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2017 Firefighter Training

Chief Steve Avgeris began firefighter training for the 2017 season on Fri., April 21st. Training has again been co-ordinated with CalFire.

Training dates are set to avoid any conflicts with board meetings or holidays.

The schedule: April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2 and June 16. All dates are on Fridays. Additional dates may be added later as needed and as time permits.

Trainings are held at the Hilt church at 6 P.M. to approx. 8 P.M.

Training 2017 poster: "Wanted - Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders !"

We need all of our previous volunteers on board, if we are to maintain our effectiveness; since some changes are inevitable, we also need new volunteers.

We also seriously need new volunteer first responders (emergency medical responders), as our number of certified responders has diminished in recent years due to retirements. We are investigating training opportunities for a full 54-hour EMR certification program as well as a re-cert training for current responders; details will be posted once we are able to determine if there is enough interest to pursue this.

All local residents are welcome to participate in all training, regardless of background, gender, or other personal characteristics. There are many ways anyone can contribute, including in auxiliary capacities; while fitness is a definite plus, olympic athlete status is not a requirement! A commitment to training, however, is essential.

The first meeting, on Fri., April 21st this year, is always a must, as it includes a basic overview and principles of participation, and member sign-ups and insurance paperwork. If you are considering joining us, this is the session to attend to find out if this is a good fit for you.

Participation invitation postcards with the training schedule are also sent by mail to all district residents and property owners ahead of the training start date. Any further updates/details will be posted here, as well as at our district kiosks. Stay tuned.

You can learn more about firefighter and first responder training below; anyone with questions can call Chief Avgeris directly at 541-488-1768 or (cell#) 541-821-8339.

"We are the ones we've been waiting for..."

The graphic design artwork for our "WANTED: VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS" 2017 training poster was done by CRFD volunteer firefighter Rory Dwyer.
CRFD thanks Rory for contributing his time and skills!


 

Below:

General Firefighter Training Information
Firefighters & Training - Legal Issues
Driving Policy for Emergency Vehicles

Previous Training - Archives:

2016 Firefighter Training
2015 Firefighter Training
2014 10-Minute Hands-Only CPR (community training offer)
2013 Firefighter Training
2012 Firefighter Training
2012 EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) Training
2011 Wildfire Training
2011 EMR Northstate Prehospital Conference
2011 EMR Certification Update
2010 Firefighter Training - Awards Night

2010 Firefighters & Medical 1st Responders Photo
2010 Firefighter Training & Schedule
2010 1st Responder Medical Training
2005 Firefighters indoor training Photo

 

 

GENERAL FIREFIGHTING TRAINING INFORMATION:

 

ANNUAL TRAINING IS REQUIRED for all volunteers, including new and current or previous volunteers. If you miss the first training meeting, you can still play a part in helping the fire district. You do not have to participate as a first-string firefighter to be part of the crew – we are always in need of auxiliary members for various support functions, which also require training. We are all unpaid volunteers, and community participation is how we survive as a fire district, and how the CRFD continues to offer fire protection and firefighting services.

WHAT: CRFD / Hilt VFD trainings will be held with CDF and Hornbrook VFD whenever possible. Training includes 4 hours of Urban Wildland Interface training, and S130 and S190 Wildland training. It is extremely detailed and required by law. Training also involves some first responder - medical instruction and ICS training presented by CDF.

The first training of the year covers essential paperwork (sign-ups for those who are new, insurance and other legal forms for all firefighters for this year, personal equipment & tool sign-out inventory, etc.), a review of last season, and an overview of the training program for the season before us.

WHO: All community members are welcome. Notices were sent to all local residents as well as last year's participants date for this year's training. Once training begins, it may not be possible for newcomers to train as a fully qualified firefighter for this season. However, we are always in need of more new people from the community to join in our all-volunteer efforts: as a firefighter, a medical first responder, base station assistant operator, water tender driver, communications liason, backup supplies and/or transportation provider, and many more support functions. Please join us and contribute as you are able to. Those with questions should talk to Steve.

