Arkansas Fire Training Academy Classes at Watalula Fire Department

The following classes will be offered at the Watalula Fire Department. Class size is limited to 20.

January 22, 2021 – Ropes, Knots, and Hoisting 6:00 PM

February 20, 2021 – Exterior Fires and Advanced Exterior Fires 8:00 AM (Exterior Fires requires all prerequisites for live burns.)

March 19, 2021 – Protective Systems 6:00 PM

April 10, 2021 – Life Safety Initiatives I & II 8:00 AM

For more information contact Chief Frank Theising at (479) 209-3777

AFTA guidelines for COVID-19 will be followed.

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Arkansas Fire Training Academy Classes at Branch Fire Department

The Branch Fire Department will be hosting two AFTA classes.

January 29th and 30th – Introduction To Firefighting 18:00 hours .

February 5th and 6th – Personal Protective Equipment 18:00 hours.

Fore more information contact Assistant Chief Dan Cibik at (479) 965-5607

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2021 Tulsa NWS Skywarn Storm Spotter Training

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, Tulsa NWS will most likely NOT be conducting any in-person training.

They are currently looking into conducting virtual spotter training, however there are a few obstacles to overcome, such as the tools that enable them to conduct the training limit the number of connections that can attend any one meeting. NWS can only host GoToMeetings or Google Meetings, as they are not allowed to host Zoom Meetings due to IT security.

It is being considered grouping several counties together and hosting training “meetings” exclusively for each group separately. One way to accomplish this would be to have local/county emergency managers advertise these sessions to their specific spotter/emergency responder groups within their jurisdictions, and not advertise to the public at all.

As soon as information is forwarded, it will be shared here, in email format, and during the monthly Franklin-Logan County ARES Net on the 145.350 repeater. (Check the Amateur Radio link at the top of the page for more information.)

For those that have attended NWS Skywarn Storm Spotter training over recent years, I would encourage you to do some self study on-line. The YouTube web site has numerous training segments published that focus on subjects that spotters need to keep in mind. The NWS Norman, Oklahoma office is one that has posted several excellent videos.

Rick Covert, Franklin County Emergency Management Coordinator

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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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