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Annual Garrett Loomis Fire Safety Seminar Apr. 11

Jefferson Community College (JCC) will host the 4th Annual Garrett Loomis Fire Safety seminar entitled Fireground Responsibility on Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Sturtz Theater. Registration is free and open to all fire, rescue and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel of Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Onondaga and Oneida Counties. 

John J. Salka, Jr., a retired battalion chief of the FDNY, will lead the 4-hour seminar. During Salka’s years of service to the FDNY he instructed at the Probationary Firefighters School, Captains Development Program, and the Battalion Chiefs Command Course. He is a contributing editor to Firehouse magazine and frequent blogger on He authored three books First In, Last Out - Leadership Lessons From the New York Fire Department, The Engine Company and Five Alarm Leadership. Additionally, he co-authored the FDNY Engine Company Operations manual. Salka has presented at various national and local conferences.  His firefighter survival course, “Get Out Alive,” is popular among members of the fire service.

Topics of the Fireground Responsibility seminar include issues related to self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) usage, accountability tactics, risk versus reward decision making along with survival and communication skills. Attendees will be welcome to engage in conversation to discuss real causes of line of duty death (LODD) and possible actions and decisions that can be made to prevent future tragedies. 

To register for the Fireground Responsibility seminar, go to For more information, email Captain T.G. Kolb of the Watertown Fire Department at There is no deadline to register and walk-ins are welcome.

Sponsored by the JCC Fire Protection Technology Program.

The seminar is part of the Garrett Loomis Fire Safety and Educational Series made possible through the Northern New York Community Foundation and the Garrett Loomis Fund. Loomis was the Assistant Fire Chief of the Sackets Harbor Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Firefighters Local F-105 Fort Drum Fire and Emergency Services when he died in April 2010 on the scene of a silo fire.