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Captains and Officers Academy Teaches Admin Side of a Firefighters Life

16 November 2013  
Human resources, paperwork, leadership and more were covered at the Captains and Officers Academy

The Central Yavapai Fire District (CYFD) training center was the site of a Captains and Officers Academy, attended this past week by representatives from across Arizona.

The weeklong academy focused on aspects of the job that many wouldn’t readily associate with the public face of firefighting- Human Resources, paperwork, and prioritizing the daily workload associated with the admin side of a firefighters life.

“As firefighters we’re exposed to fire from your first day,” said Academy coordinator and Chino valley Fire District (CVFD) Battalion Chief Phillip Cox. “But you’re not exposed to the HR and paperwork component until they are in a leadership position. These classes prepare them so that when that time comes they are ready.”

The academy wasn’t limited to the office side of things. Leadership, incident command, and risk management were also an integral part of the training.  

Cox said the interagency training, that included representatives from the CYFD, CVFD, Prescott, Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde, and Sedona departments help firefighters develop the teamwork and communication skills needed on the job each and every day.

“We mix up the agencies intentionally to get the students out of their comfort zone,” said Cox. “This really helps them build relationships that they will have for the rest of their careers, helping them share best practices, SOP’s (standard operating procedures) and SOG’s (standard operating guidelines).”

As most fire departments, especially in Yavapai County, continue to struggle with budgetary restraints, the need to rely on neighboring agencies has become vital to providing the best service possible.

“When we have an incident that involves multiple agencies, the communication and procedures are the same, those bonds are already strong,” said Cox. “Our local agencies have really put this into practice and are succeeding in giving the highest level of care to the tax payers while really keeping an eye on the available dollars.”

Cox said fiscal responsibility also comes into play in training exercises like this week’s academy.

Normally, the cost per student would be about $100.00 per day. This week’s classes, after some creative fundraising including participating at a few local events and crafts fairs, brought the cost down to around $170.00 per student for the entire week.

Information on the CYFD training center, the CVFD, and many useful fire prevention tips is available at www.centralyavapaifire.org and www.chinoazfire.com.

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  1. Mike Labors of the Prescott Fire Dept. (center) takes part in an HR training workshop conducted by
    Patty Brookins, CYFD HR Specialist (left).

 

 

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 Chino Valley resident and US Forest Service trainer Jason Clawson conducts a 
class based on the Doce Fire during the 6th Annual Officers Academy. The academy 
was held at the Central Yavapai Fire Districts training center in Prescott Valley, and 
was attended by firefighters from across the state, including 
CVFD’s Thomas Muniz and Ben Roche (far right).

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Chino Valley resident and US Forest Service trainer Jason Clawson conducts a
class based on the Doce Fire during the 6th Annual Officers Academy. The academy
was held at the Central Yavapai Fire Districts training center in Prescott Valley, and
was attended by firefighters from across the state, including
CVFD’s Thomas Muniz and Ben Roche (far right).

 

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Todd Able of the CYFD (r) instructs a class that includes Pete Lynch and Terry Jacobson of the CVFD that was simulating a micro burst incident.

 

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CYFD Chief of Operations Jeff Polacek (center) conducts a simulation of a commercial fire.

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CYFD Chief of Operations Jeff Polacek conducts a simulation of a commercial fire.

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CVFD Battalion Chief Philip Cox

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