Wheelhouse Weekly – November 6th, 2018

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MM&P licensed deck officers were among those recognized for heroism Nov. 2 at the prestigious United Seamen’s Service Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) awards ceremony in New York City.

The honorees included the officers and crews of two Military Sealift Command (MSC) Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels, the USNS TRENTON and the USNS YUMA, as well as the MV EDGAR B. SPEER, a 1,000-foot bulk carrier operated by USS Great Lakes Fleet.

The officers and crew of USNS YUMA received the Mariner’s Rosette for rescuing seven people from a small boat in distress in rough seas in October of last year.

The officers and crew of USNS TRENTON were honored for taking part in a massive rescue mission on June 12, pulling 41 people to safety after their inflatable raft overturned and then caring for them on board the ship for days.

The licensed deck officers aboard YUMA and TRENTON are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).

The officers and crew of MV EDGAR B. SPEER saved three fishermen from a sinking boat in Lake Erie on Aug. 26.

The licensed deck officers aboard the SPEER are members of the MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Membership Group.

Also honored at the event were Salvador Bruno, president and chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd USA; Paul Doell, national president of American Maritime Officers; and Raymond F. Fitzgerald, chairman of the ARC Group.

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Matson Navigation Company said last week it has launched direct U.S.-flag service between Honolulu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

The new service will call on three ports in the Marshall Islands–Kwajalein, Ebeye and Majuro–every 17 days.

The company says that by transshipping cargo from the U.S. mainland via Honolulu, the transit time will be about two weeks, compared to three weeks or more with its current service which transships through Guam.

Matson has served the Marshall Islands since 1972.

It has been serving the three ports from the U.S. West Coast via Guam, where westbound containerized and bulk cargo is transshipped to Matson’s Micronesia service.

For the new service, the company purchased a 700-TEU, U.S.-flagged containership renamed KAMOKUIKI, meaning “small island” or “vessel” in the Hawaiian language.

The KAMOKUIKI has two 45-ton cranes, hydraulic folding hatch covers and high maneuverability to allow docking without tugs, all characteristics that the company says make it “well suited to serving island communities.”

The licensed deck officers aboard Matson vessels are members of the MM&P Offshore Membership Group.

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The U.S. maritime authorities have issued two advisories, one on GPS interference in the Eastern Mediterranean and Red Seas and another on the risk of terrorist kidnappings in the Eastern Sabah and Sulu-Celebes Sea.

“Multiple instances of significant GPS interference continue to be reported by vessels and aircraft operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea,” the first advisory warns.

“These reports have been concentrated near Port Said, Egypt, the Suez Canal, and in the vicinity of the Republic of Cyprus.”

“Additional instances of similar interference were reported in October 2018 near Jeddah Port, Saudi Arabia.”

The authorities say the interference is resulting in lost or otherwise altered GPS signals affecting bridge navigation, GPS-based timing and communications equipment.

Mariners are advised to exercise caution when transiting these areas.

The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) and NATO Shipping Center websites contain information regarding effective navigation practices for vessels experiencing GPS interference.

The information reaffirms safe navigation practices when experiencing possible GPS disruption, provides useful details on reporting possible GPS disruption, and is intended to generate further discussions within the maritime community about disruption mitigation practices and procedures.

This guidance also recommends taking note of critical information such as the latitude/longitude, date/time and duration of the outage/disruption, and providing photographs or screen shots of equipment failures during a disruption to facilitate analysis.

The NAVCEN information is available at:

GPS disruptions or anomalies should be immediately reported to NAVCEN at or via phone at 703-313-5900, 24 hours a day.

The second advisory warns that a maritime threat has been reported in the waters near Sabah, Malaysia, an area in which the Abu Sayaaf terrorist group has kidnapped members of the crews of passing vessels.

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Members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Executive Board certified the results of the union’s 2018 election on Oct. 29.

Besides incoming President William “Willie” Adams, the new team includes Vice President (Mainland) Robert “Bobby” Olvera Jr., Vice President (Hawaii) Wesley Furtado and Secretary-Treasurer Edwin “Ed” Ferris. Incumbent Coast Committeemen Frank Ponce De Leon and Cam Williams were also elected.

