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New firefighter training facility at Vermont Tech

first_imgVermont Technical College,Participating in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new firefighter training building at Vermont Technical College, Sen. Bernie Sanders called the facility a major step forward in assuring high-quality training for firefighters across the state. Sanders secured $406,962 for the project, which includes a specialized structure called a live-burn building. In a successful federal, state, and local partnership, the State of Vermont committed $440,000 to the project and the college provided $50,000 for the facility. The total price tag is $897,000. The new training facility will give firefighters the opportunity to learn scenarios they will likely see when responding to live emergency situations, Sanders said. It will be centrally located and will greatly enhance the quality of training while reducing travel time and expenses incurred by many firefighters, especially volunteers.The new burn simulator will be an asset to the Fire Science Degree Program at Vermont Tech that already has enrolled nearly 30 students. Firefighters always want to hone their skills, and new fire fighters need specialized training to learn their critical trade, Sanders said.Sanders saluted Vermont s 5,600 volunteer firefighters 300 career firefighters. Both are critical, and both need and deserve more help, with training and education being a key need. We owe them all a very deep debt of gratitude as they make personal and financial sacrifices to keep our communities safe.Matthew Vinci, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont, said, This much-needed training facility is largely due to the coordination and support at the local, state and federal level. The fire service across Vermont is very grateful for the efforts of Senator Sanders, Governor Douglas and the Vermont Legislature for their combined efforts to bring this Fire Burn Training Building to reality. Vermont s Fire Fighters will be better prepared to respond to our neighbors emergencies due to the training that we will receive at this facility.Ty Handy, president of Vermont Technical College, said, We re excited about the opportunities and synergies this will create between Vermont Tech s associate s degree program in Fire Science and the excellent training programs offered by the Vermont Fire Academy. Our students will benefit; Vermont s firefighters will benefit; and our local communities will benefit. This is a real win for everyone involved and we appreciate all the hard work that s gone in to making it possible.Also participating in the groundbreaking ceremony were Vermont Governor Jim Douglas; State Senator Phil Scott (R-Washington); State Representative Alice Emmons (D-Springfield); Steve Revell of the Vermont Fire and EMS Coalition; Jim Litevich, chief of the Vermont Fire Academy; and Gary Moore, chairman of the board of trustees for the Vermont State Colleges.Source: Sanders’ office. RANDOLPH, Vt., October 5, 2009last_img read more

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Growing numbers of homeowners are focused on property upgrades

first_imgJohn and Emma Stubbs renovated their home in Annerley. Photo: JACK TRANYoung Brisbane homeowners are leading the way in renovating their properties to accommodate growing families, according to a new report.Three quarters (76 per cent) of Australian homeowners are on a home renovating journey, up 12 per cent since 2015, Westpac’s Home Ownership Report shows.Of those, almost half (47 per cent) are considering renovating their home, one in five (20 per cent) are now renovating, and 70 per cent have undertaken past renovations.The nationwide study commissioned by Westpac found renovating was now the highest priority for nearly one third (32 per cent) of homeowners considering a house-related activity in the next five years.Gen Y was found to be the generation most likely to be considering renovating in the future (46 per cent), compared with Gen X (39 per cent) and then Baby Boomers (31 per cent).Annerley’s Emma Boddington-Stubbs and architect husband John Stubbs, both 39, have been renovating their home for the past 10 years.“The previous owners wanted us to buy it over others because we planned to return its architectural character rather than a new development,” Mrs Boddington-Stubbs said.“While it is our home and John’s place of business, it is also an investment for the future.”Mrs Boddington-Stubbs said they had lived in several apartments and wanted to own a home so they could have some dogs and put items on the wall where they wanted.She said renovating the house had involved “a lot of work”. We made a rookie error and started renovating before asking the bank for a loan,” she said.“They took one look at the house and said they would give us a fraction of what we wanted to finish it.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“As a result, our renovations have been self-funded, which, while tough, will mean a far greater profit for us when we come to sell.”Ray White Indooroopilly agent Desley Arnold said many Gen Ys were wanting to get their foot in the door, and get off the rent cycle.“Inner suburbs are providing excellent opportunities to pick up an older property with the right address, school catchments etc, and then allowing them the time to be able to renovate when affordable,” Arnold said.“Units and apartments are also proving popular as a first home, with the option to renovate for themselves, or use as equity to purchase a house in the same area.“Suburbs in the inner west are ideal for these buyers as many owners are original, having been in the area for 40-plus years and the homes are solid and perfect for renovation.”She said if seeking the right address for schools and easy access was important, then buying a new house was not usually an option for the Gen Ys in these areas, due to the high end asking price, however purchasing an older home and renovating was.Westpac Group head of home ownership Chris Screen said the competitive housing market had inspired a surge in home renovations.“With rising property prices and intense competition for property in metro areas, many homeowners are looking to renovate their existing property rather than sell and risk losing their position in the market,” Screen said.last_img read more

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Syracuse football opponent preview: North Carolina State

first_imgJerod Fernandez vs. Zaire FranklinCreate bar chartsBig NumbersNumber of turnovers the Wolfpack has conceded this year — lowest in the ACC and fifth-best in the country.Number of touchdowns fullback/tight end Jaylen Samuels has scored this season. He leads the team in receiving yards and scores. Comments Positional ComparisonAdvertisementThis is placeholder textJacoby Brissettt vs. Zack MahoneyCreate bar charts Dravious Wright vs. Cordell Hudson Create bar charts Dakwa Nichols vs. Jordan Fredericks Create bar charts Team ComparisonSyracuse vs. North Carolina State Create bar charts Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 21, 2015 at 9:25 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Jumichael Ramos vs. Steve IshmaelCreate bar charts Overviewlast_img

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