  • Live Fire Training in Fireblast Training Unit
  • PG&E Gas and Electrical Training
  • EBMUD Training
  • Terrorism Awareness Training
  • OSHA Reporting Requirements and Procedures
  • High-Rise Fire Training
  • Vent, Enter, Isolate and Search (VEIS) Truck and Rescue Training
  • New Hire and Probationary Firefighter Training for Three New Firefighters

  • As we look ahead, we will continue to build on previous years training in order to plan for another year of well-rounded, dynamic training to increase firefighter safety and operational aptitude. Continued development of training partnerships will also be a key point for 2017. The full implementation of the Technical Rescue Group should also bring several training classes to the Department that will better train our personnel in technical rescue operations.

    2017 will be a year of transition for the Training Division with a new Director of Training being appointed. New Battalion Chief and Training Director, Kevin Janes, will take over May 1st and will bring new and innovative training ideas that will be a positive for the Department.