The Knoxville Fire Department Training Division consists of a Battalion Chief and Lieutenant. Their purpose is to identify training needs in the areas of fire suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Special Operations and Officer development. The Training Division works closely with the Fire and EMS divisions to make sure our staff is well trained. Battalion Chief Rudy Cataldo is our training chief assisted by Lt. Spencer McCarty
In order to provide an effective response to fire incidents, the Training division researches new tactics and strategies experimented and tested by larger fire departments as well as by private and public organizations such as Underwriters Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Staff also conducts an after action review of each fire incident and identifies areas for improvement and then provides training to assure perfection. The goal is to be proficient and effective in our efforts to save life, property and protect the environment.
Emergency Medical Services
The Knoxville Fire Department has been on the leading-edge of emergency medical services (EMS) since the mid-1970's. In 1988, the department purchased their first automatic external defibrillator and began providing advance life support services. In the mid-1990's, the department began providing paramedic level care. We continue to provide leading-edge care with state of the art equipment. This is provided by the training division assuring top-notch education for our Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.
All members are required to obtain training in automobile extrication. Members also receive training in high angle and low angle rope rescue, ice rescue, water rescue, confined space rescue and trench rescue procedures. Our Training Division either provides the education and training to our members or seeks external experts to conduct this training.
Knoxville Fire Department along with several other departments in Marion County make up the Marion County Disaster Task Force. The Disaster Task Force is part of a larger 4 county task force designed to help our neighbors. Counties that participate in the task force include: Jasper, Poweshiek, Mahaska, and Marion.
Knoxville Firefighters are also part of the Marion County Haz-Mat response team. This is in addition to all their other responsibilities, and training. KFD has 13 members who are part of the Haz-Mat team
The Knoxville Fire Department responds to water rescue calls. We respond to Lake Red Rock with the Pella Fire Department, Department of Natural Resources and Army Corp of Engineers. We operate a Boston Whaler Water Rescue Boat (B902).