HOW MANY HOURS: All firefighters and first responders must complete a state-mandated minimum number of hours of training prior to being eligible for dispatch on a district call-out. This requirement applies to both new and previous participants, without exception. Only those who attend all training sessions will automatically meet this requirement for the upcoming fire season. Missed training hours must therefore be made up (by arrangement with Steve).

Anyone who is already currently qualified by an alternate training program, either professionally or in a volunteer-based department, should discuss this with Steve Avgeris, to determine his/her status relative to CRFD training needs.

WHEN: Training sessions normally will run through May. Training dates are normally held every other Friday from 6 to 8 pm at the Community Church building in Hilt, unless otherwise announced.

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ABOUT FIREFIGHTERS AND TRAINING  -  LEGAL ISSUES:


PLEASE NOTE: Only trained firefighters will be allowed to work with the CRFD on the firelines. Those who show up to fight a fire but are not trained, certified firefighters and/or have not participated in CRFD's current firefighter training program will be asked to leave. We hope to have everyone's understanding and cooperation on this.

All of our current firefighters are covered by mandatory insurance. Our insurance does not cover anyone who is not a CRFD-trained firefighter. There are other safety liability issues as well. If you want to be one of our firefighters, make it a point to join and attend training.

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DRIVING POLICY for EMERGENCY VEHICLES:


Also, as of May, 2008, CRFD's new Safety Committee has developed a Driving Policy Agreement for those driving our District's Emergency Response vehicles.

This document must be signed by all participating volunteers before they can be permitted to drive our vehicles.  (If you attend firefighter training, this form will be provided, along with the other necessary paperwork you'll need to sign.)

A non-PDF (scanned) version is viewable here, as follows:

 

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Previous Training:

2016:


2016 Firefighter Training Schedule

All sessions were held on Fridays at the Hilt Community Church
from 6:00 to approx. 8:00 PM unless otherwise announced.

April 15th Organizational paperwork & overview.
April 30th (Sat.) - 9:00 AM to approx. 1 PM.
CPR & 1st Responder (re)certification.
May 13th Inside; firefighting concepts & practices class.
May 27th / 28th Sat.: Longer hours. Outside hands-on training.
June 10th / 11th Sat.: Longer hours. Outside hands-on training.
June 24th / 25th Sat.: Longer hours. Outside hands-on training.

We Want You! Be A Volunteer Firefighter Call 541-488-1768

CRFD’s 2016 Volunteer Firefighter Training program was coordinated with CalFire and their training officers.

The training notice and the schedule (above) was posted at our three district kiosks, and all district constituents were also notified in advance of the start date by mail.

In 2016, we desperately needed new volunteer firefighters and first responders (Emergency Medical Responders), with older participants "retiring" and others moving out of the district. We were very fortunate to have a wonderful group of new volunteers join us, resulting in a strong, cohesive unit of energized firefighters. Chief Avgeris has been very pleased with this group of volunteers, and their effectiveness was demonstrated in numerous incidents over the course of the season.

The graphic artwork and design for our “We Want You – Be a Volunteer Firefighter!” poster for the 2016 firefighter training was done by CRFD volunteer firefighter Rory Dwyer (with file facilitation assistance by Rory’s mom, Karen Dwyer, RN and past CRFD volunteer). We thank them both for their contribution and for helping to get the word out about our firefighter training program.


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2015:

Training began Fri., March 20th, 2015, and was scheduled for every other week through May. All trainings were held on Fridays, starting at 6:00 PM to approx. 8:00 PM.

Cal-Fire again assisted in the training this year. When training began, Fire Chief Steve Avgeris stated that "We are going to give wild land and structure protection the highest priority this year because of the difficult season we face."

In addition to regular training, 5 volunteer firefighters who have also agreed to become operators this season have been receiving dozer training.

The first firefighter training session on March 20th saw a very good turnout of participants from the community, and included an orientation, review and overview of training and training requirements, and insurance and District paperwork.

See General Firefighter Training Information below for further information and a review of what recent and past training programs have involved.


