Many of our firefighters carry specialized training and are certified in the following areas:
National Fire Protection Association National Registry as...1001 Firefighter-I, II and III
1002 Driver/Pump Operator
1041 Fire Service Instructor I, II
1021 Fire Officer I, II
1521 Safety Officer
1033 Fire Investigator
Other members are also certified as...
Hazardous Materials Technicians
SCUBA Dive Rescue Smoke Diver
Rope Rescue Technician I, II
Emergency Medical first Responder
Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician
Personnel are attending or enrolled in the following continuing education classes:
Confined Space Rescue Fire Prevention Principles and Practices
Fire Service Management
Fire Officer Fireground Leadership Firefighter Brian Sellier is currently working towards his Bachelor's Degree in Fire Protection.
|Physical Agility Screening|
A new physical agility screen program was instituted this year and developed to help the staff gauge their own physical stamina in a variety of situations they would encounter on a fire scene.
The firefighter, while wearing full protective clothing and SCBA, was given an ax and had to forcibly strike a target a minimum of 60 times in no more than two minutes. This exercise was designed to simulate cutting through a roof to release smoke, heat, and gases.
The firefighter, in his full gear, helmet, boots, coat, and SCBA had to crawl a distance of 50 yards, or 150 feet. This building search evolution is performed as a continuous exercise without stopping to simulate the search for a trapped victim.
During the hose lay evolution, the firefighter, while wearing full protective clothing and SCBA was given 150 feet of 2 1/2 inch hose with fog nozzle attached, folding the hose to his/her choice. The firefighter then stood beside the folded hose with the nozzle placed over one shoulder. At the signal the firefighter stretched the hose line in a straight line to its full length without stopping.
The final test was the hazardous material evolution, a simulation of transporting liquid material at a haz-mat scene. The firefighter was given a 50 foot length of 2 1/2 inch hose weighing approximately 65 pounds to carry a distance of a quarter mile, wearing full protective clothing and SCBA. The hose could be carried as a roll, or by means of any recognized hose carry method.
To reach the objective of being efficient and well-trained the department has established its own exercise room with equipment that has been donated or purchased by department employees. This room has been established at no cost to the taxpayer and is open for use by any city employee as long as housekeeping rules are followed.
All members of the Bay St. Louis Fire Department participated in the Professional Development Certification Program classes that were held by the City to improve customer service, communication and team building skills, address sexual harassment, sensitivity and diversity issues, learn about community history and assets, and individual wellness.
Shift Supervisor Pam San Fillippo administered Hepatitis B vaccinations and tuberculosis screening for all firefighters. This health screening is performed to protect firefighters during public contact in emergencies.