The mission of the Jessamine County Fire District is “to better prepare and enable all Emergency Services personnel to do their job regardless of the wide variety of situations they may be confronted with. This is accomplished by providing the most current, high quality, safe and realistic fire and rescue training available”.
""Training firefighters with life saving skills and safety oriented attitudes, allowing them to operate safer and more confidently on the fire ground."
Our most valuable and important resource is the “Fire Fighter” the more that we can do to prepare and protect them through training the safer they will be on the fire ground. Fire Training Facility evolutions and props are realistic as possible while still providing a safe and controlled environment for training. Live fire training and training programs increase and improve the fire fighter and department ability and better prepares them in dealing with emergencies and incidents. The success of fire attack and rescue operations revolves around the ability of the department to execute skills and evolutions with proficiency and consistency. The development of proficiency and consistency can only result from training.
The Jessamine County Fire District Fire & Rescue Training Facility is a three story building equipped with a two burn rooms (on the first and second levels) and a host of other rooms, closets and hallways used for live fire training, search and rescue and Rapid Intervention Training (RIT). The third level provides easily accessible roof for ladder and ventilation training, a tower and steel beam configuration that is used by the Technical Rescue Team for rope rescue training. This facility allows the Jessamine County Fire District to take its training program to a whole new level. It is a tremendous asset that has been made available for use by the fire departments of Nicholasville and Wilmore as well as our own county firefighters. Joint trainings have been conducted at this facility and it has also hosted State Fire Commission classes. The facility is second to none in the training of firefighters for fire ground operations and technical rescue tactics.
The Training Team
The Jessamine County Fire District has a training bureau with seven Kentucky state certified instructors and several other senior firefighters that are responsible for planning, implementation and execution of the training criteria. There are sixteen firefighters that hold State Instructor certifications and many of those who are not members of the training staff are called upon on occasion to teach also. Fire ground training is held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month commencing at 6:30pm. Technical Rescue Team training is conducted on the third Tuesday of each month also at 6:30pm. Some Saturday training is conducted for specialized classes or classes that have timelines of four hours or more to achieve the training goals. Feel free to stop by any of these designated nights and observe your county firefighters training on the latest methods procedures and tactics for continuing education of fire and rescue services.
Becoming a Firefighter takes dedication, high personal goals, education and training. New recruit classes are implemented when staffing reaches a level that is near not adequate for the fire district to operate on fire and rescue operations safely. Typically every two or three years the Jessamine County Fire District sees the need to take on new recruits. Training of new recruits is a six month process conducted one night per week and several weekends during the training period. At conclusion the recruit will be able to obtain the following certifications:
Fire Fighter I
The course is a combination of classroom study and practical scenarios that prepare the fire fighter to carry out most fire ground functions under direct supervision of an officer or experienced fire fighter.
Fire Fighter II
Designed to build on the skills taught in Fire Fighter I and prepares the student to assume more of a leadership role on the fire ground.
First Responders are trained to assess and treat patients at the basic level. They are the first level of National Certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. A First Responder Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) can provide basic assistance to individuals who are suffering from injuries or other health related problems. First responders are trained to handle the following situations:
In order to handle these types of situations, first responders must be able to analyze situations quickly, have knowledge of health care strategies and be good physical condition. Methods used by the first responder to assess and treat individuals in need range from taking blood pressures, providing comfort measures, to full body immobilization to prevent further injury.
Most of the lesson plans used by the Jessamine County Fire District are from Essentials of Fire Fighting
Essentials is a fire service training manual produced by Fire Protection Publications
(FPP) and the International Fire Service Training Association
(IFSTA). This manual is used by fire service training agencies and departments around the world to train personnel to become firefighters. The Essentials of Fire Fighting is the required training manual used in countless local fire departments and state/provincial training agencies in every region of the United States and Canada. The manual is currently in its fifth edition.
Some lessons covered in a typical Recruit class are:
- Firefighter Orientation and Safety
- Fire Behavior
- Building Construction
- Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment
- Portable Extinguishers
- Ropes and Knots
- Rescue and Extrication
- Forcible Entry
- Ground Ladders
- Water Supply
- Fire Hose
- Fire Streams
- Fire Control
- Fire Detection, Alarm, and Suppression Systems
- Loss Control
- Protecting Evidence for Fire Cause Determination
- Fire Department Communications
- Fire Prevention and Public Fire Education
"Train Every Day As If Your Life Depends On It... Because It Does"