Morgantown Fire Department teaches local high school students fire safety

Monongalia and Preston

Monongalia County high school students learned about fire safety and what it takes to have a career in firefighting on Monday.

The Morgantown Fire Department teamed up with other county volunteer firefighters to teach 10th grade students at Morgantown High School.

The lecture series combined classroom work along with hands on activities.

Organizers say the event also serves as an excellent recruiting tool hopefully sparking an interest for future firefighters.

“It is extremely important in our county,” said Monongalia County volunteer firefighter, Whitney Porter. “If we don’t have people volunteer, we won’t have anyone to come and fight the fires and go for the car wrecks and everything whenever we need them. So, we really need the kids to get interested now.”

“We also give them the opportunity to put on some of the gear we wear when we actually go in and fight a fire and stuff like that, ” said Jimmy Lipscomb of Morgantown Fire Department. “Let them see the trucks, the equipment, different stuff we carry and just try to stir their interests. So, maybe in the future after they get out of high school they’ll be interested in becoming, taking this and making it a career for the rest of their life is what we’re hoping.”

The lecture series is in its fourth year and is taught during health class.

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