Local News - Week of May 19, 2013
Brockport mayor to seek second term
by Kristina Gabalski
Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda has announced she will run for a second term. She announced her re-election bid during her report at the regular meeting of the Village Board May 14.
The mayor said she has two “running mates” - Danny Blackburn and Richard Ross - who are running for two open seats on the village board.
The three are calling themselves the “Taxpayers First” party and Castaneda has said they share the goal of a “... small efficient government and a more affordable village.”
The mayor is being challenged by Trustee Margaret Blackman, who was elected to the board in 2011.
Blackman is running with the Revitalize Brockport team, with Trustee Carol Hannan who is seeking a second term, and Val Ciciotti.
Trustee Kent Blair has decided not to seek re-election.
The Brockport Village election is Tuesday, June 18.
Also at the May 14 regular meeting, Trustee Blackman and other board members re-capped the first-ever Low Bridge/High Water Canal Opening Celebration which was held May 1 through 5.
Blackman noted the weather for the opening ceremonies on Saturday, May 4, was “picture perfect.”
Two fund-raising events which were part of the celebration were very successful, Blackman reported.
More than 90 people attended the Stone Soup Art/Antique Auction which raised $5,500 for an historic mural to be painted on the village’s Department of Public Works building. That total exceeded the three thousand dollars needed to cover the village’s half of a matching grant received to fund the mural.
Nearly 60 people took part in the Taste of Brockport event which included ten locations in the village’s business district. The tasting event raised $1,180.
Blackman said those funds will be added to the Celebrations line in the 2013/2014 village budget.
Brockport Police Stetson Club President Brian Winant provided results from the first “Barge Charge” 5K held May 4 as part of the Low Bridge/High Water celebration.
Top finishers were: Males: Shane Chi-chester, 19:21; Kyle Derry, 19:22; Christopher Frank, 19:31. Females: Mary Karen Baker 21:40; Sheila O’Brien 22:18; Pam Rockow 22:31. Youth Top Finishers: Jessica DiFilippo, 29:51 and Maeve Curry, 41:22.
Officer Winant and the Stetson Club thank all who participated and helped out with the race, which was sponsored by the Stetson Club. Five hundred dollars was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project along with a box of canned goods for the Brockport Food Shelf.
Officer Winant also announced the winners of the first Brockport area Pizza Wars held Sunday, May 5 during the canal opening celebration.
Best Overall Pizza went to 58 Main; Best Crust: Perri’s Pizza; Best Overall Sauce: 58 Main with sweet BBQ sauce; Best Toppings (cheese and pepperoni): 58 Main and Best Specialty Pizza: Domino’s Pizza, veggie pizza.
The Stetson Club thanks the panel of judges and participating area restaurants:Liz Banner, BHS chorus instructor; Mike Flannigan, vocal assistant, BCS; Rocco Salomone, former SUNY football coach; J.W. Cook, 2013 BCS class president; Lee Cohen, SUNY trainer; Caurie Putnam, D&C, Rochester Women’s Magazine; Nicole Sarratori, Brockport Police Stetson Club; Kimberly Rae, 98.9 The Buzz, Kimberly and Beck Morning Show; Domino’s Pizza, Mozzeroni’s Pizza, 58 Main, Mark’s Pizza, Crosby’s and Perri’s Pizza.
Winant said the pizza judging was a blind taste test.
Brockport designates parks and playground areas as “Smoke-Free Zones”
by Kristina Gabalski
New signs are up in all parks and playgrounds in the Village of Brockport designating them as “Smoke-Free Zones.”
Last January, the village board passed a resolution to designate those areas as smoke-free and that designation allowed the village to obtain funding from the Smoking and Health Action Coalition of Monroe County (SHAC) covering the cost of the signs, Trustee Kent Blair, who spear-headed the project, said.
“Part of our job in government is to prepare for tomorrow by creating history today. Passing this (smoke-free) resolution allows for our younger people a place to enjoy without the presence of tobacco products,” Blair said. “We are asking everyone who visits our parks to lead by example and refrain from smoking. Teaming up with the SHAC and designating our parks as smoke free zones, I believe, only made sense.”
Cassie Coombs, a project coordinator for the SHAC /American Lung Association of the Northeast, said smoke-free policies reduce second hand smoke exposure and eliminate cigarette butts so families can enjoy outdoor activities in a healthy environment.
