Training / Safety Division
The Training/Safety Division is responsible for the management and control of the Town of Clayton Fire Department’s training programs, safety/health programs, respiratory protection / fit testing program, accident/exposure investigations, assisting with hiring processes, promotional processes, evaluations for assigned fulltime staff, budgetary items related to training and safety, and assists with the production and implementation of departmental guidelines and policies.
All training classes are taught by certified instructors. Any required class or certification is offered to department personnel. Certification classes are currently taught through Johnston Community College and with the number of qualified instructors on the department, and the resources in town or the district, classes are taught at a Clayton Fire Station. By delivering classes at a fire station allows personnel to remain in the district for calls for service which improves the operational readiness of the department. Personnel from other agencies are welcome to attend any of the certification classes conducted and mutual aid training is conducted throughout the year with neighboring departments on the various operational responses. All department personnel also have access to an online program, FireManager, that provides other avenues of departmental training, events, and even work assignments.
Risk Management Division / Fire Marshals Office
The Risk Management Division is responsible for the fire alarm systems that the Town of Clayton presently has under contract. The Fire Marshal does a follow up inspection on all fire alarms to ensure all business and residents are educated on the town’s fire alarm policy. We are also responsible for the Tier Two Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory reports of businesses in the area. This information includes chemical description, physical and health hazards, inventory and location. The Fire Marshal works closely with the building inspectors on a daily basis to ensure all plans and codes are followed and if there are questions they can be taken care of in the early stages of the project. The Fire Marshal has established a great relationship with local, county, and state law enforcement officials when conducting investigation. Investigations also requires the Fire Marshal to be Public Assistance Officer to ensure that proper information is passed along to all the community, news reporters, television, and radio stations.
Being aware of the growth of the Clayton Fire Department, the Risk Management Division makes every effort to stay on top of the latest information and tools, taking advantage of all schools and workshops to further educate our community to make it a safer place of all.
The Risk Management Division also oversees the Public Fire Safety and Education Programs. Over 4200 people annually, ranging in ages from 3 years old to senior citizens, are educated with lessons about fire alarms, smoke detectors, escape routes, and motor vehicle accidents. The CFD responds to numerous accidents every year and school students and staff are always interested in what to do in case of an accident. We try to stress the need for drivers to be aware of firefighters, police, and EMS personnels safety while performing duties on the roadways. The Fire Education Program is now offered during the entire school year instead of just one week in the month of October. This gives the fire department an opportunity to reach all grades as well as having more time to spend with each individual class. It has been a valuable asset to the teachers, for they can schedule our visits around school activities. As the program continues to grow, we can see the results in the reduction of repeat calls.