"Training is a primary mission function of all small/rural fire departments. It is essential that all volunteer members responding to emergencies be trained to safely and effectively carry out the mission of the department. Training, with evening or weekend drills, helps to reinforce proper skills of the job. Volunteers who serve in small/rural fire departments are often involved in structural firefighting, hazardous materials (hazmat), auto accident victim extrication, and other complex incidents. State fire and emergency training agencies are a critical resource for developing and delivering training to volunteer fire departments."
Coffee Break Training - Training Programs Series No. TR-2011-1
United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/