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Silo Fire Safety Seminar at JCC Apr. 14

Fire, rescue and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel won’t want to miss this opportunity for free training on agricultural emergencies pertaining to silo fires!  Jefferson Community College (JCC) will host the Garrett Loomis Fire Safety and Educational Series beginning with a silo fire safety seminar, Extinguishing Silo Fires: Safety on the Agricultural Fire Ground, on Saturday, April 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Jules Center Amphitheater, Room 6-002. The seminar is open to emergency personnel of Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Onondaga and Oneida Counties. Registration is free.

The 5-hour seminar will teach attendees how to differentiate between conventional silos and oxygen limiting silos. “Each of these carry important safety strategies in dealing with emergencies, specifically fires within themselves,” says Captain T.G. Kolb of the Watertown Fire Department and adjunct instructor of JCC’s Fire Protection Technology Program. “They are all over the North Country and our fire departments are responding to fires around them almost on a routine basis. We want to educate each fire department in the North Country to be able to respond to these routine emergencies and also return home safely.”

David E. Hill will conduct the seminar.  Hill, a senior extension associate at Pennsylvania State University, led the development of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Programs.  He is a licensed paramedic and a member of his local fire department for nearly 30 years.  Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Massachusetts. 

Registration deadline is April 2, 2012.  Attendees will receive a complimentary publication on Fighting Silo Fires.  Silo warning placards, provided by Car Freshner Corporation, will be available upon request.   

To register for the seminar and inquire more information, email Captain T.G. Kolb at

The seminar is part of the Garrett 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. Sponsored by the JCC Fire Protection Technology Program.