Wheelhouse Weekly – October 29th, 2019

October 30th 2019

Volume 24… Number 43… Oct. 29, 2019


In This Issue:

Coast Guard Update:

Offshore Familiarization Course:

Phillips Trust News:

MM&P Holiday Closing Notice:

Offshore Membership Meetings:

Pacific Maritime Region Membership Meetings:


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Almost 500,000 American workers participated in strikes last year, up from only 25,000 in 2017, according to numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Not since 1986 has the number of workers going on strike been so high.

“In the past two years, there has been a rise in successful union actions across the country,” writes Chris Woodyard in the Oct. 18 edition of USA Today.

He cites the UAW strike, the spate of teacher walk-outs and recent job actions at AT&T and Marriott as evidence of what looks to be a resurgence of the labor movement.

The data is all the more remarkable given the relentless wave of attacks on unions by anti-labor politicians and corporate CEOs.

Factors in the trend: a strong economy which has led to low unemployment, widespread discontent with increasing inequality, a decline in middle class living standards and changes in the political scene.

“Unions are making a powerful comeback,” Woodyard writes.

As further evidence, he notes a Gallup poll released in August which showed that 64 percent of Americans say they approve of labor unions.

It was the highest percentage reported in the past 50 years and a 16-point improvement over 2009.

Last year, there were 20 major work stoppages across several industries, the highest number since 2007.

“Workers didn’t fight just for themselves, but for their coworkers,” Woodyard adds, citing a central demand of UAW strikers: creating a pathway to permanent status for GM’s temporary workers, who earn a fraction of the pay of permanent workers despite often doing the same job.

“The UAW strike touched a nerve,” he quotes Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center in Los Angeles, as saying.

“Paying factory workers differently for the same tasks divides them and ‘will continually transform middle-class jobs into low-wage jobs.’”

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USA Maritime, a coalition of maritime labor unions, shipping companies and their advocacy groups, has called on members of the Senate to support legislation that would require an audit of federal agencies’ compliance with existing cargo preference laws.

MM&P and MIRAID are both members of USA Maritime.

In an Oct. 25 letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, the coalition urged the Senate to adopt section 413 of the House-passed Coast Guard Authorization Act for 2019 (HR 3409).

Section 413 relates to the enforcement of U.S.-flag cargo preference shipping requirements which mandate that a specified minimum percentage of U.S.-taxpayer financed exports and imports be transported on privately owned U.S.-flag commercial vessels.

“We ask that the Senate agree to this provision in conference and that section 413 be included in the final version of the Coast Guard authorizations legislation,” the coalition wrote.

Section 413 directs the Comptroller General to perform an independent audit of the enforcement of cargo preference shipping requirements by all federal agencies and departments.

More specifically, it requires that the audit include a description of the agencies required to comply with cargo preference requirements and an analysis of their compliance with such requirements.

The group said the information supplied by the audit would provide “an objective overview and clearer understanding of the degree to which federal agencies may be, contrary to the law, bypassing U.S.-flag vessels in favor of foreign-flag vessels to move U.S. government cargoes.”

In the letter, the group underlines the direct relation between the enforcement of cargo preference requirements and “the national defense capability provided by a strong and active U.S.-flag merchant marine.”

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The state of Washington is moving forward with converting its three Jumbo Mark II class ferries, the largest in the fleet, from diesel to hybrid electric propulsion.

In early October, the trustee administering the nationwide federal Volkswagen settlement approved up to $35 million to support retrofitting the first of the ferries from diesel to electric power.

The ferry system is the largest consumer of diesel fuel in the state, with over 18 million gallons of diesel burned each year, and the three Jumbo Mark II ferries account for 26 percent of total fuel consumption.

This step brings the state ferry system closer to meeting the goals outlined in Gov. Jay Inslee’s Executive Order directing WSF to move toward a zero emissions fleet.

“Converting the biggest, dirtiest ferries in the fleet is a huge milestone in our efforts to decarbonize the state and fulfill our obligation to help defeat climate change,” said Inslee.

“In addition to reducing emissions, moving to an all-electric ferry fleet will save taxpayers money on ferry operating costs, virtually eliminate engine noise and vibration that can hurt orca whales, and improve reliability of service.”

Reducing diesel exhaust and carbon pollution from marine vessels is one of the priorities identified for Washington’s share of the VW settlement by the Washington Department of Ecology, which oversees investing the settlement funds.

Other sources will fund conversions of the remaining Jumbo Mark II vessels.

“Air pollution from diesel emissions is one of the most pressing public health threats facing Washington, and converting these ferries to hybrid propulsion will slash pollution in our state,” said Ecology Director Maia Bellon.

In September 2019, WSF selected Siemens to complete the propulsion system upgrade design for the three Jumbo Mark II Class vessels.

The vessel conversion design will begin this month. Planning and design will continue through 2020 and construction will begin in 2021.

“We are repurposing ferries in the middle of their service life, so they can continue serving Washingtonians for years to come in the most efficient, greenest way possible,” said Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar.

