The Leadership Savannah Graduate Program met on Tuesday, September 22 at the Savannah Technical College Crossroads Campus.
Attendees took a walking tour of Aviation Training Center – a facility dedicated to instruction for building and maintaining aircraft, where they talked with Dean Tal Loos and saw:
• Structural assembly lab where they saw the raw materials used to build aircraft
• Cabinetry lab where they got a sample coaster made of aircraft cabinetry material
• Airframe lab where they saw non-destructive inspection equipment
• Avionics classroom featuring electronics and technology used to control aircraft systems
• Powerplant lab with engines, de-icing controls
• Board a Gulfstream plane and see other small aircraft
Attendees also toured the fire sciences facilities which offers programs that train firefighters, those seeking to advance into administrative positions and a combined first-responder (firefighter/EMS training) diploma. The group talked with Tony Faust, retired Savannah fire captain and department head for fire science.
Leadership participants were presented an overview of the fire service from its history from Roman times to today’s fire service in America that included highlights of Savannah’s fire history. Additional topics included the evolution of fire safety codes and how they protect us on a daily basis, different types of emergency response capabilities and related equipment, as well as how responders manage emergency scenes using the nationally mandated Incident Command System (NIMS-ICS).
The half-day of events ended with a tour of the Peace Officer Academy – a POST-certified training program where the group met with Interim Program Director Dan Fogarty. They learned about the subjects taught in the program with a focus on current issues involving policing – different levels of force and the decision-making process for using them.