The Training Division is responsible for the coordination and delivery of training to the Administration Division, Operations Division, Support Staff, and Fire and Life Safety Division.
Training is administered and conducted in accordance with standards set by local, state, national, and other governing institutions. Medford Fire-Rescue utilizes training and safety committees to develop, deliver and maintain progressive programs, by providing both in-house and outside training opportunities for personnel. Having a "safety-first" mindset is extremely important, with a focus on safety, effectiveness, and efficiency. Additionally, the Training Division prepares our members to handle complex fires, medical issues, and rescue situations.
Battalion Chief of Training and Safety, Tom McGowan, began his career in the fire service in 1997 as a volunteer firefighter with Upper Pine Fire and Rescue in Bayfield, Colorado. He later accepted a position to become an intern firefighter with Grants Pass Fire and Rescue in 1998, and was hired on to their staff full time in 2000. While at Grants Pass Fire and Rescue, Tom was a Field Training Officer for recruit and student firefighters, an Operator for the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, the extrication lead, and the Behavioral Health Coordinator. Tom joined the Medford Fire-Rescue team in October 2011, and was promoted to his current position in October 2013.
Tom's educational achievements include certification as an EMT-Paramedic, Fire Officer, and Fire Instructor. He received an Associate's Degree in Fire Science and Emergency Medicine, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and is actively pursuing his Master's Degree and his Executive Fire Officer Certificate from the National Fire Academy.