Fire departments in Monongalia County are continuing annual fire safety lectures in high schools across the area.
“We want to educate high school students about fires in their homes, what to do, and how to avoid it. We also teach them if you’ve been in a car accident, what to do. What if your car catches on fire and how unlikely that is because of the movies, and of course how to avoid forest fires and brush fires,” said Whitney Porter, Recruitment Coordinator.
Students also get a tour of a fire truck.
“It’s really fun interacting with them and seeing them get lively. We spook them with the airhorns every once in a while to kind of perk them up a little bit. And I know sitting in class gets kind of boring, so getting out here and seeing the truck, and putting on the gear, it makes it a lot more interactive for them and gets them a lot more into it,” said Zach Andrews, Cheat Lake VFD.
“We just try to encourage them to become volunteers in their community, so they can help the community as much as they need us,” said Porter.
Over the course of two months all three high schools in Monongalia County will be visited. Last year, 50 recruitments were made.
Students can be recruited beginning at the age of 16. Aieden Loop is a recent recruit in the county.
“If you enjoy fires and helping people, then it’s definitely the career field for you. It’s good to learn new things. You can learn CPR, a lot of the first aid, and you get to become brothers and sisters with people who aren’t blood related,” said Loop.
Departments will also visit UHS again on Monday, March 26. MHS will be visited on Monday, May 14, and Tuesday, May 15.