The Suffolk County Fire Academy (SCFA) provides classroom instruction and field training for local fire departments across the county. The Firefighter I Scene Support Operations course is taught by the SCFA and its instructors must be qualified to train members of the fire department. They must demonstrate communication skills, teaching methods, and educational motivation. The Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) Department is committed to serving both Suffolk County's 1.5 million residents and the more than 10,000 first responders dedicated to saving lives and protecting property.
The Firefighter I course is also taught by the SCFA and its instructors should receive a higher level of training and education than the members of the fire department whom they will instruct. The FRES Department offers a variety of prevention programs to reduce fire risk in Suffolk County. These programs include fire safety education, fire prevention inspections, public education campaigns, and community outreach initiatives. Fire safety education is provided to schools, businesses, and other organizations in the county. This includes teaching people about fire safety, how to prevent fires, and how to respond in an emergency situation.
Fire prevention inspections are conducted by the FRES Department to ensure that buildings meet safety standards. These inspections are conducted on a regular basis to identify potential hazards and ensure that buildings are up to code. Public education campaigns are conducted by the FRES Department to raise awareness about fire safety. These campaigns include television and radio advertisements, posters, flyers, and other materials that educate people about fire safety.
Community outreach initiatives are also conducted by the FRES Department to engage with local communities and provide resources for fire prevention. These initiatives include providing smoke detectors to low-income households, hosting community events, and providing educational materials to local organizations.