Coral Springs students get lessons from firefighters
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) -- It was the first class of the day for a group of high school students. They took part in a one-of-a-kind program in South Florida.
"It brings them to school bright and early," said Coral Springs Fire Rescue Captain Mike Moser. "Hopefully, it gives a good impression and lasts throughout the day, so they can learn in their other classes as well."
The Coral Springs Fire Department launched it's High School Fire Academy. It started with 10th grade. Students interested in becoming firefighters or paramedics enrolled in the program.
Administrators at Coral Springs High School have worked hard to add the new curriculum. "It took us almost a year to get it all approved and processed," said Susan Leon-Leigh, "and it's finally here. We're getting to see the fruits of our labor."
School officials hope their efforts will lead to life-saving careers. Students took notes on basic firefighter skills, including lessons on fire behavior, tools, equipment and first responder training.
"First responder is probably one of the most important," said Moser. "Because that's gonna give them medical training, first responder skills that they can use really in any profession."
While these students are still a while away from fighting fires and making life-saving decisions, the class has sparked plenty of excitement. "It's awesome," said student Brittany Valerie. "I mean I have a head start. I know what I want to do in high school. Not many people can say that."
With hard work and dedication, officials said, students who complete the program should be ready to take the state's firefighter exam by high school graduation. "They're learning a majority or at least a very good part of their career," said Moser, "and a training that they're gonna be required to have to have that career before they even leave high school. The advantage is tremendous."
In order to gather the necessary skills and training to take the state exam, students must attend the class everyday for three school years.
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