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CCFR to host training session this weekend for all of Southeast

Posted: October 20, 2011 - 12:04am

Firefighters from Sitka, Skagway, Petersburg, Haines, Yakutat, Metlakatla and all over the Southeast will convene in Juneau this weekend for instruction and training on company operations.

Capital City Fire and Rescue hosts an educational seminar each year at the Regional Fire Training Center on Sherwood Lane to keep Alaska’s men and women in uniform up-to-date with the most modern procedures and ideas in dealing with fire emergency situations. The instruction is always provided by the Emmitsburg, Md.-based National Fire Academy, as part of their free outreach program.

“It helps take our company officers kind of up to the next level,” CCFR Training Officer Nathan Young said Tuesday, adding about 20 CCFR senior members and officers will attend the course. “... It’s high-quality instruction.”

The topic of the eight-hour classes Saturday and Sunday will be “Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations.” Young says that in this instance, strategy refers to how to approach different kinds of fires ­— boat, car or structure fires, for example — and recognizing priorities in a given mission. Tactics refers to actual hands-on techniques, like the proper way to stretch out fire hose lines and to hook up a fire pumper to a hydrant.

These things have been very standard throughout the years, but Young said it will give the lead firefighters a chance to receive feedback about their decision-making skills.

“No particular scene is the same as another,” he said.

The event comes at no cost to Southeast Alaska since the NFA covers all the expenses, Young said. Southeast Alaska has participated in the NFA’s distance delivery curriculum for about the past 14 years, he said.

Last year’s topic was the roles and responsibilities of incident safety officers, which look out for building collapse, smoke conditions and fire conditions while on scene.

“We’re just real happy to be able to host these,” Young said. “Ultimately the reason that we do this is to provide higher level of service to the customer and ensure that our firefighters are safe and are able to go home after every call.”

The NFA website says it continues to offer these courses off-campus to further advance the professional development of fire service personnel, according to its website. The two-day off-campus course is offered to every state and territory in the nation.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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