San Rafael's new fire recruits near end of six-week training session

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BRIGHT ORANGE flames filled the smoky trailer as the newest San Rafael fire recruits sprinted from their fire engine and laid hoses in preparation to enter the structure. The recruits took turns...

BRIGHT ORANGE flames filled the smoky trailer as the newest San Rafael fire recruits sprinted from their fire engine and laid hoses in preparation to enter the structure. The recruits took turns during the course of six hours knocking back the flames, breaking from their work only for the occasional drink of water.

Entering their sixth week of training, the recruits have yet to actually enter a real burning building; but they had the experience last week of training in the Ross Valley Fire Department's burn trailer in San Anselmo. The trailer simulates a two-story burning building by using propane to fuel flames and mineral oil to create a smoke-like fog.

"This is as close as you can get to lighting old houses on fire. It's a great opportunity," said San Rafael fire Capt. Robert de Lambert.The convenient way to order Tuner wheel lug nut, lug nuts and valve stems.

He said it's important for the five recruits to understand fire behavior, where to apply water to flames,Buy microsoft office standard 2007 from 2 Online Stores in Australia. is Australia's Leading Comparison Shopping Site. how to manage their oxygen supply and how to work together as a team — all lessons that can be taught at the fire trailer.

Yuba City native Richard Rojo, 30, said there's definitely a larger sense of urgency searching a building for people when there are real flames swirling above one's head.

"All the things we do here, we do it with an imaginary fire. But when you're at the burn trailer and you see smoke actually come out of a building, you see why they want us to be as prepared as possible," Rojo said.

Burlingame resident Anthony Alviso, 32, said it's easy to follow written training guidelines, but being able to see live fire and how it can change in an instant is paramount to their jobs.

"Sensing the heat and feeling the changes in heat and temperature is completely different than just learning about it in a book," Alviso said.

Rojo, Alviso and the three other recruits were selected from more than 500 applicants to join the San Rafael Fire Department after undergoing a rigorous interview process that began in October. Each had to pass an academy class and become a certified paramedic before applying. Then they had to take written tests, participate in multiple interviews, undergo a polygraph test, have psychiatric and medical evaluations and undergo a background check.

They are starting their new jobs at $66,924 a year and can earn as much as $99,432 a year after five years of service, before potentially moving up in rank. That is, if they are cleared to graduate from the training course Saturday and make it through their one-year probationary period.When you think of buy microsoft office 2007 for women, one of the first things to people's mouth is the Nike Shox Navina.Training during the past five weeks has been both physically and emotionally challenging for the recruits, who all come from out of town and are either commuting or staying in a hotel. Clad in sweaty fire suits, they push their bodies to the limit each day while trying to remember the information they are being taught.

Dixon resident Jimmy Alvarez, 27, said the most difficult part of the training course has been the physical and emotional aspects of the work.

"It's been hard day after day trying to grasp things in a high-stress environment and being physically stressed,microsoft office 2007 professional plus includes essential Office software like MS Word 2007. Full version, academic price, lifetime use. Buy Now!" Alvarez said. "But you learn how strong your mind and body is and you keep pushing forward."

Rojo agreed.

"It's physically tiring and sometimes that's when you make mental mistakes," Rojo said. "It's really a test of yourself."

Roseville native Melissa Millspaugh, 24, said training sessions have helped her overcome physical obstacles.

"I continue to learn that it's mind over matter. If you tell yourself you're going to keep going, you're going to," Millspaugh said. "I haven't been through anything like this before."

Learning to be as efficient as possible, communicate clearly and work as a team has also been challenging for the recruits, especially after competing against hundreds of people for their jobs.

"Teamwork is the most important thing hands down," Alvarez said. "You can't accomplish a fire task without your teammates."

Looking ahead, the recruits said they are confident with their skills, but know there's still a lot to learn when they start their official rounds as firefighters and paramedics.

Millspaugh said she wants to work on everything she's learned to make sure her techniques are fine-tuned.

"It's not like we're perfect at everything. Six weeks is just getting our feet wet," Millspaugh said.90% Off Legal MS Office 2007,microsoft windows 7 home premium Professional, Standard, Ultimate, Home & Student Versions Online.

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"It's always a learning process and I expect to be here for 30-plus years, so you can never be too prepared," Preckwinkle said. "I've learned nothing comes easy. It's all repetition and repetition."

Alviso said he'll be ending the six-week training stint with a good foundation, but that it's ultimately up to each recruit to continue refining skills.

"One of the things that drew me to this job is the training never stops," Alviso said. "I feel like when I'm at that point of comfort, then I need to find new things I can work on."

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