The Training Division is responsible for initiating and coordinating all training programs for the department.
Every two years the Manchester Fire Department sponsors an EMT Refresher Training Program. The refresher program consists of 24 classroom hours and a practical exam at the end of the program. The 24 hours of classroom time is designed to enhance EMS skills, go over any new procedures, recertify their CPR and many other things. The classes are held while the firefighter is on duty. The Refresher program is for Manchester Fire Department personnel only and not open to the public.
Rapid Intervention Teams
A Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) is a team of fire fighters immediately available and specifically assigned for the rescue of fire fighters, should the need arise. RIT Teams are developed whenever personnel are operating in a hazardous atmosphere. RIT training is being conducted for all fire personnel during spring-summer-fall of 2002. Skills will include those necessary to rescue fellow fire fighters and those skills needed for self rescue.
Thermal Imaging Cameras
Recently, the Fire Department purchased Thermal Imaging Cameras for all fire companies. During the months of March and April 2002, all personnel were scheduled to participate in an 8 hour training program in the use of the cameras. The program included a ½ day classroom session and a ½ day skills session at the NH Fire Academy. Personnel were able to use the cameras in actual smoke and fire conditions, learning various search techniques and to identify room content heat signatures.