Training Division

Savannah Fire Department Training Division

The Savannah Fire Department Training Division provides training and education in the areas of fire, rescue and related emergency services.

Our state-of-the-art training center is operated by a chief of fire training and three training captains. They are responsible for developing and delivering training programs that meet or exceed applicable state and national standards for fire and emergency service personnel.

The Training Division is tasked with the safety, health and wellness of all operations personnel. Training captains serve as incident safety officers on multi-unit responses, while the chief of fire training serves as the department's health and safety officer. 

Training Division staff also manages the department's recruiting efforts.

Training Division Organization

  • Training Chief / Training Division Administrator
  • Training Program Manager
  • Education Programs Manager
  • Recruitment Program Manager

Training Captain Assignments

Training Captain - A-shift training coordinator, evaluator and documentation (including target safety)

  • Lead training captain
  • Instructor I and II courses
  • Safety officer training
  • Fire officer I and II courses

Training Captain - B-shift training coordinator, evaluator and documentation (including target safety)

  • Electronic documentation
  • Driver / operator course (driving simulator)
  • Building construction courses

Training Captain - C-shift training coordinator, evaluator and documentation (including target safety)

  • Core competency evaluations
  • Marine firefighting classes
  • Fire training complex (facilities and vehicles)

In-Service Training

All Savannah firefighters, including company officers, are required to successfully complete: 

  1. A minimum 240 hours of training per year
  2. A  minimum 24 hours of continuing education approved by the Georgia firefighters standards and training council 
  3. The annual core competency evaluation, which assesses practical skills as specified by the Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council
  4. A Hazmat refresher course
  5. Daily physical fitness training

Drivers, relief drivers, and master firefighters are required to complete additional driver training.

Company officers and chief officers also must complete additional supervisory training each year.

Fire inspectors and fire marshals are required to complete continuing education requirements and successfully complete core competency evaluations.

All in-service training is recorded in the target solutions database.