Knowing how to achieve these goals is a key element to success. Through multiple facets of training Bradley County Fire-Rescue has been recognized as one of the most highly qualified and trained fire departments in the state.
BCFR Chief Dewey Woody and the firefighters he commands constantly train to improve a variety of skills and procedures, both at the Tennessee State Fire and Codes Academy and at various live burns and other areas.
Of 732 fire departments across the state, Bradley County’s ranks 14th overall and 4th overall in training efforts among combination departments which utilizes full-time and volunteer personnel, according to Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis.
Davis attributed the information to the Tennessee State Fire and Codes Academy in Bell Buckle.
Bradley County was recognized at a conference held in Nashville where officials received a certificate of training achievement. Cleveland Fire Department was also involved in continuing training.
“Not all of our training is done at the fire academy in Bell Buckle,” said CFD Chief Chuck Atchley.
“A great deal of it is performed in-house. In 2009, we logged 6,717 hours through the academy and much of that was classified as “Rookie” school,” added Atchley.
A certificate of training achievement was presented to officials by Woody from the academy.
Bradley County Fire Rescue is trained in areas of water rescue, collapse and confined space and a number of other areas. One of the most used training keys obtained by BCFR are skills in extricating victims of car crashes, which is usually taught locally and not at the academy. CFD personnel are also trained in extrication.