The Alexandria Fire District trains every Monday with the exception of holidays.
The Fire District is required by the Kentucky State Fire Commission to maintain 75% staffing of certified fire fighters.
The State Fire Commission requires volunteer members to be certified at Level 2 (150 hours) within 2 years of beginning the fire service career. Volunteers are required to maintain a minimum of 36 hours of training annually as prescribed in the policy manual. The State Fire Commission requires career members to be certified at Level 3 (400 hours) within one year of beginning employment. Career members are required to maintain a minimum of 100 hours training annually.
In-house training that Fire District personnel received in 2011 included, but not limited to Hazardous Materials Operations Class, Vehicle Extrication, Structural Collapse Training, Confined Space Training, high angle rescue class, pumper operations, ladder training, hose lays, Incident Command Classes, and EMS classes.
Recruit members entering the department must successfully complete a recruit program consisting of over 120 hours of basic training. The training assists the member in the 150 hour State Fire Commission required training for volunteer status. Emergency Medical Technicians must successfully complete a training program that consists of over 125 hours of classroom instruction, at least four written and practical exams, and a written and practical exam for certification. Members who are presently certified as an EMT must maintain 26 hours of training every two years to maintain their certifications. EMT’s in our Fire District are also combi-tube trained, epi-pen trained, CPR trained to include the AED. Paramedics must also maintain annual training requirements to include ACLS, PEPP, or PALS certifications.
There are currently 23 Level 3 fire fighters (400 hours) and 9 Level 2 fire fighters (150 hours). There are 23 active EMT’s and 8 active Paramedics. There are 6 members certified to teach CPR/AED training.