More than 300 career and volunteer firefighters from throughout the state will converge on Salem (Oregon) this weekend for the annual Winter Fire School hosted by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.
On February 17th and 18th, 2018, DPSST will host the largest fire service training event in the Pacific Northwest that is offered free of charge.
Eleven classes will be offered by DPSST, the National Fire Academy, the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and the City of Dallas Fire & EMS Department.
Classes offered range from leadership topics such as Supervising Emergency Medical Services and New Fire Chief: Challenging Issues; to classes that focus on tactics; safety; to hands-on classes such as vehicle rescue, emergency vehicle operations and live fire training.
This event is held in a weekend setting because over 80% of the firefighters in Oregon are volunteers.
While many people are aware of DPSST's law enforcement training programs, they may not realize that DPSST is also the state fire training organization for Oregon and provides hundreds of training opportunities to firefighters each year at the Academy and at regional locations statewide.
DPSST appreciates the red carpet hospitality local businesses, and the community as a whole, roll-out for the career and volunteer firefighters attending this weekend training opportunity.