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State’s largest spring regional fire school held in Caroline

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

The 20th annual Caroline County Spring Regional Fire School was held April 12 and 13 at Caroline High School.

This year’s event was the largest spring regional school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. More than 160 students registered for the school, with more than 130 participants completing training. 

Eight courses were offered in various topics this year, including Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services, Technical Rescue, and Rail Safety.

Participants came from all over the Commonwealth and enhanced their training and knowledge together at this annual training opportunity. The event also included the famous Bowling Green Fire Department Steak Feast held at Bowling Green Town Hall.

Commonwealth of Virginia Deputy Director of the Department of Fire Programs, Brooke Pittenger, welcomed all participants at the opening ceremonies.

Pittenger spoke to the emergency responders about the critical nature of the work they perform and the importance of continued training to sharpen those skill sets. Recent and relevant statistics were used to demonstrate just how important responder training is to our communities. 

Also present at the opening ceremonies were Virginia Department of Fire Programs Division I Chief, Tom Berry; Caroline County Fire & Rescue Chief, Jason Loftus. Pastor Robert Eaby of Cornerstone Chapel delivered the invocation. The colors were presented by the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office color guard.

Over 150 hours of training were presented. The knowledge and skills gained from this Regional Fire School will save the lives of both fire and rescue personnel and citizens, not only from Caroline County but across the Commonwealth.

For more information, contact the Department of Fire-Rescue & Emergency Management at (804) 633-9831.