Wheelhouse Weekly – October 2nd, 2018

October 2nd 2018

Volume 23… Number 40… Oct. 2, 2018


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Duplicate Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs) can be issued free of charge to mariners whose credentials were lost or destroyed as a result of Hurricane Florence or subsequent flooding, the Coast Guard says.

To obtain an expedited replacement credential, provide a statement of loss to the National Maritime Center (NMC) either by fax to (304) 433-3412 or via e-mail to

The statement should contain: the mariner’s full name; date of birth; mariner’s reference number or social security number; current mailing address; current phone number and/or e-mail address; and a brief description of the circumstances surrounding the loss/destruction of the credential.

Unless otherwise requested, any duplicate MMCs issued per the request process above will include a corresponding Medical Certificate.

NMC says it will “make every effort to have duplicate credentials mailed out the next business day.”

Alternatively, mariners may submit a CG-719B application for MMC with the information above to one of the Regional Examination Centers.

If your credential is unserviceable due to damage or your lost credential is subsequently found, that credential should be mailed to Commanding Officer, United States Coast Guard, National Maritime Center, 100 Forbes Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25427.

If you have any questions, NMC encourages you to visit the NMC website, contact the NMC Customer Service Center by e-mailing, by using the NMC online chat system, or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

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Maersk has implemented new guidelines on the stowage of dangerous goods after a review of safety procedures following the March 2018 fire aboard MAERSK HONAM.

The company said that, as part of the review, it had evaluated over 3,000 United Nations (UN) numbers of hazardous materials to improve dangerous cargo stowage.

The company has already implemented the guidelines, called Risk-Based Dangerous Goods Stowage, across its fleet of more than 750 vessels.

Five crewmembers aboard the ULCV MAERSK HONAM were killed in the fire, which started in a forward cargo hold.

The company said that although dangerous goods were present in the cargo hold where the fire originated, there was no evidence to suggest that dangerous goods had caused it.
Maersk is still waiting for the results of the investigation into the cause of the fire.

“All cargo aboard MAERSK HONAM was accepted as per the requirements of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code and stowed onboard the vessel accordingly,” said Maersk Head of Fleet Technology Ole Graa Jakobsen.

“Despite this, as the fire originated in a cargo hold in front of the accommodation which held several containers with dangerous goods, it had an unbearably tragic outcome.”

Maersk said the new guidelines aim to minimize risk to crew, cargo, environment and vessel in case a fire develops.

“The different container vessel designs were reviewed from a risk mitigation perspective and ultimately six different risk zones defined,” the company said.

Cargo covered under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code will no longer be stowed next to accommodation and main propulsion plant which is defined as the zone with the lowest risk tolerance.

Similarly, risk tolerance will be low below deck and in the middle of the vessel, whereas the risk tolerance will be higher on deck fore and aft.

Using statistics on container fires in the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), the company said it had defined which UN numbers can be stored in each risk zone.

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General Dynamics NASSCO has begun construction on the future USNS JOHN LEWIS, the first ship in the Navy’s fleet oiler program.

The ship is being built at the company’s shipyard in San Diego.

The LEWIS will be the first in a class of at least six new-build fleet oilers that will join the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet and provide crucial support to Navy ships.

The vessels will provide underway replenishment of fuel and stores to U.S. Navy ships at sea and jet fuel for aircraft assigned to aircraft carriers.

The class of oilers will have the capacity to carry 157,000 barrels of oil and a significant amount of dry cargo at a speed of 20 knots.

MM&P represents Civil Service mariners who serve as licensed deck officers aboard ships in the MSC fleet.

The USNS JOHN LEWIS is scheduled to be completed in November 2020.

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The leaders of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) have officially signed the six-year ILA-USMX Master Contract extension.

ILA President Harold J. Daggett and USMX Chair and CEO David F. Adam signed the agreement Sept. 25.

The ILA said it “includes landmark protections for ILA members against automation job losses, maintains a premier National Health Care Plan and generous salary increases throughout the life of the contract.”

“I have been a part of this industry for more than 50 years and I have never seen a better agreement for ILA members than this six-year contract,” said ILA President Daggett.

“It was an honor for me to serve as chief negotiator for the ILA and I applaud the members of the contract committee and full ILA wage scale delegation for helping me deliver this landmark agreement.”

Employers said the contract was fair and equitable and beneficial to both sides and that it would allow companies to “expand, grow and flourish.”

“It was a long, arduous process to bring home this six-year agreement but both the ILA and USMX recognized and respected what each side needed to be successful and I believe we were tremendously successful with this six-year contract,” said USMX’s Dave Adam.

