Battalion Chief Nathan Hinds is in command of the Training, Safety & Health Bureau for the 172 person department. Training is conducted each and every day throughout the department in order for our firefighters and paramedics to be as proficient as possible in their assigned duties. Every firefighter/paramedic in the department is fully trained and state certified as Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Technician and in the Incident Command System. Emergency Vehicle Operations training is a top priority for the safety of the citizens on the roadways and for our personnel. Advanced specialized training in the areas of high angle rope rescue, confined space and heavy machinery extrication are conducted monthly for our technical rescue team personnel. The department is proud to say that over 90 % of our personnel are trained state licensed paramedics. This allows us to man every emergency response vehicle with paramedics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 2016, the total number of training man hours was 60,181.