New TN law requires minimum training for most firefighters in TN effective July 1, 2009. The law requires departments in most cities and counties to completed 16 hours of training prior to responding if the member is hired or accepted after July 1, 2009 (TCA 4-24-112). The TFACA "Introduction to Fire & Emergency Services" course meets the requirements for the new law.
The TFACA presents this course in two formats: The first is a standard 16 hours of instruction conducted at departments’ respective fire stations. The second, utilizes a “Train-the-Trainer” format that involves departments’ trainers receiving instruction through TFACA and returning to their respective fire stations and adding this course to their curricula. Using the latter format, local departments can train while accommodating their responders’ busy schedules. Conducting training in conjunction with TFACA enables students to receive TFACA certificates that become part of the each student’s records at TFACA.
The course offerings have been extremely well received and the course has been and will be delivered across the state to personnel in their own departments and at TFACA. Plans have been made to make this course widely available at no cost to the various participants.
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