FRONT RANGE FIRE CONSORTIUM
The Front Range Fire Consortium was created in 1996 as an association between the six largest fire departments in Northern Colorado. The six original member departments were the Boulder Fire Department, Longmont Fire Department, Loveland Fire and Rescue, Poudre Fire Authority, Mountain View Fire Protection District and Union Colony Fire/Rescue Authority. In 2001 FRFC expanded to seven member departments by including Cheyenne Fire and Rescue in southern Wyoming and currently includes the Laramie Fire Department. Together these eight fire service agencies serve a population of approximately 592,000 with 635 career and 190 volunteer personnel. In April of 2011 the FRFC welcomed the Windsor-Severance Fire Protection District as it's 9th member.
The two primary services of FRFC are the Professional Development for Fire Officers Program (PDFO) and the Recruit Fire Academy. PDFO is a year-long leadership development program modeled after the NFA Executive Fire Officer Program for aspiring and current officers. In the years that this program has been offered 200 firefighters have participated from 12 departments. PDFO is offered as a service to the eight FRFC members and is also open to affiliate and non-member departments. The Recruit Fire Academy has been provided by FRFC for the eight member departments since 1998. This academy provides entry-level training for new career fire fighters. The standard curriculum is 14 weeks. It includes Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations and NWCG Basic Wildland Firefighter (Red Card) certifications. This academy is offered twice a year, depending on the hiring needs of the member departments. The academy staff is comprised of member department training personnel.
In addition to PDFO and the Recruit Fire Academy FRFC provides a number of other services to member departments. These include joint purchasing of some personal protective equipment, hazardous materials technician training and ownership of CPAT testing equipment. FRFC also sponsors periodic training opportunities on a regional level that are open to all fire service agencies in the Northern Colorado area.
The mission of the Front Range Fire Consortium is to promote cooperation between the fire agencies of northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming in the areas of training and customer service, both internal and external. This cooperation is promoted through the sharing of resources between agencies for mutual gains.
The Front Range Fire Consortium Academy is a rigorous program designed to prepare entry-level Firefighters for assignment to an Engine Company on an FRFC member Department. The instructional focus of the Academy is hands-on experience. Approximately 80% of the Academy is spent on the drill ground and 20% in the classroom. Upon graduation, the recruits have the basic skills, knowledge, and abilities to begin an exciting and rewarding career in the fire service.
The Fire Academy curriculum has been designed with the following guiding principles:
- To provide a safe learning environment
- To provide quality instructors
- To provide hands-on learning experiences
- To develop individuals into team members
- To develop the essential knowledge base required for a fire service career
Fire Academy Recruit responsibilities:
All Recruits must maintain a score of 80% or better on all written exams. All Recruits must continually demonstrate proficiency in all practical skills. All Recruits must demonstrate the ability to follow orders and directions given by instructors. All Recruits must demonstrate the ability to work collectively with other recruits as a team member. All Recruits must demonstrate a positive attitude that is conducive to working well with their peers within their organization throughout their career.
|The Fire Academy curriculum includes classes and learning activities in the following subjects:
2014-2 Academy Graduation December 6, 2014