Every two years, the Smoking and Health Action Coalition completes a Community Tobacco survey of adult residents of Monroe County.
The surveys have found there is a very high level of support among Monroe County residents for reducing second hand smoke exposure at public outdoor locations.
At public playgrounds, 91 percent of surveyed residents support either restriction or entirely eliminating smoking, and at a public park or outdoor recreation area, 73 percent of surveyed residents support either restricting or entirely eliminating smoking.
“Public support for outdoor tobacco use restrictions is growing,” Coombs said via email. “Currently outdoor tobacco use policies have been enacted in over 280 local municipalities throughout New York State.”
The vast majority of the time, tobacco-free outdoor area policies are self- enforcing, Coombs noted. The single most important step to ensure compliance with tobacco-free outdoor areas policy is alerting all members of the community about the new policy, she said.
Ready, Set, Grow! Preschool welcomed the Brockport Fire Department on May 2 and 3, as part of their exploration of community helpers.
Students learned about fire safety and the gear and equipment that firemen use. They were especially excited to see the firemen climb so high on their ladder truck.
As a community project for the water journey project they worked on this year, girls in Brownie Troop 60349 undertook clean-up of a section of the canal side. They learned about the ways water is important to the world and how important it is to keep it clean.
Over 40 Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and their families from Hilton and Holley planted over 300 trees at Hamlin Beach State Park on Saturday, May 4 for the second annual I Love My Park Day.
Hamlin library project gets go-ahead as municipal building
by Kristina Gabalski
After several months of contention and uncertainty, work on construction of a 6,000 square foot library in the Town of Hamlin could begin soon.
Changes to a local law adopted unanimously by the Hamlin Town Board during a special meeting Monday, May 6, would allow the library to be built on town land without approval of town support boards. The law concerns only public or municipal structures, facilities or utilities.
The vote was met with applause by dozens of residents in the audience.
During a public hearing held immediately before the vote, all but one of the people who spoke simply stated they supported the passage of the law.
The first resident to speak questioned the board about the power the change gives the Town Board and what checks and balances are in place regarding the modifications.
Special counsel Richard Horwitz explained there are many checks and balances that would apply to the law including public information meetings the town would hold on projects, state and county regulations as well as reviews by health and water authorities, etc.
The local law passed states, “Nothing in this chapter shall restrict the construction, use or maintenance of public or municipal buildings, structures or facilities or other publicly owned properties nor the installation, maintenance and operation of such public utilities and facilities as may be essential to the servicing of any district or area.”
Supervisor Thomas Breslawski said before the public hearing that the former local law was “unlawful as written.” He noted that, in the past, the Town Board without realizing it, had been in violation of the former law by approving municipal projects while overlooking zoning codes. The amended law will put those past decisions “in compliance,” he said.
He told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald that the town’s legal counsel advised the town that the law as written would not hold up in court and that it did not conform to past precedence.
“This has streamlined the process for all government projects,” Breslawski said.
Back in February, members of the Hamlin Zoning Board granted a 22 foot variance for the new library, and then on March 4, the Hamlin Planning Board tabled the library’s application over safety concerns regarding the design of the parking lot.
Supporters of the library project demonstrated early in April and accused the Planning Board of holding up the process, but Planning Board special counsel Daniel Schum told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald that the Planning Board was ready to move ahead with a public hearing on the library project.
Now, with the modification of the local law, Breslawski says the library can be built through governmental immunity. It will be constructed on land donated by the town just south of the Town Hall on Route 19 (Lake Road).
Breslawski said following the May 6 special meeting that the attorney for the library trustees has withdrawn the application to the Planning Board and construction could begin as soon as the local law is filed with the Secretary of State and a building permit has been issued.
Sue Evans, president of the Library Trustees said, “Out of everything bad comes something good.”
She said the library board is hoping to begin construction as soon as possible and noted there is strong community support for a new library.
“The outcome is the most important thing,” she said, “(the library project) gave the residents of Hamlin an issue to bond them together ... this is just the beginning.”
Library Director Kay Hughes-Dennett echoed Evans’s feelings.
“It’s the beginning of the beginning,” she said, “I’m so excited to get it going. The community has been phenomenal, we’ve had so much support. I think they will be really pleased with the building.”
A New York State Construction Grant of $466,000 and a bequest of $600,000 will cover the cost of constructing the library, officials have said. The current Hamlin Library is housed in four rented storefronts in the old Bauch’s IGA Plaza on the southern border of the town.
