Fire Department training instructors must receive a higher level of training and education than the fire department members they will be instructing.  This includes being more knowledgeable about the functions to be performed by the fire department and the hazards involved. The instructors should be qualified to train fire department members and demonstrate skills in communication, methods of teaching and instructional motivation.

Training Instructors should demonstrate and possess the following skill set core competencies to instruct personnel effectively, which includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Preparation
  2. Presentation
  3. Application
  4. Testing
  5. Summary
  6. Knowledge of relevant subject matter, applicable policies, rules and regulations.

These competencies are presented within the following courses instructed by the Suffolk County Fire Academy:

Principles of Instruction/Fire Instructor I

In addition to the above listed recommendations by OFPC, the following courses are required annual training by OSHA/PESH:

Hazardous Materials Annual Refresher/Bloodborne Pathogens Annual Refresher

In addition to the above required training, OSHA/PESH Standard 29 CFR 1910.156(c) (2) requires that Fire Department Training Programs be designed to address annually the proficiency of each member's knowledge and abilities as it relates to that member's expected assignment.