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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Oak Harbor Fire Department places a strong emphasis on training for its response personnel in accordance with local, state and national professional qualification standards. Crews receive regular instruction and practice in essential fire ground skills.

TRAINING OFFICER: Craig Anderson (360) 279-4700; email: firstinitial last name @

Location: Behind Oak Harbor Fire Department Station 81
Facility: 2,800 square feet, 4 stories, 35 feet at the highest point.
Ventilation: 4 pitched vertical ventilation props located on single story roof. Each prop is covered with 4 X 8 sheet of plywood covering 2 X 4 rafters. 1 flat vertical ventilation prop located on third floor roof. Prop is covered with a 4 X 8 sheet of plywood covering 2 X 4 rafters.
Sprinklers: Each floor in the tower portion of the facility contains two sprinkler head props. Each room contains a different style and location of sprinkler head. Water is supplied to props through a fire department connection (FDC) located on west side first floor exterior wall.
Search & Rescue: First floor of the single story prop contains multiple chain link fences that are hinged. This allows the interior lay out of the room to be changed. The attic portion of the single story prop contains a changeable maze. The maze consists of rafters, tunnels, dead ends, and confined spaces. Each room in the tower can have furniture moved in to simulate rooms in a house or office.
Confined Space: a 10,000 gallon pit is located under the tower; it is divided into 4 inter-linking chambers. The primary use of the pit is for pump testing. The pit is also used for confined space training. Each chamber is accessible through man holes.

Water Supply: Hydrants are located on the East and West sides of the training facility. This allows for numerous types of hydrant hook-ups and hose lays.
Obstacles: Simulated power lines are located on the South side of the tower. Vehicles can be parked at various locations around the tower to reduce emergency vehicle access. The doors and windows can be locked to alter entry and egress points of the facility. Artificial smoke is used to simulate fire conditions.
Training Conducted: Search and rescue, ventilation, salvage and overhaul, ladder training (ground and aerial), confined space, sprinklers, wet and dry hose evolution’s, single and multiple story evolutions, hoisting equipment, apparatus placement and emergency size-up.

Location: North Bend, WA
Facility: Large 6 story cement structure.
Burn Rooms: Live fire training is conducted in 5 burn rooms of different configurations. 3 rooms in the tower portion of the facility are of similar size, but each has a ceiling at different height and angle. This allows the firefighter to practice various ways to attack a fire. A small burn room that is accessed from a long hallway allows the firefighter to practice entering a involved room from a hall that is similar to that found in a single family structure. A large warehouse type burn room allows firefighters to train on multiple large fires using different attack patterns.
Training Conducted: Multiple company engine operations are conducted throughout the structure with an emphasis on live fire training. Ground ladders, search and rescue, ventilation, nozzle patterns, overhaul, single and multiple company evolution’s, hose lays, apparatus placement and emergency size-up.

Weekly Training
Department training is scheduled for every Monday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and each Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., excluding holidays. Department members must maintain attendance requirements to weekly training drills (1 drill per week, minimum 50% per quarter). 
Shift Training
On-duty shift training is scheduled for two hours, twice, in a four day shift schedule. Training is conducted by the captain assigned to the training division. All scheduled shift personnel participate. Training topics include: ladders (ground & aerial), SCBAs, search & rescue, engine company evolutions, new construction review, area building hazards, scene size-up, confined space rescue, emergency escape, hose evolutions, and incident command.
On-duty night shift training is scheduled 1-3 times a month. Training is conducted by the captain assigned to the training division. The two hour sessions cover the same topics as listed in the day shift training.
Officer Training
All paid-on-call and career officers must have completed the IFSTA Company Officer program (46 hours). Officers must attend a minimum of 75% of the Quality Management meetings. The meetings are scheduled on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Topics include: personnel issues, scheduling, officer development, customer service, policy and procedures, department issues (code enforcement, training, and maintenance). The training session is conducted by the Fire Chief or a designee. All officers must maintain a Level I Instructor certification. The training division will provide training records showing continued officer development training.
Pre-Fire Planning
A 2.5 hour training session is scheduled each quarter during a weekly training session to review new construction within the response area. This training includes onsite visits to the commercial and residential construction sites. Pre-fire planning training is conducted by the Fire Marshal.
Support services personnel commit approximately 60 hours each month on pre-incident plans. Duties include: computer drawings of building layout, hazards, utilities and water source location. Shift personnel review and update pre-incident plans during annual life safety inspection of the occupancy.


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