Springfield Fire Training

Training Never Stops

Springfield Fire Department personnel participate in a minimum of 20 hours of fire training per month.  Topics include emergency medical services training, officer training, driver operator training and special operations training.


Captain Olan Morelan oversees fire training and is responsible for the delivery and coordination of numerous training sessions to both SFD personnel and other agencies. He also serves as the academy director for the basic training academy.

Operations Personnel participate in regular training to improve their performance on the fire ground, including multi-company training, positional training, and much more.  

Emergency Medical Services Training

Captain Gerry Koeneman oversees emergency medical services (EMS) training.  We meet with the fire department's medical director on a regular basis to review quality assurance, quality improvement and to discuss changes in protocols and training needs.  Captain Koeneman is also responsible for the direction of the department's AED and CPR training program.

Special Operations Training

Special Operations are defined as "unconventional" incidents or events that require special equipment, training and operational skills.  All In addition to their regular response, many Springfield Firefighters are members of specialty teams including:

  • water rescue
  • hazardous materials
  • technical rescue
  • bomb squad
Battalion Chief Richard O'Connor oversees special operations training for the Springfield Fire Department.
Water Rescue
The water rescue team was formed in 1990.  Water rescue team members respond to moving water incidents, usually involving a stranded motorist or someone swept away in current.  They also provide ice rescue.  The team utilizes two power inflatable rescue boats and other tools to aid in rescues. 

Hazardous Materials
The hazardous materials or "Hazmat" team was also formed in 1990 and is called to mitigate incidents involving the release of materials that are considered hazardous to people or the environment.  The team responds to calls ranging from natural gas leaks to train derailments.  The team utilizes special suits and tools to identify unknown substances, stop or control leaks, decontaminate people and equipment and render a substance harmless by neutralizing it.
Technical Rescue
Twenty-one specialists comprise our technical rescue team.  They are equipped and trained to handle incidents involving collapsed trenches and excavations, collapsed building and confined spaces.  They are also prepared for high and low angle rope rescues.  Members of the technical rescue team are assigned to our heavy rescue vehicles and respond to fires, motor vehicle accidents and other routine calls for service.  They can also provide assistance during major disasters anywhere in the country.