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    Hey everyone! I'll try to keep this short and simple. I've been working towards my goal of getting on TX-TF1. This is something I truly want and have been dedicating a lot of time and money to. My question; which one of these two classes would you recommend? I would love to take both of them, but with the prices ranging from 1,500 to $2,000 there is no way I could afford that. I will be paying for this out of my own pocket. The department has agreed to give me time off with pay to attend. I am willing to take any position on the team.

    1) http://www.teex.com/teex.cfm?pageid=...14&navdiv=USAR

    2) http://www.teex.com/teex.cfm?pageid=...&Course=TNG11S



    Thanks in advance


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    Also, any other suggestions or advice would surly be appreciated.

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    I'm on a FEMA USAR team, and I know more than a few guys on other teams.

    Unless TX-TF1 does things differently, you usually get on a department that's attached to a team (as either the sponsoring agency, or another agency the sponsoring agency has given spots to), and then wait until you have enough seniority to get on the team. They pay for your training.

    You might want to look into this before you start dropping large sums of money on these classes.

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    Dog handler (or Canine Search Specialist, the PC title).

    Probably one of the hardest positions, most training and dedication required. Oh, and you'll have to buy/obtain your own dog. Most teams I am aware of need and will accept a competent dog/handler team from anywhere/any walk of life. Not sure about TX-TF1, but if they don't currently need one, I would bet you could find another team fairly close by that does.

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    My best advice would be to contact the leaders of the USAR team directly and talk to them about what they require.

    Our department pays for all USAR-related training.

    It seems strange that you have to pay for your own training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaFireEducator View Post
    My best advice would be to contact the leaders of the USAR team directly and talk to them about what they require.

    Our department pays for all USAR-related training.

    It seems strange that you have to pay for your own training.
    I agree with LA on this, my approach would be the same..... I am, and have been for quite a while, a member of a Regional Team here in the DC 'burbs. My training is probably adequate to land a spot on Md.TF1, but I prefer not to try, since there are those who are just as well trained and a lot younger than I am. I have taken almost every Technical Rescue Training Course/Seminar available in this area since 1990, and I have yet to pay one penny out of pocket for it.


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    Ezy ...

    Where is TF-1 out of?

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    Thanks for all the great input...

    KingHippo - I'm not sure, but I believe that you don't have to be with a sponsoring department to be on the team. The reason I say that is because I know of a medic that's on the team and the agency he works for is not a sponsor.

    LAFire - Right now the department is paying for me to attend a NASAR course, but that is only $300 or so. Our training budget has been cut tremendously since this budget crisis. This was to save our four man staffing and for a couple new stations. I've been checking for grants or something the state could offer to help with the costs, but so far no luck.

    And yes, the team is out of College Station.

    Who knows maybe I'll get lucky and meet someone that knows somebody

    Thanks again everyone!
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