Operations & Training Division
The Training Division is committed to providing ongoing training, education, and certification to fire service personnel who are necessary to ensure a competent, efficient and effective emergency response organization.
Structural Firefighting is an important aspect of our organization. SCFD3 members spend the first year going through multiple facets of training, with structural firefighting taking place each fall. During this phase of training members will learn firefighter safety, radio communications, fire behavior, building construction and much more. Each member will have the opportunity to participate not only in the classroom, but on the fire ground as well; this will be where you put everything you have learned in the classroom to the test.
As we have all witnessed, each year wildland fires seem to be the talk of the news not only in Washington State but many others. These fires move rather quickly and are often unpredictable. While this is the shortest phase in our recruit training, each firefighter learns the basics to get a good foundation built and continue to learn from there, just as they do with each phase of training. Fire District #3 has a significant amount of rural timbered land as well as some Wildland Urban Interface (an area in transition from wildland to urban).
Emergency Medical Services
With times changing and Emergency Medical Calls for service being the highest number of incidents we run today. Our members are provided the opportunity to attend a Emergency Medical Technician course. In this course firefighters learn everything from how to take a blood pressure to learning about the cardiovascular system. Firefighter EMR/EMT's put their skills to the test everyday, whether they are responding to and treating a patient involved in a motor vehicle accident, or an allergic reaction, the skills learned are vital to our organization and citizens.
Fire District #3 is an "All Hazards" department. SCFD3 has a Technical Rescue Team that is trained in many facets should they face an event requiring such task. This highly skilled team is trained in "confined space rescue", "low angle & high angle rope rescue", "cell tower rescue", "ice rescue", and "water rescue". Each of these skills takes many hours of specialized training, where each team member is required to not only participate in classroom lecture but each hands on skill as well. This team responds directly to a scene in their personal vehicle to assess the situation while the equipment is being transported and delivered from Station 31 in Cheney (the center of our district).