It’s common for firefighters to join the fire company following in the footsteps of their father, or maybe a brother, while others like me, literally walk in off the street and apply. Some people grow up around the firehouse and start to learn about the equipment and the tactics from a young age. I have interviewed several firefighters who describe growing up in the fire service by riding along in the command vehicle with their relative, who was the fire chief.
I recently reported on the week-long Junior Public Safety Camp held at the Chester County Emergency Services Training Center where junior members can perform different firefighting tasks and they learn about the equipment. Such a camp is a great resource because the young firefighters can gain more knowledge about how to use about water appliances and other equipment on their apparatus. It’s also a chance to learn what surrounding companies carry.
|Photo by Ginger Rae Dunbar - Twin Valley firefighter Michaela Brooks, 17, operates the hoseline as instructor Dennis Gallagher oversees at the Junior Public Safety Camp held at the Chester County Emergency Services Training Center.|