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JCC to Host Annual Garrett W. Loomis Fire Safety Seminar on April 8

On Saturday, April 8, 2017 the Jefferson Community College Fire Protection Technology program will host the 6th Annual Garrett W. Loomis Fire Safety Seminar in Sturtz Theater. The seminar is broken up into two sessions. A morning session will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. An afternoon session will take place at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Attendees are welcomed to attend one session or both. There is no registration fee.

Rick Lasky, author and retired 37-year fire service veteran, will lead the seminar. Lasky began his firefighting career as a line firefighter. He advanced to firefighter-paramedic, then company grade officer, then training officer, and finally command-level officer. He helped to develop the Saving Our Own program designed to teach firefighters how to save other firefighters if trapped or lost in a burning building. Recognized for his contribution to Saving Our Own, Lasky received the Innnovator of the Year award from the Internal Society of Fire Service Instructors. Lasky is the author of Pride and Ownership-A Firefighter’s Love of the Job and Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground and more than 250 technical articles.

The Garrett Loomis Fire Safety Seminar will feature the main presentation, Sweating the Small Stuff, during the morning session. Registration is required. Register online. The afternoon session will focus on highlights from Lasky’s book Pride and Ownership-A Firefighter’s Love of the Job. Afternoon session registration is not required.

Lunch will be available in the Jefferson Community College Courtyard. The all-you-can-eat menu includes a hot food bar, salad, pizza, sandwiches and beverages. Cost is $8 and lunch tickets will be available for purchase at check-in on the day of the seminar.

For more information, email Captain T.G. Kolb of the Watertown Fire Department at There is no deadline to register and walk-ins are welcome.

The seminar is part of the Garrett W. Loomis Fire Safety and Educational Series made possible through the Northern New York Community Foundation and the Garrett Loomis Fund. Loomis was the Assistant Fire Chief of the Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Firefighters Local F-105 Fort Drum Fire and Emergency Services when he died in April 2010 on the scene of a silo fire.