COVID-19 Health Guidelines & On-Site Rules

Updated 03/08/2022

TTCI / SERTC Safety & Health Information for Resident Training Attendees:

We are always mindful of the safety, security, and well-being of students and staff members which is our number one priority for TTCI and SERTC, and we are committed to continue keeping our students and staff safe and healthy during training courses at our facility. As you prepare for attending our courses, please note that we update our site entry procedures based on directives for Federal Railroad Administration/Department of Transportation facilities and CDC guidance. Per new CDC guidance:

  • Masks are not required for areas designated as Low Level, which includes Pueblo, Colorado
  • All visitors and staff may choose to wear a mask, but it is not a requirement

In addition, all students are required to review and sign the following documents supplied on the first day of the resident course:

Guidelines are subject to change. TTCI/SERTC will continue to check status per the CDC website and adjust guidance accordingly. Every effort will be made to convey changes to the student in a timely manner.

Protect Yourself & Others:

The following information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are wearing a mask: You can cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.
  • If you are not wearing a mask:
    • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean high touch surfaces regularly or as needed. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If someone is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19, disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms.
    • Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
    • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
  • Monitoring symptoms is especially important if you are running errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet.

On-Site Speed Limit/Bicyclists/Wildlife

Please abide by all posted speed limits during your travel from the hotel to SERTC.  Participants share the road not only with other Participants but with TTCI/SERTC employees traveling to work and for all to arrive safely at the Main Gate, it is imperative that you follow all posted speed limits. DOT Road is also popular for bicyclists and caution should be used when driving to and from the school.  In addition, large wildlife is abundant and can be found close to the road &/or crossing the road and can be very dangerous for motorists using excessive speed.  Please be cautious and keep everyone safe on our roads!

On-Site Briefing & Security Measures

Federal Site Access Requirements for TTCI/SERTC Visitors/Participants:
REAL ID – Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted by the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for license issuance and production and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting, for certain purposes, driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. The purposes covered by the Act are accessing Federal facilities. Prior to visiting our site, please follow these requirements:

  • U.S. Citizens: Click Here to check if your driver’s license meets minimum security standards for the Real ID compliance for your state. Be mindful that most states are already compliant or have been granted an extension; therefore, a second form of ID may NOT be NEEDED.
  • Non-Compliant: A second form of ID is required ONLY IF your state is non-compliant. Alternate forms of acceptable identification in lieu of the driver’s licenses from non-compliant states are provided by clicking here for acceptable forms of alternative second IDsan example is a Fire Department or Law Enforcement ID card issued by state, county or city government containing name, photo, and expiration date.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens | Foreign Nationals: When you arrive, you must have your passport as proof of ID.

Due to TTC being a federal facility, Participants are REQUIRED to present a picture identification ON A DAILY BASIS prior to boarding the on-site shuttle to the training facility. Acceptable forms of ID must meet requirements of the REAL ID Act as outlined above. Those from non-compliant states will need an alternative form of acceptable identification in addition to their non-compliant driver’s license, both to be presented on a daily basis.  If identification is not brought on a daily basis, Participant will be sent back to hotel to retrieve it for entry into TTC.

Upon arrival at SERTC on the first day, Participants will be briefed on safety procedures.

On-Site Meals

When staying at the Courtyard Marriott hotel, breakfast will be provided at the hotel.  Lunch is provided daily at SERTC. Special dietary requirements need to be noted during online registration. An email may also be sent to sertc@aar.com no later than two weeks prior to class start date. We will do our best to accommodate you.

On-Site Cell Phone Coverage

Verizon has coverage at TTC/SERTC. There is very limited to no coverage for all other cellular services. Phones are available at SERTC in the Administration Office should you need to make a phone call during a break.

On-Site Medical

A series of medical questions are asked before any physical training begins and vital signs are checked periodically. SERTC will not allow Participants with blood pressures above 160/90 to wear SCBA or fully encapsulated clothing.

On-Site PPE & Dress

Courses are designed for Participants to move frequently between classroom and field exercises.  In the field, Participants train in different working conditions; e.g., hot and dusty, cold and snowy. Weather in Colorado is subject to rapid and diverse changes.  We suggest that you come prepared to dress in layers so that you can adjust to the temperature and condition changes. Click for weather forecast.

Participant should bring:

      • Leather work gloves
      • Standard protective footwear — ASTM F2413-11
      • Spectacle kit for a SCBA, if applicable
      • Prescription safety glasses, if applicable, with attached side shields (must be worn at all times)
      • Appropriate work clothing (no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or sandals)
      • Sunscreen, lip balm, and any other items needed to protect from the elements
      • FLE-RR & TCLUER Participants ONLY: Approved Structural Firefighter Protective Ensemble
      • FLE-RR & TCLUER Participants ONLY: Padlock for lockers (optional – not required)
      • THMOST Participants ONLY: Long-sleeve shirts for 3-days of field exercises

SERTC will provide as necessary:

    • SCBA
    • Hard hats
    • Safety glasses
    • Safety vests
    • All other safety gear required for the training