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Mount Vernon runs fire academy for first time since 1970s

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MOUNT VERNON — Fledgling firefighter Michael Rhodd was geared up and on the roof of the Lincoln Avenue firehouse with Lt. John Lively on a recent afternoon.


They were reviewing the principles of building construction and how to open the roof to ventilate a building during a fire. It was the tail end of a drill that started with Rhodd positioning a ladder truck in front of the building and raising the ladder from its resting position to the roof.


The exercise — typically learned and practiced at the county-run fire academy at the Westchester Department of Emergency Services in Valhalla — is just one more example of how the department is changing how it readies the city's next generation of firefighters. That includes recently running Mount Vernon's first in-house fire academy in nearly four decades for its new recruits.



FULL ARTICLE: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/mount-vernon/2017/04/19/mount-vernon-ny-news-fire/99505008/

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