BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A new batch of firefighter recruits teamed up to get special training at a home that is set to be demolished by the city soon. Allen says this training gives real life experience that will only make them stronger in the end, including himself. “We continue to work together and communicate together and we all get to go home safe,” said Loveland. For Loveland, he says it’s the teamwork development that is his biggest takeaway. For recruits like Marc Loveland who has experience as a volunteer firefighter, they say getting this experience is rare and vital. The house on 14 Earle Drive has been sitting vacant, but was recently put to use by the Binghamton Fire Department to set up obstacles and drills for the department’s new recruits before their graduation. “It’s good that this building is available,” said Binghamton Assistant Fire Chief Richard Allen Jr. “It’s going to serve a purpose here by allowing us firefighters to train on it.” Some of the drills include breaking into the entrance of the home, rescuing a fellow firefighter or person from the flames, and working together to get on the roof and create smoke ventilation. “We’re excited to be out and actually doing skillful hands-on stuff, doing ventilation cuts on the roof. It’s more realistic than just talking about it,” said Loveland. “Sometimes I have to refresh myself because I’ve been doing this for so long, so it is a good experience as a reminder to me and where I came from,” said Allen. The new team of recruits will be graduating February 28th at the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School.
Police arrested a Florida man after a driver spotted a runaway toddler in diapers on a highway at about 12:00 a.m. Sunday morning.The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said 43-year old Micah Adkins had put the 2-year-old child in bed and was checking emails but didn’t realize the boy had escaped. Adkins told police the child also escaped 3 days prior and the garage door had been left open. The child was found in a nearby car wash.When police showed up to Adkins house on Sunday they saw the garage door and interior door open.He was arrested and is facing a child neglect charge.
It’s the penultimate matches in the three-game qualifying series for Premier League football and the race for elite football remains wide open.For some, the premiership is their place of belonging though they have barely featured in any of the recent seasons.After getting off to wins on match-day-1 in their quest for top-flight football, Gold Stars, Feyenoord, Great Olympics and Tema Youth will be pushing for victories on Tuesday to boost their qualification chances.However, Gold Stars and Feyenoord will meet in the top-of-the-table clash at the Tema Stadium in Zone II. And the outcome of this fixture could change the the competition completely as Eleven Wise and Dunkwa United, losers on the opening day also try to out-do the other at the Accra Stadium.Coach Samuel Quaye made a big statement, promising to return Olympics to the Premier League before the start of the play-offs.Following their first win in Zone III, the Wonder Club must now beat Okwawu United at the Len Clay Stadium to give them a fair chance of realizing that dream. Tema Youth, also winners on the first day of qualifying campaign need a win against Istanbul to put themselves in a good position to claim the top as the winner of the zone qualifies for next season’s Premier League.Zone II FixturesMatch-day-2: Tuesday, April 29Eleven Wise v Dunkwa – AccraGold Stars v Feyenoord – Tema Zone III FixturesMatch-day-2: Tuesday, April 29Istanbul v Tema Youth – Baba YaraOkwawu v Great Olympics – Len Clay