Young recruits line up at Denison's fire fighting school
DENISON, Iowa (KTIV) -
In an emergency, many small towns and Siouxland
communities rely on volunteers.
However, officials say it's getting harder and harder to
recruit. That's why the Denison Fire Department is turning to local students.
high school juniors and seniors have enrolled in a new firefighter program.
Firefighter one and two are each semester long courses
that train kids to become firefighters.
Participants get duel credit at Denison
high school and Western
They're not fighting fires yet, but when they're 18
they'll be able to apply to be part of the team.
"What helps us out is they've already trained, they'll be
certified firefighter one and two.
That's something they don't have to do once they get out and join,"
explained Blake Deiber, the Denison Fire Department's Recruitment Coordinator.
Right now, they're learning everything from
how to gear up quickly, and how to keep safe when fighting a fire.
or many, the course work fits right
into their career goals.
"After I graduate I plan
to come back and sign up to be that, to save lives," explained Amber Ruiz, a senior
Fellow senior Joshua
Harlston, also plans to become a firefighter.
"It's a lot of hands
on and it's really fun," said Harlston.
different than school. It doesn't seem
like it, but you're in school still," said junior Jordon Nelson, who is also
taking an EMS class, and wants to become a
"It sounds really
interesting and fun. I like the
adrenalin," added Brenda Ayala, a junior.
The Denison Fire Department will be able to
run the two courses for the next four years, thanks to a $253,000 FEMA SAFER
The Staffing for Adequate Fire and
Emergency Response program is designed to increase the number of trained
front-line firefighters in communities.
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