A progressive fire prevention program designed to increase public awareness is gradually decreasing the number of structure fires. Although good for the community, this can lead to a lack of fireground experience for our firefighters and officers. Modern day homes are being constructed with more cost effective materials which typically lead to earlier structural collapse when impinged upon by fire. Also, homes being built today are more energy efficient which allows for high smoke and heat conditions to build up inside. The use of plastics in many homes has greatly increased which causes faster burning at temperatures 2-3 times hotter than wood. The combination of these conditions can lead to disaster if not properly trained and prepared.
The City of Red Wing requires its firefighters to be Minnesota State Certified at a Firefighter 2 Level. There is ongoing training to meet state recertification and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Each career firefighter receives a minimum of 120 hours of fire and rescue training annually. Paid on call firefighters receive 72 hours per year. Fire training is coordinated and conducted by the Training Captain and Fire Captains. These Fire Instructors are state certified and follow National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines. Off site instructors are brought in for advanced and/or specialized training. Training sessions that are conducted include, but are not limited to the following:
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