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Training Division

The Training Division delivers programs that develop and maintain multiple skillsets for our response personnel and also strives to enhance the leadership development within the department. 

Internal Training

Our Internal Training Division is responsible for all probationary training and testing, career development, promotional testing, implementation and maintenance of safety programs, supporting individual company level training, driver training, and any other training that maintains our mission to keep our personnel and community safe.  The Internal Training Division has hosted three intense entry level firefighter academies at our Foster City Training Complex. The Fire Academy is a rigorous 10 week program that includes: 

  • Live Fire Training
  • Water Rescue
  • Auto Extrication
  • Wildland Fire Training
  • Emergency Medical Services Training
  • Hazardous Material Incident Awareness
  • Ventilation Skills
  • Fire Hose Management
  • Ladders
  • Forcible Entry

…and many other basic Firefighter skills

Interested in learning more about our Fire Academy?  View our 2017 Academy’s graduation video:

Regional Training

In an effort to create efficiencies in required training, and also maintain consistent standards between SMC Fire and our partner agencies in the County, SMC Fire is a participating member of the Central San Mateo County Training Division (  This division delivers both annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training and state and federally required fire suppression/ rescue training via a “task force” configuration.  Participating agencies include Central County Fire Department (Serving Burlingame, Millbrae, and Hillsborough), San Bruno Fire Department, and SMC Fire (Serving Belmont, Foster City and San Mateo).