Adams said in a statement that the new leadership team is “ready to meet the political and economic challenges ahead by involving our rank-and-file membership to help working families in our union and communities.”

He said the newly elected officials “intend to carry forward the ILWU’s progressive tradition into the 21st century.”

Adams was raised in Kansas City and worked as a longshoreman at the Port of Tacoma before coming to San Francisco, where he has served as the ILWU’s secretary-treasurer since 2003.

He also serves as vice president on San Francisco’s Port Commission.

The 2018 leadership contest was the first contested election in 18 years for the longshore union, which represents 50,000 members working in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and Panama.

The ILWU partners with MM&P and four other leading North American maritime unions in the Maritime Labor Alliance (MLA).

“MM&P extends its heartfelt congratulations to Willie Adams and his team on their historic victory,” said MM&P President Don Marcus.

“The ILWU has always been a beacon for labor on the West Coast, and there is no doubt that an injury to one will be considered an injury to all under the leadership of President Adams.”

The other members of the Maritime Labor Alliance are: the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA), the Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU), the American Radio Association (ARA) and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA).

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Many thanks to Paul Manning, who sails as a medical services officer on Military Sealift Command vessels, for allowing us to republish this moving reflection on the meaning of Veterans Day.

“Nov. 11 is the day set aside to honor those who serve in our military. This is only fitting in view of the contract–moral and written–that our service members make willingly, understanding that they may have to pay with their lives. Often our U.S. Merchant Marine gets overlooked on this day as they are civilians and ‘not in uniform.’ Unknown and unacknowledged are the risks taken by merchant mariners past and present.”

“A few years before I retired in 2005 after 20 years of honorable service in the U.S. Navy, I started to volunteer in the engine room of the SS JOHN W. BROWN, one of only two remaining operating Liberty Ships in the world. It was on the BROWN that I met World War II merchant marine veterans who were more than willing to show me what it took to run and maintain a triple expansion steam engine.”

“Mariners like Joe Carbo, ‘Blackie’ Blackston and Delacy Cook, just to name a few, were my mentors. I learned what these mariners experienced moving war cargo from one continent to another through waters thick with Nazi U-boats.”

“I learned that the U.S. Merchant Marine suffered more loss of life per capita than the Army or the Navy during World War II. I learned that a mariner’s pay was stopped if his ship was sunk because ‘his voyage was ended.’ I learned to what extent the Allied victory in World War II was made possible by the sacrifices of the American Merchant Marine.”

“I have been sailing for Military Sealift Command for just over 12 years as a Medical Services Officer and the rewards have far surpassed the challenges. One thing I have witnessed is the same willingness to go into harm’s way, side by side with U.S. Navy combat vessels, to make sure that the Navy and our allies have the ordnance, fuel and food to fight and win in conflicts and contested waters around the world.”

“Many of today’s credentialed merchant mariners are veterans who wore uniforms and still serve their country today. Some never wore a uniform but serve our great nation nonetheless. Collectively they are called Civilian Mariners, or simply CIVMARs.”

“CIVMARs perform the same dangerous tasks as our great Navy: refueling at sea, handling ordnance and span wires parting, facing pirates and Iranian patrol boats to name just a few. CIVMARs are very much behind the scenes and often out of the public eye.

They miss important holidays and many of the same life events that we all hold dear to ensure that the U.S. Navy has fuel, food and maybe some reminders of home in the form of mail. CIVMARs are fathers, mothers, grandparents and more, the same as many reading this message.”

“This Veterans Day please take a moment to stop and reflect not just on those who have gone into harm’s way in uniform but also on those who faced the same perils and are not required to wear a uniform but take the same risks for a greater purpose: our Nation.”

— Paul Manning, MM&P member since 2011

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Hotel workers have reached agreements with Marriott International—the world’s largest and most profitable hotel chain–to settle strikes in Detroit and Oakland.

