"TRAINING AS IF
LIVES DEPENDED ON IT”
Because it does!
The Training Division of the Glynn County Fire
Department is operated differently from most Training Divisions
in the area. It is headed by a Captain of Training, and
supported by an unlimited number of nationally qualified
training officers on each of the three Platoons. The
Captain of Training co-ordinates the minimum monthly training
activities allowing the supporting training officers to provide
additional individualized training as necessary.
These support training officers are not only
responsible for training but are also officers on the
Departments apparatus. By doing so, our training officers
stay up to date with the needs of our crews. They see what
training issues need to be addressed first hand, which prevents
the gap that sometimes occurs between the firefighters and
trainers in some departments. It is not a question of "Do
as I say, Not as I do". Our Training Officers do not sit in an
office and dictate training. They respond to calls
and follow the same guidelines they teach to their fellow
Firefighters. So far, this system has worked well
Our Department is also fortunate to have a
training facility at our disposal. Our training facility
provides a place to conduct most all aspects of our training.
This includes topics such as Live Fire and Flashover training,
flammable liquids and pressurized container fire control.
Our Training Division works to stay as current as
possible. Our Training Officers attend courses regularly to
stay up with current techniques and practices. Our
Training Officers are also part of our most specialized teams or
committees in the department (i.e. Haz-Mat, & High-Angle Rescue).
Glynn Counties primary fire protection provider, the Glynn
County Fire Department is in the forefront techniques and
the fire service.
The Glynn County Fire Department currently
provides fire protection services to the unincorporated portions
of Glynn County, and responds to approximately 5,000-6,000 calls
annually out of 8 stations.
In addition to community fire protection, the
Glynn County Fire Department provides wild-land, industrial and
aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) services.
Our firefighters are trained to National
Professional Qualifications as well as Georgia standards and
have extensive experience. On a moments notice the Glynn County
Fire Department can have personnel and equipment in route
anywhere in Glynn County and the surrounding counties.
Our ARFF services help the Brunswick / Glynco
airport increase service levels, while cutting costs. We provide
on-site structural fire and emergency services as well as runway
Glynn County Fire Department is the primary provider of
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and high quality medical
transportation services in Glynn County since 1972.
Glynn County's high standards for medical
training and proficiency ensure our employees are current in the
most recent clinical protocols. Our employees are certified
professionals who undergo continuing education and testing to
assure their performance continues to meet our high standards.
In addition, Glynn County provides sophisticated
vehicles, equipment, medical supplies, and systems to support
the appropriate levels of pre-hospital care our patients
The Glynn County Fire Department currently
operates 7 ambulances county wide with additional spare
ambulances that can be brought online, at a moments notice, when necessary.
following is some of the special operations that the Glynn County Fire Department
performs during emergency responses. These operations can
be taxing on the Departments resources and sometimes require the
assistance of outside agencies to execute.
The Glynn County Fire Departments' personnel have
received various levels of training in many special operations
response areas. It is the policy of the Glynn County Fire
Department to assist the various local special operations
response teams to mitigate the emergency. If that
scenario, for whatever reason, does not occur, the Department
responds in a fashion that will not overwhelm its level of
training, expertise or equipment.
The Glynn County Fire Department approaches hazardous
materials responses at the First Responder Operations Level. First
Responders at the operations level are individuals who respond to
releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the
initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby
persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release.
They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually
trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the
release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent
The Glynn County Fire Department works well and trains
with local Technician Level Hazardous Materials Response Teams. They
have agreed to assist the Glynn County Fire Department with their
hazardous materials incidents.
Many of the Glynn County Fire Departments officers and
firefighters have received certification in high angle rescue. Some of
the members have been trained as instructors through the advanced
level. They, in turn, are training other members of the department.
Department members assigned to these units train
regularly in such skills as knots, anchoring, rappelling, patient
packaging, line transfer, raising and lowering systems and the efficient
use of mechanical advantage systems.
As part of the basic requirements all Glynn County fire Department
personnel are trained in vehicle extrication techniques. Many of
the Departments' personnel go on to get certified as Extrication
Extrication equipment, both hydraulic and hand powered are carried on
many of our departments apparatus.
Search & Rescue
Many of the Glynn County Fire Departments officers and firefighters have
received certification as rescue specialist from GEMA. This
provides personnel trained in the art of map reading, navigating,
knots and other skills essential for a successful search and rescue, in
both land and water environments.