Greater Brockport Development Corporation elects new officers
The Greater Brockport Development Corporation’s (GBDC) Board of Directors elected new officers for the 2013-14 fiscal year during the local development corporation’s annual meeting on May 2.
The Board elected former Brockport Mayor Josephine C. Matela to serve as the GBDC’s Vice President. Matela, who has been a member of the Board since the organization’s inception in 2002 and previously served as president, was the GBDC’s secretary during the previous year. She replaces William Andrews, who, like Matela, has been with the GBDC since its inception. Andrews, who most recently served as vice president, will remain as director on the board.
Replacing Matela as secretary is Jacqueline Davis, Professor Emeritus of Dance at The College at Brockport. Davis joined the Board in September 2012 and served as its treasurer for the balance of the last fiscal year.
The Board refrained from electing a Treasurer until which time it fills one of three vacancies with an individual whose background is well suited to assist with the organization’s financial reporting requirements.
GBDC Board President Jack Kinnicutt, a Brockport native and former regional director with Empire State Development, New York state’s economic development agency, was elected in March to serve as president for the balance of former President Gary Skoog’s term. Skoog resigned from the Board of Directors in February. Kinnicutt, who first joined the Board last November, will remain president for the coming year.
Other members of the GBDC’s Board of Directors are: Terry Ann Carbone, former Lockport Schools Superintendent, and Daniel Donovan, who is retired following a 31-year career with Rochester Gas & Electric.
The GBDC Board of Directors is comprised of nine volunteers who serve three-year terms while officers are elected annually. The Board meets at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month (except July) at the Seymour Library, 161 East Avenue in Brockport.
Justice sets June 13 deadline for written decision in Brockport Mayor’s case
by Kristina Gabalski
Ogden Town Justice David Murante says he will issue a written decision June 13 following a “Clayton” pre-trial hearing held in the criminal case against Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda.
The purpose of the hearing, held April 26 in Ogden Town Court, was to determine whether charges in the case should be dismissed in the interest of justice.
Donald Thompson, Mayor Castaneda’s attorney, told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald, Judge Murante now has broad discretion over the case.
“The whole spectrum is open to him,” Thompson said. “He could throw out all the charges, or some of the charges.”
Mayor Castaneda is charged with 14 counts of official misconduct and two counts of falsifying business records stemming from the alleged illegal rental of rooms at her home in the village.
At the end of the April 26 hearing, Judge Murante stated that after he renders his decision, a trial date will be set - if necessary - however; “I encourage (both sides) to work towards some sort of resolution here,” he told attorneys.
The defense called two witnesses: Brockport Building/Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Scott Zarnstorff and Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti.
Judge Murante was particularly interested in the process Zarnstorff utilizes when working to bring offending properties into compliance with village code and also questioned why the mayor was issued an appearance ticket as opposed to receiving a compliance order as a first step in the process. The judge also questioned the police chief and Zarnstorff about their decision to pursue criminal charges when civil penalties can be significant.
CEO Zarnstorff testified that the typical process of pursuing most violations is multi-step in nature, with an informal written or verbal compliance order given at first.
He told the court that an appearance ticket was issued in the case of Mayor Castaneda because the alleged violations had occurred previously and were not on-going at the time his department was informed of the complaint.
Zarnstorff said the mayor’s case was the first time he had dealt with pursuing a violation after it had already been completed.
The mayor’s arrest occurred in March 2012. The alleged illegal renting of an apartment in her home occurred between August 2010 and May 2011. During courtproceedings April 26, it was stated two former alleged tenants of Mayor Castaneda had filed a complaint with the Brockport Police Department after they had attempted to rent another apartment in the village.
Zarnstorff told Judge Murante there was no discussion between himself and the defendant in regards to the violations having criminal liability before the appearance ticket was issued.
Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti told the court he sought criminal charges because those who brought forth the complaint “wanted to see the law applied to the furthest extent.”
The police chief explained to the court that he looked upon the complainants as victims and would have pursued criminal charges even if they had not.
He said this is not the first time he has had to investigate a high level person and if he had not pursued criminal charges, he, “...would have been remiss.”
Chief Varrenti was also questioned by defense attorney Thompson as to whether he had an “adversarial relationship” with the defendant.
