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April 21, 2002

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                NEWS FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Volume 2 Issue 16                                      4-21-2002
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- News
- ET Journal
- Test Dates
- Class Schedule
- Administrivia

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NEWS
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As my lovely wife Cynthia recovers from knee surgery I'm spending more
time helping her and less time working on this newsletter and the
etnews.org web site. During these past few weeks I've come to realize a
couple of things:

1) My lovely wife Cynthia does a superlative job taking care of me and
our six messy children.
2) I loathe shopping at Costco.

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This is the last element in Level I Fire Alarm Systems. Next week, Level
II.

NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level I
32006^ FIRST AID PROCEDURES
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32006 DESCRIPTION:
Understand the basic rules and procedures of first aid. (See general
handbooks on first aid)

32006 is a Level I Special Work element.

The caret (^) following 32006 means generic crossover credit. Once you
pass this exam element, you will receive credit in other
fields/subfields when you first test in the other field/subfield.

32006 REFERENCES:
See general handbooks on first aid.

32006 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Understand the basic rules and procedures of first aid."

The ABC's of life support:
A - Airway open.
B - Breathing restored.
C - Circulation maintained.

To control bleeding:
- Apply direct pressure.
- Elevate injured limb only if it does not cause further pain or injury.
- Apply pressure on supplying artery.
- Use a tourniquet only as a last resort to control a life-threatening
hemorrhage.

Shock is a disturbance in the circulation if blood, which can upset all
body functions. It is a dangerous condition and can be fatal. Expect
some degree of shock in any emergency. Do not give anything by mouth.
Symptoms of shock include unusual weakness or faintness, cold pale
clammy skin, rapid weak pulse, willow irregular breathing, chills,
nausea, and unconsciousness.

Treatment for shock:
1) Treat the cause of shock as quickly as possible.
2) Maintain an open airway.
3) Keep the victim warm and flat. In the case of upper body injury,
elevate the head and shoulders 10 inches higher than the feet.
4) Get professional medical help immediately.
5) Do not administer anything by mouth.

Sunstroke (heat stroke) is a sudden onset of high fever caused by sun
exposure. Symptoms may include Extremely high body temperature (106° F
or higher), hot red dry skin, absence of sweating, rapid pulse,
convulsions, and unconsciousness. Sunstroke can be life-threatening.

Treatment for sunstroke:
1) Get professional medical help immediately.
2) Lower body temperature quickly by using cold water.
3) Do not give any stimulating beverages such as coffee, tea, or soda.

Heat exhaustion (heat prostration) is overexposure to heat or sun.
Symptoms may include fatigue, irritability, headaches, faintness, weak
rapid pulse, shallow breathing, cold clammy skin, and profuse
perspiration.

Treatment for heat exhaustion:
1) Have the victim lie down in a cool, shaded area or air-conditioned
room and elevate feet.
2) Massage the legs toward heart.
3) Give cold salt water (1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup water) or cool
sweetened drinks, especially iced tea and coffee every 15 minutes until
victim recovers.
4) Do not let the victim sit up, even after feeling recovered. Victim
should rest for a while longer.

Electrical shock treatment:
1) Remove the victim from electrical contact at once without endangering
yourself.
2) Determine whether the victim is breathing. If so, keep the victim
lying down in a comfortable position protected from cold and monitor
carefully.
3) Keep the victim from moving about. After an electrical shock, the
heart is very weak. Any sudden effort may result in a heart attack.
4) Do not administer stimulates or opiates. Send for medical help at
once.
5) If the victim is not breathing, administer artificial respiration
without delay.


THE INFORMATION IN ET JOURNAL IS PROVIDED AS A GUIDE ONLY AND IS
INTENDED TO ASSIST YOU IN PREPARING FOR AN EXAM. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO
BE INCLUSIVE OF ALL INFORMATION THAT MAY BE ON AN EXAM BUT RATHER IT IS
INTENDED TO BE A SMALL SAMPLE OF THE KIND OF MATERIAL THAT YOU MAY BE
EXPECTED TO KNOW.

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NICET TEST DATES
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OREGON
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PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 7/27/02. Postmark deadline 6/8/02.
Test 11/16/02. Postmark deadline 9/28/02.

Clackamas Community College, Oregon City;
Test 6/22/02. Postmark deadline 5/4/02.
Test 9/14/02. Postmark deadline 7/27/02.

WASHINGTON
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Bates Technical College, Tacoma;
Test 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/02.
Test 9/14/02. Postmark deadline 7/27/01.

Walla Walla Community College;
Test 7/27/02. Postmark deadline 6/8/02.
Test 10/19/02. Postmark deadline 8/31/02.

Spokane Community College;
Test 5/18/02. Postmark deadline 3/30/02.
Test 8/24/02. Postmark deadline 7/6/01.

For a complete list of all test centers and test dates, visit
http://63.70.211.210/cfdocs/nicetschedule.cfm

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CLASS SCHEDULE 
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OREGON
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Clackamas Community College is sponsoring a 16-hour NICET Test
Preparation Seminar:

>> 7-13-2002 8am - 5pm NICET Certification application process and Fire
Alarm Systems Level I Element Review.

>> 7-20-2002 8am - 5pm Fire Alarm Systems Level II Element Review.

OUTLINE
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http://65.108.49.140/docs/outline.pdf

LOCATION
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Clackamas Community College
http://www.clackamas.cc.or.us/maps/campus/

INSTRUCTOR
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Michael B. Baker SET
(503) 209-7345
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org?subject=seminar
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WASHINGTON
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Dean Reed and Associates is sponsoring a 16-hour NICET Test Preparation
Seminar:

>> TBA

LOCATION
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>> TBA

INSTRUCTOR
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Dean Reed CET
(206) 953-8240 or;
(206) 935-8950
mailto:bubba@oz.net

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