Firefighter Training

GROWING TRAINING FOR GROWING NEEDS: THE NORTH NET FIRE TRAINING CENTER

Issue 3 and Volume 150.

GROWING TRAINING FOR GROWING NEEDS: THE NORTH NET FIRE TRAINING CENTER BY GUY BROWN The need for training in urban search and rescue, or heavy rescue, became apparent on the West Coast after the 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta Earthquake. Since this event, the Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency (FEMA) has sanctioned 25 disaster teams (Urban Search And Rescue Task Forces ) throughout the United States, eight of which are in California. The techniques used during a building collapse, trench rescue, or a technical rope operation are physically and mentally demanding and highly specialized. Those offered at the North Net Fire Training Center (NNFTC)–a joint training center for the cities of Garden Grove, Anaheim, and Orange, California, located in Anaheim–and other approved technical rescue training centers in California are certified by the California State Fire Marshal`s Office, Office of Training. CURRICULUM OFFERINGS The NNFTC held its first Rescue Systems I course…

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