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County Youth Firefighters’ Day Planned for June 29

SCRIBA, NY – The first Oswego County Youth Firefighters’ Day will be held on June 29 at the Oswego ERTC and the Scriba Volunteer Fire Department.

“As of now, we have seven departments sending kids to this event from all over the county,” said Bill McSweeney, a captain in the Scriba Volunteer Fire Department. “These kids range from 14 to 17 years of age, and they will be participating in four training evolutions in small groups.”

The groups will be a mix of departments and will teach them teamwork as we know it in the volunteer service. he added.

Two training evolutions will be held at the Oswego County ERTC and two at the Scriba Volunteer Fire Department.

Being involved in various volunteer fire departments, these kids are the future of our fire service and will take these skills wherever they go in life, he said.

“We are starting an Oswego County Youth Firefighter Day, similar to the state. We begin registration at 7:30 a.m. and the first evolution is set for 9 a.m. They’ll run from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m.,” McSweeney said. “These evolutions will mirror those that full firefighters go through in training.  The evolutions will be Heavy fire extinguisher use, confined space maze, hoseline advancement and first floor window bailouts.”

There will be a break for lunch at noon and then they’ll have two more evolutions in the afternoon.

The Scriba Volunteer Fire Department is heading up the program with the assistance of Oswego County Fire Coordinator Don Forbes and the ERTC.

Chief K. Wehrmann  (2701) and all the other chiefs and officers of the Scriba Volunteer Fire Department have assisted as well.

“We plan to have more than 20 kids this first year, and each department sending kids are also sending advisors to ensure the safety of the kids,” McSweeney said.

For more information, call 315-402-3395.