September 2-- The Toombs County Fire Department and instructors at the Southeastern Early College and Career Academy in Vidalia organized a firefighter certification training program for the SECCA JROTC cadets.
The Toombs County Fire Chief and Captain are teaching the course along with the JROTC instructors.
(L-R) Chief Johnny Moser, Captain Leon Hayes and Lieutenant Jonas Blackwell.
This program began during the 2019 fall semester and continues throughout the school year, ending prior to graduation. The goal is to provide the cadets with training that is nationally recognized and can transfer into work with a fire department once they are graduated and turn 18 years of age.
Upon completion of the course, the cadets will be certified in search and rescue training for recovery of lost and injured persons and evidence.
During the fall semester, students will learn knots, rope rescue, first responder first aid/ CPR, land navigation, and search operations.
During the spring semester, students will learn the basics of firefighter operations, including engine and rescue truck operation, appropriate wear of turn out gear and self-contained breathing apparatus, water hose operations, fire attack procedures, and vehicle extrication.
Once students are 16 and have completed the course, they can get real world experience by volunteering with the fire department in search and rescue operations. This benefits both the students and the community.