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JCC Fire Protection Technology Students Earn IFSAC Certification

Back row (l-r): Stephen Sullivan, JCC adjunct instructor; Angel F. McCroy, JCC student; Alec J. Rowsam, JCC student;  Alexander L. Brandes, JCC student; Amy Loomis, representative of the Garrett Loomis Foundation; Randy Ketcham, JCC adjunct instructor; and Gary Loomis, representative of the Garrett Loomis Foundation. Front row (l-r) are Dakota J. Rookey and Zackary Stinson, JCC students. Missing from photo: JCC students Jonathan Cormier and Jacob Mayo, and alumni Logan Eddy.

On June 17, 2017 Jefferson Community College (JCC) Fire Protection Technology students were honored at a special ceremony for earning firefighter certification from International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) on campus. The IFSAC firefighter certification, recognized nationally, encompasses multiple certifications including Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, CPR AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 700, and 800.

IFSAC is a non-for-profit, peer driven fire service certification accrediting agency. IFSAC places emphasis on the certification testing and reviewing processes to meet national standards.

JCC students who completed their IFSAC firefighter certification are Alexander L. Brandes of Lake Placid, Jonathan Cormier of Three Mile Bay, Jacob M. Mayo of Lowville, Angel F. McCroy of Watertown, Dakota J. Rookey of Port Leyden, Alec J. Rowsam of Lowville, Zackary Stinson of Watertown and JCC alumni, Logan M. Eddy of Black River.

During the recognition ceremony, representatives of the Garrett Loomis Foundation presented each student with a personalized copy of Pass It On authored by Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder, Loveland-Symmes Fire Department, Ohio. Goldfeder is well-known in the firefighting career field for his safety articles and website promotion of firefighter safety and has presented at the annual Fire Safety Seminars held at Jefferson. Sponsored by the Garrett Loomis Foundation, Fire Safety Seminars are free admission and open to all emergency services personnel.   

“This is a great partnership with the Garrett Loomis Foundation and Jefferson for the safety of our students as they enter the workforce in the firefighting field,” says T.G. Kolb, fire protection technology adjunct instructor at JCC. “On behalf of the Garrett Loomis Foundation and the Education committee, I extend our gratitude for the use of JCC’s facility and helping all of us to promote fire safety in our community.”

Jefferson offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and a certificate program in Fire Protection Technology (FPT). The College’s FPT curriculum follows IFSAC certification standards and is nationally accredited by the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program. Fall 2017 classes begin August 28. Applying to JCC is free.