The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


May 30, 2014

24 do crisis intervention training

HERMITAGE — Twenty-four fire and police chaplains, clergy, emergency responders, and mental health professional from three states participated in Group Crisis Intervention training in Hermitage on May 19 and 20.

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation course was offered as the main component for the sixth annual chaplains training seminar hosted by the Hermitage Fire Department, Hermitage Police Department, and St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Among the participants were the Rev. Jim Chapin of Living Word Christian Center, West Salem Township; Rev. David Evans of Hickory United Methodist Church, Hermitage; Carol Fenton of First Baptist Church, Greenville, a member of Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department; Rev. James Fleck and Rev. Marcia Fleck of Oasis Family Worship Center, Hermitage; Rev. William Kirker of Victory Christian Center, New Wilmington; Cary Parsons of South Pymatuning Community Church; Rev. Becky Rosengarth of New Wilmington United Methodist Church, chaplain of New Wilmington Fire/EMS); Dr. B.J. Rudge of Bill Rudge Ministries, Hermitage; and Rev. Mike Smith of First Assembly of God, Hermitage.

Michelle Eaton from EMMCO West – the region’s emergency medical services certifying and training agency – and head of the Northwest Pennsylvania Critical Incident Stress Management team, taught the two-day course. The annual chaplains training seminars are organized and hosted by the Rev. David Williamson, pastor of St. Paul’s UCC and chaplain for the Hermitage fire and police departments.

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