“Adversarial is a little strong,” Varrenti replied, and later during questioning described the relationship between himself and Mayor Castaneda as “contentious.”
Mayor Castaneda was present during the hearing, but was not called to testify.
Closed stretch of Lake Ontario State Parkway reopens
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) opened the western portion of the Lake Ontario State Parkway between Lakeside Beach State Park and Route 98 in the town of Carlton, Orleans County on May 1. It was closed for the winter season on November 28.
According to a press release from the New York State Department of Transportation, closing the two-mile stretch saved an estimated $70,000 worth of maintenance and operating expenses including materials, equipment, and labor. The closure also helped preserve the pavement and the bridges over Oak Orchard Creek. Some bridge maintenance repairs were made on the bridge over Oak Orchard Creek. The eastbound, right lane over the bridge will remain closed until further repairs can be made.
During the summer, about 800 cars travel this section of the Parkway every day and the amount of traffic driving this section of the parkway during the winter months is even lower. The Parkway already prohibits commercial truck traffic. Motorists were directed to use Route 18 as a parallel detour route.
Slow down, especially in school zones, village, BPD urges
Brockport Police are closely watching school speed zones in the village as part of an effort to make the walk to and from school safer.
“This idea was brought up at a committee studying a grant that’s available from BISCO (Brockport Integrated Service and Community Organization) regarding walking and having the students walk in a safe environment,” Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti says and adds he has received “numerous” complaints regarding vehicles speeding in and around school zones.
The posted limit is 15 mph in the school zone on Allen Street as you approach the Oliver Middle School. There is also a school zone on Utica Street at Erie Street, Chief Varrenti says. The 15 mph limit is in effect only during school hours.
The school zones are not the only locations Brockport Police are focusing their attention for speeders.
“We are evaluating our speed enforcement throughout the entire village,” Chief Varrenti says.
Regarding enforcement, he explains that a police officer’s greatest power is discretion.
“In the past, we have given drivers a great degree of latitude prior to enforcing the speed limit,” Chief Varrenti says - as much as 15 miles per hour over the speed limit.
“In re-evaluating this, I believe that it is too great a latitude to give anyone who is speeding,” he says. “While I won’t specifically say what latitude, if any, we are going to give, I know it’s safe to say if you are exceeding the speed limit of 30 mph, you are in effect speeding and subjecting yourself to a speeding ticket.”
Mike Bovee and Aaron Horowitz, Monroe Ambulance employees, bring in a gurney full of supplies and equipment.
Aaron, Director of Training and a paramedic, explained: “Monroe Ambulance is setting up an emergency station at Lakeside Hospital to take care of those people who may make the journey here, believing the hospital is still in operation. We will stabilize the patient and take them to their hospital of choice or the appropriate one. We will be here for at least two weeks and a maximum of four weeks.”
Photo by Walter Horylev
Lakeside Memorial Hospital closes
by Kristina Gabalski
It’s felt something like the death of a dear loved one, the closing this week of Lakeside Memorial Hospital. Words like “sad,” “bleak,” “discouraging,” and “devastating” have been used by local residents and municipal and Lakeside Health System officials in describing the loss that the community is feeling.
As of midnight, Friday, April 26, closure plans for Lakeside Memorial Hospital were scheduled to be nearly complete. No new patients were expected to be seen in the Emergency Room by late afternoon on Friday and diagnostic, imaging and lab services were also scheduled to cease. The Wellness, Respiratory, Occupational Health and Physical Therapy departments were also scheduled to close on Friday.
The closing came after two months of hopes that the hospital would be able to maintain the ER and transform the facility into an outpatient diagnostic and treatment center.
As recently as April 9, Interim CEO Jim Cummings had said Lakeside was feeling optimistic that support from state and national legislative representatives would result in the state providing funding to help keep Lakeside open.
During a phone interview on April 23, the day after Lakeside announced the closure process, Cummings told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald that the closing has been hard on medical staff, employees and the community which now must abruptly seek other avenues of care.
He noted the history of the hospital goes back 80 years in the community. “People have had their children there. Parents have passed away there. It’s frightening to suddenly not have it be there - the closing evokes (many) memories.”
Cummings also responded to published reports that the NYS Department of Health was provided with an incomplete application for funding to help the hospital stay open.
“I was shocked to hear the comment,” Cummings said. “The Department of Health specifically told me the application was denied due to lack of funds being available in the time frame we needed. Never did I hear it was incomplete or needed additional information.”
