Eighty-nine Sea Cadets, ages 13-17, and representing five states (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, and Texas) took part in a unique specialized training exercise at Clatsop Community College’s Fire Response and Research Center. This specially-designed 8,000 square-foot building contains multiple levels and passageways to provide a diverse range of firefighting training scenarios in enclosed spaces. Computer-controlled live burn props fueled by natural gas provide trainees with hands-on experience in fighting the types of fires commonly encountered on vessels.
The half-day exercise, including live-burn experiences as well as hose-handling skills, was part of a summer training program at Camp Rilea organized by the Iron Side Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps commanded by LTJG Angel Uscanga.
“The CCC MERTS Campus was happy to welcome the Sea Cadets for their first training utilizing our Fire Response and Research Center. From the smiles we received when they finished the morning session, we know that they took away a great deal from their time with us. We look forward to their visit next year,” said Kristen Wilkin, Dean of Workforce Education and Training.
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps was established in 1958. Its purpose is “… to encourage and aid American youth to develop, train them in seagoing skills, and to teach patriotism, courage, self-reliance and kindred virtues.” Units are established across the country and participants meet regularly throughout the year to learn basic seamanship, military drill and leadership. Oregon-based units are found in Bend, Lafayette, North Bend, Portland, Roseburg, Salem, Springfield and White City. Visit Sea Cadets for more information.
Please direct inquiries to: Kristen Wilkin, 503-338-7696.
Sea Cadets train for a shipboard fire in the CCC fire simulator