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Alfred State Police Officer Joe Histed helps organize Junior Fireman’s Camp

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ALFRED, NY, October 31, 2022 – Alfred State College University Police Officer Joe Histed was instrumental in putting together the Allegany County Junior Fireman’s Camp. The event was part of a Leadership Allegany project and he enlisted Dispatcher Jamie Dennis-Howe to assist with the event.

Nine youth from across Allegany County came to the one-day camp that provided hands-on sessions covering the basics of firefighting. Topics included emergency dispatch and county emergency services, basic external operations, interior fire operations, and pump, hose, & nozzle operations. Dennis-Howe was a presenter in the emergency dispatch and county emergency service presentation.

Histed is part of the Leadership Allegany group that put on the event. Leadership Allegany is a program that provides a dynamic learning environment where adult professionals who live, work or have vested interest in Allegany County grow their leadership abilities, create connections, and impact their communities.

“My team and I were very happy with the success of the Allegany County Junior Fireman’s Camp. A tremendous amount of work went into ensuring the event’s success and we would like to thank the contributing local businesses, local county legislators Adam Cyr and Fred Demick, presenters from the Olean Fire Department, and the Friendship Fire Department. We received a great deal of positive feedback from camp participants as well as representatives from Allegany County who have voiced their support in ensuring this event is held annually within Allegany County.”

The hope of the group is that events like this will help raise awareness of the need for firefighters and encourage youth to pursue opportunities in the future.

Read our previous reporting with a great video of the day here:

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