Thousands of employees at Marriott hotels in eight major U.S. cities walked off their jobs last month in a fight for higher wages and stronger on-the-job safety protections.

Union members who work at Marriott say that servers’ and housekeepers’ low wages make it impossible for them to live in the areas in which they work without taking on a second or even a third job.

They’re also asking the company to ease workloads that lead to injuries and to implement measures to protect against sexual harassment and violence.

A spokesperson for Unite Here Local 26, which has 1,500 members at seven Boston area hotels, said negotiations in that city were underway.
He said that the agreements in Oakland and Detroit are a positive sign, although the work stoppage continues elsewhere.

“It shows that the strike is working,” he said, noting that as picketing enters its fifth week, the number of participating workers is holding strong.

“There’s an inspiring commitment to stay the course,” he says.

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Two instructors at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point are conducting an anonymous survey on bridge distractions.

If you would like to participate, please go to:

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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 Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day.

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Responsible for safe and efficient operation of the training ship, facilitating the College’s deck and engine shipboard training programs and serving as liaison with various federal agencies.

Complete information about the job is posted on the school’s website at:

This is a full-time year-round position. Requirements include: Bachelor’s degree; having served at least two years as master or chief mate on ocean self-propelled vessels of unlimited tonnage–while holding a master of ocean, unlimited tonnage license–within the past five years; strong supervisory skills; ability to work irregular, extended hours/weeks, including night and weekend duties, as required in a physically challenging outdoor environment; excellent ship handling skills and conservative judgment.

Persons interested in the above position should apply online. Please submit: resume/CV; cover letter with salary requirements and contact information for three professional references:

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As Lecturer, expectations include preparing and delivering lectures to students during the academic year. The duties include but are not limited to compiling, administering, grading exams and stimulating classroom discussions.

In the capacity of relief captain, the successful incumbent will have command of the EMPIRE STATE Training Ship as a relief to the current master for half of each Summer Sea Term.

Details of this job are posted at:

Requirements include: Bachelor’s degree; teaching experience in a maritime college or marine environment; at least two years as master or chief mate on ocean self-propelled vessels of unlimited tonnage, while holding a master of ocean, unlimited tonnage license; ability to work irregular, extended hours/weeks, including night and weekend duties, as required in a physically challenging outdoor environment; excellent boat handling skills and conservative judgment.

Persons interested in the above position should apply online. Please submit: resume/CV; cover letter with salary requirements and contact information for three professional references:

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MITAGS-PMI is seeking a full-time instructor for its West Coast campus in Seattle.
The instructor will present curriculum that aligns with the school’s industry-recognized apprenticeship program.

These courses are for mariners who want to serve as an officer in charge of a navigational watch (OICNW).

The instructor will also present courses in the Marine Safety and Security Department, including custom safety programs.

Desired qualifications include: USCG officer level license; experience sailing under his/her highest level license and similar experience are a plus, but may be substituted by equivalent uniformed service experience (NOAA, USCG or USN); degree in adult education, maritime sciences or related field; two years of experience supervising staff in a similar environment; experience teaching adults (including cadets) professional subjects for one or more years.

The successful applicant must have the experience, training and qualifications necessary to obtain Coast Guard approval to teach courses in the field.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume to MITAGS-PMI Human Resource Manager Jane Sibiski:

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The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced last week that Jack Buono will become superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) on Nov. 9.

“As a Kings Point graduate who spent his entire career in maritime leadership roles, Mr. Buono will help educate and inspire the next generation of maritime cadets,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby.

Following his graduation from USMMA, Buono worked for ExxonMobil Corporation and SeaRiver Maritime, and also served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

MARAD is responsible for overseeing the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, including the hiring of key Academy positions.

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MITAGS-PMI is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS-PMI social media platform.

