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Heavy Equipment Instructors Training
Southwest Region, April 6, 2005
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The Southwest Region corps of seventeen Heavy Equipment Safety Instructors has completed the mandatory training at NCTC giving each the qualifications to instruct trainees under the newly revised safety-training program. The program is broken down into eleven major categories of equipment, each with twelve modules of precise instruction for preventive maintenance and safe operation. The new standards require a minimum of three hours of pre-course study that is available via internet at NCTC or by 'stand alone? CD. With in three weeks of the pre-course study, three hours of classroom and one hour of ?hands on? completes the authorization for heavy equipment operation. Re-fresher training is required for operators every three years after the initial authorization. Our goal is to have a full cadre of twenty instructors strategically located throughout the region to curtail the expense of travel, time away from their duty stations and to conduct the safety training as required to fulfill our mission in the preservation of Wildlife and its habitat.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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