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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Classes could create manpower for local VFDs

By FRAN De LANCEY Era Correspondent delancey401@yahoo.com
Bradford Era

A local committee is considering one option that could help alleviate the manpower shortage facing the area's volunteer fire departments.

Organized last fall, the 12-member Occupations Advisory Committee, with emergency service representatives from McKean and Potter counties, has been meeting with the goal of revitalizing emergency services by having appropriate courses taught at the Seneca Highlands Intermediate Unit 9 Career and Technical Center in Port Allegany. Smethport Fire Department President Dana Spittler and McKean County Commissioner Carol Duffy are co-chairs.

Firefighting would be just one of the courses proposed for the Homeland Security curriculum. The others are criminal justice and emergency medical technician classes. Read more...

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

What they fail to see though is that you have to be 18 in order to do interior fire fighting. And are local communities willing to put up the cost to get this running?

Anonymous said...

This is a classic case of politicians being clueless. There is plenty of training available for those who want to volunteer for fire and ambulance services. For those who want to go into those kinds of careers there is also plenty of education available. Why burden the vo-tech with something like that and ask all of the townships and boroughs to pay for it. The director admitted they don't even have a facility and you can tell from his quotes that he is just going through the motions since the politicians asked him to. Big waste of money to make some politicians look good or feel good about themselves.

Anonymous said...

Not only the cost, but are people going to commit to this knowing this is an occupation in volunteetism?

Anonymous said...

If I may, let me correct the previous poster. They do not fail to see that. They are fully aware of it. This program is to prepare those interested for career or volunteer service. It will allow them to simply take one additional course upon turning 18 to be able to test for National certification as a firefighter. Some may be 18 before graduating high school and can test then. The EMT portion can be completely obtained before turning 18. We , as a community, must start to do something to interest the next generation in serving their communities if we are to continue to maintain a volunteer service, saving you the public a great deal of hard earned money. Yes, some will take this education and move away (and hopefully use this knowledge). Others will stay and be an asset. The long term effects of a curriculum like is to everyone's benefit and should be supported to encourage our youth.

Anonymous said...

No jobs here and never will be any. The sheeple believe these politicians actually care about them and their families.All they care about is enriching themselves and families and friends.The proof is in the election for 2016.Enrich family and friends that are rich or have connections.This includes all politicians If you believe otherwise you are living in fantasyland.Lets see if this gets posted

Anonymous said...

Yes 9:05 but you want all of the townships and boroughs to foot the bill? There are other ways already in place to get this training. Why jam it into a school that doesn't even have room for it and probably not staff? It could take away from the other classes at the VoTech.

Unknown said...

To anyone on this post that knows, I'm looking to become an EMT. any information on classes or how to do so would be greatly appreciated.