Avondale Fire & Medical Division of Professional Development is dedicated to the training, record keeping, EMS QA/QC, EMS continuing education, and health, safety and wellness of its members. Headed by one Division Chief and supported by two Training Captains, Professional Development works rigorously to prepare our members for the challenges of emergency service delivery as well as protect them from both the short and long term dangers they may face during their careers.
AFM personnel constantly train on all aspects of our customer service delivery including EMS, fire suppression, technical rescue, violent incident response, community risk reduction, and community education. Training hours are tracked using Target Solutions to ensure the AFM members meet the wide range of Insurance Services Office (ISO), NFPA, Federal, State, and local training requirements. Partnering with other fire departments, AFM participates in the West Side Training Consortium (WSTC), a conglomeration of numerous fire departments on the west side of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Newly hired fire recruits complete a 14-week academy at the Glendale Regional Public Safety Training Center (GRPSTC) which teaches them Firefighter I and II skills, driver's training, Wildland firefighting, EMS, basic Hazmat, and physical fitness. The Division of Professional Development continues to work hard ensuring AFM personnel are provided the training and continuing education needed to help them advance their careers long after the academy is over. This includes rigorous programs aimed at preparing members for the roles of Engineer (driver/operator), Company Officer, and Battalion Chief. It also provides continuing education to ensure EMT and Paramedic certifications are kept current with the latest NREMT and State EMS requirements.
In addition to using the training buildings, props, and classrooms available at the GRPSTC, AFM has coordinated with the Goodyear Fire Department to maintain and operate the AFM/GFD Training Center, located at 395 E. Lower Buckeye Road in Avondale. The training center is much smaller than GRPSTC but closer to both Avondale and Goodyear, allowing crews from both departments to accomplish training requirements and objectives with less out-of-service time due to travel. The police departments from both Avondale and Goodyear also utilize the site for their training needs. Click AFM/GFD Training Center for more information.
Firefighter Health, Safety, and Wellness
A career in firefighting is incredibly rewarding, but it comes at a price. Firefighters are constantly exposed to biohazards, carcinogens, emotional stress, and sleep deprivation. These factors exact a toll over a career. According to the International Association of Fire Fighters, 61% of the career firefighter line-of-duty deaths from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2016 were caused by cancer. Working with the Avondale Professional Firefighters Association, AFM strives to progressively reduce firefighter exposure to carcinogens through effective personal, PPE, and equipment decontamination after fires. Support is also provided to Avondale firefighters through Fire Strong support network. For more information, click on the following links: