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MM&P Wheelhouse Weekly

Volume 29… Number 18, May 2, 2023


In This Issue:

National Maritime Center Updates:

Attention All Mariners:

Mark Your Calendar:

Job Opportunities:



Low-paid foreign laborers working under extremely poor conditions are being employed by offshore wind developers on U.S. projects, MM&P, the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department and MEBA told leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in an April 21 letter.

“… Congress must take immediate action to reverse this industry trend so that we can build out highly skilled, qualified mariners necessary to crew and operate these specialized offshore wind vessels here in the United States,” they added.

The unions said offshore wind developers working on the Outer Continental Shelf should give wind farm installation and maintenance jobs to U.S. citizens or to citizens of a vessel’s flag state, not to flag-of-convenience operators.

They addressed the letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Sam Graves and Ranking Member Rick Larsen.

The committee is considering the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2023, which includes a provision that would require the employment of U.S. workers in the development and operation of the offshore wind industry.

Last Congress, the House passed the Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022, with overwhelming bipartisan support.

Section 518 of that legislation would require that foreign vessels use either U.S. mariners or citizens of the vessel’s flag state while operating on the Outer Continental Shelf.

“[T]his language represents an important policy discussion about the need for offshore wind developers to make long-term investments in hiring U.S. workers, particularly in the installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind turbines,” the unions wrote.

[U]nwillingness by Congress to act on this critical issue is not a viable solution as we run the risk of leaving our nation’s renewable energy infrastructure vulnerable to foreign adversaries operating in U.S. waters.”

They called for “direct engagement and dialogue between offshore wind representatives and maritime labor unions to ensure… every effort possible is made to hire U.S. mariners…”
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On April 28, unions worldwide committed to step up their fight to achieve the goal of zero workplace deaths.

“On Workers Memorial Day, we grieve those we have lost and fight like hell for the living until every worker is safe on the job,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler.

“Over the past 50 years, there has been significant progress toward improving working conditions and protecting workers from job injuries, illnesses, and deaths.”

“These initiatives have undoubtedly made workplaces safer and saved lives,” she said.

“But much more progress is needed.”

“Zero preventable workplace deaths is the only acceptable number.”

On April 28, the AFL-CIO issued its annual report, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, which includes a national and state-by-state profile of worker safety and health in the United States.

International Transport Workers’ Federation President Paddy Crumlin and General Secretary Stephen Cotton issued a letter to ITF affiliates to mark the solemn occasion.

“Corporate negligence, violence, harassment, coercion, and employers’ disregard for safety standards continue to put the lives of transport workers at risk,” they said.

“That’s why we fight to ensure workers have a seat at the table in setting rigorous standards for safety and health across the transport industry.”

Last year, unions secured a landmark decision from the International Labor Organization declaring that “a safe and healthy working environment” is a fundamental human right.

“We will keep fighting for this right, whether it’s securing freedom for abandoned seafarers, drawing up safety agreements with airport operators, or campaigning to end gender-based violence in the workplace,” the ITF officials said.

MM&P is one of the 60 AFL-CIO affiliates and one of the nearly 700 transport unions in 147 countries that belong to the ITF.
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A Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker, ADVANTAGE SWEET, was seized by Iran on April 27 while transiting international waters in the Gulf of Oman, U.S. Central Command reported.

“Iran’s actions are contrary to international law and disruptive to regional security and stability,” CENTCOM said in a statement.

“Iran’s continued harassment of vessels and interference with navigational rights in regional waters are a threat to maritime security and the global economy.”

ADVANTAGE SWEET is a SUEZMAX crude tanker with a 24-person crew, all of whom are citizens of India.

It last docked in Kuwait and was heading to Houston with a load of Kuwaiti crude.

Iranian state media reported that the tanker was seized because it had earlier collided with an Iranian boat.

“Two members of the boat’s crew are missing, and several were injured due to the collision of the ship with the boat,” the army said in a statement.

Iranian armed forces boarded the tanker by helicopter. Footage has been posted on YouTube.

Since 2019 there have been a series of attacks on shipping in Gulf waters at times of tension between the U.S. and Iran.

The U.S. took control of the oil cargo aboard another Marshall Islands-flagged tanker, SUEZ RAJAN, on April 22, after obtaining a court order over sanctions violations.

CENTCOM stated that in the past two years, Iran has unlawfully seized at least five commercial vessels sailing in the Middle East.
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Authorities in Germany said they believe that the coastal feeder ship MV PETRA L, which arrived in the port of Emden on April 24 with a large gash in its starboard side, had collided with a wind turbine.

