CCC MERTS Campus Hosts Annual Fire Cadet Days

Clatsop Community College’s Fire Response Research Center (FRRC) served as the location for intensive hands-on fire service training for 120 cadets and their instructors on May 15-16. Participants included cadets from Pacific County Fire #1, Vancouver Fire, Cowlitz Fire & Rescue #2, Clark County Fire & Rescue, Clark County Fire District #3 and Clark County Fire District #6. Training exercises included live fire scenarios utilizing the FRRC, truck operations, wildland fire scenarios, and hose evolutions.

The Fire Cadet program is an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to learn first-hand what a career in the fire service is really like. In Oregon, students train toward NFPA Firefighter 1 certification. Cadet programs also provide essential support to rural volunteer fire districts through training of future volunteers. Cadets also learn about future educational opportunities through the CCC Fire Science program Associate of Applied Science degree.

“This event is a great opportunity for cadets to network with their peers and fire service professionals while they hone their skills and gain knowledge that they will then take back to their local communities,” said Kurt Donaldson, Clatsop Community College Fire Science Faculty.

The college’s Fire Response and Research Center was designed and built to function as an all-weather, year-round facility. The FRRC is an 8,000 square-foot building containing multiple levels and passageways to provide a diverse range of firefighting training scenarios in enclosed spaces. A wide range of computer-controlled live burn props fueled by natural gas provides trainees with hands-on experience in fighting the types of fires commonly encountered on vessels, while providing virtually instantaneous shutdown capability for safety.

For more information, contact: Kurt Donaldson, 503-338-7650.

Live Fire Training

Cadets Practicing Hose Evolutions

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