Story contributor Jeff Rustin
For the last 3 months or so, 12 members of our community have been training hard for a new chapter in their lives. Public service is not a call a lot of people take, but these men and women have put in over 200 hours of classroom work and hands on training to be able to help out their neighbors.
When the class finishes up next week, these new first responders will hold certificates as Indiana Firefighter 1 and 2, Haz-mat operations level, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Autism Awareness, Tech Rescue Awareness, CPR, National Incident Management, and a couple other state and national certificates.
This is the first class that has been able to be help entirely in Clinton County due in large part to the new Clinton County Public Safety Training Center. This facility is about one fifth of the way complete but was able to be utilized for several of the hands-on skills that the students needed to complete. Fund raising for the new facility is ongoing still.
Pictured from left are:
Harm Smith – Johnson TWP VFD, Wayne Peterson – Rossville VFD, Trevor Meeks – Johnson Twp VFD, Michael Kimball – Jackson Twp FD, Jill Kohl – Kirklin VFD, Brad Webster – Kirklin VFD, Erin Braman – Forest VFD, Tyler Daniel – Kirklin VFD, Noah Hardwick – Brown Twp FD, Adam Terrell – Forest VFD, Laban Hufford – Rossville VFD, Sydney Moon – Twelve Mile FD
Patty Keaton Parks was invited to visit and photograph the event Saturday morning and photos can be seen in links below