Wheelhouse Weekly – November 10th, 2020

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Volume 25… Number 45… Nov. 10, 2020


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Joe Biden’s path to the White House ran through America’s labor movement, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Fifty-eight percent of union members voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, according to an internal AFL-CIO post-election survey.

“This was an unprecedented election,” Trumka said in a statement. “And it came during an unprecedented year.”

“A year of anger and sorrow and civil unrest. A year of unfathomable loss. Loss of jobs and economic security. Loss of life.”

“But during this trying year, union members have delivered for America—every day in every way. Stocking the shelves. Moving goods and people. Fighting the fires. Healing the sick.”

“The resilience of unions is the story of 2020. It’s been on display all year.”

“It’s guided by our belief that a better day is still within our reach. And today, I am more confident than ever that better day is near.”

Ninety-five percent of members of AFL-CIO unions say that protecting workers’ rights is the top priority for this next congress, Trumka said.

“And yes,” he added, “that includes 93 percent of our members who went for Trump.”

“The right to collective bargaining. Fair wages and workplace safety. A voice on the job. The belief that all work has dignity and everyone should retire with security.”

“None of that is red or blue,” Trumka said. “It’s simply American. It’s what America’s labor movement has fought for in 2020—not just in this election but in our workplaces, too.”

“Let’s be clear: Union voters delivered this election for Biden and Harris. Their message and commitment to create ‘the most significant pro-labor, pro-worker administration’ resonated with our 12.5 million members and 56 affiliated unions who are hungry for a bigger voice in our economy and our politics.”

“Now the AFL-CIO stands ready to help the president-elect and vice president-elect deliver a long overdue workers’ first agenda. That starts with passing the HEROES Act to provide our families and communities emergency support and services in the face of this deadly virus.”

“Once working people are made whole, the real rebuilding can begin. We call on Congress to pass and Biden to sign the Protecting the Right to Organize Act early in 2021 to make sure every worker who wants to form or join a union is able to do so freely and fairly.”

“Working people want our leaders to act swiftly and think more boldly than ever before. The time to begin is now.”

“The labor movement is ready to work with the new administration and Congress to raise wages and standards across America.”

“Together, we must end rampant inequality and deliver security and prosperity to all of our communities.”

Masters, Mates & Pilots is one of the 56 affiliates of the AFL-CIO.

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“The American people have spoken, and they have clearly and decisively chosen unity over divisiveness, leadership over chaos, and working-class values over corporate greed,” said Larry Willis, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, following the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

“On behalf of the millions of transportation workers represented by TTD unions, we congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their historic victory.”

“Voters recognize that few periods in American history have demanded leadership from our elected officials like the one we face today.”

“Despite attempts to silence their voices and put up barriers to their votes, working people turned out in record numbers to elect leaders who will put their interests first.”

“President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have proven they have what it takes to guide our country through the worst public health and economic crises in a century.”

“They have shown they are committed to addressing staggering racial and gender inequality.”

“They will push back on attacks on workers’ rights. And they will fight for the kind of smart investments in our transportation network that will grow the middle class and improve our economy.”

“It is now incumbent upon all of us to come together, uphold the principles of our democracy, and swear in a government that will tackle these challenges head on.”

“Only by standing together as Americans can we move our country forward and create the kind of thriving economy where all Americans can prosper.”

MM&P is one of the 33 transportation sector unions that belong to TTD.

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We are extremely pleased that many of the strongest supporters of the US-flag maritime industry won on Nov. 3 and will be returning as part of the 117th Congress in 2021. They include:

— Congressman Peter DeFazio, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee;

— Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation;

— Congressman Joe Courtney, chairman of the House Seapower Subcommittee;

— Congressman Rob Wittman, ranking member of the House Seapower Subcommittee;

— Congressman David Price, chairman of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee;

— Congressman Mario Diaz Balart, ranking member of the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee; and

— Representatives John Garamendi, Alan Lowenthal, Rick Larsen, Bob Gibbs, Brian Fitzpatrick, Rodney Davis, Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger.

We extend our congratulations to these and the many other maritime supporters who won.

