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Fire Department Training and Professional Development
                        Division Chief Jack Ryan
Training and Professional Development
  121 SW 3rd Street
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Ph: (954) 457-1470
Fax: (954) 457-1472

The Training and Professional Development Division coordinates fire training for the entire department and guides new employees through the employment process. Fire training is required by Florida State statute and consists of in-house classes that are conducted department-wide, as well as facility-based training at locations such as the Broward Fire Academy.

Training topics include:

-Terrorism/Weapons of Mass Destruction
-Firefighter Survival & Mayday
-The Flashover Simulation Drill
-Driver/Engineer Training
-Rope Rescue
-Incident Command
-Confined Space Rescue

-STAR/Survival Techniques & Rescue
-Life Safety Systems
-Arson Investigation

As of 2012, the Ocean Rescue division also reports to the Training and Professional Development Division.

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The Training Division also coordinates the Fire Officer training program and the Fire Science Degree Program through Florida's Educational InstitutionsTo assist employees with achieving these goals, the Training Division maintains a fully stocked library of Fire Service related textbooks, video material, PowerPoint presentations and Internet based material for use by all personnel. 
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The Training Division coordinates and supervises the Probationary Employee Training Program, in which all probationary employees are tested and evaluated on a monthly basis throughout their first year with the department. Each probationary employee will attend a comprehensive orientation and receive a training package that will outline their study objectives for the entire year.  Once the employee successfully completes their orientation program, they will be placed on shift and assigned to a Lieutenant, who will serve as their probationary officer. The Officer is in charge of ensuring each employee finishes all required assignments and can successfully complete each performance objective.


Since 1999, the City of Hallandale Beach has sponsored its Community Mentorship Scholarship Program.  The program is intended to give students with ties to the community, the opportunity to pursue their education as a firefighter/paramedic.  However, the program is more than a scholarship fund and includes one-on-one mentoring from some of our best paramedics and officers to give our applicants every resource to succeed.  To qualify, and applicant must:

  • Be currently enrolled in Hallandale High School or a Hallandale resident attending another high school
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Be a non-smoker and drug free
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be able to pass Fire Academy physical exams

Students accepted must maintain at least a 2.5 G.P.A. and commit to at least 12 hours of ride times and station review throughout the program.  The application period is October 1st - March 1st.  Applications can be picked up at Fire Administration 8 am- 5pm, Monday through Friday.  Awards are announced during the month of April.

Driver Engineer Paramedic Eloy Cardenas is a 2001 graduate of Hallandale High School and the Community Mentorship Program’s first graduate. He completed Fire Academy in 2001, graduated paramedic school in December of 2003, and was hired by the Department in July of 2003. He is currently employed with our department and is usually assigned to one of our engines.