He continued to stress that the Beikirch Care Center, “will stay open ... there is no time frame,” he said.
The Urgent Care in Spencerport will also stay open and Cummings says, “We have had several individual organizations inquire about taking (it) over. It could transition to another operator in a short time period or could close and then re-open.”
Lakeside is not the first small community hospital to close and as Cummings said during a neighborhood meeting Monday, April 22, it won’t be the last.
“I dare say you will see more community hospitals suffering the same plight,” he noted, due to the fact the health care system is moving to larger, more centralized care facilities.
“We’re keeping people healthier,” he said and explained that lower acuity cases which were the bulk of Lakeside admissions are now handled on an out-patient basis. “There aren’t as many in-patient stays,” he said.
Lakeside currently has a $4.2 million mortgage, Cummings said during the community meeting April 22, and officials had asked the state for $5 million in funding to help support the hospital through its transition phase.
Lakeside Health System would like to continue to rent out offices to physicians and Interlakes Oncology, Cummings said, “... and make provisions to carry on.”
People will continue to work in medical records at Lakeside, Cummings said, as well as in billing and collection. Housekeeping, security and maintenance staff will also remain on board.
Despite the ups and downs the hospital has experienced over the past year, the end came so quickly, it caught many off-guard.
“It’s awful,” Sweden Supervisor Pat Connors said. “I was speechless when I saw the announcement. It’s devastating. It goes to show that we take a lot of things for granted.”
Brockport Village Trustee Margaret Blackman called the closing and loss of services “incredibly sad,” A professor emeritus of anthropology at the College at Brockport, Trustee Blackman said, “people at the college are terribly upset.”
The loss of jobs will also impact the community, Blackman said and worried whether the good primary care providers that have rented offices at Lakeside will choose to stay.
During the Brockport Village Board meeting April 23, Blackman said the closing “took us by surprise.” She noted that the ramifications of the closing will continue to be felt as time goes on.
Brockport Mayor Connie Castaneda said she had met with Jim Cummings recently. “I know they pursued every option possible,” she said. “It’s devastating to the community. It’s especially sad news for the employees and medical staff, volunteers and the community.”
During his report, Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti said his officers will now have to travel to Unity, Strong or Rochester General when the need arises.It is not insurmountable, Varrenti said, “but it will spread our services out a little more. I am more sorry for the community. It will impact us and we will react in a professional, efficient way.”
Trustee Kent Blair, who recently became a member of the Brockport Volunteer Ambulance Corps, said the community is going to have to realize that there will be no more “15 minute rides to Lakeside. Monroe Ambulance (the primary responder to the towns of Sweden and Clarkson) is going to be gone for two hours.” Blair said that means Brockport Ambulance will play a more crucial role as back-up for the two towns.
David Rice, president of the Brockport Volunteer Ambulance Corps, told the Suburban News and Hamlin-Clarkson Herald the closing of Lakeside is a significant loss for the community. He said Lakeside has been a valuable partner with Brockport Ambulance for 51 years, especially recently when Brockport Ambulance took over ambulance operations from the village.
“This is an unfortunate turn of events that no one in the Brockport community wanted to happen,” Rice says. “The Ambulance Corps is trying to be proactive to lessen the impact of Lakeside’s closing and I hope that residents feel that sense of community, as well, and may want to try to help us help them. We are always in need of volunteers and even if it is only a few people who ultimately step up and volunteer, it is greatly appreciated by us and lessens the negative impact of this news on everyone.”
Rice says the Ambulance has been planning over the past few months for the possibility that Lakeside would close. “We are looking at our options and working with neighboring ambulances to make sure we are still able to cover emergency calls in a timely manner just as we do now. While additional time will likely be required for transport to an emergency department once we get to a patient, the 911 dispatch system and mutual aid plans in the region are set up to minimize the potential for extended response times to additional requests for service.”
Residents of eastern Orleans County have depended heavily on Lakeside for emergency and hospital care. Jason Spencer, Administrator of the Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance Service (COVA) said until now about half of their calls have been taken to Lakeside and the other half to Medina Memorial on the western side of Orleans County. He says the ambulance has also been making more runs to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia recently.