No one in the six-person crew was injured.

The police reported that the hole measures approximately 10 feet by 16 feet.

Weather conditions were good in the North Sea, which the authorities said is why the vessel was able to get safely to the port of Emden despite the damage.

A lawyer for the captain, a Russian citizen, says he will release a statement this week.

The captain is accused of failing to report the accident. The authorities said other charges may be added as the investigation continues.

The ship, which is owned by a German company and registered in Antigua and Barbuda, was en route from Szczecin, Poland, to Antwerp, Belgium, carrying 1500 tons of grain.

The police have said they believe it deviated miles off course and collided with a turbine in a wind farm north of the German Wadden Islands Norderney and Juist.

A 500-m safety zone is established around offshore wind farms.

They are monitored by wind farm operators and government ship traffic control centers.
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he International Maritime Organization will mark International Women in Maritime Day with a conference at its London headquarters on May 18–19.

“There is ample evidence that investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies, and even countries,” the IMO says.

“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth.”

“Companies with more women leaders perform better.”

“Peace agreements that include women are more durable.”

The IMO has established eight women in maritime associations, covering some 152 countries and dependent territories.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim will open the conference on May 18 with an overview of the IMO’s Women in Maritime Program.
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The National Maritime Center said it is centralizing the processing of all information submitted in response to 60- and 90-day Awaiting Information letters.

Email is the preferred method of submitting AI documents, but mail is still acceptable.

All documents should be sent to: MMC-Awaiting-Info@uscg.mil

Those who still want to submit documents by mail should send them to:

United States Coast Guard

National Maritime Center

Attention: AI In-Processing

100 Forbes Drive

Martinsburg, WV 25401-7120

Although the current letters requesting MMC AI documentation ask mariners to send the information to IASKNMC@uscg.mil, this is in the process of being changed.

To ensure fastest processing, please send the documents instead to:


Sending AI documentation to IASKNMC@uscg.mil or to a Regional Exam Center is still acceptable but may delay the processing of the documents and the issuance of the MMC.

If you have questions, concerns, or feedback, please send an email to IASKNMC@uscg.mil or call 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).
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An increase in the volume of applications and problems with the credential production equipment are leading to continued delays in MMC issuance, the National Maritime Center reports in MSIB 06-23.

These technical issues only affect applications for MMCs, not the processing of mariner medical certificates or endorsements.

An April 7 NMC bulletin provides information on the causes of the delays.

The Coast Guard said it is working as quickly as possible to resolve the issues.

In the meantime, for mariners serving on domestic voyages only, the authority of the MMC can be verified using the credential verification process outlined below.

For MMC verification for international voyages, mariners should contact NMC directly to request priority printing of their MMC.

To verify that the mariner’s MMC application has been approved and validated:

— go to the National Maritime Center home page;

— click on “Check Your Application Status” on the left side navigation buttons, or the top red banner, or click this link;

— select “Single Mariner Search” in the dropdown menu at the bottom and then enter the mariner’s reference number and last name;

— under the “Credential Status” section for the MMC, verify that the “Credential State” is “Approved to Print, Printed, or Issued.”

If the MMC is in any other status, then the MMC application is still In-Process and not yet Approved.

To verify that the mariner currently holds an MMC and any associated endorsement required for shipboard employment:

— go to the National Maritime Center home page;

— click on “Credential Verification” in the center navigation buttons or click on this link:

— select “Single Mariner Search” in the bottom dropdown and then enter the mariner’s reference number and last name.

On this page, the issue date and expiration date of the MMC and Medical Certificate can both be validated.

Important: Ensure the credential issue date and credential expiration dates reflect the newly issued credential and not a previously issued credential.

Note that the information for the new MMC will not be displayed until the MMC has moved to a “Printed or Issued” status.

To verify endorsements for an approved MMC, click on the hyperlink associated with the Credential Number.

If there is reason to believe the results of either search are inaccurate, contact the NMC Customer Service Center via Live Chat or by calling 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662).

Note that the following items can be verified, printed, and provided by the mariner.

Until a mariner has received his or her MMC, the Coast Guard will consider the following as adequate proof that the mariner has a valid MMC and Coast Guard personnel should not take enforcement action if the mariner is not in possession of a valid MMC but has the following documentation:

Original or Raise of Grade:

1) MMC Application Status with an Approved to Print, Printed, or Issued status.

2) MMC Credential Verification displaying MMC Issued and Expiration dates (if applicable) OR email verification from NMC.

3) MMC Credential Verification displaying Credential Details with appropriate endorsements OR email verification from NMC.

