Training Division

EMS Facility

Located at 7601 Steinbeck Bend Road, McLennan Community College and the City of Waco have formed a partnership and built the Emergency Services Education Center (ESEC). This 49,000 square foot facility opened in July 2009 and will house the Waco Fire Training Division along with several other agencies. Built adjacent to this state of the art facility, during Phase I of construction, is a 6-story Drill/Burn Tower.

Certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), the Training Division provides certification in Structure Firefighting, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Hazardous Material Technician, and Instructor I. The Training Division is also certified to deliver all levels of National Incident Management System (NIMS) training for the department.

The Training division develops, delivers, and maintains records of in-service and continuing education for the entire department and meets the requirements set forth under the Insurance Service Office (ISO). Coordinating with outside agencies, the Training Division also delivers Texas Department of Health in-service training and continuing education along with Confined Space Technician training.

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R.M. Bergerson

Training Chief - R.M. Bergerson


Chief Bergerson began his career as a professional firefighter in the Austin area and joined the Waco Fire Department on August 18, 1997.

He has held mutliple positions in the department prior to be promoted to Training Chief on October 6, 2014.

He has earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree in Public Administration from Fort Hays State University; a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Services Administration. A 2011 graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy, he earned the professional designation as a Certified Fire Executive (CFE).

Chief Bergerson also holds Master Firefighter, Master Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Fire Officer IV, Incident Safety Officer, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, and Fire Service Instructor II certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

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