We look forward to working with them on legislation to strengthen and grow the US-flag merchant marine.

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The trade group that represents dry bulk carriers said last week that some charterers have been blocking crew change.

INTERCARGO has been among the leading voices calling on governments and organizations to make the accommodations necessary to facilitate crew changes during the pandemic.

We “strongly condemn the non-compassionate practices of some charterers of dry bulk carriers in their rejection of crew change outright during the charter period,” the organization said in a statement.

“This flies in the face of industry-wide efforts to offer seafarers the essential rest that they have been so long without during the Covid-19 pandemic, and which is essential to the safe operation of the shipping sector.”

The group said it had been told of dry bulk charterers preventing crew change in the period of the charter, even in cases in which the owner of the ship had agreed to shoulder the associated costs.

“Ironically, this appalling practice has been reported primarily in the dry bulk sector, where the prevention of seafarer fatigue is of special concern,” INTERCARGO said.

“Bulk carriers on tramp trading routes call at many more ports than other shipping sectors, piling added strain on an already fatigued workforce with no hope of crew change.”

“A crew must be well rested to operate a ship in compliance with the voyage instructions from the charterers: to load and discharge the cargo, ballast, and de-ballast, wash, dry and present cargo holds, open/close hatch covers, and carry out the multitude of associated tasks to ensure safe operation of the vessel.”

The group also said it condemns reported cases of charterers in some countries in Southeast Asia treating bulk carriers as “toxic” in the 14 days after crew change.

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Hijackers who had seized a Singapore-flagged product tanker Saturday in the Gulf of Guinea were quickly routed by the Italian military.

The incident began on Saturday morning, when the product tanker TORM ALEXANDRA was boarded by pirates about 160 nm off the coast of Benin.

The Italian frigate MARTINENGO dispatched a military helicopter to the scene after receiving a distress signal from members of the crew who had retreated to the ship’s citadel.

The pirates exchanged fire with the crew of the helicopter, then fled with a Benin Navy patrol boat in pursuit.

All 21 members of the TORM ALEXANDRA crew were reported safe.

Another tanker, the Marshall Islands-flagged MT WESLEY, was approached by seven armed pirates in a speedboat on Saturday evening about 130 nm south of Escravos, Nigeria.

According to a report, when they came within about 250 yards of the tanker, the master began evasive maneuvers, the crew retreated to the citadel and the on-board security team fired warning shots, at which point the pirates fled.

No members of the crew or the security team were harmed.

During the preceding week, pirates boarded the Panama-flagged tanker NEFELI II about 90 nm south of the port of Brass.

The attackers destroyed equipment on the bridge before disembarking.

“With a further failed attempt, it is highly likely that the perpetrators will increase in desperation in their attempts to secure their objective which remains most likely the kidnapping of crew for ransom,” Maritime Executive quoted security consultancy Dryad Global as saying.

“As such the risk profile for the region is to be considered critical at this time, with incidents assessed as highly likely/expected within days.”

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The Great Lakes freighter SS EDMUND FITZGERALD sank in a storm on Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire 29-person crew.

For 17 years, it had carried taconite iron ore from mines near Duluth, Minn., to iron works in Detroit, Toledo and other Great Lakes ports.

The EDMUND FITZGERALD was said to be a favorite of boat watchers because of its size, its record-breaking hauling performance and a “DJ Captain,” Peter Pulcer, who played music and talked about the ship over the intercom while passing through the St. Clair and Detroit rivers.

The storied freighter went down in a storm on Lake Superior while carrying a cargo of ore pellets from Superior, Wis., to a steel mill near Detroit.

The tragedy led to changes in Great Lakes shipping regulations and practices that included mandatory survival suits, depth finders, positioning systems, increased freeboard, and more frequent vessel inspections.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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Sailors’ Snug Harbor (SSH), one of the oldest secular charities in the United States, has funds available to help career mariners with financial need.

SSH was incorporated in 1806 as the result of a bequest by Captain Robert Richard Randall, a New York merchant.

More than 16,500 mariners have been assisted by SSH since its inception in the early nineteenth century.

What kind of help can SSH provide?

