Almost 20 members of four Anderson County volunteer fire departments attended the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Emergency Services Training Institute held July-22-27 in College Station.
Some of the 19 attending firefighters took time off from work through vacation or leave time to attend the school, where they took a variety of courses offered to help them obtain more training and knowledge to protect their communities.
“These firefighters learned different techniques for firefighting, vehicle extrication and other related items for fire suppression,” Elkhart VFD member Bobby Chernoch said. “This training is not only beneficial to our firefighters, but also our local communities by protecting and saving lives.”
Firefighters represented Elkhart, Tucker, Tennessee Colony and Southside volunteer fire departments at the school, with four — including Chernoch — attending as course instructors.
The following is a list of instructors, firefighters and what courses they took/taught:
Elkhart VFD instructors
• Jim Bob Parker — Firefighting Phase I and Fire Department Organization
• Diane Parker — Firefighting Phase I and Public Relations
• Randy McCoy — Rescue III: Automobile Extrication
• Bobby Chernoch — Firefighting Phase III: Inspections and Public Fire Education
Elkhart VFD students
• Kevin Warren and Eddie Lunsford — Firefighting Phase II
• Becky Chernoch — Rescue IV: Agriculture Rescue
• Cristal May, John W. Parker, Dillron Chapman and Corey Stephens — Firefighting Phase I
Tucker VFD students
• Darrell Meissner, Robert Steely, Shawn Green, Gerald Vineyard — Rescue III: Automobile Extrication
• Rick Sparks — Fire Service Officer Development I
Tennessee Colony Students
• Charlotte Crockett, Earnest Light — Fire Service Officer Development V
• Romona Light and Mary Light — Fire Department Pump Operations
• John Light — Firefighting Phase III
Southside VFD students
• Mike Louviere — Firefighting Phase I
• Jared Via — Fire Department Pump Operations
BARC receives PJSL grant
BARC, the Humane Society recently announced the receipt of a grant in the amount of $2,900 from the Palestine Junior Service League.
The funds will be used to purchase an additional bank of stainless steel cages to be used in the shelter’s spay/neuter clinic for post-operation recovery.
“This generous donation will allow us to provide additional comfortable space for our animals recovering from surgery,” a press release stated.
BARC, The Humane Society is currently sterilizing 30 to 40 animals on average per month on site. They also are spaying and neutering adopted pets with a few onsite animals who are up for adoption.
For more information about BARC visit www.barctx.org.
Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org