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The Training Division is responsible for the design, delivery, and documentation of all educational programs involving department personnel.  These programs are intended to improve the firefighting, emergency medical, rescue, and hazardous materials response capabilities available to the citizens of Rockford as well as meet the requirements and objectives of federal and state agencies. Additional duties include the presentation of department related training and demonstrations to various organizations throughout the community.


The division's four member staff include the Division Chief, an Emergency Medical Services Training Coordinator, a Fire Training Coordinator, and a secretary. The staff works with other fire departments, city departments, educational institutions, and an integral corps of certified instructors to satisfy their needs and goals. Using the department's extensive library, qualified training facility, and off-site locations; the division works to provide industry standard training opportunities to all department personnel.


Vertiz Lt. Robert Vertiz, Emergency Medical Services Training Coordinator


The Training Division offers educational opportunites to outside organizations and groups. These training and educational opportunites include CPR training, CCC (Continuous Chest Compression) demonstrations, and other presentations related to emergency medicine. To request a presentation to your organization or group, call Lt. Vertiz at 779-500-6547.



Carlson Lt. Brian Carlson, Fire Training Coordinator


The Training Division conducts regular drills related to fire fighting and other tactical operations. Many of these drills are conducted at the Training Academy, located at 3329 West State Street. If you are a fire department that would like to conduct your training activity at this facility, call Lt. Carlson at 779-500-6535.

  • Division Head:
  • Chief Brian Drerup

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