The 788th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department always aims for lofty milestones to make sure it is prepared to safeguard people and infrastructure in an emergency.
“We conduct formal training three days a week, and informal training as opportunities arise,” said Bryan Weeks, the Fire Department’s assistant chief for training. “By the end of the year, we end up logging about 8,500 training sessions, which equals out to between 300 and 400 hours of training.”
It’s Weeks’ job to plan these trainings, which are over and above the mandated computer-based model and quarterly base exercises for the entire department.
“I create the annual training plan, develop the monthly training schedule and then oversee hands-on practical application with trainings,” Weeks said. “If we need to complete any joint training with outside agencies or some type of specialty training where a specialized instructor or specialized equipment is required, I coordinate that to ensure the training is executed.”