The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Friday, May 25, 2012
VaFo Week 2 Eric Morgan
Us and AmeriCorps and completed Fence
It has been another fulfilling week
here at Vafo. This week was a change up from last week as we started out with Maintenance
on Monday and Tuesday. We are to work certain days with them, Interpretation,
and Resource Management on top of Law Enforcement. Tuesday we met with Tim, a Maintenance worker,
and were given NPS Staff T-shirts and reflective vests for our days on
Maintenance shifts. Our task was to take down an old deer enclosure fence and
put up a new one. The fence is run by Resource Management and it sections of a
particular area of forest. It helps Resource Management keep track of the deer
population somehow which we will learn about when we work with them. The old
fence was rusted so it was particularly easy to take down but it was not so
easy driving the new steel poles into the ground and putting up the steel fence
section by section. Luckily, AMERICORPS was there to assist Lexus, Tim, and
myself. The fence project took up both our days at Maintenance and was a little
over a hundred yards of fencing we put up.Thursday was another LE day for us.
Before lunch we did a hiking patrol along the southern most border of the park.
The objective was to make sure no private homes, which back up right to the
park’s border line, encroach onto the park say by mowing into it or putting
things like sheds on the park’s land. During lunch we got to be involved in the
Ranger BBQ which Superintendent Kate Hammond came to. It was a good time to
connect with all of VaFo’s Rangers and speak with the Superintendent.
Afterwards we got to sit in on the Rangers’ meeting that they have every couple
of weeks. This gave us the opportunity to see what changes are going to be made
and what the Rangers are working on. Once the meeting was over Ranger Tim Oh,
formerly from ProRanger Cohort 1, showed us the steps of how to properly and
safely check your duty gun and your duty vehicle. It is important to always
check all lights and signals on the patrol car, check the back seat for any paraphernalia
that might have fallen out from a previous offender so someone does not get
wrongfully charged, and check the trunk
for first aid, AED, and flares. Tim Oh gives us great insight on his
experiences through the entirety of the program and what it is like to be a
Ranger. He is constantly giving us tips and lessons that are important when
being a permanent LE Ranger.Today, Friday, we sat in on the
morning court session which took place in the Education Center here. The
biggest offender was a marijuana grower within the park. After court ended we
attended a yearly Wildland Firefighting refresher with John Waterman. Tomorrow
we are going with Interpretation to Hopewell Furnace. Our job tomorrow is to first be given a tour
of the park, which is relatively close to VaFo, and work with Interpretation
throughout the day. It should be an interesting day and a good learning
experience to learn and work at another park for the day.