Training and EMS Bureau
Training at Keene Fire Department is very dynamic and focused on maintaining skills and advancing knowledge base. Over the last fifiteen years Keene has been a leader in the state training all full-time personnel to technical levels in many areas. Keene was the first department in the state to establish and train personnel to form a level "A" Hazardous Materials Team. Now one of nine teams in the state covering the southwestern corner of NH. In 1996 emergency medical training advanced to the paramedic level and the department maintains 14 paramedics on staff with at least one always on duty. In 2001 all personnel recieved Emergency Vehicle Operator Certification (EVOC) to show competence and comply with National Fire Protection Assosication standards for driver training. Shortly after this Keene Fire obtained three thermal imagers, thanks to Peerless insurance, The Grange Insurance and State Farm. All personnel attended intensive SafeIR training to become proficient in there use and operate them safely. In recent years the city has experienced an increase in swift water emergencies. In 2004 all personnel recieved training to become swift water rescue technicians. This training quickly paid off with a rescue at the Ashuelot River Dam in 2006 and three more in 2008.
Keene Fire is in the process of reorganizing training to create a trainer on each shift. The intent is to have a person on each shift that will be responsible for training and completing assigned tasks. Each year all full-time personnel attend four days of mandatory training. Generally these days are used to refresh on critical skills or to advance skills as mentioned above. It is difficult but Keene strives to be highly trained and facilitate training for departments in the area. In the past certification courses for area firefighters have been offered and facilitated at KFD. We hope to continue this in the future and build relationships with neighboring departments.
Since April of 2009, we have completed the following training:
- Combined Fire Operations
- Firefighter Safety & Survival (RIT Techniques)
- Complete Training on new Scott AP-75 SCBA Units & RIT Equipment
- Trench Rescue Equipment Training
- Swift Water Rescue
- 2 Day Haz-Mat Tech Re-Cert
Emergency Medical Services Bureau
The EMS Bureau has worked throughout 2012 to maintain the state and federal mandated certifications of all personel. We currently employ 15 Paramedics, 26 Intermediates, and 3 EMT Basics all who are cross trained in fire, rescue and haz mat. Effective March 2016 all of our Intermediates will have completed the mandated transition from EMT-Intermediate to AEMT (Advanced EMT). There are currently several members who are working towards completing this process.
The Keene Fire Department is currently providing Paramedic level service on all shifts. We provide ALS service to not only the City of Keene, but to 7 contract towns as well. We run a paramedic itercept truck to an additional 11 towns for supplemental paramedic service for their ambulances.
Keene Fire Department runs 3 ambulances, 2 out of Central Station and 1 out of West Station.