We are very thankful for our dedicated participants this season.
We have been in desperate need of more volunteer firefighters and medical responders
, as well as people who can serve in various auxiliary support capacities.

As our valley community grows and as some older or longer-serving volunteers have retired from active-duty firefighting, we are down to a mere handful of active people on our roster. We need to change this situation if the District is to continue to be effective.

This past winter, CRFD Board Member and firefighter Teri Thomas wrote and sent a letter on behalf of the Board to each of our community members outlining this situation.

As she points out, our home insurance rates are affected by the level of firefighting services that our District is able to provide. Additionally, with drought and population growth, we need more firefighting capabilities than ever before.

Read the letter from Teri and the rest of the Board (available here) and let us hear from you. Any and all help is welcome.


The first session was mandatory for sign-ups for this season; however, there are many auxiliary support functions that we still need volunteers for as well.

Those who missed the first session but are interested to participate should contact Fire Chief Steve Avgeris at 541-488-1768 or cell 541-821-8339.

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PREVIOUS FIREFIGHTERS:  IF you are NOT a current participant
, please turn in your gear if you have not yet done so and any other district equipment to Chief Steve Avgeris (by arrangement - contact him at the ph# above). Some gear still has not been turned back in yet. We need all gear and equipment for those who are currently involved.


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2014 firefighter training was held during the spring and was closely based on the 2013 training (see below). This auxiliary training was also offered to the community in 2014:

Ongoing 10-minute Hands-Only CPR Training:

If you missed the opportunity to get trained in Hands-Only CPR at last year's district picnic, you still can.

Since hands-only CPR is so quick and easy to learn and can make such a difference, we want to train as many community members as possible to have and be able to use this simple yet effective skill.

Training sessions are available by arrangement whenever we have a few people or more who want to learn, and will be held on days and at times that fit participants' (and trainer's) schedules. The only pre-requisite is your own interest!

Either contact Karen directly at 541.210.7106 or kdwyercrfd@gmail.com, or email us here and it will be forwarded to her. See the 2013 CRFD Picnic announcement and Update notes (on the Bulletin page) for more.

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2013 Firefighter Training:

Firefighter Training for the 2013 season began Fri. March 22nd and ran into early July. All trainings were held on Friday evenings every other week from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Hilt Community Church.

Training was primarily conducted by Captain Darin Dow of CalFire. In addition to the usual theory and hands-on training, this season's training included finishing the structure training begun last year so that firefighters were able to complete the necessary 24 hours in order to meet ISO requirements.

March April May June July
22nd 12th 10th 7th 5th
29th 26th 24th 21st  

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2012 Firefighter Training:

Winter-Spring 2012 Structure Training (24 hours total):  Structure Training, originally slated to be held during the fall of 2011, was re-scheduled to this past spring and was incorporated into the training schedule following regular wildland firefighter training.

Firefighter training started on Friday, February 17th, continuing every other week into early July. (The original start date of Fri. Jan. 20th was cancelled due to weather.) Trainings were held on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Hilt Community Church. Dates for the remainder of the training sessions were scheduled with firefighters' input at the first session.

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Medical 1st Responders:

The 2012 EMR (Emergency Medical Responder/First Responder) Re-Certification was held on March 10th and 11th at the Hilt Community Church. All fees and associated costs for the course and for the recertification cards were covered by the Fire District.

The course instructor was Amy Stacher (of CalFire, independently contracted and paid by the fire district for this class); Amy taught the 2010 course and is excellent. We are fortunate that she was available to teach this refresher course for us this year.

(This year's course was a short refresher course, not the full 54-hour course that we had in 2010; see below for a description of what the course in 2010 involved.)

Previous information about the 2012 EMR Re-Certification course:

Karen Dwyer, the acting head of our emergency medical response unit, has been in touch with Amy, and has the following information for the rest of us:


Hi all!  Here is detailed information regarding our EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) recertification class with Amy Stacher.

