Training PictureThe Fire Department's Training Division serves as the central hub for personnel training, recruitment, EMS training, testing, and program development for its members.. Managed by a Division Chief, this division consists of:

  • several classrooms,
  • administrative offices,
  • a drill tower, and
  • drill grounds.

The drill grounds include areas for:

  • fire operations,
  • extrication,
  • hazardous materials response,
  • confined space,
  • technical rescue, and
  • hose and ladder evolutions.

Classrooms and drill grounds are available to public safety agencies when not in use by the department.



In-Service Training

  • Weekly street drills,
  • Monthly Officer Training sessions,
  • Quarterly Tower Drill evaluation,
  • Yearly state-required certifications (EMS & HazMat), and
  • Required drills to maintain top firefighting performance levels.


New Recruit Training

Coach and develop new recruits during a 16-week Academy with 640 hours of instruction in basic firefighting skills.  New recruits receive certification for:

  • State Firefighter I and II,
  • Hazardous Materials FRO,
  • Rescue Systems I, and
  • ICS 100 and 200 certification.


Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Coordinates EMS-related issues including training and continuing education for CPR, PALS, ACLS, EMT-1, and Paramedic recertification. 


Emergency Communication Division

Manages emergency and non-emergency communications and acts as liaison for contract agencies.


Specialized Teams

Coordinates programs, training, and continuing education for:

  • Hazardous Materials,
  • Swift Water and Dive Rescue,
  • Rescue Systems I and II,
  • Trench Rescue, and
  • Confined Space Rescue certification.



Serves as Incident Safety Officers at all Multiple Alarm incidents.


Research and Development

Provides new policy and updates regarding equipment, techniques, and programs.


Technical Services

Creates photo and video support for training and emergency incidents.

Distributes and monitors safety equipment and clothing. 


Drivers Training

Provides California Department of Motor Vehicles Class B testing and monitors new engineers and manipulative testing.


Auxiliary Firefighters

Oversees auxiliary firefighter training and equipment.



Maintains and monitors long- and short-range contracts within areas of responsibility.

Monitors state legislation affecting the department and the fire service in general.



External Links

California State Fire Training

National Fire Academy

California Fire Chiefs Association

Target Safety

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/12/2020