Vermont 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, 2009
… Van Lange, Wong win bronze in doublesGUYANA’S young table tennis players will have a tough battle when action gets underway today in the singles competition of the ongoing Caribbean Mini and Pre Cadet Table Tennis Championships, in the Dominican Republic. Several of the Guyanese players were placed in tough groups after the draw. Nevertheless, coach of the side Dwain Dick is hopeful that they can advance.So far, Guyana have won two medals at the meet. Both involved National Boys (18-and-under 15-and-under and 13-and-under) champion Jonathan Van Lange.After winning a bronze with his Titans club-mate Krystian Sahadeo on Thursday in the Teams competition, he won a bronze medal with another club-mate, Colin Wong, in the doubles on Friday. The pair lost to eventual champions, the Dominican Republic-A team 3-1 in the semi-finals.Guyana remain the only English-speaking nation to have medalled to date in the 13-and-under division at the meet.DRAWSOf the nine Guyanese players at the event, only two are in favourable groups for today’s competition.Van Lange and strong competitor Wong are expected to advance from groups three and seven respectively of the eight groups in the 13-and-under first stage.Van Lange’s group includes Dominican Rafael Cabrera and Puerto Rican player Eliam Davila, while Wong has Trinidadian Sameer Ali and Dominican Andelso Acevedo in his group.Dhanesh Persaud is in the tough Group One, which has number one-seeded player Ramon Vila and silver medal doubles winner Yadier Lopez.Krystian Sahadeo is also in a tough group, given that he has to challenge high-quality players Giovani Centeno (Puerto Rico) and Yoel Mendoza (DR).In the Girls’ 11-and-under category, Jasmine Billingy is in Group Four with two Dominicans and a Puerto Rican, while Akira Watson is in Group Two with two Dominicans and a Trinidadian, while Samara Sukhai is in Group Five with a Trinidadian, a Dominican and a Puerto Rican.Meanwhile in the Boys’ 11-and-under singles, Malachi Moore is in Group Five and Ebo McNeil is in Group Three.