BC offering fire science class 

Published 9:12 am Friday, August 6, 2010

Firefighters, public safety officers and others interested in the field have a new opportunity to get fire science training through Bainbridge College, said Barbara Stephens, Technical Studies Division interim chair.

“It is an excellent opportunity for law enforcement officers to gain cross-training experience in fire fighting,” Stephens said.

Fire Science classes start Aug. 18 with veteran firefighter Patrick Cofty as instructor.

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Offered through the Criminal Justice Program, the classes are set for 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Cofty said the course is for career and volunteer firefighters, public safety officers whose jobs involve firefighting and anyone who may be interested in a fire service career and getting a head start with the fire science training.

Persons interested in the new fire science class may call Bainbridge College for details at (229) 248-2530.

An experienced teacher, Cofty has been a firefighter 11 years, a fire and life safety educator six years, and a fire service instructor four years.

He has taught fire prevention to students in Decatur County schools six years and has worked as a life safety clown at many festivals and public events.

Cofty has earned designation as an NPQ (National Proficiency Qualification) Firefighter I, emergency medical first responder, hazardous materials technician, and as a crash victim extrication technician and rescue specialist.