Departmental Training

Red Oak Fire Rescue is committed to providing the citizens of the City of Red Oak with a highly trained fire and rescue department. Each firefighter receives a minimum of two hours of training daily. Members are also sent for specialized training throughout the region. On a regular basis, our firefighters train with area fire departments to maintain familiarity with each other and increase on-scene performance and safety. As the Rescue Department for the Ellis Dallas Unified Cooperative Team (EDUCT), each member of the department must be trained at the technician level on all rescue disciplines. This includes High Angle, Trench, Confined Space, Heavy Extrication, Structural Collapse, and Swift Water Rescue. 

Training is a critical function for any modern fire service agency. As our work becomes more complex and diversified, the knowledge required, government regulations, and professional standards lead to increases in overall training needs for the Department. Documentation and records management are essential elements of that process.

View our 2021 Annual Training Plan

Key programs and opportunities that will be developed and/or continued are:

  • Engine/Truck Company (fire ground support) Operations
  • Driver/Operator Training (Engineer FTO)
  • Probationary firefighter training (FTO program)
  • Computer training
  • Hazardous Material Awareness Level Training refresher
  • External training opportunities
  • Involvement of company officers in training development
  • Technical Rescue Training
  • National Incident Management System Training
  • Annual Emergency Vehicle Operator Training
  • Investigator certification training for all Officers depending on funding
  • Inspector certification training for all Officers depending on funding
  • Driver/Engineer orientation and training
  • Transitioning of Firefighter to Driver/Engineer program
  • Strike Team Leader training for Company Officers
  • Obtain Forestry "Blue" cards for Strike Team members

Items necessary for increasing the capabilities of the training program include:

  • Quality regional continuing education programs
  • Continuously updating the fire department library
  • Construction of the fire department training team
  • Focus training on High Risk – Low Frequency events
  • Incident Safety Officer Training (all officers)
  • Training for Step-Up positions
  • Officer Orientation and Training (Officer FTO)
  • National Fire Academy attendance
  • Medical continuing education and re-certification