Q – What sort of training do you have to take to become a firefighter?

A – The State of WI has set some training levels for anyone that wishes to become a member of a department. The initial training is a 60 hour Entry Level Training. This training gets you a basic knowledge of what it takes to work on a fire scene. Members are also required to take a 16 hour Hazardous Materials Operations training, complete online National Incident Management System classes (NIMS ICS-700, ICS-100, and ICS-200).

There is an additional training of 36 hours that allows you to become a Certified Firefighter I in WI. Once this training has been completed you can take additional training to become a Certified Firefighter II, Certified Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Vehicle Extrication Technician, and Confined Space Rescuer just to name a few.

There is also in-house training that is done on a monthly basis at each station that refreshes skills that you have previously learned.