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Firefighters Graduate 911 Center


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On January 10, 2018 the Orange County 911 Firefighter Training Center held their graduation ceremony, giving out 40 certificates to men and women completing the challenging exterior and interior course program. The group included local firefighter Paige Cosgrove from Winona Lake, who is Team Leader.

The event is particularly timely because this winter season’s harsh weather has resulted in an spike of serious and some deadly fires in Orange County and particularly in Newburgh and New Windsor. This week Senator Chuck Schumer reached out to FEMA in a special effort to restore grant money that has reached the end of its second round, and is feared might result in the loss of needed Newburgh firefighting staff later this year. The decrease would leave the department at 3 men per fire truck. Restoration of the grant “SAFER” monies would allow the City of Newburgh to maintain the numbers that officials say are vital for the safety of both residents and firefighters on site.
Forty men and women from 21 County Fire Departments were honored for at the ceremony. Training for the interior firefighter portion of the course was conducted in an accelerated format that began in November of last year.

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Captions: Paige Cosgrove of Winona Lake Fire Department receives her certificate flanked by Chief Tony Weed and former Chief Roe Knapp
(Photo of Paige Cosgrove by Vinny Dominick. Other photos provided).

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