Nearly every town in Iowa has a volunteer fire department that responds to fire calls. One problem facing all fire departments is the fact that it is harder to have enough firefighters available to fight fires when called to respond.
To introduce Buena Vista County high school seniors to volunteer firefighter responsibilities in their communities, Iowa State University Extension in Buena Vista County has partnered with the fire departments in Storm Lake, Alta, Rembrandt, Sioux Rapids, Marathon and Albert City and Buena Vista County Emergency Management to sponsor "Youth Fire and Emergency Service Day," says Rhonda K. Christensen, County Extension Education Director, Buena Vista County.
Monday, April 14th will be the first "Youth Fire and Emergency Service Day" at the Storm Lake Fire Department. Topics for the day will be: Fire Behavior, Fire Extinguisher Use, Protective Firefighting Gear, Hose Handling, Search and Rescue and general EMS. Alta Fire Department and students will also be participating in the April 14 event.
Christensen says, "Part of the day's program will be in a classroom setting, but much of the day will be in actually doing things." The youth participants will be assigned to teams, just like firefighters would do in a local department. One of the team members will be designated as team leader to keep track of the rest of the team during the day, notes Christensen.
Wednesday, April 16, will be the "Youth Fire and Emergency Services Day" in Sioux Rapids with Rembrandt, Marathon and Albert City fire departments and youth participating.
Christensen said, "The program also discusses the overall need for young adults to continue to do community service and volunteering in rural communities after graduation from high school."
For more information on participating in this opportunity, contact ISU Extension in Buena Vista County at 732-5056.