The genesis of the SVFA came from First Tuesday Training (FTT). The North Hi-Desert is a unique region in SoCal. It’s part of the Mojave desert. It is hot & dry and is rich in history. The famed route 66 passed directly through it.The I-15 & I-40 freeways are the main routes for people traveling from hot spot tourist destinations like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, & Lake Havasu.
Because of these blended circumstances, emergency response in the region is equally unique.The responding agencies in the region collectively decided to collaborate on training efforts so we can provide the best service to the local community and commuters. The First Tuesday Training program was born. Since 2018 multiple emergency response agencies have been working collectively to train on the first Tuesday of every month. Over the years. The topics range vastly, from fire suppression, vehicle extrication, and helicopter operations to active shooter drills.
It has been historical to see the amazing progress the region has benefited from this program.
However, All good things come to an end.
The progress made is not just amazing, it’s the name of the game. Effective 2023, as agreed by all mutual aid partners and SVFA board of directors. We will no longer be training on the First Tuesday of every month. Instead, all mutual aid collaborators will be meeting on the Saturdays for First Saturday Drills (FSD)
The First Saturday of February marked the inaugural training day of FTT’s replacement. The topic was Radio Communications led by CALFIRE ECC Dispatcher Captain Mota. In addition to the scenario-based training, all in attendance had a special treat in store as the local Raising Canes donated lunch!
While the end of FTT might close the end of a monumental program. First Saturday Drills is the beginning of a more enthusiastic chapter for the emergency responders in the N. Hi-Desert.