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9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy / DPSST - 09/23/20

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 120th Basic Telecommunications Class.

The three-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public, meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications #BT120 Graduation will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, in Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing, the graduation will be closed to the public.  However, we would like to publicly congratulate Basic Telecommunications Class #BT 120 for a successful completion of their Basic Training.
 
Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #120:

Dispatcher Lorin Alexander

Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

 

Dispatcher John Bustard

Umatilla Tribal Police Department

 

Dispatcher Alexis Bynon

W.C.C.C.A.

 

Dispatcher Alexander Doby

METCOM 9-1-1

 

Dispatcher Angela Drorbaugh

Yamhill Communications

 

Dispatcher Sarah Ferris

Tillamook County 911

 

Dispatcher Carsen Funkhouser

W.C.C.C.A.

 

Dispatcher Larissa Hackett

Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

 

Dispatcher Kaylee Hamm

Willamette Valley Communications Center

 

Dispatcher Alexis Hayes

Corvallis Police Department

 

Dispatcher Roderick Hogan

W.C.C.C.A.

 

Dispatcher Melody Holmes

Frontier Regional 9-1-1

 

Dispatcher Iliya Kuzmenko

Willamette Valley Communications Center

 

Dispatcher Jessica Lundmark

W.C.C.C.A.

 

Dispatcher Jacob Olson

Yamhill Communications

 

Dispatcher Kylee Peck

Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

 

Dispatcher Erika Powell

Willamette Valley Communications Center

 

Dispatcher Annabelle Thompson

W.C.C.C.A.

 

Dispatcher Kimberly Whanger

Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

 

Dispatcher Jennifer Zeman

W.C.C.C.A.

 

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Basic Police Class 399 to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy - 09/17/20

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 399th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 399 will graduate during a private ceremony at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon on Thursday, September 24, 2020

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the need for social distancing the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training regrets that this ceremony will be closed to the public. However, we would like to publicly congratulate the diverse group of men and women from agencies around the state who are members of Basic Police #399 on their successful completion of basic training.

Graduation Roster Basic Police BP399 / DPSST Class Coordinator: Robert Ledford

Deputy Sheriff Andres Aldana / Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Shelby Biencourt / Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Police Officer Blake Bowers / Philomath Police Department

Police Officer Drake Brennan / Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Police Officer Victor Brett / Tigard Police Department

Police Officer James Brewer / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Nicholas DePaulo / Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Police Officer Spencer Douglas / Tigard Police Department

Police Officer Garrett Garcia / Portland Police Bureau

Deputy Sheriff Kyle Geraci / Linn County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jeobany Giron / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Brandon Halter / Roseburg Police Department

Police Officer Kyle Henderson / Tigard Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Kathleen Herboth / Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jose Jimenez / Woodburn Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Dawson Jinkins / Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Johnson / Union County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Yan Kuvaldin / Salem Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Lanier / Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Scottie Lathrom / Brookings Police Department

Police Officer Ryan Lutz / Oregon City Police Department

Police Officer Jesse Manipol / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Morgan McBride / Salem Police Department

Police Officer Jared McLennan / Ashland Police Department

Police Officer Valeri Miller-Fillman / Oakridge Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Corey Nealeigh / Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Kelly Powell / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Sebastian Precup / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Valeria Ramirez / Salem Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Mark Rose / Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer William Schaap / Silverton Police Department

Police Officer Benjamin Schulz / Roseburg Police Department

Police Officer Nicholas Skelton / Salem Police Department

Police Officer Rachael Skjelstad / Beaverton Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Maksim Solnyshkin / Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Benjamin Stubbs / Beaverton Police Department

Police Officer Elliott Walker / Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Samuel Whisler / Astoria Police Department

Police Officer Johnny Whitaker / Salem Police Department

Police Officer Anthony Young / Canby Police Department

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

 

Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Ceremony Postponed - 09/15/20

Due to the current and unprecedented wildfires in Oregon, DPSST has made the difficult decision to postpone the annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial.

