The Battalion Chief of Training runs the RFD Training Section. All firefighters are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of training each month. Training is a combination of classroom and practical field application that includes such topics as: vehicle extrication, pump theory and practice, water supplies, emergency medical services, ventilation, incident command, hazardous materials response, emergency driving, terrorism readiness, communications, etc. Most of the training is done at the local fire station and the fire department training facility located at Owens Boulevard and Lookout Drive. Additional specialized training is done at other training facilities outside of the city. Each year, the Richardson Fire Department sends fire officers to attend the National Fire Academy in Maryland. The academy is funded by the federal government, which covers the cost of transportation, tuition and lodging.
Each shift routinely performs larger scale multi-company drills at the training center that simulates response to larger incidents. These drills sometimes include mutual aid departments from other cities and aids in the department’s level of readiness to respond.