Fire Program Awards Students, Announces Young Women’s Camp

Two Savannah Chatham County public schools students were honored Thursday, May 28, 2009 for their accomplishments during the first firefighter/ fire sciences training program at Woodville Tompkins Technical Career Institute.

Tai-g Herring, a senior at Beach High School, will be presented the Leadership Award and Dillon Woolsey, a senior at Groves High School, is recognized as the class valedictorian.

The awards were presented during ceremonies at Woodville Tompkins beginning at 8p.m.

Herring and Woolsey were among the first students to participate in the firefighter program, which is a joint effort between Savannah Fire and Emergency Services and the Savannah Chatham County Public Schools System.

The curriculum was instituted during the current school year as part of Woodville Tompkins’ overall vision of preparing students for future careers.

It is designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the physical and mental requirements, as well as the hands-on skills necessary to become candidates for local fire departments.

The program utilizes National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and enables participating students to achieve graduation requirements by completing the career pathway program.

In addition, eligible students are able to earn dual credits toward an Associate Degree in Fire Sciences through West Georgia Technical College.

Herring and Woolsey were among eight Woodville Tompkins students who completed a “live fire” training exercise Saturday, May 16th as part of the requirements for attaining Firefighter I certification.

Both students earned credit toward an Associate’s degree.

Herring plans to continue pursuit of a college degree while Woolsey plans to continue his firefighter training through the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Savannah Fire and Emergency Service Bureau congratulates these young men and all the participants in the inaugural firefighter training program at Woodville Tompkins.

Female firefighters with Savannah Fire and Emergency Services are planning a 2 day camp this fall as a means of introducing young women to the fire department and informing them about career paths in fire services.

Savannah fire Captain Kelly McDaniel and several other firefighters will introduced the concept of Camp Trailblazer Thursday, May 28th at Savannah Fire’s Station 9 located at 2235 Capital St. (off Pennsylvania Ave. behind Savannah High School).

The firefighters will be available for media interviews beginning at 10:30a.m.

Camp Trailblazer will run from October 9th – 11th and is open to young women aged 16-19 who are in good physical condition and who submit a completed application form. The initial camp is limited to 25 participants.

Young women interested in participating in Camp Trailblazer can pick up an application form at any Savannah fire station.

There is a $25 registration fee that will help offset the costs for materials.

Applications must be submitted by July 17, 2009.

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