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Southern Maine Community College Creates Maine Fire Service Institute
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SOUTH PORTLAND – Southern Maine Community College, (SMCC) along with fire chiefs from across Maine, will be announcing the creation of the Maine Fire Service Institute (MFSI) on Friday, April 29th at the Visitor’s Center at the State House in Augusta.  The new institute will be dedicated to a mission of supporting local fire chiefs in training firefighters to respond to emergency incidents and will provide training to enhance professional competency to ensure firefighter safety throughout the state.

SMCC and MFSI will partner with Fire Chiefs to develop, assist, and support local instructor training programs.  The Institute will develop a virtual academy training system based out of a centralized point at the Brunswick SMCC Midcoast Campus with up to five regional sites to deliver first responder training throughout the state.

SMCC President, Dr. James Ortiz, embraces the idea of the fire chiefs being the people responsible for safety in their communities and, consequently for the state of Maine. “SMCC and the MFSI have partnered with fire chiefs to build a cooperative and strategic relationship for training firefighters throughout the state," Ortiz said.

MFSI was formerly known as Maine Fire Training and Education. It is, and will continue to be,
a department of SMCC which has statewide responsibility for firefighter training and the legislative authority to issue certifications.  

SMCC Vice-President, Public Safety Chair and Director of Maine Fire Training and Education, Insurance Industry Representative, State Fire Marshal and Fire Chiefs from Career, Combination, Per Diem, Call and Volunteer Fire Departments from throughout the state of Maine created a plan that will serve as a blueprint and will proactively address and respond to the needs of fire chief’s regardless of the size of community or agency.

When:  11:00 PM, Friday, April 29th
Where:  Visitors Center, State House, Augusta
What: Creation of the Maine Fire Service Institute

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