Our firefighters are provided with on-going training in fire science areas. These topics include hose lays, ladder raises, vehicle extrication, fire suppression, property conservation, command procedures, communication, and rescue of lost trapped firefighters. In addition, our firefighters are required to be eligible for state certification in a given rank prior to promotion.
Members of the district are encouraged to pursue college level degrees.
Emergency Medical Services Training for the Barstow Fire Department
Our paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are constantly reviewing medical care information and techniques, as well as keeping up on new innovations in technology and science. Our EMTs receive continuing education on splinting, bandaging, conducting physical examinations, taking medical histories, administering oxygen, spinal stabilization, and cardio-pulmonary and cardio-cerebral resuscitations. Our paramedics attend a minimum of 60 hours of continuing education every 2 years to comply with state re-certification guidelines. The topics they cover include all of the EMT knowledge and skills plus pharmacology, cardiology, surgical cricothyrotomy, rapid sequence induction, intravenous fluid and drug therapy, endotracheal intubation, psychiatric emergencies, OB and gynecological emergencies, and advanced cardiac arrest management.