As a new member of the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department, you will be involved in many hours of training to prepare you for duty with the fire department. New members are required to complete several initial hours of training before being assigned a pager to respond on emergency calls. The "Pathway to Pager" is divided into four phases of training. After completing each phase, your responsibilities and abilities increase. The Pathway to Pager Program prepares you to have the skills that you will need before responding on your first call. It is designed to teach the new firefighter the skills he or she needs to know before responding to an emergency. After completing the first phase of this assessment and after approval by the Fire Chief and Training Officer, the new member will be assigned a pager and will be allowed to respond on emergency calls as an observer only. The new member is not eligible for firefighting duty until completion of Phase III which coincides with completion of 70 hours of training. More on the 70 hour Intro to Firefighting training is described in the next paragraph.
The Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department strictly follows the training requirements of the Texas State Fireman's and Fire Marshals Association (SFFMA
). The SFFMA
requires new members who are not certified to undergo 70 hours of initial training for their Introduction to Firefighting Certification. This class covers the basics of firefighting and is designed to prepare the recruit for live fire training and operating at actual fire incidents. A member cannot participate in any interior firefighting operation until completion of this course. The DOVFD offers this class at least once each year for new members. Additional training dates are required because of the amount of hours needed for the course. Upon completion of the Intro to Firefighting Certification, the member receives certification from the State of Texas and from the DOVFD and is eligible for live fire training and to operate as an interior crew member at a fire scene. The DOVFD requires that all new members complete the Intro to Firefighting course within 6 months of becoming a member.