The Firefighters of Pagosa Springs
Many Pagosans, those living and commonly driving 160 east and west or those living closer to town than the 84 south firehouse, do not see the impressive and ongoing training taking place at the firehouse. It is important for the department to hold more public and high visibility events. Last Saturday the Pagosa Fire Protection District hosted a fun and informative day of activities and demonstrations. The Athletic Field was alive with food, fun, and firefighters. The purpose of the festival is to promote public safety, familiarize the public with the fire department, meet the members and participate in some fun activities.
Pagosa Springs fortunate to have a competent and energetic Fire Protection District.
Now, take a look at just one of many less visible training exercises that take place at the Highway 84 facility.
The firefighter training center is located about six miles south of town off Hwy 84. The folks living farther south are often treated to the sight of training at the center. This can include fires billowing smoke and dramatic scenes of full geared firefighters spraying fire and practicing life saving procedures. Unfortunately, the people living west of town or northeast along Hwy 160 never get to see this activity and the work done by our local fire department. Here are a few photos that show just some of this heroic activity.
Firefighters are tasked to protect the safety of the general public– no matter what, and they need to respond to emergencies as well as putting out fires as soon as possible. With that, firefighter classes are usually offered through local fire department colleges or programs, where the candidates must go through rigorous written, physical, and medical exams. Likewise, a lot of firefighter departments in Pagosa Springs, CO. mandate their firefighters to have a basic medical technician certification as well.
Most firefighter training programs in Colorado require the applicants to be at least 18 years old, with a high school diploma. Although, there are some programs that prefer candidates who successfully earned a degree in Associate of Science in Fire Science. Aside from that, almost all fire departments, as well as other related employers, are in search of applicants who possess bravery, quick thinking, calm under pressure, and would be willing to work with others.
The minimum and maximum age requirement would depend on the state where you live. Although, all states require a valid driver’s license and the applicant must be free of criminal records with excellent vision and hearing. Also, in order to be qualified, prospective firefighters in Pagosa Springs, CO. must successfully pass a physical agility test and civil service exam.
Firefighter classes for aspiring firefighters in Pagosa Springs often last from 6 weeks up to 4 months– practical and classroom instruction. Additionally, a trainee is often required to work between 40-50 hours a week in the degree program where they’ll receive a firefighter certificate once they’ve completed the required number of hours. Also, the training to become a firefighter is intense and it needs utmost dedication, because it involves the practical trainings, such as how to:
– Manage hazardous materials
– Prevent and fight fires
– Treat people injured in fires
– Inspect smoke detectors