Friday, March 02, 2012
(Liberty, NY - 11:45AM) - The Sullivan County Passenger Safety Seat Program held a clinic at the Loch Sheldrake Fire Dept. on January 19th. The clinic provided more than fifty families with properly fitting safety seats for children residing in Sullivan County. This wonderful program was developed through the generous sponsorship of Sullivan County Public Health Services, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the Loch Sheldrake Fire Department, and supported by other programs in Sullivan County including the Rural Health Network. The Safety Seat Program provided 289 Car seats to families in Sullivan County in 2011.
The Sullivan County Passenger Safety Seat Program was created in 2005, in recognition that children in the county were in need of securely approved child passenger safety seats, and that their parents were in need of education as to their installation and use. The program has grown to comprise twelve NYS Certified Technicians, and collaborations between residents and multiple agencies (Public Health, Sullivan County Child Care Council, Migrant Education Program, Sullivan County Head Start, New Hope Community, the Mountaindale Fire Company, and the Fallsburg Police Department.) These organizations allow employees to be trained as technicians and to volunteer their time to participate in clinics and other events to make the program available to the residents of Sullivan County. Technicians also volunteer to educate drivers who transport children to educational institutions and programs. Education focuses on selection of the appropriate seat for each child, as well as the correct placement of the car seat in the vehicle, according to NYS Law.
Car Seat Technicians are trained according to procedures established by the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. After undergoing four days of training, the technicians are certified to teach car seat safety to hundreds of county residents every year. The program has placed over 1400 Children in proper car seats since 2005. Technicians must be willing to endure difficult working conditions, sometimes in the summer heat or winter’s cold in order to ensure that the children are in the correct safety seat and that it is properly installed. Performing as a technician is a passion for some that stretches beyond public service. The program is always seeking new volunteers.
If you or someone you know is not sure that you have the correct car seat or that it may not be installed safely, please call Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910 ext. 2250 to set up an appointment to get your car seat checked. Please feel free to call if you have any questions.