The state says that in addition to cost savings and reduced maintenance costs, converting the Jumbo Mark II’s will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 48,565 metric tons per year, the equivalent of taking more than 10,000 cars off the road.

Hybrid ferries will also cut the emissions of nitrogen oxide, a toxic form of air pollution, by 184.5 metric tons per year once all three ferries are operating with hybrid electric propulsion.

The ferries carry 202 cars and 1,800 passengers each and primarily operate on the Seattle/Bainbridge and Edmonds/Kingston routes.

Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the United States and safely and efficiently carries nearly 25 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world.

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The Cal Maritime campus was evacuated Sunday morning after wildfires whipped by high winds jumped Interstate 80.

The interstate was reopened Sunday evening, but the school’s website said all activities and classes would be suspended until Nov. 3.

ABC 7 News reported that about 140 acres in the area had burned and that two cars and a storage unit on school property had been destroyed.

Emergency response personnel carried out an elevator rescue after the fire caused the campus electrical system to fail.

Two firefighters were slightly injured in the blaze.

Dry conditions and high winds have resulted in numerous large fires across the state in recent years but most fires have occurred far inland.

The school said it will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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Members of the United Auto Workers union voted Friday to ratify a new contract, ending a 40-day walkout that is estimated to have cost General Motors more than $2 billion in operating profit.

In announcing the approval of the contract and the end of the strike, a spokesperson for the UAW said 23,389 union members had voted yes and 17,501 had voted no.

It was the first time a union had carried out a nationwide strike against one of the Detroit automakers since 2007.

The new contract calls for a series of wage increases and creates a path for temporary workers to become permanent employees.

It also ends a two-tier employment system that permanently set a lower wage for workers hired after 2007 by giving all workers on GM’s assembly lines the chance to reach the new top wage of $32 an hour.

Each permanent UAW worker will also be paid a bonus of $11,000. Temporary workers, which make up approximately 7 percent of GM’s workforce, will receive $4,500.

The UAW will now take the fight to Ford and Fiat Chrysler, using the deal it won with GM as a pattern for the negotiations with the other two carmakers.

“General Motors members have spoken,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes.

“We are all so incredibly proud of UAW-GM members who captured the hearts and minds of a nation.”

“Their sacrifice and courageous stand addressed the two-tier wage structure and permanent temporary worker classification that has plagued working class Americans.”

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The Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing published changes to five Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) concerning qualification for certain Merchant Mariner Credential Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW) endorsements.

NVICs 04-14, 08-14, and 09-14 were revised to provide guidance on renewal of STCW endorsements for Proficiency in Survival Craft, Proficiency in Survival Craft-Limited, Basic Training, and Advanced Firefighting for mariners serving on vessels in a reduced operating status and on other vessels in operation that do not get underway.

NVIC 12-14 (Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch 500 Gross Tons or More) was revised to remove grandfathering provisions that expired on Jan. 1, 2017, and to add an explanation of the requirement in 46 CFR 11.201(a) to hold an appropriate national endorsement in order to qualify for an STCW endorsement.

NVIC 14-14 (Able Seafarer-Deck) was revised to allow assessment of competence to be performed in locations other than a ship when the use of shipboard equipment is not needed for the assessment, and to add greater flexibility as to how the assessment may be performed.

For information about these NVICs or to suggest changes, contact the Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division (CG-MMC-2) at (202) 372-2357 or

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The Offshore Familiarization Course will be held at MM&P headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 6 and Thursday, Nov. 7.

The course will begin both days at 1630.

There is no sea-time requirement to take the course.

All Offshore applicants, potential transferees from other membership groups and other interested Offshore members are encouraged to take the course as soon as possible.

If you would like to participate in the course or if you would like additional information, please contact the MM&P Executive Office by emailing or, or by calling 410-850-8700 ext. 121.

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The Captain Richard Phillips Lane Kirkland Maritime Trust is pleased to announce that the Fall Gala and Fundraiser will be held Nov. 4 in Washington, D.C., at the Westin Hotel in National Harbor.

The event will honor Captain Steve Werse and the late Jay Corcoran for lifetime impact in the maritime industry and community.

Special guest speaker at the event will be U.S. Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby (Rear Admiral USN retired).

The evening begins at 5:30 with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, presentation of awards and keynote address.

Donations to the Trust directly fund a scholarship program that supports students of all ages and backgrounds pursuing careers in the maritime industry.

For information, registration and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Wendi Carpenter, Rear Admiral USN Retired, Executive Director of the Phillips Trust: 678-472-7097 or

More information is posted at:

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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. 11, for Veterans Day.

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There will be an Offshore membership meeting at the MM&P Charleston Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

The meeting will begin after the 1100 job call.

International President Don Marcus, International Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger and Vice President-Atlantic Ports Thomas Larkin will be in attendance to report and respond to questions.

If you have any items you wish to have placed on the agenda or questions that may require research, please email them to Tom Larkin at

All Offshore members and applicants are encouraged to attend.

