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Structure Fire Skills Testing

Skills Test for Structure Fire I and II will be held in Conway on October 16 and 17.

Skills Test for Structure Fire III and IV will be held in Conway on October 30 and 31.

There are numerous prerequisites for the Structure Fire Classes. Contact your Chief and/or Training Officer if you are desiring to attend these classes and to ensure that you have all the modules completed in order to qualify.

AFTA Guidelines for COVID-19 will be followed.

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Loss Control Class Sept. 21

The Watalula Fire Department will be hosting the Loss Control class on Monday September 21, 2020 at their station off of Hwy. 352. Time for the class is 6:00 PM.

To register for the class contact Chief Frank Theising at (479) 209-3777.

AFTA Guidelines for Off Campus Classes will be followed for COVID-19.

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Emergency Vehicle Driving Class September 19th

Watalula Fire Chief, Frank Theising will present the Emergency Vehicle Driving Class on September 19 at 8:00 AM. The location for the class will be at Altus Rural Fire Department Station #2 in Denning, 619 South Cherry Street.

To register contact (479) 209-3777.

AFTA Guidelines for Off Campus Classes will be followed.

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Structural Search & Rescue (fire service) Class August 15th

Watalula Fire Department Chief, Frank Theising will be presenting Structural Search & Rescue on August 15th, beginning at 8:00 AM. The location for the class will be the Ozark Police Department training facility located on the Ozark City Hall Complex, 2914 West Commercial Street in Ozark, Arkansas.

To register, contact (479) 209-3777.

AFTA Guidelines for Off Campus Classes will be followed.

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Wildland Firefighting Class Schedule

July 27-28 6-10 PM Sebastian County Sebastian County Training Center 205 South Coker Greenwood, AR Contact (479) 221-6800

August 3-4 6-10 PM Madison County St. Paul Fire Department 366 Locust Street St. Paul, AR Contact (479) 601-7440

August 17-18 6-10 PM Crawford County Alma Fire Department Station #1 55 South Mountain Grove Road Alma, AR Contact (479) 651-3814

August 24-25 6-10 PM Franklin County Ozark Franklin County Agri-Extension Service Conference Room 300 Airport Road Ozark, AR Contact (479) 209-3777

Arkansas Forestry Commission is asking that students who have not had the class be the ones in attendance. This allows them to offer the class to students needing to be certified, and allows for closer adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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AFTA Guidelines for Off Campus Classes

From the Arkansas Fire Training Academy (AFTA)…

Because of the nature of our nation’s current situation, AFTA will not allow students to attend classes without a signed waiver and application to attend classes. The student without the above mentioned will not be allowed to attend class.

Reminder that course request forms will be turned in 30 days before the class and student applications must be in two weeks before the class starts.

Students shall have an application and waiver to the AFTA prior to attending the class. Anyone not on the roster will not be allowed to attend class.

Students will be screened each morning. A check sheet will be provided. Each student will need a sheet and will be filled out each day.

Class size will depend on size of classroom (students 6 feet apart).

Students are highly recommended to wear a reusable cloth mask.

Department must furnish hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes. Exception will be if student brings own hand sanitizer.

Students will wipe off desk twice a day, beginning of the day and after lunch.

Students will not collect together during breaks.

Bathroom use should be limited in number to maintain social distancing.

Bathrooms shall be cleaned as needed.

PRACTICAL SKILLS:

Students will maintain a social distance.

Groups will only come together as a team once face pieces are in place.

Once the skill is complete, social distancing will be maintained.

Students will have their own rehydrating supplies (water, Gatorade, etc.). No coolers or jugs of water for the entire class to use will be allowed.

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Your local fire department chief or training officer will have additional information to share.

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