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Like many municipal fire departments in Texas, The Conroe Fire Department draws it's Firefighter/ Emergency Medical Technicians from a pool of candidates who already have the basic training for the job.

Training1Most recruit firefighters come to the department having received basic firefighter certification training from one of the recognized training schools, such as Texas A&M or Lamar University. These schools provide the specific instruction required making an applicant eligible for certification by the Texas Fire Commission.

In addition, new firefighters are required to hold an Emergency Medical Technician certificate from the Texas Department of Health. This training provides the basic skills required when responding to the numerous medical emergency calls answered by the Conroe Fire Department.

Having provided proof of basic training as a Firefighter/ EMT, and having otherwise satisfied the hiring process, new employees begin their tour of duty with additional training.

Company officers, who are in charge of the individual engine and ladder truck crews, take over the training of new recruits. This period of instruction, known as "Phase Training", lasts through the first year of employment. During this time, new employees are trained in department policy and procedure, and are trained to apply their basic training to actual operations. Regular evaluations are used to correct any problems a new employee may be having and determine if he or she is to continue service following probation.

Other training in the Conroe Fire Department:

  • Training2Shift and Company Training- held regularly on duty for the purpose of learning or improving skills, improving familiarity with equipment, and improving teamwork.A list of thirty basic skills in areas such as Fire Service Ladders or Rescue are routinely refreshed, and more specialized training in subjects like Hazardous Materials are covered with the shift learning and practicing as a unit.
  • Continuing Education- required training to maintain employee status as certified Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, or Fire Investigator/ Inspector. Training levels in specific categories must be fulfilled to satisfy the regulations of agencies that set the standards for fire protection personnel.
  • Departmental Training- provided for the purpose of introducing information to the department as a whole
  • Outside Training- classes presented where training is offered at locations such as Texas A&M University, or at the National Fire Academy in Maryland. These typically are technical, administrative, or employee development classes.

The Training Division provides service in the following areas:

  • Location and gathering of information on training opportunities for Conroe Fire Department employees, and facilitating travel, lodging, and other services
  • Maintenance of records of training and certification for employee and department use, and to meet the requirements of agencies including the Texas Fire Commission, Texas Department of Health, and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Monitoring training levels of all Conroe Fire Department employees
  • Supporting activities of the Fire Department including safety, employee physicals, and hiring.
  • Budgeting and accounting funds for training and related expense