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Moyers Corners Fire Department benefits with OCC program

In 1994, then Chief Greg Tiner, was looking for ways to reduce response times and solve manpower issues. The answer in part was to participate in the Onondaga Community College Fire Protection "bunkin" program. From that point forward, the Moyers Corners Fire Department has been participating in the bunkin program, which was modeled after a program in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Today the interested students will generally start contacting Captain Greg Shaffer in their junior year of high school. The interviews are then held in May so that MCFD can make the decision of which applicants will be accepted. For training purposes and scheduling, bunkin's will only be accepted into the fall semester.

The bunkin candidate needs to be an active member in a volunteer fire department in New York State, outside of Onondaga County, and they must also be accepted into the Fire Protection Program at Onondaga Community College, where they are required to maintain a 2.5 grade-point average or higher. The students are assigned to live in one of the four stations for an entire year, making it two bunkins per station. They are each assigned their own bedroom, and have shareable facilities amongst the both of them.

The Moyers Corners Fire Department consists of two rescue houses, Stations 3 and 4, and two ladder-truck houses at Stations 1 and 2. The department wants the students to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible while staying at MCFD. Therefore, they are given the opportunity to run calls out of both the rescue houses and the ladder-truck houses.

After they have completed their first year at their designated station, upon their return they will be sent to a different station in order to obtain more knowledge and gain more practice.

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