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Training PictureThe Training Division is the central hub for the Stockton Fire Department's personnel training. It is managed by a Division Chief and consists of several classrooms, administrative offices, a drill tower, and drill grounds. The drill grounds include areas for fire operations, extrication, hazardous materials response, confined space, technical rescue, as well as hose and ladder evolutions. When not in use by the department, the classrooms and drill grounds are available to other public safety agencies.


The Division of Training coordinates suppression, recruit and EMS training, testing and program development for its members. It is the intent of the Division of Training to provide the highest level of safety and service to the public and the department through quality education, attention to tradition and innovation, while being vigilant in the recruitment and promotion of qualified personnel.


Areas of Responsibility

In-Service Training

Provides for implementation of weekly street drills, monthly Officer Training sessions, quarterly Tower Drill evaluation, yearly state-required certifications (EMS & HazMat) and required drills to assist in maintaining top firefighting performance levels.


New Recruit Training

Teaches, mentors, coaches, and develops new recruits during a 16-week Academy where they complete 640 hours of instruction in basic firefighting skills. In addition, new recruits receive State Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials FRO, Rescue Systems I, and ICS 100 and 200 certification.


Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Coordinates programs, training, and CE for CPR, PALS, ACLS, EMT-1, and Paramedic recertification. Responsible for EMS-related issues.


Emergency Communication Division

Manages both emergency and non-emergency communications and acts as the interdepartmental liaison for contract agencies.


Specialized Teams

Coordinates programs, training, and CE for Haz Mat, Swift Water and Dive Rescue, Rescue Systems I and II, Trench Rescue and Confined Space Rescue certification.



Serves as Incident Safety Officers at all Multiple Alarm incidents.


Research and Development

Responsible for research and development of new policy and updates regarding, equipment, techniques, programs, and products.


Technical Services

Provides photo and video support for training and emergency incidents. Safety equipment and clothing are disbursed and monitored through the Division of Training.


Drivers Training

Provides California Department of Motor Vehicles Class B testing and monitors break-in of new engineers and manipulative testing.


Auxiliary Firefighters

Oversees the coordination of auxiliary firefighter training and equipment.



Maintenance and monitoring of long and short range contracts within areas of responsibility. The Division of Training monitors state legislation affecting the department and the fire service in general.


External Links

California State Fire Training

National Fire Academy

California Fire Chiefs Association

Target Safety

This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 9/16/2011