Junior firefighting program offered to students

Published: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:43 a.m.

Gainesville Fire Rescue is accepting applications for the Junior Fire Academy, scheduled in April.

The program, which lasts one week and is held during spring break and again in the summer, is offered to middle school students interested in the fire department, the agency reported. Students will be able to tour fire stations and use fire hoses, fire extinguishers, ladders and other firefighting equipment on a daily basis. Participants will practice what they learn by putting out fires and using first aid skills. Each student at the end of the program will graduate and receive a certificate as well as a junior firefighter badge.

Space is limited to 20 students. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1.

For more information, contact the Risk Reduction Office at (352)334-5065 or see the Risk Reduction, Youth Programs page at www.gfr.org.

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