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ACFD Reserve Firefighter Training and Education Program

OVERVIEW

The Alameda County Fire Department Reserve Firefighter Education and Training Programís primary goals are to improve the quantity and quality of training for prospective professional Alameda County firefighters. It has proven itself an innovative and respected leader in developing future firefighters. The Alameda County Fire Department Reserve Firefighter Education & Training Program emphasizes the value of recruiting well-trained and qualified firefighting personnel from all areas of society because firefighters protect all of the community.

Applicants entering the Alameda County Fire Department Reserve Firefighter Education & Training Program can expect to enter the program as a reserve candidate. After an evaluation of previous education and training, candidates are placed into a three-tiered training program. Once a candidate completes the third level of training, they are qualified to become an Alameda County Reserve Firefighter. The focus of Level I is career and educational guidance for candidates interested in the fire service. Level II is provides further career and educational guidance for candidates with some education or background in the fire service or emergency medical services. In Level III, the candidate is prepared in an academy environment to become an active Alameda County Reserve Firefighter that is capable of responding to incidents.

Alameda County Fire Department Reserve Firefighters continue to participate in training and education that assist the reserve firefighter in becoming a professional firefighter. Reserve firefighters can expect to participate in firefighter training, meetings, work-experience and public education/relation opportunities within the community alongside professional firefighters. Reserve firefighters are also required to respond to emergencies, when requested, to support the efforts of professional firefighters.

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