4) Previous MMC (if not original issuance).

Renewal ONLY:

1) MMC Application Status with Approved to Print, Printed, or Issued status.

2) Previous MMC (if not original issuance).

Upon determination by the NMC that the credential issuance timeline is back in alignment with standard operating procedures, the provisions of this MSIB, 06-23, will be cancelled.
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The MM&P United Inland Group has jobs available with Grand River Navigation, Weeks Marine and Cetacean Marine.

There are licensed deck jobs for those with Great Lakes pilotage and unlicensed deck positions at Grand River Navigation on the Great Lakes.

There are unlicensed and licensed deck jobs with Weeks Marine aboard their growing fleet of dredges.

Cross-shipping rights for Offshore applicants/members are available for licensed personnel, with sea time and points counting towards upgrading Offshore membership.

There are unlicensed and licensed engineering jobs with Cetacean Marine, Grand River, and Weeks Marine.

If you are interested, please contact UIG Vice President Tom Bell at tbell@bridgedeck.org or 216-776-1667 with any questions.
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There will be an Atlantic Maritime Group membership meeting on Wednesday, May 10, from 1100 hours to 1300 hours.

You must be a member in good standing to participate in the meeting.

The meeting will be held both in person and virtually so that all interested parties can attend.

The in-person meeting will be held at the NY/NJ Union Hall, 570 Broad Street, Suite 701, Newark, NJ 07102.

To receive a link to participate in the meeting virtually, you must register with AMG Representative Paulina Czernek before noon on Tuesday, May 9.

Her email address is: pczernek@bridgedeck.org.
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MM&P Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin has scheduled an in-person membership meeting at the Boston Union Hall on Thursday, May 11, at 1100 EDT following job call.

All members and applicants are welcome to attend.

MM&P President Don Marcus and Secretary-Treasurer Don Josberger will participate in the meeting.

The Boston Union Hall is located at:

Marine Industrial Park

12 Channel St., Suite 606-A

Boston, MA 02210-2333

The phone number is: 617-671-0769.
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Chief Mate for the LMSR fleet needed now. Security clearance required.

Tanker CM also needed.
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There are openings for engineers in the MM&P Offshore fleet and the Great Lakes & Gulf Region.

For engineering jobs in the Offshore Group, contact Atlantic Ports Vice President Tom Larkin, tlarkin@bridgedeck.org, or 201-963-1900.

For engineering jobs on the Lakes, contact MM&P Great Lakes & Gulf Region Vice President Tom Bell, tbell@bridgedeck.org, or (216) 776-1667.
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For registration contact our Admissions Department: 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

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

Class dates followed by an * are full
AB – Able Seaman (5-Day): 06/05/23
AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC– Automated Radar Plotting Aids (4-Day): 06/19/23, 09/04/23, 11/13/23

AZIPOD (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRM – Bridge Resource Management (5-Day): 07/24/23, 10/09/23, 12/11/23

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

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

BT – Basic Safety Training (5-Day): 05/08/23, 09/11/23

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) –06/05/23, 09/26/23, 10/16/23, 11/15/23, 12/19/23

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 06/05/23, 09/26/23, 11/15/23, 12/18/23

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic (5-Day): 09/18/23

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability (5-Day): 06/26/23, 07/24/23, 12/18/23

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology (5-Day): 06/19/23, 07/31/23, 10/30/23, 12/11/23

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/16/23

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations (5-Day): 7/10/23, 11/27/23

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific (5-Day): 07/17/23, 12/04/23

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific (5-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (5-Day): 08/07/23, 10/02/23

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM) (5-Day): 08/14/23, 10/16/23

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants (5-Day): 10/02/23

(DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management (5-Day): 05/01/23, 11/06/23

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1) (5-Day): 06/05/23*, 07/10/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/02/23, 10/30/23 12/04/23

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2) (5-Day): 06/12/23*, 07/17/23, 10/09/23, 11/06/23, 12/11/23

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

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (5-Day): 10/09/23

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping (5-Day): 09/25/23

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – Not Currently Scheduled

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) – Online: Not Currently Scheduled

CNAV-OIC– Celestial Navigation (15 Day): 05/08/23

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): Not currently scheduled

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

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner (5-Day) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

Cyber-MAR-ONL – Cyber Skilled Mariner, Management of Information & Systems Security (Online Seminar) **NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not Currently Scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): Not currently scheduled

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

ERM – Engine Resource Management (5-Day): 11/27/23

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

FF-BADV – Fire-Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced (5-Day): 05/08/23, 07/24/23

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire-Fighting Revalidation: 06/07/23, 09/27/23, 10/18/23, 11/17/23, 12/21/23

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire-Fighting Refresher: 06/08/23, 09/29/23, 11/13/23, 12/16/23

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

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10 Day): 07/17/23

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 06/19/23, 09/11/23, 11/16/23

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

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 07/10/23, 10/16/23

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any-Gross -Ton License (15 Day): 06/05/23

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1 Day): Not Currently Scheduled

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

LNG-BADV (3 Day): Coming Soon!

