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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Unique Program Lets Students Live In Fire Halls

College students boost Fire department numbers

By PATRICK DONLIN pdonlin@sungazette.com
Sun Gazette

College students who live at fire halls throughout the area are earning their keep.

Through an initiative commonly called the "Live-In Program," students live at the fire station and respond to emergency calls. Instead of paying rent, they simply provide their trained services, according to fire officials. More...

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

Yes, this is a great oppritunity for students and vol to come together to help their department grow, but this only works in College areas. For people like Potter County, you cannot do this 1)No college 2) Calls are not high enough to keep live ins around.

I do like the program though.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

So lets get a college, and there will be more emt calls, and the program will fit the area.........
A college would be great for business too...LETS GET A COLLEGE!!!

Dave Lacher said...

My name is Dave Lacher and I am from Roulette. I am also a Live-In firefighter with the Paxtonia Fire Company in Harrisburg. This program could be implemented in Potter County and be succussful. Although the call volume isnt much, there are other ways live-ins could be a benifit to the local volunteer fire comapnies. First of all is man power, I know that during the day when most people are working its hard getting people out of work for calls. For live-ins it is part of being there. Our stipulations down here are that you must respond to calls up to an hour before class. And when you only have two classes a day you can have staffing most of the day. Secondly with low numbers for fundraising and community events, a live-in program can bolster that and give individuals who are at every fundraiser time off. And finally with standards set by the fire company most live-ins recieve training that could benefit them if they choose to continue their career in the fire service to a paid position, and it also benefits the community by knowing that these guys or girls are highly trained and they are recieving the best care possible.
And there are collges close enough to Potter County especially such as Pitt Bradford, St. Boneventure, OBI,and JCC just to name a few, and although its a hour drive to most. It would be worth it to me if I was getting a free place to stay as well as doing what I love to do. I believe this is something that could benefit any Fire Compny in Potter County because not only is it a beneficial recruitment and retention tool but it builds the dwindling numbers of most fire companies and it provides an alternative for some individuals.
I wont deny Potter County doesnt average the 400-500 fire calls a year as we do down here but at the same time most fire comapnies in Potter run an ambulance and average 200 or more calls and fire calls on top of it, so in the long run it could potentially be beneficial.

David Lacher
Roulette Fire Department
Paxtonia Fire Company-Harrisburg

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Dave, Would you please send me your email address so I can write you.
shurfine40@gmail.com Jim

M. D. Healy said...

This has become a common program in many areas such as State College and Harrisburg. I think that there are ways that this could be implemented in this area. There certainly is a need for it. The only things preventing it from happening here are a base of people for the program (due to no college) and the ability for people to think outside the box on occasion and strive for something new and different. There may not be the volume of calls here that there are in other areas but there are a lot of calls that are in need of manpower that isn't available. One thing about the low call volume, that would leave students more time for studying and keeping stations/apparatus clean and operational.

John Q. Public said...

I will admit that this seems to be a beneficial program, BUT...most of the local fire company buildings aren't made to accomodate people living in them and this would also mean that the utilities of the buildings that are already in place will become much larger with people living onsite. I'm not saying that this isn't a feasible program, but there are downsides to offset the positives.

Anonymous said...

Mansfield University was interested in the old Adelphia School building but the county decided to keep it for themselves.

BRILLIANT!!!

M. D. Healy said...

Well what about the Ops Center (bldg next to McD's)? Why can't a college use THAT building and begin building out a campus possibly utilizing some of the plans (somewhat modified of course) that the Rigas family had in mind that used a large area of that end of Coudersport?

Just a thought.....

Anonymous said...

They could use that building if they wanted to pay the millions that it is supposdedly selling for. Does anyone even know what is going on with that building?

Anonymous said...

ya, it is used for...........nothing. Would be a great place for a college branch of a campus. town could use it

Anonymous said...

The problem is that the town would never allow it......my goodness!! There would be colllege kids all over town!!!