Interior Firefighters are the most highly trained and have the most in-service requirements. Interior firefighters will attend a local Fire Academy to attend a Firefighter I course. They are trained and qualified to wear SCBA breathing gear. Interior firefighters are qualified to advance hose lines into burning structures for rescue of trapped or downed occupants and fire knock-down and extinguishment. They are qualified to handle all structural assignments such as structure fires, smoke in a building, gas leaks, Carbon Monoxide incidents, as well as non-structural fires such as vehicle fires, dumpster fires, HAZMAT incidences and all other calls that indicate the need for SCBA.
Only active interior firefighters will enter a structure fire. Only active interior firefighters will enter any situation where SCBA may be indicated.
Members cannot enter a burning structure without being certified as a Firefighter I. In addition, Interior firefighters will receive annual SCBA fit testing, HAZMAT awareness training, Bloodborne/Airborne Pathogen training, and all other mandatory and indicated training for the safety of the member and the Fire Company. All firefighters will be required to have a Physical at the Fire Company’s expense.
Exterior Firefighters are qualified to do everything on the fireground interior firefighters do, except activities where SCBA is indicated. At fire scenes they provide services including outside hose work, connecting to a water source such as hydrants or other fire trucks, assist with laddering operations, setting up lights, assisting with tools and equipment and other such duties as deemed appropriate by the chief of department.
Exterior firefighters may want to become driver/operators of our engines or aerial tower.
Exterior firefighters will also receive annual HAZMAT awareness training, Bloodborne/Airborne Pathogen training, and all other mandatory and indicated training for the safety of the member and the Fire Company. All firefighters will be required to have a Physical at the Fire Company’s expense. If you have always thought of being a firefighter but didn’t want to enter a burning building, this is the perfect job for you!