An instructor with the Dayton Fire Department teaches Belmont Fire students how to use a fire hose.

Fire/EMS students get hands-on experience

Alexandra Kincaid News

Dayton Public Schools students in the Fire/EMS CTE program regularly visit the Fire Training Center to get hands-on experience to prepare them for careers in the field. 

Students practice maneuvering fire hoses, using fire extinguishers, climbing ladders and familiarizing themselves with fire engines and other equipment. Buildings on site also allow them to safely practice entering and exiting various structures with their fire gear, which helps prepare them for real-life scenarios. 

When students are not training, they are at Belmont High School for regular coursework, which is taught by Lieutenant Jeremy Carnes from the Dayton Fire Department. 

The Fire/EMS Program is in its second year and has 22 students. Upon graduation, successful students will have completed their Firefighter I and EMT certifications and will be qualified for entry-level positions with the Dayton Fire Department as firefighters and EMTs. Students may also continue their education and earn additional certifications, which will qualify them for other positions within the fire department. 

The Fire/EMS Program is one of 26 Career Tech Programs offered at DPS. For more information about the programs offered, click here

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