Seminar Teaches Safety To Emergency Personnel

Seminar Teaches Safety To Emergency Personnel

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Every year north country firefighters get together in memory of one of their own to make sure they're doing everything they can to stay safe.

The eighth annual Garrett W. Loomis Safety Seminar was held at Jefferson Community College Saturday.

Guest speaker Erik Merrell says the goal of his presentation is to make sure firefighters and EMS workers go home safe at the end of the day.

Loomis died while fighting a silo fire in 2010.

The seminar covered a long list of hazards that fighting fires on a farm can present.

“We are talking about tractor safety, we are talking about manure pit safety, silo safety, grain bin safety,” Merrell said. “We're talking a little about animal handing and the way that fire and EMS personnel can deal with potential problems on the farm.”

The seminar was put on by the Northern New York Community Foundation and the Garrett Loomis Foundation.

The JCC Fire Protection Technology program was also a sponsor.

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