The Fire Response and Research Center (FRRC) is a resource for professional firefighters, mariners and students at the Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station (MERTS) to practice fighting fire. Computers and sensors operate this highly controlled training building which is designed to be wet, oily, and smoky- all things that aren’t great for computers and sensors which required Clatsop Community College to make some upgrades to the technology to keep training going.
This past fall term, a new computer system and new gas sensors monitoring the air quality in the building were installed into the FRRC. “The old technology was starting to not communicate with the main computer and causing issues in training,” stated Fire Science Instructional Assistant Toni Como, “and the computer that ran these processes was at an age where the company no longer made replacement parts. We were at a point we needed a new system.”
The central computers and sensors control flames throughout the building that respond to the students’ actions and choices so flames may either extinguish when proper practices are used or may flare back up if not completed correctly. The new computer system and sensors make sure the building is running properly and executing training sequences correctly and safely.
Along with new upgrades to the FRRC building, a new Fire Science Instructor is strengthening the Fire Science program at CCC. Jake Campbell joined the MERTS team in January as the new full-time Instructor of Fire Science and Maritime Fire. Campbell commends the FRRC as a training facility. “The facility is modern and unique in the multiple opportunities available for different types of live fire training,” he stated, “It provides the opportunity for hands on training that is in some circumstances unmatched within the state.”
Campbell comes from Central Oregon Community College where he served as an Adjunct Instructor for Fire Science and EMS Program. He also worked for 17 years at Redmond Fire and Rescue as Training Chief where he coordinated all fire and EMS training; managed volunteer and student programs; responded to emergencies; managed the recertification process for Fire and EMS; and managed the respiratory protection and personal protective equipment program. Campbell holds multiple fire certifications and is a certified paramedic with an Associate’s degree in EMS and Structural Fire Science from Central Oregon Community College.
Campbell is excited to be part of the team at MERTS. “The fire science program is truly anchored by the excellent staff working in MERTS and the regional support from our local fire service and maritime partners. It has been impressive to see the cohesion and dedication of staff and partners in seeing the success of our students. We reach a wide audience and their success is the root of our motivation.”
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