DIFFERENCE STARTS HERE
The Salem County Fire Academy and it’s staff are clearly setting the
benchmark for high quality fire service education. In these days of complex
and dynamic emergency responses as well as the day to day challenges
of the fire service, both career and volunteer, fire fighters must be better prepared
for the job(s) at hand.
Over the past five years we have consistently sought to improve our
programs in content and professional delivery, while taking a firm stance with our
Fire Fighter recruit program of instilling the highest levels of military decorum,
discipline and respect necessary to appropriately prepare these new fire fighters
for the challenges ahead of them while providing them the basics of the fire service’s
rich history and traditions. Our FF1 program is rigorous in many ways, physically,
mentally, lifestyle, as well as educationally. We expect nothing but the
highest levels of motivation and commitment from those transiting the program
and have set our bar very high. The recruits are exposed to military drill including
formations, marching and decorum. We believe this instills the ideals of chain of command
and respect for authority. Each recruit is also exposed to physical fitness training including
running and exercise and undergoes a fitness evaluation which monitors their baseline
vitals signs, weight, body fat content and hydration /water content levels.
The recruits also receive valuable nutrition and healthy life style guidance from professionals
in that field. Additionally, while on Academy grounds for the FF1 program, there is a no tobacco
policy in effect. We are passionate about the health & welfare of the fire fighters coming into the
service as well as those already there. With these health related initiatives, we hope to begin to
make a difference, even though a small difference, in the fire fighter deaths linked to health issues.
Our proactive educational stance on all aspects of FF1 training, including but not
limited to fire fighter survival, fire fighter safety, building construction, etc. are built around
the concept of providing the fire fighter with the proper educational foundation, skill set
and mindset to effective and safely perform the tasks which might confront him or her. Our
staff’s intent is to mold the individuals into fire fighters that they themselves would be confident
in taking them into a burning building with them.
As our motto clearly states “ We educate and train so Everyone Goes Home”.
This ideal is never compromised and we do know…. we are making a difference.