All firefighters are trained to the first responder level in emergency medical treatment, and many are trained to the level of emergency medical technician. All firefighters are trained in CPR and the use of AEDs (automatic external defibrillators). This is very important so we can provide advanced emergency care prior to the arrival of ambulance personnel.
Firefighters are trained in the use of rescue equipment employed in various rescue situations such as extricating victims of automobile accidents. Some of these tools are Jaws of Life, air bags, hydraulic rams, cutting tools, and rope rescue equipment. All of this equipment requires a special knowledge of how they work and what the result of their placement and usage in each unique situation will be.
Firefighter repelling in the tough "Smoke Diver" class at Mississippi State Fire Academy
Firefighters are required to have passed different training courses to advance from being a firefighter up through the ranks in the fire service. These classes are given at the MS Fire Academy and delivered in-house by the department's full time Training Officer. In-house training is an ongoing daily task in the Meridian Fire Department.
After firefighters are trained in the above areas, they are encouraged to apply for other courses at the MS Fire Academy, National Fire Academy, and Meridian Community College. Some of the related areas of study include advanced firefighting and rescue techniques, Fire Officer and Leadership classes, Fire Prevention and Fire Code classes, and Administrative and Management courses. MCC offers a fire science degree.
Number 6 (Training Station)
3520 20th Street
Meridian, MS 39301