As a reminder, the Charleston Hall is located at 1481 Tobias Gadson Blvd., Suite 2C, Charleston, SC 29407-4794.

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There will be a Pacific Maritime Region membership meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 10:00 a.m., at the Poulsbo Fire Hall, 911 NE Liberty Rd., Poulsbo, WA 98370.

International President Don Marcus, PMR Vice President Timothy Saffle and Regional Representative Dan Twohig will be in attendance to give their reports and answer your questions.

If you have any items you wish to have placed on the agenda or questions that may require research, please contact Dan Twohig at

All members and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting.

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There will be a Pacific Maritime Region membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 9:30 a.m., at the Seafarers’ Memorial Park Building at 601 Seafarers’ Way, Anacortes, WA 98221.

MM&P International President Don Marcus, PMR Vice President Timothy Saffle, Regional Representative Nick Sorber and Regional Representative Dan Twohig will be in attendance to give their reports and answer your questions.

If you have any items you wish to have placed on the agenda or questions that may require research, please contact Dan Twohig at

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

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. 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 MITAGS Marketing Manager Lindsay Moran, at

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 – Able Seaman – 4/13/20

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

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 1/14/20, 3/31/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 3/9/20, 4/30/20

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 2/24/20, 5/11/20

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 1/15/20, 3/9/20, 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 3/11/20, 4/27/20

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 2/24/20, 4/20/20

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 10/29/19, 12/17/19, 2/4/20, 3/4/20, 4/2/20, 4/28/20, 6/15/20

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 12/16/19, 3/4/20, 4/27/20

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 4/6/20

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 12/16/19, 2/3/20, 4/13/20, 6/8/20

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 12/9/19, 1/27/20, 4/6/20, 6/15/20

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 2/10/20

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 12/2/19*, 3/16/20, 6/1/20

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 12/9/19*, 3/23/20, 6/8/20

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – 12/2/19*, 3/9/20*

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 12/2/19, 3/9/20, 6/1/20

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 12/16/19, 3/2/20, 4/20/20, 6/22/20

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/4/19 [with DCS-1], 1/13/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19, 1/6/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/4/19*, 12/2/19*, 1/13/20, 2/10/20, 3/2/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 4/27/20, 6/1/20, 6/15/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 11/11/19*, 12/9/19*, 1/20/20*, 2/17/20, 3/9/20, 3/23/20, 4/20/20, 5/4/20, 6/8/20, 6/22/20

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 2/24/20

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 1/20/20

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 5/18/20

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 5/22/20

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 5/20/20

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

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

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/4/19, 4/27/20

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): 2/21/20

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – 2/14/20

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – 2/13/20

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

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/3/20

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/21/19, 1/20/20, 4/30/20

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/9/19, 3/9/20, 6/8/20

FF-ADV – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 1/13/20

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 2/24/20, 4/20/20

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 12/19/19, 2/6/20, 3/2/20, 4/1/20, 4/30/20, 6/17/20

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 12/14/19, 3/7/20, 4/25/20

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 3/2/20

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): 3/14/20

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): 3/16/20

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 11/18/19, 4/13/20

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 1/6/20

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/9/20

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): 6/1/20

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 1/8/20, 3/12/20, 4/8/20, 5/18/20, 9/16/20

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 5/26/20

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/2/19, 3/16/20, 6/15/20

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 12/2/19*, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 5/4/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 1/6/20, 3/9/20, 6/22/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 11/18/19, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 12/7/19, 12/20/19, 1/11/20, 1/25/20, 2/7/20, 3/21/20, 3/31/20, 5/1/20, 5/9/20, 6/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 2/20/20, 5/21/20, 6/3/20

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 2/18/20, 5/19/20, 6/1/20

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 2/23/20, 5/31/20

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/4/19*, 1/6/20, 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 6/7/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 11/4/19 (evening), 2/21/20, 5/10/20, 6/4/20

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/8/19*, 1/5/20, 2/22/20, 5/15/20, 6/5/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 11/9/19*, 1/10/20, 2/28/20, 5/16/20, 6/11/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/18/19, 1/22/20

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 11/18/19*, 11/20/19*, 12/16/19, 12/18/19, 1/13/20, 3/16/20, 4/9/20, 6/22/20, 6/24/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 1/13/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 11/6/19, 12/18/19, 3/6/20, 3/7/20, 4/27/20, 4/28/20

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/6/20

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/2/19, 3/28/20

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 2/3/20, 5/18/20

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 11/18/19*, 12/16/19*, 1/27/20*, 3/30/20, 5/4/20

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 1/20/20

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): 1/27/20

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/6/20, 5/11/20

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

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

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): 2/9/20

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 2/10/20, 4/6/20, 5/27/20

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 2/17/20

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 3/2/20

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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

November 2019
4-8 Advanced Cargo Operations
4-15 Basic Training
12th Radar Renewal
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-15 Basic Training Revalidation
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Advanced Watchkeeping
25-27 Search & Rescue

December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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