Training & Safety

The Training Unit coordinates and delivers all types and levels of training to the Fire Department's 134 active members. Annual training includes sessions in Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, Leadership, and many other specialized educational requirements. The Unit conducts the majority of its lessons at its state of the art classroom and on its training grounds, pictured below.

Our "Burn Building" facility is New Jersey State certified for live fire and smoke operations and includes a two (2) story Class "A" burn building, which can be configured to simulate residential, commercial and basement fires. Other training simulators include a multi-functional maze building, a roof simulator, a confined space, high angle, and trench rescue simulator.

Class "A" Burn Building on the Training Grounds of CHFD
Class "A" Burn Building on the Training Grounds of CHFD - Building 2
Annual Firefighter certification training typically includes the following:
  • Individual proficiency and performance training
  • Engine and Ladder Company proficiency training
  • Ongoing Emergency Medical Technician training, including Heart defibrillators, CPR and EMT / First Responder certification
  • Monthly structural firefighting and/or rescue training, concentrating on various aspects of firefighting
  • Specialized training for technical rescue and hazardous materials
  • Leadership and Officer training
  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus training and proficiency testing
Each year, the Training Unit delivers hundreds of hours of required, specialized and certification based hours of training to all the members of the Cherry Hill Fire Department.
The Training and Safety Unit is also responsible for the overall safety of the Fire Department. This includes delivering mandatory training, coordinating, and documenting various required medical physicals necessary for specialized operations, investigating all accidents and injuries to members and responding as a "Safety Officer" to any emergency incident where required.

Recognition of Training Unit
The Cherry Hill Fire Department is extremely proud of its Training Unit, and recognizes the effort of all its members in the certifications earned, but especially the hard work of those members assigned to the Training Unit.