People in the Arc of Steuben’s Day Habilitation, Vocational and Pre-Vocational programs received first-hand information on career opportunities in firefighting and law enforcement.
Representatives from the Bath Fire Department and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department spoke with about 30 people supported by the Arc of Steuben about their experiences.
Justin Smith, Harry Keen and Chris Casella of the Bath Fire Department talked about the education and training needed to be a volunteer firefighter. They demonstrated the equipment they use to fight fires and brought a fire truck to the Arc of Steuben’s Industrial Park complex.
The people in the Vocational program had many questions for the firefighters, including why they decided to volunteer for the fire department.
“I like being able to help people,” Chris Casella said. “Knowing someone is in need is what drives me to do this every time the pager goes off.”
The firefighters also gave the people in the audience the opportunity to try on the protective jacket, pants and helmet.
Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Brown spoke about the training necessary for a career in law enforcement. He also answered questions about how to stay safe in different situations.
The presentations were organized by Katie Ward, production supervisor, and Pam Failing, production manager.
Katie said she got the idea from Justin, who works in the Arc of Steuben’s facilities department.
“He was excited to make this happen,” Katie said. “This was a good opportunity to the people in our programs to learn about career and volunteering opportunities.”
Pam said the visitors provided valuable information for the people in the agency’s Vocational program.
“We are very grateful that these fine service people took time out of their busy schedule to provide us with information on these two great careers,” Pam said.
The Arc of Steuben’s vocational program offers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity for employment, either in the community, at Printers Plus, the Arc of Steuben’s workshop, or through Steuben Janitorial Services.
Printers Plus does apparel screen printing and embroidery and light industrial assembly at the agency’s Industrial Park complex.