Battalion Chief Joe Wulfing oversees the training and safety divisions. The Training Division is responsible for providing critical information and experiences to the members of Port Orange Fire-Rescue so that we can be better prepared for any event that occurs not only in Port Orange and in our neighboring communities as well.
Firefighters must posses certain knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform emergency operations where lives are at stake. Through the Training Division our firefighters receive training in areas such as weapons of mass destruction, hazardous materials, incident command systems, fire tactics, and confined space emergencies. Our firefighters participate in an enormous amount of training to improve psychomotor skills.
One of the most crucial elements of a firefighter's training regime is physical fitness. Surprisingly in many Departments, this type of training is often overlooked. Fitness training has been proven to reduce the number of and severity of injuries. Port Orange firefighters are required to participate in a physical fitness program. In addition, all firefighters participate in an annual Department wellness program with a goal of preventing medical conditions that traditionally affect firefighters. In his role, Commander Wulfing continues to research ways to keep Port Orange Fire-Rescue personnel safe and well-trained.