New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, June 16, 1991
City governmentNew technology changing fire service careers
By LT. ROBERT J. REED New Braunfels Fire Department
As the fire service of today becomes more professional, there is an increased interest by young men and women who consider this to be a worthwhile career. This article attempts to describe the elements which make up the fire service today and what an individual considering this as a career might do to enhance his or her chances of joining the ranks.
The fire service has experienced great change in the past 20 years.
New technology has created a world of complex problems which the fire service must address. Hazardous chemicals in the workplace or in transit, new plastics and synthetics used in construction and the automobile industry are just a few.
The realization that contact with, ingestion and or inhalation of the byproducts of combustion may be responsible for the premature deaths of many in the fire service today is of great concern. The recent developments in emergency medicine administered by paramedic-firefighters in the field have created a demand for better educated, more dynamic personnel. Today’s firefighter must be able to comprehend the complexities of the world which he has vowed to protect. He must insure that the safest methods of fire suppression and rescue are utilized to protect himself and others.
Persons considering a career in this rewarding field should realize that the emphasis is no longer on a strong back. Today’s prospective firefighter must be extremely literate with a broad knowledge base. College courses in fire science arc prerequisites to employment in many departments. There has been a shift to hiring only certified firefighters with preference given to those who are also certified paramedics.
In order to acquire basic certifica
tion training, one must enroll in a state-certified fire school. The basic course consists of 400 hours of training, both in the classroom and in the field. The cost of this schooling can be very expensive if the student lives in an area far from the training ground. Some students then go on to receive paramedic training. Paramedic certification consists of over 600 hours of clinical, classroom, hospital and field training. Cost of the classes alone is approximately $1,500. In addition to basic fire and emergency medical training, prospective firefighters must be in excellent physical condition.
As the fire service becomes more professional and the world becomes more complex, the demands placed upon the firefighter of the future can only increase.
For further information concerning the fire service as a career, contact the New Braunfels Fire Department at 625-3811.
By TIM DEAN Aquatic Superintendent
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is splashing into its summer aquatic programs.
Swimming lessons are offered in five session throughout the summer. The first concluded Friday and the second begins Monday. Additional sessions begin July 8, July 22 and August 5. All sessions run for two weeks with classes meeting Monday through Thursday. Fridays serve as make-up days.
Lessons are eight sessions at 45 minutes each. Deadline for registration is one week prior to the first class of each session. Each session has a fee of $20 per person.
Swim lessons for groups such as schools, private organizations or day care centers are available on request and pool availability. Skill levels include beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate and swimmer. Ages for lessons range from Water Babies (6 months to 3 years) up to 12 years. Adult swim lessons also will be offered.
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The Landa Park Dolphins, a competitive swim team for ages 6 to 18 years, currently are holding workouts and signing up new swimmers. Workouts are held at Landa Park Pool with regularly scheduled swim meets.
A new program that will be offered this summer is a Junior Lifeguard Program for ages 12 to 15 years. Participants will be taught on all phases of lifeguarding. Upon completion of this course, students will not be certified lifeguards but will have learned sills that are required for certification. All students will be certifed in Emergency Water Safety and will learn both lifeguarding skills and pool operation.
For more information, contact the Park Office at 629-PARK.
By APRIL COLDSMITH Special Projects Director
In any non-profit organization, the ability to raise funds directs the ability to run a well-managed organization. In 1982, the Texas Historic Commission recognized this need and created a grant writing program for Main
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Foundation funding and corporate grants offer organizations the salvation needed to compete capital improvement projects, buy a building, expand operations or create a new non-profit. The Texas Historic Commission reports, however, that the first step is to learn how and where to solicit funds.
In July, New Braunfels will host one of these grant writing seminars. The seminar covers all aspects of grant funding including foundation research to assure good matches between foundations and projects. The first day of each workshop involves lectures and discussion. The
second day, all participants will write their own grants. The Sophienburg Musuem and Archives had a representative at the seminar last year who wrote the grant to purchase the Old City Hall building to house the archives during the seminar.
Cost of the seminar is about $85. For more information, please contact the Main Street Project office at 625-3425.
Information for this column is provided by representatives of various city departments and published on alternate Sundays.
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