FIRE DEPARTMENT: TRAINING ACADEMY IMPROVEMENTS

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FIRE DEPARTMENT: TRAINING ACADEMY IMPROVEMENTS

 

Problem Identification:
The Fire Academy resources and facilities are inadequate.

Recommended Action:
Explore the sharing of the new Fire Academy being planned for Baltimore County. Repair and renovate the existing Department’s Academy as necessary.

Classification:
Cost Savings, Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:
All uniformed operations

Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated

Estimated Implementation Cost:
Not Determined

Barriers to Implementation:
None

Next Step:
Representatives of the Mayor’s Office and the Department’s leadership should meet with adjoining jurisdictions’ leaders to explore joint use agreements for fire training facilities. Repair and/or renovate the Department’s existing facilities where reasonable. As much training as possible should be provided while companies are in service for maximum utilization of time.

Analysis:
The current state of training within the Department should be improved. The existing Fire Academy, constructed in the early 1950s, at one time a model for the State, has fallen into disrepair and has been outgrown. The Academy has inadequate permanent classrooms and essentially no locker or restroom facilities for females. Portable training equipment and teaching resources are severely lacking. The Academy also lacks adequate training courses for emergency vehicle drivers, fire officers, fire inspectors, fire investigators and chief fire officers.