As I continue to grow the Emergency Response program I find holes in my needed equipment. I was awarded a uniform grant from Excellence in Education Fall 2017. Working with Truckee Fire I need to make a few adjustments to my needed uniforms, also know as Class B or station uniforms. I need to add sweatshirts because Truckee Fire does not want turnouts, our firefighting jacket and pants, worn in their living space. Truckee Fire holds classes for my students in their living space.
The Class B uniforms also provide cadet protection, like the turnouts. The Class B’s are worn under the turnouts. However the Class B’s can provide the personal protection required for general equipment handling, training and maintenance. The turnouts are the next level up in personal protective equipment.
Truckee Fire has stated they do not want my cadets wearing turnouts in their living space. Firefighter turnouts can be contaminated with carcinogens, which is why there is a policy of no turnouts in the living space. Even though my cadet turnouts are not subject to the same contamination as real firefighter turnouts, my cadets need to comply with the policies of Truckee Fire. My cadets have been wearing their turnout jackets, the sweatshirts will take the place of the turnout jackets in the living space trainings.
The CTE Emergency Response pathway is only in its second year. Last year I had one senior take my class and he became a CTE program completer. To become a CTE program completer the student will need to take and pass my class then take and pass a class at Sierra College in Fire Technology, Health Science or Administration of Justice. Not only did my senior become a CTE program completer he also graduated from the Butte Fire Academy last December! Currently 100% of my graduating seniors are program completers and fire academy graduates.
This year I have five seniors in the program. Four out of the five are currently enrolled in Sierra College's Health Science Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) class. I am hopeful these four EMR students will become program completers and earn a Nationally Recognized Emergency Medical Responder (NREMR) certificate. The fifth senior is already a program completer, he took an Administrative of Justice class at Sierra College. Currently I am on track to maintain 100% of my graduating seniors being program completers.
The sweatshirts will be worn as part of the cade’s Class B uniform.
I am the only teacher teaching this course.