2014 Maple Grove Firefighters Complete Initial Fire Training
July 10th, 2014 Maple Grove, Minnesota …It seemed like a very long and cold winter, but that didn’t stop this year’s group of Maple Grove apprentice firefighters from completing their initial qualification training.
Maple Grove participates in a shared services model for training new firefighters to respond to emergencies in our community. Maple Grove recruits, along with new firefighters from several other area fire departments, attend training covering fire response and hazardous materials emergencies. Each year, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Golden Valley, and the West Metro Fire Rescue District host a Fire Training Academy that allows trainees to participate in classroom and hands-on activities that meet nationally recognized firefighter standards. New firefighters then put their learning to the test by completing firefighter certification administered by the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board.
Minnesota has a long history of dedicated citizens providing fire and emergency response to their community as part of the hometown fire department. Many times residents do not realize that most communities in Minnesota, including much of Hennepin County, are served by fire departments staffed by volunteer or part-time firefighters. Maple Grove has a long tradition of staffing our fire department with a group of dedicated citizens who provide fire and emergency response. Assistant Fire Chief Tim Bush notes, “When you call 911 you expect help to come quickly. Sometimes people are surprised to find out that the firefighters coming to help them are also their neighbors. They are even more surprised when they hear that we hire new firefighters with no previous experience and provide them the firefighting and emergency medical training they need”.
Providing emergency response to the community requires people, equipment and training. It can be expensive and working with neighboring fire departments can help keep costs down. Shared services like an internal fire academy allows multiple departments to come together with their neighbors to share the time and expense of training new fire recruits. It also allows students a chance to work with the people, tools, and fire vehicles they will use when they complete their initial training. Assistant Chief Bush states, “We are really fortunate to have some really talented instructors working with our new firefighters. This allows us to take advantage of people that truly are subject matter experts for each section of the training we provide. Our training is second to none and it helps hold down costs for each of the departments involved. “
In 2014, recruits from Maple Grove attended training with new firefighters from seven departments in Anoka and Hennepin Counties. They attended either morning or evening classes, depending on their available time. According to Fire Chief Scott Anderson, “The majority of our firefighters also work full-time. They have jobs and families, so we need to be able to provide training that fits into the schedules of their lives. We especially need people who can respond during the daytime.”
Maple Grove is currently accepting applications to find the next group of new apprentice firefighters. Although the fire department has openings for both day and night available responders, the biggest challenge in Maple Grove is finding people that are available during the day time. Fire Chief Scott Anderson says, “We need to find the people that are home during the daytime and can respond quickly if we have an emergency in the city. We’ll train you and we’ll challenge you and we’ll keep it fun.”
Applications are accepted through Friday, August 1st, 2014. Information can be found at www.MGFire.info.
Tim Bush – Assistant Fire Chief
Maple Grove Fire Department
2014 Maple Grove Fire Department Graduates