The Pioneer Valley Engineer
In July, the education team met with the Department of Fire Services to review the requirements for submitting an online continuing education program. The informal discussion reviewed the current state of our program and we both arrived at a mutual agreement that our submission should have an expectation of elevating the level of education that is presented to the licensee.
This is not to say our current classroom is subpar, but that the online material should not only be elementary and should serve as a solid refresher of the material offered. That being said, we believe the organization we are in collaboration with will offer the material that will not only challenge the student but that in by doing so, will strengthen the student. Many of us have forgotten the knowledge we studied to make us competent and our new class will help dust off the cobwebs. The Chapters program will strengthen those lapses.
As of this writing our Educational Director has complied the syllabus and we have submitted it to the state for review. Once approved we will offer all the details. One important thing to remember is that once you enroll as a student you will have one year to complete your 30 hours.
In the flyer you will find details for our 2nd Fireman’s license preparation class as well as our last 15 hours of classroom continuing education. Remember once we go to an online format you will have to take a full 30 hours as that is how the class will be built. So, if you need 15 hours or less you might want to think about attending these classes. Please call the office at 413-592-6273.
At the August business meeting we will elect officers. As previously stated, we will review the current slate of officer positions and decide a more realistic future path for the Chapter. Our next meeting is August 7th, at the Chapter classroom. Hope to see you there.
One Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013