SSH assists mariners financially in their homes. Mariners who meet the following criteria are eligible for assistance:

— 65 years of age or older OR ON DISABILITY—some exceptions can be made;

— 2,555 days of sea time (deep sea or inland) with at least 1,825 days on U.S.-flagged ships;

— proven need for financial assistance;

— less than $50,000 in assets (primary residence excluded).

A three-year look-back period will be used to determine eligibility.

If the mariner is eligible for public benefits, such as VA benefits, Medicaid or SNAP, those benefits should be accessed first.

The SSH website,, has a link to the application that each interested mariner must complete.

The application requires detailed information about current living arrangements, financial history, etc.

If you are interested in learning more about SSH benefits, please contact:

Sailors’ Snug Harbor
Toll Free: 1-888-257-5456
Fax: 212-513-0243

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Union Plus will award $1,000 each to 100 extraordinary union members: people “who are always looking out for everyone else but never for themselves.” (P.S. You can also enter yourself.)

The extraordinary union members whose names and stories are submitted to Union Plus through the month of December will be entered to win $1,000 each in the Union Plus Holiday Giveaway.

But Union Plus needs to hear from you to make it happen!

Tell us about an extraordinary union member you know—someone who’s always looking out for everyone else but never for themselves—and they’ll be entered to win!

There are two ways to enter.

— Record a video: Create a one-minute video telling us all about an extraordinary union member (even yourself).

— Submit your video using the link below; or

— Post the video on your personal Instagram account using the hashtags #UnionPlusGiveAGrand and #Contest

Write about it: Use the entry form to paint a picture in 300 words or less of an extraordinary union member.

Enter now and help Union Plus make the holidays a little brighter for 100 extraordinary union members.

Winners will be awarded through December.

To get started, go to:

This contest is open to legal US residents age 18+. Contest begins 11/9/20 and ends 12/4/20. For the official rules:

Note: Union Plus is an independent organization that offers services to union members. Union Plus is not part of MM&P. The Wheelhouse Weekly is simply providing this information as a service to our members.

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The Plan Office received approval to close the year-end Internal Revenue Service and company reports and to process Vacation and PRO payments for 2020 no later than Friday, December 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

All requests for 2020 Vacation and PRO payments received after this date and time will be held until Monday, January 4, 2021 for processing and will therefore be taxable in 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vacation Department at 410-850-8625, 410-850-8647.

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Eligible dependent children of eligible Offshore members and co-pay pensioners in good standing are reminded to request an application for the scholarship program.

Applicants must be high school seniors during the 2020-21 school year. Completed applications must be returned to the Plan Office by Nov. 30, 2020.

For more information, please contact Madeline Petrelli at 410-850-8615 or

A PDF copy of the application is posted on the MM&P website: just go to, click on “Plans,” and then select “H&B Benefit Forms” in the dropdown menu. The application is the fourth form from the bottom.

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All MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

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The following is a notice to all MM&P Eligible Voters from the International Ballot Committee.

The MM&P Voting Instructions that accompanied your ballot indicated that, in order to be counted, ballots must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Due to a delay relating to the date on which the ballots were mailed, the balloting period has been extended.

Accordingly, in order to be counted, your ballot must be received by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 28, 2020.

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There are still a few open seats for the Maersk-specific CM Operations training for the week of Nov. 16-20. Please note that CM-Operations I is a prerequisite for this class.

Additionally, there are several seats open next week for the MITAGS 5-Day HAZMAT class on Nov. 16-20 and the MED-PIC class that runs after Thanksgiving from Nov. 30 to Dec 11.

If you are interested in participating in any of these classes, please send an email to:

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The MITAGS Maritime Apprenticeship Program is actively seeking apprentices for the Washington State Ferries. With additional STCW training, graduates of the two-year program will earn an unlimited tonnage Inland Mate license.

The Washington State Ferry Maritime Apprenticeship Program provides a fast track for participants to work their way into the wheelhouse in as little as two years, as opposed to the more common six-to-eight-year progression.

The state-registered, Coast Guard-approved program combines approximately 24 weeks of classroom, lab and simulation training with one year of service aboard Washington State Ferries.

