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Specialized Training

Many of our firefighters carry specialized training and are certified in the following areas:

National Fire Protection Association National Registry as...

bd14583_.gif (175 bytes) 1001 Firefighter-I, II and III

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)1002 Driver/Pump Operator

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)1041 Fire Service Instructor I, II

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)1021 Fire Officer I, II

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)1521 Safety Officer

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)1033 Fire Investigator


Other members are also certified as...

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)Hazardous Materials Technicians

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)SCUBA Dive Rescue

bd14583_.gif (175 bytes) Smoke Diver

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)Rope Rescue Technician I, II

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)Emergency Medical first Responder

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician


Personnel are attending or enrolled in the following continuing education classes:

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)Confined Space Rescue

bd14583_.gif (175 bytes) Fire Prevention Principles and Practices

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)Fire Service Management

 bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)Fire Officer

bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)Fireground Leadership

bd14583_.gif (175 bytes)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.