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Stafford students earn FEMA certification in Incident Command

RUTLAND-Nineteen Stafford Technical Center Students have mastered the US Government FEMA course entitled "Incident Command" and have become nationally certified after successfully passing an examination. Matt Trombley, a Pittsford resident and a Burlington firefighter, taught the course to students in the Forestry and Natural Resources Program and the Public Safety Services Program.

Incident Command is a system that is used by the government, the military, emergency service and such industry to deal with an incident of any size, from a one-car crash to the destruction caused by hurricanes. Incident Command provides a system where agencies, large or small, can manage incidents most effectively. It provides clear lines on control and command based on the principles that there should only be one person in charge of each incident, and that each supervisor should control no more than seven people directly.

It further allocates personnel by function (for example, a drug task force, which may include undercover officers, patrol officers, prosecutors, technicians, and others) or a group, which includes personnel of only 1 type (the undercover units). Students in the public Safety Services Program's SADD/VTLSP Chapter routinely use this system when they run a project.

The students successfully finishing the course are Keifer Metcalfe of Proctor, Phil Taylor of Brandon and Tyler Bathalon of West Rutland, all of whom are enrolled in the Forestry Program. As well as Chelsea Fitzgerald of Mill River Union High School, Kody Baker, Colton Benoit, Zachary Field and Porsche Lowell of Otter Valley Union High School, Aaron Hildebrand of Rutland Area Christian School, Megan Barber, Logan Clark, Kayla Temple, and Brian Raiche of Rutland High School,  Brian Ward, Brandon Ellis, Stephen Marcoux, and Dylan Goad of Fair Haven Union High School, and Alison DeRoy and Tyler Manning of Poultney High School.

This training is sponsored by the Vermont Fire Academy and will qualify as required training for Stephen Marcoux, a member of the Castleton Fire Department, and Tyler Manning, a member of the Middletown Springs Volunteer Fire Department

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