Members of the department are required to attend 36 hours of training a year. Most attend a lot more. Responding to emergencies as diverse as structure fires, drug overdoses, lost children, chemical spills, sick family members, traffic accidents, and practically anything else someone calls 911 for, requires knowledge of physics, medicine, psychology, hydraulics, fire science, law and many other subjects. In order to do their jobs to best of their ability, our members are constantly attending classes held at community colleges, fire stations, universities, and conventions across the state and, occasionally, the nation. The department holds training meetings every week to practice the skills and teamwork that is needed to do their jobs efficiently and safely.