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  • 08/14/2002
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TazGirl:

It is great to see you want to get some classes. In fire you can never be too educated. Like people have been saying start with the basics of 130/190 and I-100 or I-200. I have been a dispatcher for four seasons now and took I-200 and my dispatcher course D-110 my first year. I then took the business management classes the next year but soon learned I wanted to stay behind the radio, not do finance which still is part of my job as a dispatcher. Last season with the fire season so bad I could not make it to our state’s fire academy even though it was held 50 miles from my home, so during the winter and after long talks with my firefighter children I decided to take 130/190 and then this summer took 290. You will not believe how much just these two classes have helped me out with dispatching. I now understand when the guys call me with their size-up of the fire and weather on what conditions they are experiencing. I want you to know that I was the only dispatcher in my 290 class and the FF’s I was in class with were really proud that I would take that class. If it will help me take care of my resources better, I’m all for it. You might consider looking at the Rocky Mountain (region 2) web page for the Colorado Wildfire Academy. They hold two a year, with one being in Sterling, Colorado in January and the other one being in a different location in Colorado the first week in June. The June 2004 Wildfire academy will be held in Glenwood Springs, Colorado in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of Storm King. Wendy Fischer is the coordinator and does a fabulous job every year! Wherever you may take classes congrats on doing them!

Southern Loving

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