Apprentices train on most, if not all the system’s 21 vessels which operate on 10 different routes.

To learn more, go to or check out this video.

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Please be advised that as of the June MATES Trustees meeting, the number of sea days required to receive covered training at MITAGS will now be 42 days instead of 30.

This temporary change has been necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic with regards to permissible class size, available staffing and cost saving measures. The measure will remain in place through the end of 2020 and be reviewed prior to the end of this year.

\\Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted\\

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 1/25/21, 4/12/21

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: Not currently scheduled

AZIPOD (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: Not currently scheduled

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/26/21, 3/8/21, 4/13/21, 4/29/21, 5/17/21
Online: 11/2/21, 2/2/21, 4/20/21

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/10/21, 4/26/21

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/18/21

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/15/20, 2/9/21, 4/27/21, 6/22/21

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/14/20, 2/9/21, 4/27/21

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/26/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 11/30/20, 1/18/21, 3/8/21, 5/3/21, 6/21/21

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/7/20, 1/25/21, 4/26/21, 6/14/21

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/15/21

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 2/1/21, 6/7/21

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 11/16/20, 2/8/21, 6/14/21

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 1/25/21, 6/7/21

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/16/20, 12/14/20, 2/1/21, 5/10/21

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/12/21
(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/22/21

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/30/20, 1/30/20, 1/11/21, 2/1/21, 2/22/21, 3/15/21, 4/19/21, 5/10/21, 6/7/21

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 12/7/20, 1/18/21, 2/8/21, 3/1/21, 3/22/21, 4/26/21, 5/17/21, 6/14/21

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/19/21

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 3/1/21

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Contact Admissions

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program **
Online: Not currently scheduled

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 3/10/21

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/26/21

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/25/21

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/20/21

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/22/21, 4/19/21

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/3/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/7/20, 4/19/21

ADV-FF – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – Not currently scheduled

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/18/21

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/17/20, 2/8/21, 4/26/21, 6/21/21

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/12/20, 2/12/21, 4/30/21

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/26/21, 4/13/21
Online: Not currently scheduled

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/13/21

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/16/20, 4/12/21

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 1/11/21

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/8/21

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 4/12/21

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/27/21, 3/9/21, 4/14/21, 4/29/21

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 1/11/21

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 11/30/20, 4/12/21

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 11/30/20, 1/25/21, 4/12/21

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/11/21

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 1/25/21

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/5/20, 12/18/20, 1/16/21, 1/30/21, 4/17/21, 5/15/21, 6/24/21

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 2/24/21, 5/17/21, 6/11/21

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/25/21, 5/18/21, 6/9/21

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/28/21, 6/13/21

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/21/21

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/11/21, 3/1/21, 5/10/21, 6/14/21

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day/ 8-hour) – 3/1/21 (Evening), 5/9/21 (Evening), 6/12/21 (Evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/15/21, 3/5/21, 5/9/21, 6/12/21

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/16/21, 3/6/21, 5/14/21, 6/18/21

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) –12/14/20*, 12/16/20*, 1/18/21, 3/15/21*, 4/20/21, 4/22/21, 6/22/21, 6/24/21

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (5-Day) – 2/1/21

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2-Day) – 12/10/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – 1/13/21

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 12/14/20, 1/26/21, 4/13/21, 4/30/21

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 5/24/21

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 11/30/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 5/3/21

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/16/20*, 12/14/20*, 1/25/21*, 4/12/21, 6/14/21

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 5/17/21

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 6/7/21

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 3/8/21, 4/26/21

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): 3/8/21

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/27/21, 6/15/21

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/22/21, 6/16/21

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): Not currently scheduled

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Schedule of Courses – Please also see our schedule and enroll online at For Registration Contact our Admissions Department: 206.441.2880 or

November 2020

13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
16-17 Basic Training Revalidation
16-18 Security Officer – Vessel, Company and Facility
16-19 ARPA
30-4 Basic Training

December 2020

4, 7-8 Basic Training Refresher
7-8 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Medical Care Provider
7-18 Medical Person-In-Charge
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
10-11 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

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