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July 29, 2019 - 3:54pm

Press release:

The spring Basic Exterior Firefighter Operations (BEFO) program was held at the Genesee County Fire Training Center. The 79-hour program began in March and concluded on May 15. Fourteen students completed the 79-hour program from eight county departments. 

The BEFO program is an entry level program for the volunteer fire service designed to prepare students to respond to emergencies as exterior firefighters. Students are instructed in fire extinguishers, building construction, forcible entry, ladder deployment, incident command, drafting operations and hazardous materials operations level. In addition, students are trained in ropes and knots, and first aid/CPR. 

Participants included: 


  • Joseph A. Uhrinek


  • William Allen


  • Cyle J. Felski


  • Matthew N Allen 
  • Sheri Allen 
  • Jenniffer J. Groff
  • Erin M. Martin 
  • Noah A. Martin 
  • Alyssa M. Nye


  • Brandon M. Burgess


  • James D.King


  • Matthew Doran


  • Shane J. Freeman 


  • Julia Bobo

Visit your local fire department to find out more about volunteer opportunities.

May 29, 2019 - 3:34pm

Submitted photo and press release:

Tompkins Insurance Agency sponsored the Utica Mutual Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) held last month at the Genesee County Fire Training Center in Batavia.

This course provided vehicle operators with a better understanding of the seriousness of emergency vehicle operation.

Students were made aware of the potential for tragedy and financial loss as well as the legal and moral responsibilities encountered when operating an emergency vehicle.

Twenty fire personnel from the area completed the course, including 13 from Genesee County who are listed below.


  • Barbara Eddy
  • Ralph Eddy II


  • Joshua Boyle
  • Clayton Gorski
  • Bryan Moscicki


  • Kenneth Dean
  • Garrett Dean


  • Dave Leaton


  • Joseph Murphy


  • Nathan Tabor


  • Jeff Freeman
  • Adam Hamel


  • Vito Muoio
October 15, 2018 - 12:56pm
Event Date and Time: 
November 2, 2018 - 9:00am to November 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
Crossroads House End of Life Doulas provide emotional & spiritual support to the dying person & loved ones prior to, during & after the death.  The next 20 Hour Training over 3-Days will take place  @ First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main St.. Friday 11/2 5:30pm-9:00pm, Saturday, 11/3 9:00am-6:00pm & Saturday 11/10 9:00am-6:00pm.  You must attend all 3 days.   To Register please call 585-409-3766 or email [email protected].  A $50 fee covers materials & meals. 
September 10, 2012 - 11:48am
posted by Daniel Crofts in training, yoga, Blue Pearl Yoga, Exhale Yoga.

Batavia's Blue Pearl Yoga and Exhale Yoga recently teamed up for a 200-hour training of future yoga instructors. Rebecca Cohen (second from left), of Exhale, and Karen Reisdorf, of Blue Pearl, presented certificates last weekend to their three graduates: June Martino, Tess Garland and Maura Gilsinan.

The training was done in increments of four days a week for eight weeks, six hours a day, followed by a week-long "final exam."

Included were formal study (180 hours of class time and 10 hours of homework) and a "practicum" component (about 10 hours) where candidates had to observe and teach classes.

"It is quite an achievement for these ladies," Cohen said.

Yoga may look easy to outsiders, but no one can learn how to teach it without getting to know its complexities.

"You are trying to get a group of people to all move together and breathe together," Cohen said, "(and to) improvise a series of yoga poses, while asking them to push their muscles and joints to their safe limits."

Altogether, according to Cohen, there are about 900 body poses in yoga "if you include the variations."

She described yoga as "a great low-impact form of exercise that works every muscle in your body, and really improves core strength."

"It improves coordination and balance," she said, "because it is practiced barefoot and the poses are performed on one side and then the other, bringing balance to both sides of the body."

Yoga also makes use of deep breathing exercises.

"Yoga can certainly be just a physical exercise," Cohen said, "or it can be a physical exercise to connect you with your spirituality. It depends on your intentions."

Cohen always begins and ends her lessons by asking everyone to take a moment to reflect on his/her intention.

"(This) gives us a chance to remind ourselves of what we are grateful for and an opportunity to remember that in order to achieve personal growth, we need to stay focused on that goal or intention every day."

For anyone interested in future yoga instructor training, the cost is about $2,000 -- $1,800 for the training itself, plus an additional $200 for books.

For more information, call Cohen at (716) 316-9869 or email [email protected]. You may also contact Reisdorf at 343-1257 or e-mail [email protected].

Photo taken by Karen Reisdorf

July 30, 2008 - 8:22am
posted by Philip Anselmo in training.

Note: The Batavian will not be posting a Daily News roundup this afternoon. We will be in video training all morning and afternoon. Please, if you see any news, report it. Get on the site, post a blog, put up video. We'll be back in full force soon.

April 28, 2008 - 9:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in training, City Fire, video.

The title of the video says it's from 2007, but it was uploaded just yesterday. It looks like it's coverage of a training exercise. 

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