Feature Friday: Firefighting Program

Posted by Emily Smith on 10/1/2021 1:15:00 PM

Firefighting:  A Career of Courage and Strength

Are you a high school student with a passion to model courage and strength for your community as a future career?  Stafford County Public Schools (SCPS) has the perfect program for you to demonstrate those skills!

three firefighting program students in uniform during training   student working on oxygen tank

Open to high school students starting in their junior or senior year, the Firefighting program introduces students to a first responder’s career path. Though held at the local fire station in Stafford, students at any SCPS high school may enroll in the program.

Firefighting is a one-year program with Firefighting I taken the first semester and Firefighting II taken the following semester. These two courses must be taken consecutively in the same year, providing four credits. Students must be at least 16 years old by the first day of the course and have parental consent to participate.  Additionally, participating students must have the following required certifications: CPR, HAZMAT operations, and Mayday Awareness.   

Firefighting requires complete discipline, physical endurance, and both academic and professional skill.  Participants will learn how to successfully fight live fires, address hazardous-materials incidents, and conduct search-and-rescue operations. The course provides students with the procedures, equipment, and technologies used by current fire departments. This course challenges students academically, mentally, and physically and meets the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, leading to the Firefighting I Certification. 

Students may earn the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) leading to Firefighting I Certification by completing the Firefighting program. Students may be eligible to continue their firefighting training after completing this program and high school.  

If you are up for the challenge and ready to demonstrate courage and strength, contact your school counselor for more information.