Date & Time: March 10, 9:00a to 5:30p
  March 11, 9:00a to 1p
Place: Hilt church

Recertification requires either 12 hours class time every 2 years or 6 hours every 1 year. Our certificates are 2 years old, so both dates (March 10 & 11 are required). The first day is an 8 hour day with a half hour lunch (please bring sack lunch, drinks & snacks as needed). Day two is a four hour day, but can be extended if anyone feels the need for extra review in a particular area. During the course, we will be doing hands-on activities, watching a video and performing CPR. Please dress comfortably and warmly.

CRFD will cover the class fee for Amy Stacher. In addition to Amy's fee, there will be a $28 certificate fee and a $3 electronic processing fee. Also, we are required to get finger printed (Live-Scan at a California Dept of Justice), and there is likely a fee with that. [More on this just below.] If you can get finger-printed prior to Amy's class, that will speed up your certificate processing time. I will talk to Chief Steve regarding reimbursement for these fees.

Here is Amy's response to test preparation:

"With CEs there is not a big test to prepare for. We will just do activities to ensure people know what they are doing. You will get a certificate of continuing education at the end of class."

" With CPR there is a test but it is easy & short. Everyone should review their first responder books & look up all the new 2010 healthcare provider CPR info. We will do AHA CPR so you will have the best card possible."

If there are any questions or concerns that haven't been addressed here, please contact me (call, text or email).

Karen Dwyer
Colestin Rural Fire District
541.210.7106
kdwyercrfd@gmail.com

Firefighters or others involved with our fire district who wish to become 1st Responders for the first time should contact Karen to discuss that directly with her.

Any further details will be posted here as they become available.

Criminal Background Check Fingerprinting: The Sheriff's Office in Yreka provides this service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM only; it takes about 15 minutes or less once you're there. The Fire District is covering all costs for this requirement (having the prints sent to the Dept. of Justice and FBI plus the print scan itself). Call first to be sure the machine is operable, before making the trip down: 530-842-8300. The Sheriff's Office is located at 305 Butte St. (opposite the courthouse, cross-street is 4th St.); take the Miner St. exit (2nd exit) from I-5, a left at the light at Main St., and a Right onto Butte; it's about three blocks up, on the left.

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Also: The Nor-Cal 2012 Pre-Hospital Conference will be held on Saturday, April 28th this spring. The location is again at the Win-River Casino in Redding. This is open to all of our 1st responders who are current in their status (certified or re-certified). Based on the level of interest, we may be able to provide a carpooling option with a district vehicle as was done last year. (See the postcard-flyer announcement here.)

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2011 Wildfire Training:

The 2011 wildfire training involved lots of hands-on practice along with some classroom theory. Except as noted, all training sessions were held on Fridays from 6 – 8 pm at the Hilt Community Church.

March 11th - administrative paperwork; firefighting/training overview; dispatch communications.

March 25th - local communications; 1st Responder medical training review/practice - CANCELLED. To be re-scheduled to a later date.

April 8th - 1st Responder medical training review/practice #1st half.

April 22nd - 1st Responder medical training review/practice #2nd half.

May 6th - Local communications/radio/pager use; more general training.

May 20th - Communications (rest of); hands-on practice with Wildland/Urban interface hose lay training.

May 21st, Sat., in Redding, CA.: 2011 Northstate Pre-hospital Conference : optional day-long class for all pre-hospital personnel including first responders (EMRs), sponsored & promoted by NorCal EMS. (See below for topics & more info.)

June 3rd - tentative make-up day for 3/25: more general training.

June 4th IN HORNBROOK- Special Extrication class with CalFire : 10:00 AM to approx. 3:00 PM.

June 17th - Last regular training for the season: more hands-on practice; various remaining topics as needed.

July 7th: ( Final training)  Special inter-agency training: This year the multi-agency meeting was held in Hilt. CRFD was the host agency. (There were three helicopters and lots of engines so residents at the south end of the Valley may have noticed that this training was occurring.)

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Medical 1st Responders:

 

The 2011 Northstate Prehospital Conference:

The 7th Annual Northstate Pre-hospital Conference was held on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 at the Win-River Casino in Redding, CA., for EMRs (First Responders), EMTs, Paramedics, and other emergency medical personnel who might be interested, intended as an informative refresher, updating us on some of the protocol changes in the last year.

