The Training Division provides training and education to more than 300 employees of South County Fire. We also host the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy, a consortium of nine local fire departments.
Specialized training for first responders is required by Washington State law, conforms to industry standards and is essential to keep our staff and the citizens of the community safe.
Firefighters drill regularly at the Training Tower at South County Fire Headquarters. Everett Community College Fire Science Program partners with us to conduct semi-annual Fire Academy classes at the Training Tower.
The four-story tower simulates the one and two-story homes and mid-rise apartment complexes and buildings common in Snohomish County.
Firefighters use the tower for drills such as:
- Hose evolutions
- Search and rescue
- Fire suppression tactics
- Forcible entry
- Firefighter safety and survival
- Rappelling and wall breaching
Simulated smoke can be used to create fire-like conditions throughout the building. There is no live fire or burning in the tower.
Regional Training Academy
The Training Division strives to support regionalization through public and private sector partnerships.
In 2018, the Snohomish County Fire Chiefs Association developed a local training academy to keep up with the need for new firefighters. It is hosted two to three times a year by South County Fire.
Recruits train 40 hours a week for 14 weeks, learning skills to prepare them for their first shift at a fire station. Instruction includes fire science, strength and conditioning classes, and handling the stress of emergency situations.
Agencies participating in the Snohomish County Fire Training Academy are: Arlington Fire Department, Everett Fire Department, Lake Stevens Fire Department, Marysville Fire District, Mukilteo Fire Department, North County Fire & EMS, Snohomish County Fire District 4, Snohomish County Fire District 7, Snohomish County Fire District 19 and South County Fire.
Regional training collaborations such as the academy promotes uniformity in training practices throughout the county.
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Snohomish County Fire Chiefs Association is a regional resource for firefighter training and skill development. Working together, departments can share and exchange information, training aids and resources.
The County Training Officers Association manages an on-going annual training program for all county fire agencies to utilize.