The date of this year’s virtual memorial was originally set for September 17th at 1pm.

DPSST staff and the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard will work to find an alternative date to hold the memorial so that we can all honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Thank you,

Eriks Gabliks - Director - Department of Public Safety Standards and Training / DPSST

 

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Pre-Season Training of Oregon National Guard for Wildland Firefighting Pays-Off (Photo) - 09/14/20

Thanks to requests by state leaders for federal funds allocated by members of Congress to provide training in advance of wildfire season, more than 300 members of the Oregon National Guard were trained in July by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) as wildland firefighters. 

This training was pro-actively offered by DPSST at the request of Governor Brown and the Oregon National Guard so that our State's citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen could be activated and deployed much faster should the need arise for their assistance.  The current wildfires around the state show the importance of this pro-active training as three teams of Oregon National Guard members have been deployed to date.  DPSST has provided refresher training on the use of emergency fire shelters to those being deployed (photos attached).

The training offered at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem earlier this year is often known as "red card" training and consists of both classroom and hands-on sessions. The training provided is the same training required of all public and private wildland firefighters.

The Oregon National Guard has a proven track record of supporting wildfire suppression efforts, from the air and on the ground, around the state in recent years. In 2015, members of the Guard assisted with wildfire suppression efforts in John Day and Enterprise. In 2017, more than 400 citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen supported Oregon's firefighting efforts (air and ground) at High Cascades Complex (near Crater Lake), Chetco Bar, Blanket Creek, Horse Prairie, and Milli fires.

As part of the State's coordinated and comprehensive wildfire suppression efforts, the Guard has a long-standing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts if needed. This agreement is reviewed on an annual basis by both agencies and the Governor's Office.

DPSST is preparing to train more than 200 additional members of the Oregon National Guard later this week in case their assistance will also be needed.  This training will take a week and will be held at Camp Rilea in Warrenton due to air quality conditions at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. Due to staffing needs created by wildfires around the state, DPSST is recieving assistance from instructors from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "DPSST is honored to help support this important mission that has a proven record of success in training over 1,000 members of the Guard for wildland firefighting duties over the past five years. We value and appreciate the partnership we enjoy with the Oregon National Guard and the deployment of three teams of citizen-soldiers and citizen-soldiers on short notice shows the importance of the federal funds made available by Congress for the training our agency was able to provide."

For questions specific the Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office by phone at 503-584-3917 or email at  AGPA@mil.state.or.us 

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST, recognized as one of North America's most innovative state public safety standards and training organizations, provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Oregon Fallen FF Memorial Engraving Day
Oregon Fallen FF Memorial Engraving Day
Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial hosts Engraving Day - Name Added: Eric Aarseth (Photo) - 09/03/20

In preparation for the State's annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial on September 17th, 2020 at 1pm, the name of a fallen Oregon wildland firefighter was careful etched into the memorial wall this afternoon alongside the names of 169 other firefighters who are already honored and remembered on the State's memorial.

During this year's ceremony, we will be honoring the life of Eric Aarseth, who died in service to others
on September 3, 2018. Aarseth was working the Horns Mountain Fire in Washington where he became ill and was released from his tour. He later died due to complications related to pneumonia and organ failure.  Aarseth was a Wildland Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) working his first fire season for Miller Timber Services.

Eric's mother and brother were in attendance at today's event alongside members of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard who stood watch while the name was added.

The 2020 ceremony will be closed to the public and will be a virtual event this year in light of health and safety factors surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic. This memorial will stream from DPSST’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DPSSTOregon/.

