Division Chief of Training - Joe Ward
It is the mission of the Oceanside Fire Department Training Division to provide the highest quality training, instruction, and evaluation to our members. Training is one of the most important functions of the Fire Department. This is intended to prepare our department to serve our community in the most efficient and effective and transparent means possible, and to ensure personal safety as we deliver this service.
The Training Division's goal is to provide valuable training before a firefighter is presented with the many different types of emergency and non-emergency calls for service. Some of these training topics include:
· Fire Academy for all New Hires
· Incident Command and Control
· Structural / Wildland Firefighting
· Confined Space Rescue
· Emergency Medical Training
· Vehicle Extrication
· Hazardous Material Training
· Employee Development and Promotional Training
The Oceanside Training Division will deliver high quality training and education with an emphasis on continuous improvement of customer service delivery, operational effectiveness and safety, risk management, and personal development.
The Oceanside Training Division provides training to the entire Fire Department according to Federal, State, County, and City mandates. Training Division personnel also assist in providing training to other City departments and other agencies throughout the county. Consolidation of training classes with other departments pays large dividends when operating on mutual aid emergency incidents.
There are currently three personnel assigned to the Fire Training Division: one Battalion Chief, one Captain, and one Training Specialist. The Training Facility is located at 110 Jones Road adjacent to the Water Department. At this location is a state of art command training center, training classroom, burn building commercial and residential roof props, flashover prop, confine space props and training tower.
Please feel free to contact the Training Division with any questions or concerns. As a modern fire department, we find that "thinking outside of the box" helps to accomplish all of the department's goals in an efficient and effective manner. We can be reached through “Contact Us” on the top of this website.
The department continues its commitment to the community and its citizens with training to fulfill our mission “to deliver the best possible service to our community”.
Every year or two the Oceanside Fire Department completes a basic recruit fire academy. Academies typically span a 12-week period, and they usually consist of 12-20 recruits.
During a fire academy, the training division is augmented with two additional Captains and an on-shift training cadre of nine officers and firefighters. Working in three shifts, the cadre is divided into hose, ladders, and ventilation divisions, encompassing the basic essentials of structural firefighting. With an emphasis on drill ground activities the Oceanside Fire Academy is considered one of the most challenging and rigorous in existence.
As a result, the Oceanside Fire Academy has earned the reputation of producing the most driven, focused, and well-trained firefighters. This has resulted in a prideful organization with a commitment to excellence.
The main focus is to expose recruits to the most modern firefighting equipment and techniques, in addition to preparing them to be a self-motivated, integral part of the OFD team upon graduation from the academy.
Oceanside fire recruits are also put through a rigorous EMS academy. Hundreds of hours of training, evaluation, and testing are done before they are cleared to work independently in the field.
For more information on career opportunities at the Oceanside Fire Department click here.