The Fire Department's Training Division is led by a Training Battalion Chief who reports to the Deputy Chief of Planning and Professional Development and supports the training provided to all CFD staff. The training staff is responsible for supporting daily training, and conducting annual re-certification training, recruit training, and new programs necessary to keep firefighters in compliance with ISO, South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration (SC OSHA), and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.
The department uses a five-story tower for its firefighting drills and exercises to accurately portray all types of scenarios firefighters may encounter. The Fire Department is working to secure a multi-acre training site to develop a state-of-the-art training facility.
In early 2015, CFD Firefighters were given the unique opportunity to train at the vacant Sergeant Jasper 14-story hi-rise structure. This structure slated for demolition in 2015 has given CFD personnel an opportunity to hone their skills on search and rescue, forcible entry, and hi-rise operations. Please see the video below created by The Post and Courier.