Paris firefighters get training here

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 26, 2008 - Paris firefighters will be better equipped to handle whatever situations come their way, particularly of a hazardous nature thanks to the training they received at Northeast Texas Fire-EMS Training Academy in Sulphur Springs.

Fourteen of Paris' firemen Thursday were putting to action skills they learned in the hazardous materials technician training course taught by NETFETA. The 80 hour class is designed to prepare firefighters to take action appropriately in any situation involving hazardous materials, which could include those from a tanker spill or chemical leak. The course also included a section on weapons of mass destruction, a new requirement set by the state.

The curriculum teaches how to act from the time of a hazardous material incident is reported until the danger is over and the scene cleared for normal activity. Those steps include analyzing an incident, collecting and interpreting hazardous and response information, planning and response, evaluating progress, terminating the incident. Once successfully complete, those attending the class can take the written exam for Texas Commission on Fire Protection certification and application can be made for the International Fire Service Accreditation Seal for haz-mat tech certification.

The most recent haz-mat class attended by 14 Paris firefighters over the course of the last two weeks. It was slated to wrap up today.

The firemen received classroom training regarding various hazardous material scenarios and materials at the Sharon Lane school, then spent a few days at the academy's drill field north of Interstate 30, just east of Sulphur Springs.

For this haz-mat class, Cowboy Trucking provided a truck and trailer for the academy to use in training exercises at the drill field.

The haz-mat tech class is one of many firefighter and EMS training classes offered by Northeast Texas Fire & EMS Training Academy. The also teach basic fire suppression, driver/operator pumper, and more advanced courses such as fire inspector I and II, fire investigator, and fire officer I and II, as well as basic emergency medical technician and paramedic certification courses. In the past year, they were even able to offer on a limited basis an internet fire prevention course for those in more rural East Texas. The fire program offers state and internationally recognized accreditation and the EMS program national registry certification. They also offer intermediate and advanced incident command system training courses.

Northeast Texas Fire & EMS Training Academy is an incorporated 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization, that strives to offer the best and most Up to date firefighter, emergency medical technician and paramedic training. Curriculum meets TCFP and Texas Department of State Health Services.

For more information about Northeast Texas Fire & EMS Training Academy, its courses and admissions, visit the academy website, http://www.fireskillsonline.com/, call 903-438-0300, send and e-mail to andrea@fireskillsonline.com or stop by the office, 1334 Sharon Lane.

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