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Firemen Practice Hands-On Training In Worcester

Firemen Get Hands-On

Training In Worcester

Over 30 volunteer firefighters from local departments, including Worcester, Cooperstown, Richfield Springs and Cherry Valley, got hands-on experience this evening with the Flashfire Industries Mobile Training Center at the Worcester fire station. Instructor Joe Arnson, Westport, top photo, guides Richfield Springs firefighters Stephanie Elderkin, center, and Second Assistant Chief Mark Elderkin  in cutting rooftop ventilation holes. The chainsaw they use has a special depth gauge, allowing them to avoid support beams. At left, Jay Szwejbka, Cooperstown hangs from a safety rope while practicing a bail-out from a window. The training trailer also has a section for teams to practice forceable entries on both inward and outward swinging doors and was made available for use from the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York. (Ian Austin/

Flashover Training Helps OFD Build Intuition

Flashover Training

Helps OFD Build Intuition

Oneonta firemen Don Tubia and Richard Knapp, rear, listen to Jeff Dygert, a state fire instructor, former Fire Chief and current City Manager from Auburn, who stands next to the smoking remains of a fireman’s coat and a melted helmet, pulled from a fire inside a burn container at a two day flash-over simulator in Neahwa Park. The training is put on by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and is given to fire departments at the County’s request. Firefighters are put in a specialized multi-level container where they are subjected to fire that can reach temperatures of 1400 degrees. The purpose of the training is to help the firemen be keenly aware of their surroundings equipment in extreme situations to build intuition about when to leave a situation and knowing the limits of themselves and their equipment. (Ian Austin/



Ruff Ride

Ruff Ride

K-9 Units Training Over Cooperstown

If you’ve noticed an unusual amount of air traffic over Cooperstown today, you have been witnessing the training of NY State’s newest K-9 units! 14 dogs and their handlers, including Atiba Celestine and dog Raya, above, were on site at the helipad across from the Clark Sports Center this morning. to acclimate their dogs to being in and around helicopters. After each dog and handler were securely placed in the helicopter they flown around at different heights to get the dog used to flight. After this, the dogs and handlers will be released into the field to finish the final nine weeks of their schooling. (Ian Austin/

Learn To Administer NARCAN


NARCAN TRAINING – 3-4 p.m. Free monthly training in the use of Narcan in an emergency situation. Leave with your own kit and the ability to save a friend. Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Info, call 607.267.4435 or email or visit

CHILD SAFETY – 4-6 p.m. Be sure that you are using your child safety seat properly for free with certified child passenger safety technicians. Bring child safety seat and vehicle instruction manuals. Tops Friendly Market, Cooperstown. Info, call (607)547-4230


3-D Design For 3-D Printing


3-D DESIGN WORKSHOP – 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Come tinker with your designs for 3D printing. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info,

NARCAN TRAINING – 3-4 p.m. Learn how to administer NARCAN to someone in need with Project Safe Point. Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Info, or call (607)267-4435 or email


‘Know Your Rights’

At Hartwick College


DISCUSSION – 7-8 p.m. Dinner and a Panel discussion “Know Your Rights.” Chesebro Room, Dewar Hall, Hartwick College, Harwick Dr., Oneonta. Info,

CONFERENCE – 8:30-10 a.m. Local manufacturers and training providers meet to discuss goals to ensure there is a trained workforce in the county to meet employers needs. Reservation required. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, Barbara Ann Heegan, President/CEO Otsego County Chamber of commerce, (607)432-4500 ext. 202 or email

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