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CR to Hold One-Day Fireline Safety Awareness Class for CAL FIRE & US Forest Service Hired Vendors
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Jan 15, 2014 - 2:06:15 PM


CAL FIRE and the United States Forest Service (USFS), in partnership with College of the Redwoods Community Education will be offering the required 2014 fire season hired equipment safety training.

Bulldozer operators, water tenders, crew bus drivers, vehicle drivers and mechanics who have a CAL FIRE/USFS agreement or contract requiring annual safety training will need to take this mandatory class or they will not be eligible for contracts for the entire 2014 fire season. This class will offer hired vendors a better understanding of fire safety and give them the knowledge to stay safe while fighting fires during the 2014 fire season.

Last year several hundred hired vendors participated in the mandatory fire safety classes. With the current economy, CR expects more people will consider seeking a fire season contract this year. Equipment vendors are encouraged to register early in order to secure a confirmed seat in the class. Enrollment in each class is limited so that each participant will have time to practice learning how to set up a fire safety shelter in the classroom. The fire safety shelter is a portable shelter designed to save lives when the fire fighter cannot escape a rapidly approaching fire.

Classes will be offered at the following locations: Crescent City; Eureka; Mendocino, Ruth and Willow Creek. Classes begin February 2014 and will be held through early May 2014. The one-day course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with sign-in beginning at 8:00 a.m. For a detailed list of class locations and dates see the Community Education (http://www.redwoods.edu/Departments/Community-Ed/business.asp) website.

Enrollment in each Fire Marshal-approved class is limited to 40 students. The early registration fee for Crescent City, Eureka and Ruth is $65. Early registration is guaranteed a confirmed seat. Late registration starting three days prior to the start of the class is $75. The early registration fee for Mendocino is also $65. Late Mendocino registration starting three days prior to the start of the class is $75. Late registration will be accepted only if space is available. The early registration fee for Willow Creek is $75. Late Willow Creek registration starting three days prior to the start of the class is $85. Walk-in registration will be accepted only if space is available. These mandatory classes fill up quickly, so early registration is strongly recommended in order to attend a preferred date and location.

To register by mail for the Fireline Safety Awareness for Hired Vendors mandatory class, fill out the registration form http://www.redwoods.edu/Departments/Community-Ed/RegistrationForm_525%20D%20St.pdf) and mail it to Community Education at 525 D Street Eureka, CA 95501. The registration form can be downloaded by visiting www.redwoods.edu/departments/community-ed/ and clicking on registration form under information. To register by phone call the Community Education front office at 707-269-4000. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.

For hired vendor contract information, call CAL FIRE Humboldt & Del Norte counties at
707-725-4413, Mendocino County at 707-459-7414 and US Forest Service at 707-441-3514.

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