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Training Division
The Training Division of the Hagerstown Fire Department (HFD) is overseen by a Captain/Training Officer and is taught by this person or shift personnel who are also instructors. Shift personnel attend training on-duty with a different topic being presented every two weeks. Additionally, the training is offered on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings in an effort to accommodate volunteer staffing.

Training classes are held at either the Administration Offices downtown or at a multi-acre training facility located on Bowman Avenue in the South End of town. The training facility includes a classroom building, structural burn building, five-story tower, multiple burn/propane props, drafting pit, self contained breathing apparatus maze, multiple confined space/hazardous materials props and an extrication pad. This facility is the only one in Washington County and is used by all the volunteer companies in the County, as well as the Washington County Special Operations Team.

HFD also has Academy status with the State of Maryland and is a member of the Council of Fire and Rescue Academies. This status allows the HFD to conduct their own University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) classes and receive the same credit as if the students went directly through MFRI.

In addition to HFD Academy classes, MFRI offers a large selection of classes in each the spring and fall semesters every year. These classes are held at various fire stations throughout the City and County, with most practical work being completed at the HFD Training Facility. The HFD is in MFRI’s Western Maryland Region and a schedule of these classes can be found on MFRI’s website and select the Western Region.