B'ville: Firefighters complete training programs

The town of Lysander Public Safety Fire Training Division recently conducted a New York State Firefighter I Training program and an Introduction to Fire Officer training program that concluded with a graduation ceremony Tuesday April 6.

Members from the Baldwinsville, Belgium-Cold Springs, Cody, Lakeside, Lysander and Seneca River fire departments participated in the Firefighter 1 program with Onondaga County Fire Instructors Tony McIntyre, Tom Perkins, Paul Becker, Matt Speach, Jay Woodruff, Tim Wolsey and Mike Pitts presenting the course. Also, assisting with the instruction was John Delahunt from the Phoenix Fire Department and Jeff Buck from the Granby Center Fire Department.

The Firefighter 1 program consists 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 operation; critical incident stress debriefings; hazardous materials first responder operations; weapons of mass destruction awareness; confined space rescue awareness; First Aid/CPR/AED; and live fire training evolutions.

Students are required to pass both written and practical skills examinations in order to successfully complete the course and receive New York State Firefighter 1 certification. Baldwinsville firefighters Chelsey Cole received the class valedictorian award and Kevin Prebish received the class salutatorian award both for academic excellence and achievement.

Fire officers program

Members from the Baldwinsville, Belgium-Cold Springs, Lysander and Plainville Fire Departments participated in the Fire Officers program with Instructors Tom Perkins and Tim Wolsey presenting the course. The Fire Officers program consists of 24 hours of instructions in the following subject areas based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Officers standards and the Jones and Bartlett Fire Training curriculum: management concepts; effective report writing skills; safety and risk management; training and coaching; leading the fire company; problem solving and conflict resolution skills; pre-incident planning; code enforcement; fire officer communications; and managing emergency incidents.

Students were required to participate in group activities and pass written examinations in order to successfully complete the course. Firefighters that completed the course are Edward Coakley, Kevin DiGregorio, Joseph Harper, Douglas Roser, Carl Verzillo, Joseph Kline, Scott Kline, Wayne Moore, Christopher O'Connell and Patrick O'Connell.

Participants in the fire officers program are (from left) Instructor Tim Wolsey, Joseph Harper, Carl Verzillo, Christopher O'Connell, Patrick O'Connell and Instructor Tom Perkins.

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