Clatsop Community College’s Fire Response Research Center served as the location for intensive hands-on fire service training for 99 cadets and their instructors May 17 and 18. Participants from Pacific County (Wash.) Fire No. 1, Vancouver (Wash.) Fire, Cowlitz (Wash.) Fire and Rescue No. 2, and Clark County (Wash.) Fire and Rescue and Fire District Nos. 3 and 6 were included. Training exercises included live fire incidents, truck operations, wildland fire scenarios and hose evolutions.

The fire cadet program is an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to learn first-hand what a career in the fire service is really like. In Oregon, students train toward National Fire Protection Association Firefighter 1 certification. Cadet programs provide support to rural volunteer fire districts through training of future volunteers. Cadets also learn about future educational opportunities through the CCC fire science program associate’s degree.

The college’s Fire Response and Research Center (FRRC) at the Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station (MERTS) campus was designed and built to function as an all-weather, year-round facility. It is an 8,000-square-foot building containing multiple levels and passageways to provide a diverse range of firefighting training scenarios in enclosed spaces. A wide range of computer-controlled live burn props fueled by natural gas provides trainees with hands-on experience in fighting the types of fires commonly encountered on vessels and in structures, while providing virtually instantaneous shutdown capability for safety.

For information, contact Kurt Donaldson at (503) 338-7650 or


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