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South Fire District, Middletown, CT

Staff Completes Training Programs January 5, 2007

I am pleased to report to you that the following staff have completed a new training programs. These programs are new to the South Fire District and have been funded mostly through grant funding.
  • FF's Robert Zajac and Steve Tyrseck have completed training for responding to Terrorist Incidents in the Community-Flammable-Liquid Firefighting Techniques for Municipal and Rural firefighters program. FF Wade Moss has also received the grant and will be traveling to Nevada in February. The program is held at the University of Nevada-Reno campus. All of the costs associated with this program were paid for through US Department of Emergency Grant.
  • Additionally, I am pleased to report that FF's Zajac, Lennon and Tyrseck have also received a training grant to the New Mexico Tech "Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing" class. These three will travel to New Mexico for an extensive training program in March. Again, this program is wholly funded through grants.

This type of training is part of a new initiative started last year to expand and increase the training and knowledge levels of the department staff. Deputy Chief Badamo and Lt. Handley attended the Staff and Command Program through the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute in March. I am pleased that these staff members together with our training division and the Chiefs office have sought out, applied for and received this training. The credit for this goes in whole to these members for the willingness to further their education for use and betterment of the South Fire District. I applaud them for their efforts in receiving this added expertise to our department.

Robert J. Ross
Fire Chief
South Fire District