Con Fire training academy achieves re-accreditation

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Con Fire training academy achieves re-accreditation
Con Fire Station 70 (Photo by Mike Kinney)

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) announced Wednesday that its firefighter academy training program, facilities and curriculum have earned re-accreditation by the California State Fire Marshal.

The accreditation, originally earned by Con Fire in 2018, makes the Con Fire academy training program one of only 25 such accredited academies statewide, according to Con Fire.

“Accredited Local Academies (ALA) are training programs of individual fire agencies that provide training for in-house personnel, and which actively provide state, municipal, county, or fire district fire protection services,” according to Con Fire. “Accreditation recognizes the agency’s commitment and dedication to the highest levels of professional fire service training.

Con Fire’s 56th academy will convene Oct. 18 and will consist of 28 recruit firefighters, 11 of whom will be firefighter/paramedics and the remainder firefighter EMTs.

 “I am proud of our training division’s hard work and dedication that has resulted in the continued improvements necessary to retain accreditation of our academy for another five years,” said Lewis Broschard, fire chief, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. “Continued accreditation of our academy ensures our firefighters receive the best training possible and our residents the highest levels of professionalism and emergency services from their firefighters.”