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Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Phone: 719-385-5950
Hours: Headquarters 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Division of the Fire Marshal 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Training Unit

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Mission Statement

The mission of the CSFD Training Unit is to design, manage, and evaluate professional development programs which enhance life safety for our fire fighters and community.

What the Division is All About

The Colorado Springs Fire Department Training Unit is responsible for the initial training of new trainees and for providing on-going professional development of both sworn and civilian personnel. The division develops, delivers, and evaluates training programs to ensure that each individual and operational team of the Department is able to perform their duties safely, effectively, and efficiently.

The Training Unit helps the Colorado Springs Fire Department maintain a reputation as a nationally-recognized fire service leader by providing programs that meet or exceed current industry standards. The Training Division also develops innovative programs, keeping the organization on the leading edge of fire and life safety service delivery. Colorado Springs Fire Department personnel logged a total of 153,100 training hours in 2008. With approximately 427 sworn personnel, this works out to about 358 hours of training per person per year. Examples of training include company operations, emergency driving, live fire, acquired structures, management, and employee development.

Training Programs

Training Academy:

The Training Unit is responsible for putting entry level trainees through an 18-week Training Academy. Training Academies are designed to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 1001. Academy graduates receive the following national certifications: Wildland Firefighter Red Card, HazMat Operations, and Firefighter I. Upon successful completion of one year probation, new firefighters will be certified to the Firefighter II level.

Driver Program:

A 7-week Relief Driver Academy is offered and designed to meet the NFPA 1002 Standard. Attendees include both CSFD and surrounding area fire department personnel. Upon successful completion, the candidate will be eligible to take the nationally recognized Driver Operator Pumper and Driver Operator Aerial certification exams. Other training includes in house promotional testing for the position of Driver/Engineer; continuing education classes; evaluating incumbent drivers; providing Trailer Towing Awareness classes, including classroon and skills portion; and driver training to the Training Academy: Light Vehicle, Trainee Pumper Operations, Brush Truck and Off Road.

Officer Academy:


The Colorado Springs Fire Department Fire Officer Academy is a 7-week program in which the officer candidate will complete Fire Officer I and II performance evaluation sheets that are designed to meet the NFPA 1021 Standard. After the 7-week program, the officer candidate will be "mentored" by the company officer and battalion chief for at least 30 emergency responses and 6 shifts.  A few areas in which the officer candidate will be evaluated on is in incident management to include: structure fires, medical incidents, traffic accidents, hazmat incidents, interpersonal skills, customer service, report writing, training, staffing decision, public education, and CTS entry. The Officer Candidate Evaluation Form will be used and signed off by the company officer and battalion chief to evaluate the individual on these critical elements. Upon successful completion, the candidate will be eligible to take the nationally recognized Fire Officer I and II certification exams.


Officer Development Program:


The Officer Development Program is designed to train incumbent officers in the areas of: Fire/Rescue/EMS, HazMat tactics, Safety, Scene Management, NIMS, Human Resource issues, Employee Development, and Team Building. New skills and techniques are learned as well as current skills enhanced. This program utilizes the NFPA 1021 and 1500 Standard as a guide along with various City and internal policies and procedures.


Distance Learning Program: 


The Distance Learning Program was implemented in August 2002 as a way for our firefighters to remain in-district (on duty) while learning. In 2006 Video On Demand (VOD) was created, which allows a firefighter to request a specific video to play. In 2007, 139 programs were aired and rebroadcast for a total of 8700+ hours. This new means of communication and learning gives the department the ability to disseminate information or critique incidents in a sensitive and timely manner. This alternate means also delivers valuable training to our surrounding fire departments which have cable television capability.


Safety Officer Program:


The Battalion Chief assigned to the Training Unit is also the designated Safety Officer for the department. The Training Unit has been instrumental in the training of all Battalion Chiefs, Hazmat Officers, and Decon Officers as nationally certified Incident Safety Officers. Four members of the Training Unit staff sit on the CSFD's Safety Committee and one member on the City of Colorado Springs Safety Committee.


National Incident Management System:


The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a standardized approach to incident management and response. The NIMS framework is designed to apply to all incidents, regardless of their size or complexity. NIMS training is required for all federal, state, local, tribal, private sector and non-governmental personnel who have a direct role in emergency management and response. The Training Division is in charge of making sure all first responders with the CSFD are educated in NIMS and certified based on their role and responsibilities.


Colorado Metropolitan Certification Board:


The Colorado Metropolitan Certification Board (CMCB) was established in 1995 with four original departments with the purpose of managing the firefighter professional certification process for the member departments. Today, CMCB has six member departments: Aurora, Denver, Colorado Springs, West Metro Fire Protection District, Poudre Fire Authority, and Union Colony Fire Rescue Authority. CMCB has governing authority for the creation, management, and auditing of all certification programs under its sanction. CMCB is accredited under the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard). Currently, the CMCB Administrator is housed at the Colorado Springs Fire Department.