A group of our first responders carpooled down on May 21st (participation was not required however). The $50 registration fee cost was reimbursed by the district.

Topics included:  Crew Resource Management, Physical Assessment - Adult, Heat Illness, Critical Incident Team Resource Management, The Active Shooter, Auto Extrication, and Wilderness Medicine.

  • For more information on this event or similar events, see the Nor-Cal EMS website at:

http://www.norcalems.org

(You may need to create an account to view material if you don’t yet have one, but it’s simple and fast.)

  • If you have any questions, you can contact NorCal’s office directly at: 530-229-3979.

Nor-Cal EMS news and updates are always available at: http://www.norcalems.org/

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**EMR (First Responder) CERTIFICATION UPDATE**:  

On February 3rd, 2011, we were informed by the Certification Manager for Nor-Cal EMS that:

"[W]e have been informed that [the] Sierra-Sacramento EMS Agency EMR Program is now operational. If you are currently certified as an Emergency Medical Responder (previously First Responder) by Nor-Cal EMS, and utilize your skills in the S-SV area, please see the information from S-SV EMS below and contact them if you have further questions."

The S-SV area now includes Siskiyou County. NorCal EMS does not now include Siskiyou County. According to the NorCal EMS office, however, we are still able to train and become certified or re-certified by NorCal, and NorCal's certification will still be considered effective for our fire district's EMR/1st Responder certification purposes.

More will be posted here as we learn further details.

The complete information received by Nor-Cal EMS from S-SV EMS is available on Nor-Cal EMS's website:

http://www.norcalems.org/docs/memos/20110203-memorandum-ssv-emr-certification-available.pdf

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2010 Firefighter Training - Awards Night:

Our first firefighter training of the season on April 9th, 2010, was also an awards and appreciation event, most notably honoring Andy Herskind, who has just retired after 15 years of dedicated volunteer service as Assistant Fire Chief in Hilt. Andy's wife, Carole Herskind, was also recognized for her many years of service as a Board member for Hilt, from which she has recently retired.

The appointment of David Lipking as the new Assistant Chief in Hilt was announced, followed by a group recognition of CalFire crew members who have assisted our firefighter and medical trainings and other efforts; individual recognitions of our emergency medical responders who have recently completed that course, receiving either first-time certification or re-certification; and a group recognition of all of our firefighters.

Andy was presented with a plaque commemorating his long years of never-hesitating service, there were refreshments with cake, many photos were taken, and filmmaker (and firefighter) Alex Cox filmed the awards presentations throughout.

[Note: Chuck Biegert, CRFD's Assistant Chief at the upper end of the valley for Colestin, was not able to attend this event and is not included in the event photos.]
 

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April 2010 - Colestin-Hilt Firefighters & Medical 1st Responders
1st Training, April 2010 - Colestin-Hilt Firefighters/Emergency Medical 1st Responders,
with Fire Chief Steve Avgeris (front, center), Assistant Fire Chief in Hilt David Lipking (right), and Emergency Medical Response Director Cheri Avgeris (back row, center-left). [Assistant Fire Chief for Colestin (north valley) Chuck Biegert and retiring Asst. Chief Andy Herskind not pictured here.]
For more photos of this event, see:  Firefighter Training - April 9th, 2010 - Awards & Photos.

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Firefighter Training 2010:

The start of firefighter training was postponed last season until after the First Responder Medical course, held locally in Hornbrook through COS (College of the Siskiyous).

Chief Steve Avgeris decided to suspend firefighter training during the First Responder course in order to make it feasible for as many of our firefighters as possible to attend, given the time requirements for both this course and firefighter training. Our firefighters are not required to take this course, but all are encouraged to, in order to either gain or maintain certification status as a First Responder (Emergency Medical Responder).

The course was originally scheduled to start on Sat. January 9th but the start date had to be changed twice, to Sat. Feb. 13th, and then to Sat. February 20th. The uncertainty of the start date delayed scheduling our regular firefighting training, in order to avoid an overlap on the calendar.