Background information on Eric Aarseth -  Eric Christopher Aarseth, 20, of Tualatin, Oregon, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 3, 2018, at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center RiverBend in Springfield, Oregon, surrounded by family, many friends, and loved ones. He had just returned home from fighting wildfires in southern Oregon and northeastern Washington. Sadly, he contracted pneumonia during his last deployment and later succumbed to complications as his pneumonia became septic. Eric was born in Portland on July 17, 1998, and grew up in Tualatin, where he graduated from Tualatin High School in 2016. While growing up, he played baseball, football, ran track (cross-country) and wrestled. Eric thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors and lived life to the fullest at every opportunity. He enjoyed traveling and taking many road trips with his father, Chris, and brother, Jake. He was also part of an educational European tour, and one summer he was able to visit Italy, Spain, and the French Riviera. He enjoyed camping, hiking, and skateboarding. His real passion seemed to be found in the outdoors, as he spent the summer working for Northwest Youth Corps helping to rebuild sections of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail in the wilderness area of Idaho. He also talked of changing his major to forestry, while studying business at college. He was thrilled and passionate about being a wildland firefighter for the summer and fought bravely among many of his fellow firefighters from Miller Timber Services. Even after returning home, Eric wanted to go on one last deployment before school started, but unfortunately that dream didn’t come true, due to his illness.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "The Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial stands as a daily reminder of the sacrifices made by brave men and women, from diverse backgrounds, who died in the line of duty protecting our communities, airports and natural resources around our great state.  Tragically, Aarseth will mark the 170th fire fighter added to the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Wall. The memorial allows us to honor a pledge made to the families of the fallen - we will never forget! "

If you have any questions regarding the Memorial, please contact Julie Olsen, Fire Program Manager, at 503-378-2297 or by email at julie.olsen-fink@state.or.us

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Regulatory Specialists to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy - 09/01/20

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its fifth Oregon Liquor Control Commission Regulatory Specialist Class on Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. 

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the need for social distancing the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training regret that this ceremony will be closed to the public. However, we would like to publicly congratulate Oregon Liquor Control Commission Class #05 on their successful completion of basic training.

Roster of Basic Oregon Liquor Control Commission Class #OLCC05:

Regulatory Specialist Stephanie Boyd

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

 

Manager Michelle Cate

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

 

Regulatory Specialist Melissa Dale

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

 

Regulatory Specialist Philip Fox

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

 

Regulatory Specialist Jennifer Gaspard

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

 

Regulatory Specialist Edward Gosse

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

 

Regulatory Specialist Caleb Henderson

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

 

Regulatory Specialist Roy Long

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

 

Manager Thomas Mott

Oregon Liquor Control Commission

           

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, OLCC regulatory specialists, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

Corrections Deputies and Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy - 08/26/20

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of Basic Corrections Local #BCL041 on Friday September 4, 2020 at 10 a.m., at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, in Salem, Oregon. 

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the need for social distancing the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training regret that this ceremony will be closed to the public. However, we would like to publicly congratulate Basic Corrections Local class #041 on their successful completion of basic training. 

 

Members of Graduating Class BCL041:

 

Deputy Sheriff Phillip Barrier

Lane County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Devin Boyd

Douglas County Sheriff's Office

 

Corrections Officer Christopher Brown

Washington County Community Corrections

 

Deputy Sheriff Alexis Buckholz

Marion County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Cleary

Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Jared Davis

Lane County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Mykal Dekanu

Linn County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Alejandro Diaz-Ching

Linn County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Richard Garland

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Kiesse

Lane County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Horace Knox

Klamath County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Brandon Lehn

Josephine County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Ashley Lind

Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Lipscomb

Marion County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Marcus Mason

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Isaac McCall

Lane County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Travis McCleary

Curry County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Zoe Mirza

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Paul Nelson

Baker County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Arnulfo Nicolas

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Parker

Union County Sheriff's Office

 

Police Officer Aaron Reece

Eugene Police Department

 

Deputy Sheriff Darci Rhinehart

Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Evelynn Sanchez

Klamath County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Tami Schultz

Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Lisa Stuck

Northern Oregon Correctional Facility

 

Deputy Sheriff Sandra Swearingen

Lane County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Jesse Tacadena

Marion County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Thomas

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Taylor Trimboli

Lane County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Welch

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Tinsley Wiser

Lane County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Witherow

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

 

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Darren Bucich, Fire Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.