RopeRescue101 wrote:So compliant isn’t the way to go ? Gotta be NFPA certified? Is this course a waste ?
Haven't taken it, can't say if it's a waste exactly. I'd just shop around to make sure you're getting the best course
John O'Blenis, the head instructor, is one of the most knowledgeable individuals you'll ever come across on the topic of extrication. I've taken plenty of Auto-X through school and as a volly and have found his courses to be the most thorough and challenging.
In regards to the certificate, at this time it isn't "NFPA", simply a certificate stating that the training you received is NFPA Compliant. It is still valuable on your resume, many of the training companies out there, in any discipline, offer only "NFPA Compliant" certificates. The struggle in finding ones that give you the actual NFPA certificate, comes from the fact that the person that instructs you can't be the one to test you, which means that often times someone from the Ontario Fire College has to test you, which can be difficult to schedule.
With regional OFC locations beginning to be set up throughout the province, this should become easier to acquire in the future.
I know Johnny O has been working on this for some time, your best bet is to contact him for more info on that, but as far as his courses, they are phenomenal!
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