The National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program certifies people in the United States as child passenger safety technicians and instructors. Tens of thousands have completed training and been certified as Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians since the program began in 1997.
CPS Technicians and Instructors put their knowledge to work by conducting child safety seat checks, where parents and caregivers receive hands-on assistance with proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts.
The Township of Lower Merion has two CPS Technicians. Deputy Fire Marshals Frank Hand (lower left) and Matt Maguire (lower right). They conduct about 6-10 car seat inspections each month. Frank was recently awarded the 2011 Wellness and Safety Award at the 22nd annual Township of Lower Merion Employee Recognition Awards ceremony for his dedication to child safety. Matt was recently certified in 2012.
During the extensive interactive course, Frank and Matt learned about crash dynamics, injury prevention strategies, child restraint selection and installation and vehicle occupant protection. The course, generally held over a four-day period, is taught through a combination of lectures, discussions, role-playing and hands-on practice with a wide variety of child restraint and vehicle belt systems. If you are interested in having Deputy Fire Marshal Frank Hand provide you with hands-on assistance with your car seat, please call the Fire Department Office for a scheduled appointment. Appointments generally take 15-20 minutes. Call 610-645-6190