Firefighter Training

Under the guidance of the Chief of Training, the Training Division coordinates and conducts all fire department training at the GCFD training facility at 688 Mauldin Road. Built in 1972, the facility is named in honor of former chief J.E. Poole.

Along with company in-service training, the Training Division also conducts annual proficiency and competency training to meet professional standards and federal regulations. Recruit firefighters are scheduled for a three-week skills review and department procedure orientation. In addition to basic firefighting skills, the recruits review operations level response in hazmat and rescue incidents.

Firefighters carrying hoses out of building

The department’s special operations teams also conduct advanced hazardous materials and technical rescue response training at this location.

Training Facility Community Usage

The training facility is also available for use by other emergency services agencies in the Upstate that may not have their own training facility. View a map and driving directions to the facility.