The goal of the Training Division is to give our career and volunteer firefighters the highest quality training, education, and information possible so they can provide a greater service to the citizens of our communities. It’s our duty to ensure our firefighters possess the essential skills and abilities to safely and effectively deal with any situation they might encounter.
Maple Valley firefighters continuously train to achieve the excellence that is required in this dangerous and demanding profession. Training consists of fire hose, personal protective equipment, ladders, operating fire engines, water supply, ventilation, vehicle extrication, forcible entry, fire behavior, building construction, and so on. To make sure our fire fighters get the necessary training, the Training Division coordinates all of the quarterly and annual training required by the State of Washington (WAC 296-305).
In addition to fire training, all of our fire fighters are Washington State certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s). This requires additional training in both state and our local King County Patient Care Protocols. The King County Medic One system is known throughout the world as the best of its kind and holds its EMT’s and Paramedics to a very high standard. Our EMT’s maintain their skills through several different sources including interactive training from the King County EMS Online website, competency based training through in-house instructors, and various classes and lectures given by local paramedics and physicians.
Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety is also a member of the Zone 3 Technical Rescue team. Our involvement consists of having 18 of our fire fighters trained in high and low angle rescue and swift water rescue. These special operations require additional training in these disciplines, both in-house training and with other members of Zone 3.
Donating Buildings for Training
The Training Division is always looking for structures that we can use for training. Sometimes they can be used for live fire training, but not very often. Contact the Training Division and we will come out and determine if there is “training value” to the structure and then look at the feasibility of either burning or performing destructive training.