Spencer said the closing of Lakeside would mean an increase in transport time of about 30-40 minutes for those people being taken to a hospital in Monroe County, but that the ambulance is equipped to handle that. “I think we’re good,” Spencer said. He noted that if a patient is critical, taking them to Unity would not be a possibility. Situations like shortness of breath would mean patients would have to be taken “to the closest facility.” That would likely be either Medina or Batavia, he said.
Thanks to Lakeside staff
To the entire staff of Lakeside Memorial Hospital,
It is with great sadness that this letter is being written. The announcement of the closing of Lakeside Memorial Hospital came as a shock to us as it must have also been a shock to all of you.
On behalf of all the men and women of the Brockport Police Stetson Club, we would like to take this time to thank the entire staff at Lakeside for all the years of dedicated service and hard work that you provided to our area. Over the years, many of us have come to know most of you by name either through professional or personal contact. That is a connection that we don’t find in other health care facilities.
The Emergency Department always treated the members of the Brockport Police Department professionally and in a warm, friendly manner. They, like everyone at Lakeside, provided first rate care and service to all who came in. As law enforcement members we could understand doctors and nurses who work long hours from time to time they could be having a “bad day.” That was never the case in how we were received at Lakeside. It didn’t matter if it was morning, noon or night. It didn’t matter if we were bringing someone into the hospital or responding to a call for assistance, we were always welcomed with a smile, a friendly face and the highest degree of professionalism. For that we were very grateful.
As members of the Stetson Club, we supported saving Lakeside. Many of us signed petitions and wrote letters. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough. We will be losing a very valuable resource in our community. A resource that many of us have come to depend on and never thought we would someday be without.
Brockport’s loss will no doubt be some other hospital’s gain. Many fine doctors, nurses and other staff members will be very valuable additions to some other facility.
It has been a pleasure to serve you, work with you and get to know many of you. You all will be deeply missed and the quality of care, service, dedication and reliability will not be forgotten.
Good luck to each and every one of you.
The members of the
Brockport Police Stetson Club
Two CERT training classes offered
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes will be offered by the Homeland Security Management Institute of Monroe Community College through grants to the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management. These are the 31st and 32nd classes to be offered.
The focus of these two offerings will be to train residents of Monroe County and the Rochester Region Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) which includes Wayne, Ontario, Livingston and Orleans counties. There are 25 seats available in each class (50 total) for candidates who are at least 18 years of age. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for each class until seats are filled. Early registration is encouraged.
Training consists of three-hour modules, taught over an eight-week period with classes meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. CERT #31 classes with be held on Wednesday evenings. CERT #32 classes will be held on Thursday evenings. The CERT #32, classes will be American sign language (ASL) interpreted. For CERT #32, first preference will be given to participants who are deaf requiring ASL interpreting services.
•May 1/2 - Preparedness, Local Emergency Ops, Module #1 - Disaster.
•May 8/9 - Suppression/Safety, Module #2 - Fire.
•May 15/16, Medical Operations 1, Module #3 - Disaster.
•May 22/23 - Medical Operations 2, Module #4 - Disaster.
•May 29/30 - Operations, Module #5 - Search & Rescue
•June 5/6 - Psychology, Module #6 - Disaster.
•June 12/13 - Simulation, Final Exam, Graduation, Module #7 - Disaster.
•June 19/20 - Pulmonary Resuscitation & Automated External Defibrillator (CPR/AED), Module #8 - Optional.
•Personal protective equipment (PPE): Participants will be issued a backpack containing PPE and should wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and durable footwear (e.g. no open toed shoes or sandals) to each class. Some modules (e.g. Fire Suppression/Safety and Disaster Stimulation) involve an outdoor practical exercise so we request everyone please dress accordingly for the weather. The first evening will be spent entirely indoors.
All training, equipment and supplies including CPR/AED certification, will be provided free of charge. All classes will take place at the Monroe Community College Public Safety Training Facility (PSTF) located at 1190 Scottsville Road. Signs will be posted in the hallways each evening indicating the specific classroom training location. Here is a link that may be helpful: http://www.monroecc.edu/depts/pstc/pstfdir.htm.
•Graduation requirements: Participants must successfully complete the first seven modules, the disaster simulation exercise and final exam to graduate. Makeup sessions are not planned.
Contact Glenn V. Greibus, Program Coordinator, Homeland Security Management Institute, Monroe Community College, 1190 Scottsville Road, Room 220, Rochester, phone: (585) 753-3784 to discuss potential scheduling conflicts.