The Howell Public Schools Fire Academy celebrated its latest class of future firefighters during a June 8 graduation ceremony honoring 13 cadets. These students completed the practical training and classwork to needed to pass the State of Michigan two-part firefighters certification exam, consisting of a written and practical test. Guest speakers during the ceremony included area fire chiefs and the state fire marshal.
Over the course of the school year, the cadets completed more than 400 hours of training and classroom exercises, which is almost double the amount of training required by the State of Michigan. The practical training ranged from forced entry into a vehicle to extinguishing a fire in a controlled burn building. The practical training builds on the lessons learned during the cadet’s classroom instruction.
The Howell Public Schools Fire Academy is a unique program that allows high school juniors and seniors to complete the required classroom and practical training needed to earn their state firefighters certification. Several graduates of the Howell Public Schools Fire Academy are now employed by area fire departments.