WSCC to Offer Fire Training Program

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State Fire Academy Extends Its Support

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WSCC President Ebersole, Deputy Superintendent Gerald Robinson, and Mayor Matthews pose for a photograph after a meeting at the State Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg.

Earlier this week, a group of Washington County fire safety professionals and local leaders traveled to Reynoldsburg, Ohio to visit the State Fire Academy. The trip comes as Washington State Community College (WSCC) prepares to offer its own Fire Training Program.

Traveling in the group were WSCC President Dr. Bradley Ebersole, WSCC Public Safety Center Director John Burdette, Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews, Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham III, and Washington County Fire Chiefs' Association President Mark Wile. Upon their arrival at the academy, they were greeted by Ohio State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers, State Fire Academy Deputy Superintendent Gerald F. Robinson, and Fire Training Supervisor Aaron Dupree.

President Ebersole was glad to make the trip to the academy. 'The Fire Marshal and his staff were very generous with their time in showing us their great facilities," he said. "We learned quite a lot as we begin thinking about starting a fire academy in this area."

Burdette extends his gratitude to the State Fire Academy for helping to nurture the new fire training program at WSCC. "Marshal Flowers and Deputy Superintendent Robinson have ensured us the full weight of their office in support of our efforts at WSCC," he said. "This partnership between WSCC, the City of Marietta, the Washington County Fire Chiefs' Association, and the State Fire Academy will provide benefits to area residents for years to come."

On August 6 from 6:00-9:00 PM, WSCC will hold a Meet & Greet for the proposed Fire Training Program. At the event, interested students can learn about and register for the new Fire Training Program. The Meet & Greet is free and open to the public, and coincides with the grand opening of WSCC's Center for Public Safety Training.

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