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B'ville: Firefighter I training program

The town of Lysander Public Safety Fire Training Division recently conducted a New York State Firefighter I Training Program that concluded with a graduation ceremony on Wednesday March 25.

Members from the Baldwinsville, Belgium-Cold Springs, Cody, Phoenix and Plainville fire departments participated in the program with Onondaga County Fire Instructors Tony McIntyre, Tom Perkins, Paul Becker, Jay Woodruff, Tim Wolsey and Mike Pitts presenting the course. Also, assisting with the instruction was Matt Speach, John Delahunt, Jeff Buck, Dana Rosentel and Tom Warner.

This program consisted of 112 hours of instruction in the following subject areas based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter I standards and the Thomson Delmar Learning Fire Training curriculum:

OSHA firefighter safety

Basic and intermediate firefighter skills

Air mask confidence and firefighter survival skills

National incident management system

MAYDAY and firefighter rehab protocols

Initial company operations

Critical incident stress debriefings

Hazardous materials first responder operations

Weapons of mass destruction awareness

Confined space rescue awareness

First Aid/CPR/AED

Students are required to pass both written and practical skills examinations in order to successfully complete the course and receive New York State Firefighter certification.

Belgium-Cold Springs firefighter Corey Trask received the class valedictorian award and Belgium-Cold Springs firefighter Joseph Rivizzigno received the class salutatorian award both for academic excellence and achievement.

Pictured are (front row, from left) Tiffany Myers, Stephen Curtis, Daniel Clark, Christopher O'Connell, Brandon McGinley, Stephanie Jackson-Holbrook, (back row, from left) Onondaga County Legislator Richard Lesniak, Instructor Jay Woodruff, Instructor Matthew Speach, Carl Haggerty, Chase Bacanskas, David Colton, Joseph Rivizzigno, Thomas Reynolds Jr., Corey Trask, Instructor Paul Becker, Instructor Tony McIntyre and Lysander Town Councilman Arthur Levy. Missing from the photo is Joseph Fluno.

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