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Fire school grads make the grade


GREENPORT—The Columbia County Fire Coordinators Office announces recent graduates of various training schools for the volunteer fire service.

Instructor Joe Laviano taught a Confined Space Awareness course at Greenport Station 1 with the following attendees: David Adriance, Frederick Goodnow, David Pulver, Douglas Garrison, Chris Harris, Christopher Pierro, Adam Cozza, Nicholas Mazzacano, Gary Mazzacano, Jr., Tracy Alexander, John Onufrychuk, Jr., Frederick Fuchs and Corey Simmons.

Stuyvesant Fire Company was the scene of basic exterior operations training lead by instructors Mike Stelling, Bud Godfroy, Melissa Eigenbrodt and Mr. Laviano. Attendees included: Ricardo DeGroff, Steven Engel, Rachel Gregory, Aaron Lindop, Joshua Martin, Natasha Moyer, Thomas O’Neil, Paul Podmijersky, Jacob Schemerhorn, Joseph Scott Jr., Desiree Walthour and James Wright.

Mr. Laviano guided the volunteers through basic trench collapse concepts. Participants were: Tracy Alexander, Robert Banks, Jr., Catherine Donato, Fred Fuchs, John Gallant, Jr., Douglas Garrison, Alan Gearing, Chris Harris, Chad Hawver, David Levow, Gary Mazzacano, Sr., David Naughton, John Onufrychuk, Jr., Randy Prazma, Jr., Edward Roosa, Cory Simmons and Chris Pierro.

Valatie Fire Company hosted a rescue tech basic course lead by Instructors Laviano, Godfroy and Stelling. Basic technicians included: Gennea Austin, Anthony Bashford, Rustin Dolain, Timothy Hagerott, William Hunt, Paul Italiano, David Levow, Phillip Martel, Ryan O’Dowd, Edward Roosa and Zachary Usyk.

Apparatus operator pump was held at the Clermont Fire station under the guidance of Instructor Stelling, completing the eight-session training were: Tracy Alexander, Ryan Brown, Christina Brusakos, Tyler Case, Nicholas Decker, Kyle Hoffman, Crystal Kilmer, Michaela Lawson, Eric Mortenson, Michael Mortenson, Natasha Moyer, Christopher Ogden, Brian Ostrander, Tyler Winter and Collin Brown.

Instructor Stelling also taught a firefighter survival class at Churchtown. Survivalists included: Jason Daniels, Ronald Disher, Nicholas Decker, Fred Goodnow, Christian Haner, Chad Hawver, Marcus Hinds, Jeffrey Hotaling, Darren Mosher, Chevette Ortiz and Edward Waldron.

Volunteers from Columbia and Greene counties teamed up to receive training in live fire Class B foam training to be used in flammable liquid fires, which was taught by staff from the Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Completing the three-night course were: Peter Alberti, Kenneth Bauer, Eric Besenfelder, Nathan Chess, Evan Decker, Ronald Disher, Joseph Firstium, Chris Grey, Austin Hamilton, Christopher Hendricks, Peter Hotaling, George Keeler, Evan Kerr, AnneMarie Leiser, Patrick McCulloch, Arthur McGuire, Justin McMullen, James Murphy, Arnold Okonski, Harold Rivenburgh and Eric Wellington.

Two firefighter one classes have been completed by volunteers. The first one was held in Germantown and had Instructor Gearing as the lead. Successfully completing the 31-session course were: Mitchell Black, Nathanial Brown, Mason Burch, Michael Carpenito, Mikai Carrington, Jonathon Corbin, Jason Daniels, Jordan Fuller, Nathanael Guerriero, Crystal Kilmer, Joe Kinane, Brandon Kolb, Eric Mortenson, Sal Petrianna, Michael Race, Brandon Sherman and Justin Taylor.

The second class was held at the Canaan Fire Department with Mr. Stelling as the lead instructor. Graduates of this class included: Carmine Aufiero, Aaron Casanova, Damien Costa, Benjamin Damgaard, Harle Edwards, Daric Eggleston, Jr., Kevin Frederick, Brandon Gardner, Steve Gilger, Daniel Glidden, Garrett Hanson, Gregory Horst, Thomas Law, Andrew Lewis, Aaron Lindop-Braun, Alan Masten, Shane McNally, Richard Miles, Alexander Mishkin, John O’Donnell, Josh Pratt, Seth Silvernail and Crispin Walters.

A public graduation ceremony will be held at the Columbia-Greene Community College, 4400 Route 23, March 26, 10 a.m. in the Theater Arts Building. A small reception will follow the ceremony, family, friends and fellow firefighters are welcome to attend.

Trailer does more than warn speeders

HUDSON—The Hudson Police Department recently took delivery of a brand new Stalker Radar trailer, which will be used to warn motorists that they are driving over the speed limit. The trailer was paid for by a federal Safe Routes to School program grant applied for by City of Hudson Superintendent of Public Works Rob Perry in 2012.

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Pictured (l-r) are: Officer Jake Hoffman, Lt. Lynne Finn, Superintendent of Public Works Rob Perry, Police Commissioner Gary Graziano, Dan Rinker from Stalker Radar, Alderman and Police Committee Chair Henry Haddad, Lt. James Delaney, Officer Mishanda Franklin and Police Chief L. Edward Moore. Photo contributed

Mr. Perry and HPD chose the trailer specifications and bids were accepted. The City Council approved the purchase of a radar/message board trailer in April 2015.

The trailer’s onboard computer system will provide the police with data on peak traffic hours and violations to make enforcement efforts more efficient. The trailer also allows police to post messages about road hazards, detours and special events.

“In response to many public concerns, we have stepped up our traffic enforcement. The trailer will help us with that. We will target areas where we have received the most complaints. Hopefully, it will condition some motorists to change their driving habits,” City Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

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