Mike Brady, from California Office of Emergency Services, left, presents Jim Tate with his award.

Mike Brady, from California Office of Emergency Services, left, presents Jim Tate with his award.

By Lt. Monica Ayon, A.A., Public Information Officer, California Men’s Colony

California Men’s Colony (CMC) employee Jim Tate  received the 2014 Continuing Challenge Instructor of the Year award on Sept. 3.

The award presentation took place during the opening ceremonies of the 25th Anniversary Workshop held in the Grand Ballroom of the Sacramento Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center.

Mr. Tate is an Associate Hazardous Materials Specialist at the CMC Fire Department in San Luis Obispo.  He began his career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) as a Vocational Instructor teaching Small Engine Repair, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and Heavy Equipment Operation.

He later transferred to CMC when he accepted a position as the Associate Hazardous Materials Specialist. Mr. Tate is a certified instructor with the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI), a Registered Safety Director with the World Safety Organization and on the San Luis Obispo County Hazardous Materials Response Team.

During his time at CMC, Mr. Tate has constructed a full-scale Confined Space Training Structure adjacent to the CMC Fire House.

This structure contains sections of pipe and crawl space areas which allow his inmate students to perform live confined space training and rescues with full gear, self-contained breathing apparatus and supplied air respirators.

He also converted a closed sewage vault into a confined space training vault he is able to use for confined space emergency rescue operations training.  He provides extensive live Hazmat training at CMC’s Sewage Treatment Plant.

In addition to training inmate students, Mr. Tate provides training to staff at CMC, within CDCR, outside municipalities and fire departments as well as the Office of Emergency Services (OES).

Professional Rescuer CPR and First Aid/AED, First Responder Awareness, Operations and Decontamination for incidents involving Hazardous Materials are just some of the topics he teaches. Approximately six inmates trained by Mr. Tate have been successful in securing full time employment upon release from custody and are currently earning an annual income between $60,000 and $70,000.

In fact, one of Mr. Tate’s former inmate students was a part of the 2014 Continuing Challenge 25th Anniversary Workshop where Mr. Tate received his award.

Unfortunately for CMC, Mr. Tate will soon be leaving CDCR.

His recent accomplishments and achievements earned him a job offer, which he has accepted.

He will officially be the new Emergency Management Coordinator/Instructor II for CSTI/Cal OES.

The staff at CMC congratulates Jim Tate on his outstanding career accomplishments.