Training Division: Training Captain, Matthew Schechla

The goal of the training division is to provide the highest level safety and training with the purpose of delivering quality service to our community through care, compassion and courage. The Training Division is responsible for the coordination, scheduling and delivery of mandated training for career and volunteer firefighters. Training includes occupational safety, professional development, volunteer firefighter program, monthly drills, EMS administration, fire suppression, company evolutions, performance based skills and communications.

Firefighters are required to meet minimum training requirements mandated at both the State and Federal levels. It is the responsibility of the training officer to develop department training standards and schedules that ensure all mandated requirements are met. Most firefighters are California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) Certified to the Firefighter I level with several being certified at Firefighter II level.

The CSFM provides career development tracks for Firefighter through Chief Officers; the Winters Fire Department utilizes these tracks to facilitate our training programs. At the emergency medical service level, all staff are certified at basic first aid and CPR. Dozens are certified at the Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.) All E.M.T.’s are also automatic external defibrillator qualified.

Training topics include:

  • Auto Extrication
  • Harassment Training for Supervisors
  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Structural Firefighting
  • Fire Behavior
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras
  • Communications
  • Master Streams
  • Ladders
  • Search & Rescue
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Ventilation
  • Multi-Company Evolutions & Performance Standards
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Swift Water Rescue Awareness & Operations