North Country First Responders Get New Insight at Fire Seminar

North Country First Responders Get New Insight at Fire Seminar

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North country first responders gathered in Jefferson Community College's Sturtz Theater Saturday morning for the 7th Annual Garrett W. Loomis Fire Safety Seminar.

The seminar's keynote speakers was Dr. David Griffin, an author of several books who is a captain with the City of Charleston, South Carolina's Fire Department. In June of 2007 he was the operator of the first due fire engine at a fire where nine of his coworkers died in the line of duty. His advice to first responders hoping to prevent deadly incidents, is don't do something just because its the way you've always done it.

"Train everyday and understand the modern fire service and don't live on the way you have always done it," Dr. Griffin said. "People say in this country and across the world, that's the way we have always done it. No matter what profession you are in, doctor's, lawyers they all say that. 'We have done that for 30 years!' Doesn't mean that it's right."

The safety seminar is part of the Garrett W. Loomis Fire Safety educational series. It's named after Garrett Loomis, an assistant fire chief of the Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department who died on the scene of a silo fire in April 2010.

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