The City of Davis Fire Department partners with the West Valley Regional Fire Training Consortium (WVRFTC) to provide career development for all uniformed personnel. The WVFTC is responsible for developing, delivering, and coordinating training activities for the department. The training provided covers a broad spectrum. It includes (but is not restricted to) classes in hazardous materials mitigation, wildland firefighting, firefighter survival, high-rise response and safety, forcible entry, EMS certification and maintenance, ventilation practice, and technical rescue (confined space, trench, water).
Confined Space Rescue
When working in an enclosed area or underground, it is possible to become light-headed or overcome by nausea due to limited oxygen or some other atmospheric condition. If this occurs you should evacuate this space as quickly as possible to prevent passing out and requiring rescue.
Confined space is described as an area large enough for a person to perform work, where entry/exit are limited, and not meant for human occupancy. All Davis firefighters are trained to respond to incidents involving these areas, such as, railway storage cars, collapsed buildings, wells, etc.
Training has taken place at some of the local lakes and pools; firefighters can train on different rope rescues, flotation devices, and communication skills. It is important for the firefighters to relay important information to the victim they are trying to reach. Such as telling the victim to face forward with their legs out ahead of them when caught in a fast moving current, so they can reach out for a rope when it is made available.