The new agreement brings labor peace to Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports until Sept. 30, 2024, the two sides said.

ILA members had overwhelmingly ratified the agreement on Sept. 6.

USMX employers did the same on Sept. 11.

Daggett and New York Shipping Association President John Nardi officially signed the ILA-NYSA local agreement last week at the same ceremony.

MM&P is the marine affiliate of the ILA.

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Michigan Congressman Jack Bergman (R) has been named 2018 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF), the labor-management coalition representing shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast.

GLMTF presents the award annually to a legislator who has helped advance waterborne commerce on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

Bergman’s district fronts on three of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan and Huron.

“Although this is just his first term, Rep. Bergman has quickly become recognized as a leader on Great Lakes and Seaway issues,” said GLMTF President Jim Weakley.

Weakley, who is also president of the Lake Carriers’ Association, said GLMTF is especially grateful that Bergman spoke directly to President Trump about the need for a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

“Within hours of Congressman Bergman talking to the President, our nation’s leader publicly declared his support for fixing the Soo Locks,” Weakley said.

“That support, coupled with the new benefit/cost ratio of 2.42, puts the project in the best spot it’s been in years.”

Bergman’s commitment to adequate U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking resources is another reason for his selection.

“The locks at Sault Ste. Marie open on March 25 and close on January 15,” said GLMTF First Vice President John D. Baker, who is also president emeritus of the International Longshoremen Association’s Great Lakes District Council.

“But if heavy ice covers the Lakes, the resumption of the iron ore trade and overseas exports of grain from the Lakes largest grain-shipping ports will be delayed. Rep. Bergman is fully supportive of building another heavy icebreaker to help the MACKINAW and other icebreakers keep commerce moving under even the most trying conditions.”

The GLMTF, founded in 1992, promotes domestic and international shipping on the Great Lakes. With 78 members, it is the largest U.S. coalition to speak for the Great Lakes shipping community and draws its membership from both labor and management representing U.S.-flag vessel operators, shipboard and longshore unions, port authorities, cargo shippers, terminal operators and shipyards.

Its goals include: ensuring Lakes dredging is adequately funded; construction of a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie; bolstering the Coast Guard’s icebreaking resources; protecting the Jones Act and other U.S. maritime cabotage laws and regulations; maximizing the Lakes overseas trade via the St. Lawrence Seaway; opposing exports and/or increased diversions of Great Lakes water; and expanding short sea shipping on the Lakes.

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Veterans Affairs (VA) Department management negotiators recorded employee representatives’ private conversations at a meeting in early September, according to the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE).

The union said the illegal taping took place during a meeting in Atlanta with VA’s management representatives to discuss which parts of the collective bargaining agreement would be reopened for revision.

During the morning session, the union asked for five minutes alone to go over a VA counterproposal, which management granted, said NFFE Counsel Suzanne Summerlin.

During the break, a member of the employee bargaining committee heard a phone buzzing on a nearby table.

When she looked down, she saw that the “Record” button on the phone was flashing and the audio recorder was active, registering a recording time of more than 43 minutes.

Summerlin said the incident, which “completely derailed the day’s proceedings,” occurred while the parties were going over the collective bargaining agreement, which contains a provision specifically prohibiting the electronic recording of any aspect of negotiations.

“I have never heard of this happening, where management was surreptitiously recording during a private caucus,” she was quoted as saying by reporter Erich Wagner in an article in Government Executive.

“It’s so beyond the pale, so egregious as to be fantastical. The idea that this would occur is outrageous. It’s a violation of the privacy of every VA employee in that room, and my privacy as an attorney protected by privilege in discussions with union officers and employees. It’s just unheard of.”

A VA spokesperson told Wagner that the department would not comment due to pending litigation.

NFFE has requested an investigation by the VA Office of the Inspector General, and has filed three unfair labor practice charges with the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

MM&P and NFFE are both members of the Federal Workers’ Alliance, an organization of 19 unions collectively representing 300,000 federal workers throughout the United States.

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The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has helped members of a Russian tanker crew–who had gone unpaid for months–get some of the money owed them.

The situation is ironic in that this is the second time in six months that the ITF has had to intervene on behalf of the 19 men, and the third time in a year that the same Turkish/Russian shipping company, Palmali Shipping, has been caught in Denmark violating the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), which secures the rights of seafarers.

In the most recent incident, thanks to the ITF, the crew was able to recoup $324,370 in unpaid wages.

The back wages were paid by the new charterer of the ship.

Danish authorities have now released the ship, which had been held in Skagen for eight months as negotiations continued.

