Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jr. Fire Marshal Program Returns this Spring Break-students ages 11-15

The Jr. Fire Marshal Program Returns this Spring Break

Application Deadline March 23, 30 Vacancies

Durham, N.C.- After a  one-year hiatus caused by make-up snow days during last year’s spring break,
the Jr. Fire Marshal program is back. Beginning today, students ages 11-15 can  register for the free spring break program.

The  City’s Fire and Parks and Recreation Departments offer the program annually during the Durham Public School spring break. The program allows participants to explore different careers in the fire service industry and other careers within the City of Durham while learning to become safety ambassadors for the community. Limited space allows room for 30 students to sign up, participate and earn the title “Jr. Fire Marshal” during this year’s four-day long program.

“We are thrilled to offer the program again because each time we do, we instill rich qualities into our youth through character building, and personal development through hands-on activities, field trips and team building exercises,” says Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Edward L. Reid. “ In addition to the core skills we introduce to the youth, we also teach fire safety tactics that help prepare participants for the worst in case of emergency situations.”

This year’s program kicks-off Monday, March 30 – Thursday, April 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pick-up and drop off each day will take place at Lyon Park Recreation Center located at 1309 Halley St. Durham, NC 27707. The 2015 program theme: “Service to Community”.

Participants must attend each day of the program in order to graduate and be deemed as Jr. Fire Marshals at Thursday’s graduation.  The program is free of charge, and lunch will be provided daily.
Applications must be submitted by March 23 for consideration.

Parents interesting in signing their kids up for the annual Jr. Fire Marshal program should complete an application form at http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/Fire/Pages/Jr-Fire-Marshal-Program.aspx. For more information contact Sierra Mckoy, public education coordinator/PIO for the Durham Fire Department at sierra.mckoy@durhamnc.gov or 919-560-4233 ext. 19242.

 About the Durham Fire Department

The Durham Fire Department strives to provide a cost-effective level of service designed to
protect and prevent the loss of life and property from the adverse effects of fires, medical emergencies and exposure to dangerous conditions created by either man or nature. The department offers fire education and suppression programs; enforces state and city fire codes; investigates arson and the causes of fires; provides basic training skills to recruits and in-service personnel and
conducts a preventive fire maintenance program to ensure equipment is dependable and efficient. To learn more, visit http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/op/Fire/Pages/home.aspx or “like” at http://facebook.com/DurhamFireDepartment

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