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 Fire Department has one CPS Technician, Matt Maguire, who has been certified since 2012. He conducts about 6-10 car seat inspections each month.
During the extensive interactive course, Matt has 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 Matt Maguire provide you with hands-on assistance with your car seat, please call the Fire Department Office for a scheduled appointment, at 610-645-6190. Appointments generally take 15-20 minutes.