Students gain national certification

RUTLAND - 10 students from Stafford Technical Center's Public Safety Services program recently completed training in the area of highway safety for emergency services personnel which involves the proper way of positioning emergency vehicles-fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances.

The student training was conducted by Rob Minter of the Vermont Fire Academy and Chuck Regula, a Rutland City Firefighter.

When vehicles are properly placed at an emergency scene, it dramatically reduces the likelihood of crashes caused by inattentive drivers who focus more on the incident rather than the road. As a result, the rescuers are protected from potential harm.

The students who successfully completed the program were Rutland High School students Daniel Ball and Ashley Barnes, Otter Valley Union High School students Justin Cram and Cody Hesse, Mill River Union High School Students Kayla Jones, Cantlin Eaton, Erika Stocker, and Nathan Hance, Poultney High School student Joanna Lilly, and Fair Haven High School student Jon Schaff. Ashley Barnes and Jon Schaff both scored 100 percent on the final exam.

This course was developed by the Glatfelter Insurance Group as a public service and to help lessen the financial impact felt by communities when these injuries and deaths to emergency workers occur. Aside from the costs in death benefits, medical, and workers compensation, there is also the loss of expertise. It takes years to become proficient as an EMT, police officer, and firefighter. This course is a required by many departments in the fire, police, and rescue services.

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