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Division Chief of Training
Tim Heiman

Fire Captain Instructor
CJ Wedell
OFD Tower Install Montage 2020

The Training Division is responsible for coordinating and providing recruit and incumbent training and education to department personnel. The Training Division is additionally responsible for Health and Safety initiatives and guidelines within the department. The Battalion Chief of Training also chairs the Safety Committee.

Health and Safety

The Oshkosh Fire Department prioritizes health and safety of its personnel. In recognition of this the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association selected the Oshkosh Fire Department as the 2021 Leadership Safety Award. Our department members have signed the national Everyone Goes Home Seat Belt Pledge in order to decrease line of duty deaths from vehicle accidents. The department also participates in the annual nationwide Firefighter Safety Stand Down and makes decisions, purchases, and implements policies or guidelines that reflect the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. To address the many personal and professional stressors that can affect health and well-being a Caring and Providing Support (C.A.P.S.) team made up of specially trained firefighters was formed to provide peer-to-peer support.

Recruit Training

The Oshkosh Fire Department partners with other regional fire departments to conduct a joint fire academy for its newly hired firefighters. This six-week academy is the first stage in their year-long probationary process. The Training Division ensures that these new firefighters are skilled at search and rescue, fire attack, ropes and knots, ladders and countless other tasks that they must be able to perform on an emergency scene. Recruit firefighters are trained to local, state, and national standards, regulations, and guidelines that promote firefighter safety and prepare them to protect the community that they will be serving.

Incumbent Training

The Training Division provides continuing education and refresher training to department personnel. Every year the members of the Oshkosh Fire Department complete thousands of hours of training led by the Training Division in strategy and tactics, special operations, driver training, leadership development, emergency medical services, aircraft firefighting, and a myriad of other topics to be able to provide the high level of service and capability that our community needs and deserves. Not a day goes by that you cannot find firefighters training together or studying individually to be better prepared to respond to an emergency. These dedicated professionals constantly are learning new ways to keep themselves, their coworkers, and their community safe. These training records are recorded and tracked through a Learning Management System (LMS) that allows the department to document that we meet or exceed industry standards and requirements.