Training Opportunities


As a fire or rescue volunteer you will be placed in emergency situations which call for specialized training. This training is offered through the county training center located in Leesburg, VA and is provided at no cost to the volunteer. Training begins at a very basic level as a firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and can become as advanced as a Fire officer or Paramedic. How much training you take and how advanced you become in emergency response is up to you. Training is rigorous and time consuming but worth it.


Initial Training Classes



Loudoun County Volunteer Orientation

The purpose of this course is to introduce the new member to the fire and rescue system in Loudoun County. Volunteers are also introduced to legal issues associated with the fire-rescue field as well as the benefits derived from volunteering.



Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

This is a half-day Healthcare Provider CPR course.



Blood Borne Pathogens

This course offers information to students regarding Infection Control Procedures.



Hazardous Materials Awareness/Hazardous Materials Operations

These courses provide information for those who may be the initial responders on a Hazardous Materials incident, either at the awareness level or the operations level, with emphasis on incident stabilization, defensive tactics, and decontamination.


Basic EMS Rescue courses


Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

The Emergency Medical Responder program is a 40-hour (minimum) course developed to provide training in the provision of emergency care for those who are likely to be the first emergency personnel on-scene of an accident or medical emergency. The emphasis of the course prepares the responder to address immediate life threats and injuries until more highly trained personnel are available.



Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

All members who wish to perform duties as a certified EMT and work to become an attendant-in-charge must complete the entry-level 152-hour EMT course that is a combination of classroom study, practical scenarios and clinical rotations in a hospital emergency room.


Advanced EMS courses



Members who wish to increase their knowledge and skills to an advanced life support level may complete this course. The EMT-E course is a 160-hour course which includes 40 hours of clinical rotations in a hospital.




Members who wish to continue to increase their knowledge and skills to include cardiac care may complete this course. The EMT-I Course is a 180-hour course which includes 60 hours of clinical rotations in a hospital.




This course is the highest level of advanced life support medical training in Virginia. This Paramedic course is a 360-hour course which includes 240 hours of clinical rotations in a hospital.



Specialized EMS Training
  • Geriatric EMS

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

  • Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)



Firefighter I-II

This 300 plus hour course is an entry-level course for new fire fighters and prepares the student for a basic operational role on the fire ground. This fast paced, high-intensity course is a combination of classroom study and practical scenarios that prepare the recruit to carry out fire ground functions under supervision of an officer or experienced firefighter. Included in Loudoun County's Firefighter program are the following ancillary courses: Hazardous Materials Operations, Mayday Firefighter Down, Liquified Petroleum Gas Emergencies, Intro to Technical Rescue, and Vehicle Extrication.


Advanced Fire courses

Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC)

A 16-hour course designed to enhance safe operation of emergency vehicles by stressing theory and principles of defensive driving in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Virginia Motor Vehicle laws pertinent to the operation of emergency vehicles are included in the course. This class is not designed to teach the student to drive an ambulance or fire truck, but rather to explain how emergency driving differs from non-emergency driving.



Driver/Operator - Pumper or Aerial

This course is specific to either a pumper or an aerial apparatus. Topics are based on the function of the apparatus and include maintenance and operation of the vehicle. Strategies and tactics, design, proper use and basic functionality of the piece are also discussed.



Fire Instructor

This course is designed for individuals who would like to take an active role in teaching firefighter courses. A student will complete various exams and projects that will demonstrate their ability to teach lecture and practical instructional procedures.



Fire Officer

A course designed for new officers or officer candidates to learn basic skills such as communication, effective supervision and resource management. This course introduces the following topics: The Company Officer's Role in Challenges and Opportunities, Effective Communications, Organization, Managing Resources, Leadership, Personal Safety, Building Construction, Fire Prevention and Investigation, Planning and Readiness, and Incident Management.


Specialized Training

Confined Space

A course designed to examine hazard recognition, victim access, and stabilization and retrieval. The curriculum closely follows Virginia Labor and Industry guidelines with regard to definitions, equipment and rescue team preparation. Practical and classroom sessions focus on the three primary hazards associated with confined space entry: physical, atmospheric, and physiological. Much effort is devoted towards realistic training evolutions using the latest equipment and techniques to assure student retention of the material.



Swift Water Rescue

A course designed to enable rescue personnel who are first to arrive on the scene of a water rescue incident to accomplish the following goals: shore-based rescue (reach, row, throw); self-rescue and survival; incident management and safety; appropriate patient care; advance scene assessment and pre-planning.



Rope Rescue

A course designed to combine and expand on the skills learned in the Intro to Technical Rescue course. There is emphasis on construction and operation of horizontal and angled high line systems. Classroom time (minimal) includes advanced rigging theory for single and double track systems.



Trench Rescue

A course designed to offer a combination of classroom and practical evolutions that allow the student to learn proper techniques to make open trenches and excavations safe for victim access and removal. Time is spent on locating materials locally and on obtaining a local community resource list. This class is made realistic by actual sheeting and shoring operations of "unsafe" trenches with shoring equipment as well as developing skills in lifting practices within the trench environment.



Other advanced training

  • Ice Rescue

  • Building Construction

  • National Incident Management System

  • Rural Water Supply

  • Vehicle Rescue

  • NFPA Leadership I, II, and III

  • and more


New members receive an individual training development plan when they join.

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