Firefighting now a career path at Davie High

Published 10:32 am Friday, April 7, 2023

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A new Firefighter Training Academy was launched at Davie County High School (DCHS) in January, a collaborative effort between Davie County Schools, Davidson-Davie Community College and the Davie County Fire Marshal’s Office.

The academy is a Career and Technical Education career cluster course open to juniors and seniors.  This semester, nine students are enrolled and will receive  a head start on a career in firefighting and fire safety.

The academy provides students with hands-on experience and training from experienced firefighters and industry professionals, giving them an understanding of the skills and knowledge required to work in the field.

The program is open to students who have an interest in serving their community as a volunteer firefighter or pursuing a career in firefighting and fire safety. Students should gain a solid foundation in the basics of firefighting, fire safety communications, firefighter health and safety, personal protective equipment, building construction, portable extinguishers, fire behavior, tools and forcible entry and loss control.  They will also learn how to operate firefighting equipment, including hoses, ladders and other tools used in the field.

In addition to hands-on training, the academy will provide students with classroom instruction in fire science, fire prevention and fire investigation. Students learn about the history of firefighting and the role of firefighters in society. They gain an understanding of the importance of fire safety and the steps that can be taken to prevent fires from occurring.

Participation in the academy gives students the requirements for NFPA 1001: Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. They will be prepared to serve as volunteer firefighters in their community or pursue further education and training.

“They will also be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to make a difference in their community, protecting lives and property from the dangers of fire,” said Davie Fire Marshall Cameron Webb. “When they leave here, we want them to be as ready as possible for the real thing. The only thing we can’t do is send them into a live burn because they’re not 18 yet. Other than that, we do everything.

“The Firefighter Training Academy at Davie County High School is an excellent opportunity for students who have a passion for firefighting and want to make a difference in their community. With the support of Davie County Schools, Davidson Davie Community College, and the Davie County Fire Marshal’s Office, students can receive the training they need to pursue a successful career in this challenging and rewarding field,” he said.