During the City of Cortland’s Common Council Meeting on Tuesday, the City of Cortland Fire Department Fire Chief Wayne Friedman spoke on two different recognitions.
The first was on firefighters Andrew Niver and Nate Stockwin, who had completed their basic firefighter training on June 3rd of this year. Both were hired to the City of Cortland Fire Department in February of this year and then went to the fire academy for 15 weeks of training.
“At that training they learned about fire department organization, first aid, tactic strategy, and physical fitness. This totaled in 500 hours of training, just in the fire academy.” Chief Friedman said during the meeting.
Chief Friedman continued both men have gone back to the academy for additional training in hazmat operations, and since returning again, they have begun their code enforcement training.
Both are now working in the code enforcement office with Captain Roy Everett.
“They are also getting their code enforcement officer certification, which is so important to us as all we are doing with the code right now.” Friedman continued.
Both Andrew Niver and Nate Stockwin received a round of applause in the room for their dedication in training and now work in code enforcement.
Chief Friedman then went on for his second recognition of the evening on Deputy Chief Derek Reynolds and Captain Roy Everett, both of whom, recently completed their Fire Officer Level 3 Course through the fire academy.
The course includes over 80 hours of classroom instruction and independent study. Topics on the course included leadership development, working within the community, code enforcement, management planning and response.
With the completion of the course, both Reynolds and Everett are now at a standard for the National Fire Protection Association’s standard on fire officer professional qualification.
“This again falls into our [Cortland Fire Department] mission getting our people trained. Not only our officers, but our members to these national standards.” Friedman concluded.