Fire Brigades

Chapter 296-811, WAC

Effective Date: 03/01/06


WAC 296-811-300


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Your Responsibility

To inform brigade members of special hazards in the workplace and train them for their brigade functions.

Special hazards

Fire fighting training


WAC 296-811-30005

Special hazards

You must

  • Develop, include in training, and make available to brigade members, written procedures that describe the following:
    • – The special hazards they may encounter in their workplace.
    • – The actions they need to take in situations that involve these hazards.
  • Inform brigade members of any changes to those hazards, or the actions to take, when changes happen.
    • – Examples of special hazards include storing and using flammable liquids and gases, toxic chemicals, and radioactive substances.

WAC 296-811-30010

Fire fighting training

You must

  • Make sure training that a brigade member receives elsewhere that meets one or more requirements in Table 1, Training for brigade members, has been:
    • – Received within the past year;
    • – Documented as having been received, such as with a completion certificate.
  • Provide training frequently enough to keep brigade members able to do their functions satisfactorily and safely.



  • You may choose to train more often, monthly or even weekly, for some equipment or techniques. Consult fire training resources, such as the International Fire Service Training Association, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), or the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, for recommendations about fire training schools or programs.

You must

Table 1
Training for Brigade Members

For these brigade members Provide training that’s At these times
All brigade members, including leaders, trainers, and incident commanders
  • Appropriate to their assigned duties and functions
  • Appropriate to special hazards in the workplace.
  • Similar to that of reputable fire training schools
  • A combination of hands-on and classroom experiences.
  • Suited to the industry you are part of, such as oil refining or chemical processing
  • Initially before they do any fire brigade emergency activities
  • Every year after initial training
Brigade members assigned to do interior structural fire fighting

All of the above plus the following:

  • Specific training in interior structural fire fighting

At the above times plus the following:

  • Every quarter
Brigade members assigned as leaders, training instructors, or both

All of the above plus the following:

  • Additional training that’s more comprehensive than that of other brigade members and appropriate to their assigned duties and functions

As needed to maintain their expertise at a higher level than that of other brigade members

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