By James B. Bartle
The Sullivan Fire District is continuing to expand its department well into the future as this past week the district held a weeklong summer camp for junior firefighters.
Sullivan Junior Firefighter Cadet advisor, Cory Rice, reported that 22 students completed the weeklong program from Sullivan, Cuba, Leadwood, Irondale, St. Clair and Union fire departments.
The students ranged in ages from 13 to 18 and worked more than 45 hours of classroom and live hands-on training.
“These cadets did an outstanding job all week and were trained in all areas of firefighting,” said Rice. “They are all CPR certified now. They participated in live burn training, vehicle extrication training, hose and hydrant training, diving and other training.”
Students held a vehicle extrication class at Randy’s Salvage on Thursday and then traveled to the Boles Fire Department for live burn training in that department’s fire training center.
“The students got a real hands-on training at Boles and were able to see the evolutions of fire and its behavior,” said Sullivan Fire Chief Rich White. “I’m really proud of our instructors and the cadets for the job they did this past week in the weeklong summer camp.”
The instructors in the program included: Rice; firefighter Jimmy Smythe; firefighter Bill Windham, firefighter Nolan Crawford, and firefighter Marko Turner.
“This program was a big logistical nightmare, but our instructors came together and just did a wonderful job,” said Rice. “We hope to make this an annual camp and continue to see our junior firefighters progress in the fire service.”
The department expressed their appreciation to Randy Nolie, Sonic of Sullivan and Frank Blanton for their contributions to this week’s events.
Junior Firefighters Complete Weeklong Summer Camp
By James B. Bartle