Firefighters must train in some capacity every day. They are required to train an average of 20 hours in fire related training and three hours of emergency medical continuing education each month. Firefighters also have to assist the Fire Prevention Bureau with commercial fire inspections. Combined they are responsible for 3,000 inspections annually.
Firefighters also are responsible for cleaning and maintaining equipment and the fire stations. Occasionally, during non-emergency periods, firefighters drive around town and touring buildings to become familiar with Village streets and neighborhoods as well as business districts. This saves valuable time when actually responding to emergencies.
The rest of their time is spent preparing meals, reading, studying, exercising and sleeping. However, firefighters are trained to always be alert and prepared to answer emergency calls.