Fire Training Division
The Training Division is charged with the responsibility of providing all initial recruit training and certification, Fire, Rescue, and EMS continuing education training and recertification. The Training Division also provides specialty training such as Haz-Mat, swift water rescue, technical rescue, emergency vehicle driving, driver operator, incident command, emergency medical technician-defibrillation, ALS training, and first responder.
The Training Division serves a diverse workforce of approximately 103 members through the ranks of Recruit, Firefighter, Firefighter/Driver, Paramedic, Lieutenant, and Battalion Chief, along with administrative positions. The City of Olive Branch is a rapidly growing City, and the Olive Branch Fire Department does what is necessary to keep up with the diverse and ever-changing emergency situations that may arise.
The Training Division personnel consist of a Training Officer that coordinates with the 3 Battalion Chiefs, the EMS supervisor, and the Lieutenants, as well as other experienced members of the OBFD. The Training Officer is responsible for assigning training disciplines. The Olive Branch Fire Department Training Division operates in partnership with the Mississippi State Fire Academy, Northwest Community College (NWCC), Southwest Community College (SWCC), the Office of the Mississippi State Fire Marshal, and other City training teams members.
We offer training of all types including hands-on training, classroom-based, E-Training through the web online, video conferencing, in-station company-based training, and seminar-based training. The Olive Branch Fire Department is fortunate to have a staff of dedicated officers who are willing to conduct training in combination with their other duties.
Fire Extinguisher Training
Many people have never handled a fire extinguisher or been trained on how to properly use one. Don't let the first time be during a real fire situation. Olive Branch Fire Department has the Bullseye Digital Fire Extinguisher Training System to help companies prepare their employees for an emergency situation. This system allows employees to be trained in multiple settings within your facility. The entire system is customizable with a fire simulator, fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull station, as well as simulated smoke. The Bullseye Digital Fire Extinguisher Training System has LED-driven digital flames and a laser training extinguisher providing realistic simulation with the use of conical lasers to replicate extinguisher discharge. This system provides a cleaner way to train.
Captain Dave Taylor - Dave Taylor was selected as the Training Officer in October 2013. Captain Taylor has been with the Olive Branch Fire Department since September 1995. He has since risen through the ranks of Lieutenant to Captain. Captain Taylor serves as the department's second career Training Officer and looks forward to contributing to this area of the Fire Department.
In addition to Captain Taylor, there are several members of the department that serve as instructors for any given training assignment, as well as recertification of our current member's credentials.