Firefighter Appreciation

Firefighter Appreciation
FirefightersOn November 13th, 2017, the students of the Cabell County Alternative School welcomed three Cabell County firefighters into their classroom.  Private Graves, Captain Woodward and Private Oehlers captivated their audience as they share a lot of information with the students.  The students learned that firefighters work 24 hour shifts.  They usually work 9 to 10 days a month but many hold other jobs on their days off.  

The firefighters explained how a normal 24 hour period is set up from the time their shift begins at 7:00 am until it ends the next morning at 7:00 am.  The team cooks, exercises, studies maps and most importantly saves lives during an emergency. 

Firefighters get dressed in less than 2 minutes and arrive at the emergency site within 3-4 minutes from the time of the call.  They carry at least 75 pounds of equipment while saving lives. Private Oehlers demonstrated how to put on the firefighting equipment.

Woodward, Oehlers and Graves shared that firefighters receive 6 weeks of training, then are on probation for the first year of a 3 year Journeyman program.  Following probation, the main reasons a firefighter would lose his job is for being late to work or failing a drug or alcohol test.  

The students and staff learned that a fire triples every minute so each second sooner that the firefighters can arrive on scene is critical.  It takes 3-4 minutes for a room to burn and an average Huntington house will completely burn in 15-20 minutes.

Counselor Ms. Drown presented the firefighters with a large poster that the students signed to thank them for all the good they do as firefighters.
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