NACFD chiefs head to class

Federal funds will allow for advanced training

KINGMAN - The Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District No. 1 has received federal funding to provide advanced training to NACFD1's chief officers.

The fire chief, three battalion chiefs and one division chief will participate in a variety of advanced classes through federal programs.

The United States Department of Energy has funded training for four personnel, including the three battalion chiefs, to participate in courses in Elko, Nev.

The chiefs will each attend a 40-hour course, "Flammable Liquid Firefighting for Municipal and Rural Firefighters." This training is extremely critical to NACFD1 personnel, with the variety of flammable liquid hazards located within the district.

The course is part of a nationwide effort to train firefighters to deal with flammable liquid emergencies and includes terrorism response training.

The district fire chief has been selected to participate in a pilot training program, "Management of Large Scale Disasters for Public Officials."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Fire Administration has also selected one of the district's three division chiefs to attend a 40-hour course, "Advanced Safety Operations and Management."

This course is conducted at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. Two other division chiefs are awaiting notification of classes they applied to attend.

Each of these classes, including travel and expenses, is valued at approximately $1,500.

The training will allow participating personnel to return home with cutting-edge ideas for protecting lives and property within the fire district, provide valuable experience through incident simulation and allow these personnel to train their peers upon return.