Chester County has received two achievement awards from the National Association of Counties for programs developed by the county’s Department of Emergency Services. The two programs – Care Under Fire and Youth First Responder’s Career Training – picked up the accolades within NACo’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety category. Both awards will be formally recognized on July 23 at NACo’s annual conference and exposition in Columbus, Ohio. Michele Kichline, Chair of the Commissioners said: “Public Safety has always been one of our top priorities, and our staff in the Department of Emergency Services works closely with all first responder agencies to create and run programs that are worthy of awards. The NACo recognition for both programs is well deserved.” Bobby Kagel, Director of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services said: “The ‘Care Under Fire’ program is a one-day, 10-hour training course for police officers that focuses on how and why it is crucial to provide lifesaving first-aid procedures for their partners and colleagues while in the line of duty.” In the “Youth First Responder Career Training Partnership,” Chester County Emergency Services partners with the Octorara Area High School to present the Octorara Area Homeland Security and Protective Services Career and Technical Education program. The program prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills required to perform entry-level duties in law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical technician and other safety services. This program stresses the techniques, methods and procedures specific to the areas of criminal justice and fire protection especially in emergency and disaster situations.