 

The 2010 Training Schedule for Colestin/Hilt:  

"Those that are already volunteers and those who wish to be":

At the Hilt Church at 6:00 pm on the following dates:

 

April 9th (Friday) at 7:00 pm - one hour later due to Board meeting

April 16th (Friday) at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

April 23rd (Friday) at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

April 30th (Friday) at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

May 7th (Friday) at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - one-half hour later due to Board meeting beforehand

May 14th (Friday) at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

May 21st (Friday) at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

(No training May 28th.)

June 4th (Friday) at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

June 11th (Friday) at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - one-half hour later due to Board meeting beforehand

June 18th at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Test on S-190 Wildland Fire Behavior; fire shelter deployment practice; weather instruments review; firefighting terms review; handlining review & practice.

June 25th at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm - LAST TRAINING, EXCEPT FOR ENGINEERS; further Engineer Training to be scheduled by arrangement. Communications equipment & use - review & practice; firefighting equipment check-out; misc. training wrap-up.

 

ANNUAL TRAINING IS REQUIRED for all volunteers, including new AND current or previous volunteers.  Last year's training was conducted by our Fire Chief, Steve Avgeris.  Crew members of Cal Fire also provided many of the training sessions.

If you have any questions about training, call Steve Avgeris at 541-488-1768.

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Emergency Medical Responder Training, 2010:

 

Offered by COS and LOCALLY HELD:

FIRST RESPONDER MEDICAL (EMS First Responder) (EMR) EMT 90 & EMT 91 (Refresher) COURSE

SATURDAYS - FEB. 20TH through MARCH 27TH, 2010:

 

WHEN:  6 (six) Saturdays starting February 20th through March 27th, from 9 AM to 6 PM  (9 hours each week, for 54 hours total).

WHERE:  The R-Ranch in Hornbrook. (Hilt/Colestin fire district members are carpooling in district vehicles.)

Instructor:  Amy Stacher.

Description: (as per the syllabus:) "This course meets the Public Safety Training Standards covered by the U.S. Department of Transportation curriculum and is approved by the local Nor-Cal EMS agency. Both the lecture and skills information required for First Responder training will be taught in this class. If the student passes the written quizzes and successfully completes all skills he/she will be eligible to take the Nor-Cal First Responder certification exam. The First Responder certification is valid for 2 years with Nor-Cal EMS agency."

Course Objectives: (as per the syllabus:) "To develop and upgrade skills of all individuals involved in providing emergency care to the sick or injured."

This course is being coordinated with the Colestin & Hilt fire districts as well as Copco and CalFire, and is also open to the general public. It is a hands-on course in addition to lecture material; no prior experience is necessary.

The cost for those attending as fire district participants, regardless of state of residence, is $60, plus a $14 materials fee; the fire district is covering these fees. (Normally, there is a minimal in-state enrollment fee of $20 per unit for those with CA addresses, while the out-of-state fee for Oregon residents is $199 per unit, or $597 for a 3-unit course such as this).

We are able to benefit from these reduced fees because the course has been re-classified for fire district members as a "community service" course. This means that fire district participants will not receive college credit for the course, but will receive or renew their national as well as local First Responder (Emergency Medical Responder) certification upon full successful completion.

(Those who wish to receive the 3 units of college credit must be registered as "general public" and all regular fees apply and are the responsibility of the individual, not the fire district.)

For more info, call us at (541) 488-1768, or see the COS course schedule under "recently added classes" at: http://www.siskiyous.edu/schedules/Spring2010AddedClasses20091215.pdf, course Ref. Section # 8457 (note that the dates listed have been changed, as above), or see COS's Registration page at: http://www.siskiyous.edu/counseling/advising/howtoregister.htm, which has phone numbers and links for registration and other questions.

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Firefighter Training in 2005 (Photo):

 

Firefighting Training Begins - Sat February 19th, 2005

During the 2005 Firefighting Training - Photo taken Sat. February 19th, 2005
Fire Chief Steve Avgeris, foreground

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