Vermont Fire Academy Unveils Newly Renovated Dorm

The Vermont Fire Academy unveiled a newly renovated dormitory on Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters from across Vermont, state officials and community members toured the newly renovated East Cottage dormitory. “The space was designed to foster a productive environment for networking with historic preservation and energy efficiency in mind,” said Jennifer Fitch, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Building and General Services. Located in the facility historic Pittsford, East Cottage features living space for up to 24 beds, gender-neutral bathrooms and shared common areas.Michael Skaza, acting chief of training at the Vermont Fire Academy, said said the space will help with training. “Having dormitories on campus allows us to make it easier for firefighters and all first responders from all over the state to attend training events here on campus,” Skaza said. Firefighters say the new space provides them with safe alternatives when traveling long distances to attend training sessions at the academy.”Being able to come here and stay the night or two or three or four is going to be fantastic,” Windsor Fire said. Department Head Kevin McAllister “We’re going to get more people who want to sign up for classes now. This will help the academy and help Vermont firefighters as a whole.” The Vermont Fire Academy said East Cottage will provide more opportunities to accommodate interns and other students as the department continues to struggle with the recruitment and retention.”We’ve had recruitment issues in the emergency services for some time,” Skaza said. fire – volunteers, call services – so anything we can do to make training more accessible to people is definitely an incentive to join the fire service.” East Cottage is the first of several renovations the academy is hoping for complete in the years to come.

The Vermont Fire Academy unveiled a newly renovated dormitory on Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters from across Vermont, state officials and community members toured the newly renovated East Cottage dormitory.

“The space was designed to foster a productive environment for networking with historic preservation and energy efficiency in mind,” said Jennifer Fitch, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Building and General Services.

Located in the historic Pittsford settlement, East Cottage features living space for up to 24 beds, gender-neutral bathrooms and shared common areas.

Michael Skaza, acting chief of training at the Vermont Fire Academy, said the space will help with training.

“Having dormitories on campus allows us to make it easier for firefighters and all first responders from all over the state to attend training events here on campus,” Skaza said.

Firefighters say the new space gives them safe alternatives when traveling long distances to attend training sessions at the academy.

“To be able to come here and spend the night or two or three or four is going to be fantastic,” Windsor Fire Department Chief Kevin McAllister said. “We’re going to get more people who want to sign up for classes now. It’s going to help the academy and help Vermont firefighters as a whole.”

The Vermont Fire Academy said East Cottage will provide more opportunities to house interns and other students as the department continues to struggle with recruitment and retention.

“We’ve had issues with emergency department recruitment for some time,” Skaza said. “We’re starting to see that recruitment is creeping into all aspects of a firefighter’s career – volunteers, call services – so anything we can do to make training more accessible to people is certainly an incentive to join firefighters. firefighters.”

East Cottage is the first of several renovations the academy hopes to complete in the coming years.

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