History Of The Council Bluffs (IA) Fire Department
per year. Response apparatus of the CBFD consist of five engines, two reserve engines, two quint companies, three ambulances, two reserve ambulances, one hazardous materials truck, one brush truck, three rescue boats, one hovercraft, one mobile command center, two light-rescue trucks, and eight staff cars. The CBFD provides all-hazards response that includes fire suppression, advanced life support ambulance service, hazardous materials response, and numerous technical rescue disciplines. The hazardous materials team is a regional response asset covering seven Iowa counties and is part of the weapons of mass destruction response team for the State of Iowa.
The training division consists of two personnel (a drill master and technical services officer) who provide initial education for new recruits and continuing education for incumbent personnel of all ranks. The department drill master is in charge of planning, coordinating, and documenting all department training activities. This person ensures compliance with all applicable training standards and codes, including; NFPA, OSHA, and ISO. The department technical services officer is responsible for all special operations training, including; hazardous materials, rope rescue, water rescue, ice rescue, confined space rescue, and vehicle/industrial extrication. Also, the training division is responsible for the coordination of inspections and testing of equipment.
The current annual budget of the CBFD is $14 million.…