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

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/04/23

MED-PIC – Medical Person-in-Charge (10-Day): 07/10/23*, 08/21/23, 10/02/23, 12/04/23

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person-in-Charge Refresher: 05/22/23*, 08/07/23, 11/27/23

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: (5 Day): 07/10/23*, 08/21/23, 09/18/23, 10/02/23

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1 Day): 05/20/23, 06/04/23, 07/15/23, 08/26/23, 09/24/23, 10/07/23, 10/15/23, 11/18/23, 12/09/23, 12/22/23

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1 Day): 05/22/23, 06/08/23, 08/10/23, 09/07/23, 10/26/23

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2 day): 05/23/23, 06/09/23, 08/11/23, 09/08/23, 10/27/23

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day): 05/13/23, 06/19/23, 08/21/23, 09/09/23, 11/16/23

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

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4 Day): 05/15/23, 06/12/23, 08/14/23, 09/11/23, 10/30/23

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1 Day/ 8 hour) – 05/13/23, 06/10/23, 08/12/23, 09/09/23, 10/28/23

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1 Day) – 05/14/23, 06/11/23, 08/13/23, 09/10/23, 10/29/23

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3 Day) –05/19/23, 06/16/23, 08/18/23, 09/15/23, 11/03/23

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): *05/22/23, 05/24/23, *07/31/23, *08/02/23, 11/13/23, 11/15/23

PSC – Personal Survival Craft (Lifeboatman) (5 Day): 06/12/23, 09/18/23

PSC-REF – Personal Survival Craft Refresher (2 Day): 06/12/23, 10/02/23

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

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1 Day): Not Currently Scheduled

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1 Night): Upon Request

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 06/19/23, 11/27/23

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3 Day): 10/23/23

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 06/26/23, 12/11/23

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day): 06/19/23, 08/28/23, 10/16/23, 12/18/23

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: 09/11/23

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15 Day): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 07/10/23

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

TTT – ** NOT covered by the MATES Program **: Not Currently Scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties: Not Currently Scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3 Day): 06/26/23

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10 Day): 10/09/23,

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 07/10/23
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You can enroll online at www.mitags.org or contact our Admissions Department 866.656.5568 or admissions@mitags.org

May 2023

1-4 Advanced Firefighting

15-26 GMDSS

18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

20-21 Basic Training Revalidation

20-22 Basic Training Refresher

22nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

22-26 Basic Training (original)

23rd Radar Renewal

30-1 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

June 2023

12-13 Basic Training Revalidation

14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

19-23 Basic Training (original)

26-30 Tankerman Person-In_Charge

July 2023

10-28 Terrestrial & Coastal Navigation

31-4 Radar Observer Unlimited

31-4 Basic Training

31-4 Advanced Shiphandling I

August 2023

7-10 ARPA

7-11 Advanced Shiphandling II

14-18 Advanced Stability

14-18 Basic Shiphandling

21-25 Basic Meteorology

28-31 Advanced Firefighting

28-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

September 2023

5-6 Basic Training Revalidation

5-7 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

7th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

11-15 Medical Care Provider

11-22 Medical Person-In-Charge

18-29 GMDSS

October 2023

2-3 Basic Training Revalidation


4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

9-12 Advanced Firefighting

9-13 Tankerman Person-In-Charge

16-20 Ship Construction & Basic Stability

23-27 Basic Cargo Handling & Stowage

30-1 Security Officer – Vessel, Company & Facility

30-3 Basic Training

30-10 Watchkeeping (Operational Level)

31-3 ARPA

November 2023

6-7 Basic Training Revalidation

6-10 Medical Care Provider

6-10 Leadership & Managerial Skills

13-15 Search & Rescue

16th Leadership & Teamworking Skills

17th Flashing Light Assessment

27-30 Advanced Firefighting

27-15 Celestial Navigation

December 2023

7-8 Advanced Firefighting Refresher

9-10 Basic Training Revalidation

9-11 Basic Training Refresher

11th Radar Renewal

11th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation

11-15 Basic Training
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