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At the Fall, 2016 Board of Directors’ meeting, the CSLSA Training Committee discussed the following:
Training Officer Academy
- Control over EMS services may stay with the Fire Service or transfer to State EMS. Whichever prevails, the ramifications affect how EMS services are provided across the State.
- A work group of subject matter experts and EMS stakeholders convened to revise the Chapter 2 EMT regulations to adopt amendments required by Senate Bill (SB) 1438 (Pavley, 2014) Controlled Substance: Opioid Antagonists. SB 1438 requires EMSA to develop and adopt training standards for all prehospital emergency medical care personnel regarding the use and administration of naloxone hydrochloride and other opioid antagonists. The bill also expands the scope of practice for certified emergency medical technicians.
- Other topics discussed include:
a. The scope of practice changes to allow EMT's to use epinephrine auto-injectors and glucometers.
b. The addition of tactical casualty care found in AB 1598 Emergency Response Services: Active Shooter Incidents.
c. Simplification of the initial and renewal certification requirements.
d. Changes to reinstatement requirements and consistent expiration dates.
- EMT School is now 174 hours, up from 160. 24 hours of clinical are required. EMT's will soon be able to do Glucometer/finger sticks, deliver Narcan, and deliver Aspirin (all base skills). This may require agencies to train their EMT's in these areas.
- Agencies will need to resubmit their Title 22/First Aid training programs by April 1, 2017. The minimum course is 21 hours. Participants must be given a course completion certificate.
In years past there have been many inquiries relating to Training Officers and their credentials, their ability to efficiently instruct, and the material that is being taught. For several years the Southeast Region has conducted a Surf Lifesaving Training Officer Academy in an effort to give merit to the training officers of participating agencies. This academy has benefited the SER agencies in several ways. First and foremost, it created a common standard of both teaching and source material within the curriculum. Secondly, it established an objective to achieve for Senior Lifeguards who wanted to become supervisors and or trainers for their agencies.
California Lifeguard Training Officer's Association
The Training Officers Association is inviting lifeguard agencies to host training sessions, particularly in Tow Bar, Rope Rescue, Swift Water Awareness, Lift Bag Operations, and Recovery Dive. Please contact the CSLSA Training Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1998, the goals of the California Lifeguard Training Officer's Association include the development of an instructor curriculum, a regional and state training standard, a course certification program and the establishment of an AA degree program. Most lifeguard agencies already use the minimum standard of course curriculum including the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider, California State Fire Marshal Emergency Medical Technician, NAUI Open Water Diver, NAUI Advanced Diver, and NAUI Rescue Diver. Accomplishments of the Training Officer's Association include the development of rookie lifeguard, recurrent lifeguard, permanent lifeguard, scuba and lifeguard managemement curriculums. The association continues to coordinate training on a regional level, including dive exercises, E.M.T. certifications, cliff rescue, and personal watercraft rescue courses.
The California Lifeguard Training Officer's Association represents a majority of the California coastline. The State of California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City, Long Beach, Seal Beach, United States Ocean Safety, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Lake Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Camp Pendleton, San Diego and Imperial Beach agencies have been instrumental in the development and growth of our association. A rookie and recurrent lifeguard curriculum is now fully accredited by Santa Ana College, thanks to the cities of Newport Beach and San Diego (Miramar program). Lifeguard training officers have completed the Instructor IA and IB courses and several cities are sending their lifeguards through the courses as an introduction to Fire Department training standardization.