It is an idea that will undoubtedly become a training standard-working model across the nation. Along with Larkspur, CMTC member agencies include San Rafael, Corte Madera, Kentfield and Marinwood. We believe CMTC is a showpiece that has several benefits, that include:
1. Pooling existing in-house talent to expand and broaden existing training programs, which can be limited in individual small fire agencies with minimal staffing levels.
2. The quality of the training skyrockets as the member agencies combine the talents of key members who excel in the areas of training and education.
3. Expands training programs at minimal expense to the agency; mainly for materials and supplies, as we pool resources and spread costs to the various CMTC member departments.
4. Expands the regional footprint by aligning agency procedures, establishing common practices, promoting equipment standardization, and broadening the relationships between the CMTC member agencies.
It's another important part of the foundation towards the creation of a fully regionalized fire service. In our agency, Fire Captain Scott Shurtz and Fire Captain/Paramedic Don Stasiowski were instrumental in the development of the CMTC. It's important to note that nearly all the key players in the development of CMTC are engine company staff members. Due to budget cutbacks over the past few years, no participating agency employs an actual administrative training officer. This is a remarkable achievement!
San Rafael Fire Chief Chris Gray also is responsible for seeing the CMTC evolve to the truly effective training component that it is today. He recognized the potential from onset and helped get it off the ground.
CMTC is a successful working example of improving service levels by combining resources and sharing costs among several fire agencies.