The Beverly Fire Department training and safety division was established to keep firefighters safe and proficient in their duties. Beverly firefighters are required to perform varying tasks during their daily operations from oil burner inspections to responding to hazardous materials calls. Each task requires a different level of training to get the job done right.
Many of the training sessions are completed at the company level. Routine pump evolutions and ladder operations are conducted to keep firefighters up on the most basic skills. Many other classes require an advanced level of training. Classes like the HAZWOPER are scheduled for the groups to attend to meet minimum federal requirements for responders to hazardous materials calls.
Each year approximately 100 firefighters lose their lives in the line of duty. As the Safety Officer, Lieutenant Rideout ensures that firefighters conduct operations safely on the scene of an incident and around the firehouse.