May was the kickoff of Wildland fire season and in preparation all members were assigned the RT-130 Annual Wildland refresher training which included a review of Yolo County and Department specific policies, PPE inspection, review of tools and equipment, and a review of radio communications. There was also a Strike Team Leader Refresher course offered hosted by Woodland FD St. 3.
Our Multi Company Drill for the month was “Confined Space Entry”, conducted at Woodland FD St. 3 and West Sacramento FD St. 45. Participants were to demonstrate the ability to identify a Permit required Confined Space, review the basic requirements and equipment available for Confined Space rescue, and review the requirements, as well as application of Rope Rescue systems for Confined Space Entry. Between May 14th and 18th over 270 hours of training were completed at the drill.
The following weeks in May were dedicated to Company level training consisting of Multi Company Evolution 302: APARTMENT FIRE – Fire Attack, 2-Out Ventilation. We wrapped up the month with a set dedicated to Captains Choice.
We recorded over 5,500 hours between all of our agencies.
With the help of Elite Command Training we hosted and sold out the S-219 Firing Operations class instructed by Chief Jeff Brand a 35 year veteran of the California fire Service. His class of 40 participants received their State Fire Training certificate for completing the 24 hour course.
Our S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior class was also facilitated with the help of Elite Command Training. It was instructed by Captain Brian Midtlyng with South Placer Fire District in Granite Bay. His class of 25 participants all received 1.75 units from American River College as well as their State Fire Training certificate of completion for their participation in this 36 hours course
Winters FD hosted a free Fireline EMT class on Friday May 11, 2018 instructed by Patrick Young, Norcal IMT Med Unit Leader. The 30 participants reviewed the typical medical emergencies encountered in the wildland setting. The class also covered equipment needs, interface with the MEDL, wildland safety considerations, emergency evacuations and necessary interactions with the line supervisors. Each student was issued a custom certificate of completion in compliance with NWCG standards.