Training Requirements


The following are the training requirements for the Waycross Fire Department in order to meet Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council, as well as the Insurance Services Office (ISO) annual training requirements.

New Hires

  • New Hire Firefighters receive a minimum of 240 hours of training in their first year

Annual Training Requirements for All Certified Firefighters

  • Annual Physical Agility Testing
  • 24 hours of Core Competency Training
  • A minimum of 192 hours company training (ISO)
  • 18 hours of practical drill field hours
  • 6 hours of Hazardous Material Training

Annual Driver Training (in addition to the above)

  • 60 hours of driver related training for new drivers (first year drivers)
  • 12 hours of driver related training

Annual Officer Training (in addition to annual certified firefighter training above)

  • 12 hours of officer related training as it relates to structure fires and emergency scenes

Additional Annual Specialized Training Requirements

  • Arson Investigator – 40 hours in addition to certified firefighter training and rank held
  • Fire Safety Educator – 24 hours in addition to certified firefighter training and rank held
  • Fire Inspector – 24 hours in addition to certified firefighter training and rank held

The Waycross Fire Department also requires prerequisite training for promotion eligibility for each rank.