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Two training opportunities in October

On October 4 and 5, 2014, the Choconut Center Volunteer Fire Company will host two Task Force 1, Inc. (www.taskforce1.net) training programs.

"COMMAND TECHNICIAN", lead by Battalion Chief Steve Schellenberg, District of Columbia Fire & EMS, (ret.) show the need for support staff for an incident commander.

 Being an Incident Commander is a challenge. Documenting your activities is critical. The incident commander must focused on incident strategy. A “second set of eyes and ears” is mission critical to insure the IC does not miss anything. This program will show the importance of the “chief’s aide” or “Command Technician”. Following an interactive lecture, students will participate in several realistic scenarios with live audio and video under the watchful eyes of our instructors!

 Chief Schellenberg served for over 28 years at DCFD. His last assignment was Battalion Fire Chief from the 6th Battalion with a first due area that included the White House, U.S. Capitol and other national icons. With 15 years of Engine Company experience at the ranks of private, technician and Lieutenant, five years of Truck Company experience at the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain and a year of experience in the Rescue Squad at the rank of Sergeant. He is a level II Instructor having served as an adjunct instructor to the Training Division. Steve chaired the Department’s Truck Company SOP’s committee and co-authored the PPV procedures for DCFD.

 An intense hands program, SQUAD/TRUCK SPECIAL SERVICES, will cover a wide array of subjects including various truck and squad company functions including search and rescue, ventilation, laddering, and forcible entry and Rapid Intervention. Following a short classroom session, the program will take to the streets with several hands on drills planned. Note: Full PPE and SCBA required for this program!

Chris Ford, Firefighter, FDNY, Ladder 56 is the lead instructor for this program. Chris started his fire service career as a volunteer in Northern Virginia. He worked in Loudoun County (VA) Fire and Rescue and in the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department at Truck 13 and Rescue 3. In 2006 he was hired at FDNY. He works at Ladder 56 in the Bronx and recently assigned to Squad 61. Chris specialized in truck company operations, technical rescue, hazardous materials, and MAYDAY operations.

 Both programs will have limited enrollment. Enrollment deadline is September 15, 2014. To enroll, email training@taskforce1.net.
Engine 57 in 
Nassau County
Widespread devastation throughout the eastern seaboard from Hurrican Sandy  has resulted in a massive mutual aid response. 

Engine 57 relocated to Nassau County, NY to lend a hand. Familar with flooding and devastion, the 57 crew reported that the damage here is "unbelievable". 
Check back for updates!


Choconut Center Volunteer Fire Company
1101 Middle Stella Ireland Road
Binghamton NY 13905
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