Training the Fire Department's personnel is an active function of the department and is an important component of fire rescue and safety.
Training is performed daily covering various topic using mixed methods of instruction. The general mission of the training department is to provide all Fire Department personnel opportunities to learn new skills and enhance existing skills through repetition and advanced drill design.
The department has facilitated over 1,100 man hours of training for the Tahlequah Fire Department, Cherokee County and neighboring county fire departments as well as Tahlequah residents and university students.
The Tahlequah Fire Department participates in Oklahoma State University fire service training courses that provides firefighters with instruction ranging from basic skills to more advanced specialized topics.
Some training subjects include ventilation, ropes and knots, fire flows, aerial operations, single, and multi-line evolutions, tactical walk-throughs, blood born pathogens, evacuation procedures, Hazmat training, Narcan distribution training and general fire safety.
At the Tahlequah Fire Training Center, firefighters are first taught basic skills such as how to extinguish fires, perform forcible entries, ladder training, and fire hydrant training. They also learn how to deal with real structure fires, dumpster fires and vehicle fires.
The more advanced courses include auto-extraction, rope rescue, swift water rescue, search and rescue, cave rescue and confined space rescue. Several training exercises are performed in each category, including crawling in a dark maze and overcoming obstacles to find a safe way out.