Art of Reading Smoke with Dave Dodson – June 8, 2013 – 0830 to 1700
Mid-Columbia Firefighters in cooperation with Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue will be hosting the Art of Reading Smoke with Dave Dodson. This one-day class is the most-popular class offered by Response Solutions. Often, smoke issuing from a building is the only clue available to predict re behavior and the likelihood of a ashover or rapid re spread. First-arriving ofcers, Incident Commanders, and Safety Ofcers MUST know how to rapidly read smoke – this class explains the reading-smoke process and gives participants lots of practice using actual re ground video.
Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, like fire agencies around the globe, train on a regular basis. The training meets the standards of the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training as well as the Oregon Health Authority EMS & Trauma Section.
The fire district is also rated by the ISO, which rates Public Protection (fire, water and communications) and gives communities a classification number. This number, which can vary based on the location of a home or business within a community, is used in the determination of insurance rate premiums. To receive the maximum points available in the Company Training category, all firefighters within the district is required to attend 20 hours of firefighter specific training per month. This includes volunteer and career members.
With the majority of the emergency calls the district responds too being Emergency Medical Service (EMS) related, a large number of hours is devoted each month to EMS Training. Subjects include Basic Life Support (CPR & AED), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), EMS Protocol review and various hand-on skills.
We routinely host outside instructors bringing a variety of Fire and EMS training to the Columbia Gorge area. Check our main page and this training page often for class/training updates.