City Of Sparks

Safety and Training


  • Our primary mission is ensuring professional competency in the delivery of our major operational service areas through training and education.
  • Responsible for the documentation of all required training
  • Evaluate and implement training programs to meet external/internal compliance requirements (Federal, state, local, departmental)
  • Coordinate participation with Partnership Programs (internships with community colleges and local high schools)

Provides training to all personnel to ensure a seamless delivery in the output of services in four major operational service areas:

  • EMS
  • Fire
  • Haz-Mat
  • Technical Rescue
  • Professional Development and Certifications

EMS TRAINING - Responsible for coordinating all aspects of the EMS program through:

  • Policy and protocols
  • Licensing of personnel
  • Training
  • Inventory control
  • State and county regulations
  • Documentation and risk management assessment through quality assurance processes.

FIRE SUPPRESSION TRAINING - Responsible for training in the areas of:

  • Strategy and tactics
  • Operational competencies
  • Incident management
  • Incident size-up and scene safety


  • Responsible for providing training to prepare for the response to all releases or potential releases of hazardous substances
  • Provides safe, expedient services which cannot be handled by other public safety personnel
  • Coordinate training, operations and cost sharing as part of the regional team with Reno and Truckee Meadows Fire Departments

TECHNICAL RESCUE TRAINING - Responsible for providing training in the areas of:

  • Confined space rescue
  • Vehicle and mechanical extrication
  • Swift water and ice rescue
  • High and low angle rescue

Professional Development and Certification - Responsible for developing and certifying employees in:

  • Leadership
  • Organizational Positions (Firefighter through Division Chief)
  • Specialized Fire Equipment and Skills
  • Organizational Management

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