The Training Division ensures that Officers and firefighters receive and maintain the knowledge and skills required to provide fire and rescue service to the citizens of the City of Burnaby. We hold training programs for Pre-Recruits and Recruits, and specialized training for our current firefighters. Learn more about us in Divisions.
- Pre-Recruit Training
- Recruit Training
- Medical Emergency Training
- Officer Training
- Driver Training
- Automobile Rescue
- Technical Rescue
- Hazardous Materials
To ensure that the Department hires the best candidate for the job of a firefighter, the Training Division puts on pre-recruit training sessions for selected hopeful candidates.
The Pre-Recruit program involves five weekend sessions where candidates are given basic firefighter training. Candidates are evaluated on their ability to work with firefighting equipment and their ability to work within a team structure.
Upon completion of the Pre-Recruit Training, remaining candidates are scheduled to attend four days of 'Ride-A-Long' with an Engine Company.
This program has been very successful as it allows the Department to evaluate candidates prior to hiring them.
The Training division runs recruit classes for all new firefighters. Before being assigned to a fire station, new recruits attend a six week basic training course. Recruits are instructed in all areas of basic firefighting, First Responder III, CPR, AED, Hazardous Material Awareness and other job skills.
Burnaby Fire Department responds to medical emergencies as part of a layered response with the British Columbia Ambulance Service. All Burnaby firefighters must hold a First Responder Level III licence and a CPR certification. Firefighters are also licenced in the use of AED's (Automatic External Defibrillators). First Responder licences must be renewed every three years, CPR certification annually and AED licences must be re-certified every 90 days.
Senior firefighters are prepared for promotion to officer ranks by attending a two week Junior Officers course. Students receive training in Incident Command, Fire Station management and as Fire Service Instructors (JIBC).
Before becoming certified to drive emergency vehicles, all Department drivers go through a one year Driver/Operator course. This course is directed by Department certified instructors and gives new drivers the required skills to safely operate large Fire Department Engines and Ladder trucks.
Driver training involves geography, mechanical theory, BC Air Brake endorsement, BC Class 3 drivers Licence and Code 3 driving techniques.
Operator training involves hydraulic theory, fire pump operation, aerial ladder operation and ladder platform operation.
Responding to traffic accidents is a major role of the fire service. Motor Vehicle Accidents present both a risk of fire and the need for special rescue training. All BFD members are training in the use of specialized rescue equipment.
Training is provided by Department certified instructors. The Department uses outside training agencies (JIBC and Holimatro) to keep our instructors up to date with the latest design in motor vehicles.
BFD provides specialized rescue services in mountain rescue, high angle, tower crane and confined space rescue. To provide the widest range of services for the citizens of Burnaby, the Fire Department is constantly working towards improving our capabilities in these challenging fields.
Fire Departments are usually the first agencies to arrive on scene of accident spills involving hazardous materials. We presently have several members trained to the level of HazMat Technicians and HazMat Operations.