Bayou Cane Fire Protection District prides its self on providing the best possible services with regards to Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Rescue, and Hazmat. In order to provide such a professional level of service, you have to start with a strong foundation. Each member, at the start of their career, attends a 14-week Recruit Academy at LSU's Fire and Emergency Training Institute. Upon completion of the Academy, the member reports to his/her assigned shift. From there, the member participates and completes up to 24 hours of training per month on a variety of topics including but not limited to: Firefighter Studies, Hazmat, Instructor, Officer, Inspector, Driver Operator, Investigator, etc. These trainings are completed through station trainings, classroom sessions, and drill field exercises.
Members also train monthly on Emergency Medical Services. Our EMRs, EMTs, and Paramedics must maintain their level of training through continuing education and refresher training. With advancements in technology and research, members must be aware and train on the newest procedures put in place by the State and National Levels. With this training, members are able to advance their knowledge and skills to better serve the community.
The Training Division also has the capabilities to provide in-house training on a variety of subjects, as well as conduct practical testing for certification and position. Training also utilizes other outside agencies to teach classroom sessions and practical skills. Utilizing outside agencies allows members to receive different types of training along with different perspectives of the instructors who come from all over the United States. We encourage our members to always continue their education whether it is college courses to work towards a degree, training at the National Fire Academy, or certification which is a huge part of our job requirements. Our members are required to obtain certification for position, and encouraged to obtain certification for promotion. Those certifications include, but are not limited to: Hazmat Awareness/Operations, Firefighter I & II, Driver Operator-Pumper/Aerial, Instructor I & II, Officer I, II, & III, Inspector I & II, Fire Investigator, and Incident Safety Officer. All members are required to obtain their NIMS certification through FEMA. We also have some members who are trained in Water Rescue, CPR/First Aid/AED Instruction, and Lead Evaluators which can witness skills testing for certification. Our goal is to provide the best possible training to our members, so the members can deliver the best possible services