The goal is to document members’ voyages. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to or

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below. New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

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

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – 4/15/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): 5/2/19

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/15/19, 4/2/19

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/11/19, 5/2/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/18/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 12/19/18, 1/29/19, 3/11/19, 4/9/19

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/13/19, 4/29/18

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 1/14/19, 4/8/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 12/18/18, 2/5/19, 3/6/19, 4/3/19, 4/30/19, 6/19/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/17/18, 2/4/19, 3/6/19, 4/29/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/29/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 12/10/18*, 1/14/19, 3/11/19, 6/10/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/3/18, 1/7/19, 4/8/19, 6/3/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 3/18/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 3/18/19, 5/6/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 3/25/19, 5/13/19

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 11/12/18, 3/25/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 11/26/18, 2/18/19, 5/20/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 4/15/19 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 2/25/19

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/26/18*, 1/21/19, 2/4/19, 3/4/19, 3/18/19, 4/8/19, 4/29/19, 5/13/19, 6/3/19, 6/17/19

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/12/18*, 12/3/18*, 1/28/19*, 2/11/19, 3/11/19, 3/25/19, 4/15/19, 5/6/19, 5/20/19, 6/10/19, 6/24/19

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 4/1/19

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: TBD

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 3/11/19, 6/10/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 3/15/19, 6/14/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 3/13/19, 6/12/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 4/8/19

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 2/19/19

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Contact Admissions

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): 5/23/19

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner – 12/10/18
DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19, 6/3/19

DPA (2-Day) – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/17/18, 2/18/19, 4/30/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18, 3/4/19, 4/22/19

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 1/14/19, 4/8/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/20/18, 2/7/19, 3/5/19, 4/2/19, 5/2/19, 6/18/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/15/18, 3/9/19, 4/27/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 1/29/19, 4/9/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 1/18/19

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/4/19

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/10/18, 4/15/19

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 2/25/19*, 7/29/19, 10/21/19

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/3/19

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/30/19, 3/12/19, 4/10/19, 4/30/19

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 4/1/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/3/18, 2/25/19, 4/29/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 11/26/18*, 1/21/19*, 3/18/19, 5/6/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/7/19, 3/11/19, 6/24/19

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/26/18*, 1/21/19*, 3/18/19, 5/6/19

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/1/18, 12/21/18, 1/12/19, 1/26/19, 2/8/19, 3/9/19, 3/23/19, 4/1/19, 5/3/19, 5/11/19, 6/17/19

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/14/18, 2/22/19, 5/21/19, 6/5/19

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/12/18, 2/18/19, 5/21/19, 6/5/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/24/19, 6/2/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 6/3/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 1/7/19, 2/25/19, 5/13/19, 6/9/19

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 2/23/19, 5/12/19, 6/7/19

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 1/11/19, 3/1/19, 5/17/19, 6/8/19

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 1/13/19, 3/2/19, 5/18/19, 6/13/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/12/18*, 11/14/18*, 12/17/18*, 12/19/18*, 1/24/19*, 3/18/19, 4/22/19, 4/24/19, 6/24/19, 6/26/19

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/14/19

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 11/14/18, 11/28/18, 12/5/18, 12/12/18, 12/19/18*, 1/9/19, 1/30/19, 2/5/19, 2/20/19, 3/6/19, 3/20/19, 4/3/19, 4/17/19, 4/24/19, 4/30/19, 5/8/19, 5/15/19, 6/5/19, 6/12/19, 6/19/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/7/19, 3/4/19

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/17/18, 4/21/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 1/28/19, 5/13/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 12/10/18, 2/25/19*, 4/1/19, 6/17/19

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/21/19

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/28/19

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/14/19, 4/8/19

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/14/19, 4/23/19

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/11/19, 4/24/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/18/19

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/18/19

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Summer-Fall 2018

For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

November 2018
12-14 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, and Facility
13-16 Advanced Firefighting
16th Medical DOT
16th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
19-20 Basic Training Revalidation
21st Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
26-30 Radar Observer Unlimited
29-30 Basic Training Revalidation

December 2018
3rd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-7 Leadership & Managerial Skills
3-7 Medical Care Provider
3-14 Medical Person-In-Charge
10-13 ARPA
10-14 Basic Training
14th Radar Renewal
14th Medical DOT
14-18 Basic Training Refresher
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation
17-20 Search & Rescue
18-21 Advanced Firefighting
19th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

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