TCC expands Fire Service Training Center

Tarrant County College Northwest is growing its Fire Service Training Center to expand opportunities for the next generation of first responders. On Friday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m., the Fire Service Training Center will officially open the campus’s Fire Station 2. The event will include a ribbon cutting, remarks by TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini and TCC Northwest President Zarina Blankenbaker and opportunities to tour the new space.

With the addition of Fire Station 2, a two-bay structure, the College has adequate space to house all its fire trucks. The 50’x60’ station has dedicated

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Superhero Training Academy Now Accepting New Recruits

Southlake is in need of heroes! Is your kiddo ready to answer the call?

It’s a bird, it’s a plane—it’s our next superhero-in-training!

Join Southlake Parks and Recreation for a morning packed with more fun and action than the latest Marvel movie. We’ll start by making our very own superhero costumes, then we’ll show off our superhero skills as we protect Southlake from evildoers. When our recruits soar out of Superhero Training Academy, they’ll be ready to fight injustice wherever their powers are needed!

Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Location: Bicentennial Park Playground
Time: 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Ages: 3 – 6
Cost: $15

Register online or in person at Southlake Town Hall (1400 Main Street, Suite 210). If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

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FWPD completes training that emphasizes de-escalation tactics

Every officer in the Fort Worth Police Department has completed training that encourages them to use a new way of thinking when it comes to crisis intervention, communication and tactics.

The training is called PERF ICAT— Police Executive Research Forum Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics De-escalation Training. The nationally-recognized training educates officers on the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to manage non-firearm threats, influence behavioral changes and gain voluntary compliance whenever possible. The training is a key to the department’s mission to safeguard the lives of residents and enhance public safety through building trust with the community.

The PD has recently made changes to how officers approach use-of-force situations and amended policies to incorporate de-escalation tactics. Biannual in-service training and training for new recruits have been modified to provide more tools to resolve police encounters that emphasize the safety of residents and officers.

The PD has invited city officials and members of the Chief’s Advisory Board, Policy Advisory Committee, and the Race and Culture Task Force to an ICAT training session so they can realize what is expected of officers and have a better understanding of the situations officers face each day.

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Fire Training Instructors Head to Houston After Harvey

Heroes abounded as Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast, and Northwest Campus certainly had its share. As noted in the Accolades section of Northwest Link, 15 instructors from the Fire Service Training Center deployed to the Gulf to assist with rescue efforts. Northwest Link asked some of them to share their most striking memories with the campus community:

Donnie Hurd, Trophy Club Fire Department

My engine crew, consisting of myself, a driver and two firefighters, were initially sent to Webster, where we were stationed for the first two days. During this time, we assisted in

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Active Shooter Training Exercise on Friday and Monday

The Southlake Police and Fire Departments want to inform residents and businesses that we will be conducting a large scale active shooter training exercise at the Southlake Campus of Gateway Church on Friday, September 15 and Monday, September 18, 2017.

The training exercise will take place from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. Residents may see a large contingency of police and SWAT vehicles, as well as ambulances, converge on the Gateway Church campus.

The Southlake PD and FD frequently hold training exercises such as these to assess our capabilities and readiness to ensure the protection of our citizens. Assistant Police Chief Ashleigh Douglas says, “We periodically hold scenario-based training exercises where we recreate a variety of emergencies to test our capabilities and to ensure our Department’s preparedness.  We want to be certain our officers and first responders have all the necessary training and tools to effectively respond to any threat or situation.”  This training exercise should not affect afternoon school pick-up at any adjacent school locations and there are no school lock-down drills planned during these dates/times.

Please share with your family and friends who live or may be traveling near the Southlake Gateway Church to let them know this is a training exercise and there is no cause for alarm.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (817) 743-4522.

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Carroll High School Teacher Completes Rocketry Curriculum Training

Carroll High School teacher Chris Patino joined other high school science teachers from Texas and New Mexico as they underwent a week of training in the SystemsGo rocketry curriculum. The training was July 10-16 at Hobbs Municipal Schools Training Center in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Rebekah Hyatt, Program Director, conducted the training, which included classroom instruction, field work, and rocket building that simulated SystemsGo’s project-based instructional strategies.

“The workshop included both theory and practice,” Hyatt said, “We try to model the process they will use in the classroom with students, to encourage independent learning and problem solving on their own. It was a good group that worked well together.”

SystemsGo is an innovative high school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum developed at Fredericksburg High School (TX). Using project-based instruction, over four years students progress from drafting, CAD, and engineering design, to building rockets. First-level (Tsiolkovsky) students attempt to loft a one-pound payload one mile high. Second-generation (Oberth) projects send rockets past the speed of sound. Every spring, participating students gather at sites near Hobbs, New Mexico, Fredericksburg Texas, and Houston, Texas, to launch their rockets.

“This is an opportunity we are using to grow our engineering program and look forward to all Mr. Patino will do to grow our students with the new training,” said Carroll High Principal P.J. Giamanco.

This training covered all levels of SystemsGo. Depending on the level, teachers worked on Excel and flight profiles, on developing the mathematical model of a vehicle, and on troubleshooting actual rockets.

“I gave teachers the task of building a RockSim simulation based on previously built student rockets,” Hyatt said. “They were to find and fix issues typically seen in vehicle construction then complete a Flight Readiness Review. Teachers also worked with motor systems and assembled motor configurations, not so they could build the motor back in the classrooms, but to learn how to work with students and guide them through the process.”

“I gave them problems to work through and find mistakes,” she said. “The point is to not have teachers build the motors back in the classroom, but to learn how to work with students and guide them through the process.”

SystemsGo is now active in more than 50 high schools across Texas and New Mexico. Information on starting a program or supporting the nonprofit organization is available at, 830-997-567,

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Joint reserve base training exercises could mean increased noise levels

Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base in west Fort Worth will be conducting military training exercises July 30-Aug. 11. These exercises will include night flight operations of KC-135s flying between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. nightly.

A reserve base spokeswoman said these exercises could involve increased aircraft noise.

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Delegation from Singapore Visits TCC’s Fire Service Training Center

Tarrant County College Northwest, Fire Service Training Center,
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy., Fort Worth, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 7

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 28, 2017) – The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host a delegation from Singapore on Friday, July 7. The delegation requested the visit as part of Singapore’s efforts to enhance training facilities for firefighters and paramedics.
The group from the Civil Defence Academy, part of the Singapore Civil Defence Force, will meet with the College’s faculty and staff and tour TCC’s training site at the Northwest Campus. The delegation will use the visit to assist in the design of a new training facility.
“We are pleased to welcome the Civil Defence Academy representatives and share our perspective on training first responders,” said Steve Keller, FSTC director. “We are fortunate to have outstanding facilities and resources, which serve as a model for training programs not just in Texas, but around the world.”
TCC is the region’s primary training facility for firefighters and other first responders. Fire Service Training Center courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on skills training. Facility features include a simulated city for live firefighting – with streets, residences, businesses, an apartment-hotel complex and high-rise buildings – along with a swift-water rescue site, trench rescue training area, confined-space rescue maze and simulated train derailment with hazardous materials scenario.
TCC holds three 14-week cadet classes each year, and the Fire Academy is certified with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, which makes graduates eligible to take the state certification exam for basic firefighting. TCC consistently has a pass rate of (or near) 100 percent. In addition to the Fire Academy, the Fire Service Training Center offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and continuing education for professional and volunteer firefighters. For more information, visit the TCC website.

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