In March, Danish ITF inspector Morten Bach intervened to secure another $250,000 that had been owed to the crew since November 2017.

At the time, the situation on board was extreme: the crew had been left without provisions after Danish authorities arrested the ship to satisfy a claim made by a bunker company.

At the end of February, the Danish Maritime Authority detained the ship again after the ITF reported the violation of the MLC convention.

“I can only warn unscrupulous shipping companies against entering Danish waters,” the ITF inspector said.

“We pay attention, and we work closely with the Danish maritime authorities.”

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Norfolk Union Hall.

The meeting will begin at 1100.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend.

As a reminder, the MM&P Norfolk Union Hall is located at Interstate Corporate Center, 6325 North Center Drive, Suite 100, Norfolk, VA 23502.

The phone number is: 757-489-7406.

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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, Oct. 8, for Columbus Day.

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There will be an Offshore Membership Meeting at the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Union Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

A representative of Fidelity Investments will be on hand to discuss the 401(k) plan and the IRAP plan.

The meeting will begin immediately after job call at 1100.

All Offshore members in the area are encouraged to attend the meeting.

As a reminder, the MM&P Los Angeles/Long Beach Hall is located at: 533 N. Marine Ave., Suite A, Wilmington, CA 90744-5527.

The phone number is: 310-834-7201.

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Oktoberfest is coming! Before you make internet fame by dancing at your local ‘fest, plan some seasonal pairings made by companies that pay their employees fairly and give them a voice on the job.

Try the seasonal flavors of beer from Goose Island, Leinenkugel, Sam Adams or Shock Top.

Hungry for some salty bratwursts? Look for Boar’s Head, Koegel’s, Saag’s and Wenzel’s Farm brands.

Pile on some sauerkraut from Thumann’s, Claussen or Vlasic, and mustard from French’s, Gulden’s or Heinz.

Make sure to grab a bag of Rold Gold or Snyders of Berlin pretzels.

While planning your own celebration, be sure to visit and use the directory to search for union-made products and services.

Remember, America is at its best when we say and shop union YES!

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The MITAGS Admissions Office has updated the MITAGS Academic Notes section of The Wheelhouse Weekly to make it as a useful as possible to members as they plan for future attendance.

All classes that are full are now marked with an asterisk.

Members can assume that there is space available in all other courses.

Please contact the MITAGS Admissions Office,, with any questions.

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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 – Not currently scheduled

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

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

AZIPOD (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

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

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 10/10/18, 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): 10/17/18

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

BT – Basic Safety Training: 10/22/18, 1/14/19, 4/8/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 10/31/18, 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: Contact Admissions

[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): TBD

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: TBD

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 10/8/18*

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 11/12/18

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

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 10/15/18

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/29/18

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 11/5/18*, 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): 10/8/18*, 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: 10/22/18

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: TBD

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean – Not currently scheduled

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean – Not currently scheduled

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean – Not currently scheduled

CNAV-OIC (10-Day) – Celestial Navigation: TBD

CONT PLNG – Contingency Planning Workshop (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

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): Contact Admissions

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 1/21/19, 6/3/19

DPA (2-Day) – Contact Admissions

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 12/17/18

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 11/26/18

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/22/18, 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: 10/30/18, 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

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

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

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 12/10/18

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 2/25/19

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): Contact Admissions

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – 12/3/18

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): TBD

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/3/18

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 10/8/18*, 11/26/18*, 1/21/19, 3/18/19, 5/6/19

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: TBD

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 10/8/18*, 11/26/18*

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 10/13/18, 10/29/18, 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

MSA –Maritime Security Awareness: Not currently scheduled

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 11/14/18

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 11/12/18

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/4/18

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/31/18

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 11/5/18*

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 11/2/18

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 11/3/18*

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 11/9/18*

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): 10/17/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 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

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

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 10/22/18

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 10/29/18*, 12/10/18*, 2/25/19*, 4/1/19, 6/17/19

SMS – Successful Safety Management (2-Day) – Not currently scheduled

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): TBD

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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

October 2018
4-5 Basic Training Revalidation
4-8 Basic Training Refresher
8th Radar Renewal
8-12 Leadership & Managerial Skills
8-12 Basic Training
9th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
8-12 Pilot Exam Preparation
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
15-19 ECDIS
15-19 Engine Resource Management (ERM)
18-19 Basic Training Revalidation
19th Medical DOT
22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
22-26 MEECE
22-2 Celestial Navigation
31-1 Basic Training Revalidation
31-5 Basic Training Refresher

November 2018
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5th Radar Renewal
5-8 Advanced Firefighting
5-9 Basic Training
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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