TRAINING

SCFD Fire and EMS Training
Under the leadership of Training Officer Chris Staniak, SCFD runs a training program designed to allow volunteers to learn all the necessary skills to be an effective firefighter. All trainings are free of charge to volunteers. The training program at Santa Clara is designed to make firefighters the best that they can be, and a part of that process is earning professional certifications from the State of Oregon's Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. DPSST certifications earned by Santa Clara Volunteers include Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Driver, Pumper Operator, Fire Officer I. These professional certifications show the quality of volunteer firefighters here in the Santa Clara Fire District, and also make our volunteers more competitive for fire service jobs. 
SCFD collaborates with other fire service agencies throughout Lane County, including Junction City Fire District, Lane Fire Authority, Eugene/Springfield Fire and EMS Department, and many others. SCFD is a member of the Region 5 Fire Training Association, which provides opportunities for firefighters to train at agencies throughout the region.

SCFD and neighboring Lane Fire Authority jointly own a fire service drill ground, which is located at LFA Station 115. This training facility is second largest in the county, trailing only Eugene/Springfield Fire and EMS Department's drill ground at 2nd and Chambers in Eugene. 
The first step in a firefighter's training with SCFD is to complete a firefighter recruit academy. We typically offer two academies per year: one in the spring and one in the fall. The academy lasts several months and includes reading and online homework, as well as hands-on skills training. The academy is rigorous in order to meet professional standards required both by the State of Oregon and SCFD. However, we understand that volunteers have jobs or school, and as such the academy is specifically designed to work around common work and school schedules.

SCFD also routinely offers other trainings, such as Apparatus Operator.

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Firefighter training and education doesn't end with the completion of a fire academy. SCFD volunteers train on a weekly basis, with some volunteers attending multiple drills a week. 

The district also holds EMS training drills for our EMTs and Paramedics. The district may be able to pay for the cost of obtaining EMS certifications through Lane Community College, including EMT-Basic, AEMT, and EMT-I. The district does not provide assistance for Paramedic at this time. 

Current SCFD  volunteers can use the following matrix to track their training progress and achieve their fire service goals.
SCFD Training Matrix
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