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Standardized Firefighter Training State Fire Training ©Paul D. Matheis Consulting
Standardized Firefighter Training State Fire Training ©Paul D. Matheis Consulting

Standardized Firefighter Training State Fire Training

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State Fire Training !   State Board of Fire Services is the sanctioning body for

State Fire Training

! State Board of Fire Services is the sanctioning body for fire fighter training (Cal. Health & Saf. Code §

13157(b))

! SBFS develops technical and performance standards and accredits curriculum in the training of fire service personnel (19 Cal. Code Regs. § 1980.04) ! Instructor qualifications for State Fire Marshal approved courses are developed and approved by the SBFS (19 Cal. Code Regs. § 1980.02(2)).

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Why We Train !   Cal/OSHA derives its power under the general duty clause of

Why We Train

! Cal/OSHA derives its power under the general duty clause of the Labor Code (Cal. Lab. Code § 6400) ! California law mandates specific training regarding hazardous aspects of job assignments that involve risk(Cal. Lab. Code § 6401.7(a)(4)) ! Under the code an employer must take all necessary steps to protect the life and health of a worker in a hazardous job duty (Schoonover & Dowdle, 2007, p. 5)

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Why We Train, cont. !   Cal/OSHA regulations require that fire departments train all employees

Why We Train, cont.

! Cal/OSHA regulations require that fire departments train all employees to operate safely in hazardous job activities to state mandated or nationally recognized standards (Schoonover & Dowdle, 2007, p. 5) ! California Code of Regulations requires an employer to establish an injury and illness prevention program (Cal. Code Regs. § 3203 ) ! Designed to ensure employers & employees have a method to identify safe work place practices, communicate safety issues and monitor compliance

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Authority Having Jurisdic:on !   Local sheriff's department is mandated by law to provide aid

Authority Having Jurisdic:on

! Local sheriff's department is mandated by law to provide aid and assistance to vessels and persons stranded on the coastal waters of California (Cal. Harb . & Nav. Code, § 510) ! AHJ of coastal waters: Emergency Services Act (Cal. Gov. Code § 8618) ! Local jurisdiction extends three miles from waterline (Cal. Gov. Code § 41601; Cal. Gov. Code § 8618)

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Open Water Rescue Programs !   US Lifeguard Association !   US Military (USCG, Navy,

Open Water Rescue Programs

! US Lifeguard Association ! US Military (USCG, Navy, Air Force) ! Locally developed programs ! Privately developed programs ! California State Fire Training open water rescuer

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Aqua:c Rescue Disciplines !   Local, county, state lifeguard service !   Fire service lifeguards

Aqua:c Rescue Disciplines

! Local, county, state lifeguard service ! Fire service lifeguards ! County sheriff ! US military

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Outcome of Training !   Open Water Rescuer is de-facto awareness level !   Enhanced

Outcome of Training

! Open Water Rescuer is de-facto awareness level ! Enhanced fire fighter safety in open water operations ! Limited fire fighter capability to conduct OWR ! Does not replace lifeguards

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Aqua:c Rescue Umbrella !   Swift !   Flood !   Ice !   Open

Aqua:c Rescue Umbrella

! Swift ! Flood ! Ice ! Open (sea, large lakes without barriers)

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Environmental Challenges !   Darkness – low light operations !   Influence of fog on

Environmental Challenges

! Darkness – low light operations ! Influence of fog on visibility ! Cold water & air temperature ! Heavy swells ! Commercial & emergency vessel traffic

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Future Possibili:es !   Operational & Technician level development !   Position Task Book development

Future Possibili:es

! Operational & Technician level development ! Position Task Book development ! Operational policy development linking engagement titrated to the level of training

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