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The Fire Academy is the educational foundation for our firefighters. In the academy recruits will learn what they need to know about suppressing and preventing fires, staying alive, responding safely to hazardous materials incidents and performing basic rescue and medical care and service.

The academy however, does not teach everything a firefighter would need to know. Other things the firefigthers will need to know that are commonly referred to as disciplines, are either conducted in-house or through private and state training agencies.

Some of these disciplines were touched on, which include the following:

    Rope Rescue
    Water Rescue (Swiftwater and Ice)
    Confined Space Rescue
    Structural Collapse Rescue
    Trench/Excavation Rescue
    Hazardous Materials
All of our members are trained at the awareness or operations level to these disciplines. Some advance to the technician level and can function effectively in two or three of these disciplines. Those at the technician level make up our technical rescue team.

The technical rescue team is nothing fancy. It is merely a group of our firefighters who are trained at the technician level of a discipline, along with their normal firefighter duties. If a rope rescue is needed, then our rope rescue technicians would respond. Training in these disciplines are intense and fun. Monthly, members are required to conduct a series of drills, and are required to keep themselves abreast to new changes and any updates.

Below are training pictures from some of the disciplines.

Hazardous Materials Technician - Window Rock, Arizona

Week 1 & 2

Week 1 of the Hazardous Materials Technician program was dedicated to chemistry. The information presented provided our members the fundamentals of street chemistry to assist in the response to chemical spills. Topics covered included the chemistry of hazardous materials, chemical compounds, covalent bondings, hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon derivatives, oxidizing agents, organic peroxides and monomers, explosives, water and air reactive materials, and oxidizing agents to name a few. The information was overwhelming, however Tom got the students through it.

Week 2 of the Hazardous Materials Technician program was dedicated to CAMEO (including Marplot & ALOHA), Hazard Categorizing (aka Haz-Cat), and Health & Safety.

Instructors for Week 1 & 2 included Tom Abbott, Al Jensen and Mitch Bycura of the Tempe Fire Department, and Jeff Bierer and Matt Turner of the Flagstaff Fire Department.

Working with Cameo Matt helping firefighters with Cameo Jeff helping firefighters with Cameo Tom Abbott
Hairpin Test Positive Charing Test Sugar Testing

Week 3

In Week 3, students covered recognition and identification, air and radiological monitoring, PPE and decontamination.

Air monitoring and detection devices oriented the students to air monitoring in emergency response situations. Topics covered included the role of air monitoring in Haz-Mat response, identifying corrosive risk, oxygen level determination, combustible gas detection, ionizing detection units, colorimetric sampling, radiological metering, and warfare agent detection.

Instructors for Week 3 included Toby Morales of the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency, Frank Lopez of the Phoenix Fire Department, Steve Storwent of the Phoenix Fire Department, and Steve Winiecki of the Flagstaff Fire Department and Western Safety Technical Consulting - the contracted training entity for this program.

BNSF Tour Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency Background Analysis Radiological Testing ARRA's Radiological Scanner
Drum Containment Simulated Gas Leak Decon

Week 4

Week 4 of the Hazardous Materials Technician class was dedicated to IMS (Incident Management System), incident pre-planning, terrorism response, and containment and confinement of hazardous materials.

Instructors for Week 4 included Mitch Bycura, Steve Winiecki, Todd George, and Dave Dobbs of the Flagstaff Fire Department. Special thanks to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) for allowing us the use of their one-ton chlorine tank.

Chlorine A Kit Practice Patching a Drum Leak Drum Overpacking Chlorine A Kit Decontaminating

Week 5

Week 5 of the Hazardous Materials Technician Program was the last week. In this week, students covered clandestine drug labs, conducted a transportation night drill, and conducted a joint drill with the Army's 91st Civil Support Team. Other days were dedicated to review for the final practical and written exam.

Instructors for Week 5 included Ken Morris of Arizona DPS, the 91st Civil Support Team, and Dave Dobbs, Matt Turner, Jeff Bierer and Steve Winiecki of the Flagstaff Fire Department.

Clandestine Lab Equipment Patching a Drum Leak Drum Overpacking/Night Drill Doing Research 91st CST
Entry Team Briefing by the 91st Fire & 91st Sampling the Air Patient Decon

Ron Moore's University of Extrication - Mesa, Arizona

Surface Ice Rescue Training - Tuba City, Arizona

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