Fire Academy encouraging veterans Saturday

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

New program seeks to recruit former military into firefighting service

Missouri Firefighter Veterans Initiative is looking for veterans and active service members to participate in an introductory firefighting class in Cassville on April 28.

A new program, sponsored through the Missouri Department of Public Safety, recruits and connects recent veterans and active service members to careers in the fire service. The session will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crowder College’s campus in Cassville.

Missouri’s “Firefighter Veterans Initiative” introduces participants to firefighting through a one-day of intensive physical skills training, basic classroom instruction and networking opportunities, all while paired with a mentor from the fire service.

“Gov. Greitens was the driving force for this veterans’ initiative,” said State Fire Marshal Tim Bean. “In response to his challenge, the Division of Fire Safety and members of the fire service across the state worked to create a program to introduce military veterans to the fire service as a career option. Firefighting requires some of the same skills and values that people with military experience possess – working as part of a team, dependability, commitment and a desire to help others. And Missouri fire departments are interested in attracting solid job candidates to their departments.”

All firefighter skills training during the day-long event is conducted with participants in full protective gear. Skills training is expected to include an automobile extrication, operation of a fire hose stream, a forcible entry simulation, maneuvering a pumper truck, patient care, a fire search and rescue exercise, and basic arson investigation techniques. Each participant will be partnered with an experienced firefighter as they take on the skills challenges.

A pilot veterans’ initiative event was held at the Jefferson City Fire Department training facility on Feb. 19.

The day includes lunch. Participants will also meet with firefighters and fire service instructors with diverse specialties. Division of Fire Safety employees and instructors from Missouri fire training institutes will discuss training and firefighter certification opportunities.

Pre-registration is required and may be made online at dfs.dps.mo.gov/programs/other/mo-fire-fighter-veterans-initiative.php. For additional information, people may call 573-751-1601 or email Matt.Luetkemeyer@dfs.dps.mo.gov.

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