Training

The West Fargo Fire Department's Training Division goals are: 

  • To enhance the overall effectiveness of the fire department by providing comprehensive and up-to-date training programs. 
  • To improve the safety of firefighters and the public by ensuring that all members are trained in the latest firefighting techniques and safety procedures. 
  • To foster a culture of continuous learning within the fire department that emphasizes ongoing professional development and skill building. 
  • To develop and maintain partnerships with other fire departments, emergency service organizations and education institutions to share knowledge and resources. 
  • To maintain a training program that is flexible, adaptable and responsive to the changing needs of the fire department and the community. 

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: 

The West Fargo Fire Department adheres to the ISO guidelines, which mandate that firefighters must accumulate a minimum number of training hours annually. 

To meet this requirement, shift personnel have the flexibility to complete the required training while on duty. For part-time staff, the options include attending individual training sessions or fulfilling their training hours while covering shifts. 

In a new approach, part-time personnel have the opportunity to participate in a weekend-long training once each quarter. During this designated weekend, both part-time and full-time employees engage in training, facilitating larger sessions that involve the entire department. This streamlined approach ensures efficient and comprehensive training for all personnel.