The responsibilities of the Training Bureau include:
Apprenticeship Training: The 36-month Apprenticeship Program includes monthly written evaluations as well as monthly practical skill training. The Training Bureau is responsible for test development, test administration and all associated record keeping. Certified apprentices will receive a “Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship” from the United States Department of Labor.
Certified Fire Safety Inspector Training: All Hamilton firefighters are required to certify as Fire Inspectors for the State of Ohio and the City of Hamilton.
Hazardous Materials Training: A Hazardous Materials refresher course is conducted annually.
Monthly Departmental Training: The Training Bureau coordinates and supervises the monthly departmental training.
Rescue Training: The department provides training in river rescue, confined space rescue, high angle rope rescue, and ice rescue.
Recruit Training: The Training Bureau provides a 40-hour orientation for all new hires. After the 40-hour orientation is complete the department sends the recruits to the State of Ohio Fire Academy for the 280-hour firefighter certification training.