High School Fire Leadership Academy Ignites Other Programs

By on October 4, 2017 in Community Stories

Flagler County, FL – Flagler County’s Fire Leadership Academy is making a statewide name for itself as a career path alternative for students interested in becoming firefighter-paramedics.

 The program operates as a cooperative between Flagler County Fire Rescue and Flagler County Schools and their team at Flagler Palm Coast High School, to provide students with the potential to certify as “Firefighter 2” under Florida State Standards.

 Members of the Clay County School Board and Clay County Fire Rescue recently visited Flagler Palm Coast High School with Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito and classroom instructor Fire Lt. Andy Keppler and left with nothing but high praise.  “You have all participated in creating a program that benefits your community on so many levels,” Karen McMillan, Coordinator of School Choice and Charter Schools for Clay County, wrote in an email to Petito and Flagler Palm Coast principal and vice principal Dustin Sims and Kerri Sands.

 “It starts students on a career path that is an alternative to college,” McMillan continued. “It builds a hiring pool for those who have lived in and contributed to your community. Lastly, it supports developing a long-term Fire/Rescue Employee.”

 Clay County Deputy Fire Rescue Chief Jason Boree and Battalion Chief Gary O’Conor joined McMillan during her tour. The trio also met with Sims.

 “Flagler County’s desire to create true classroom-to-career opportunities is shared by our neighboring countries, as we share similarities in the need to prepare our students to live work and raise families right where they live,” Sims said “I look forward to assisting Clay County to do what right and good for Clay and their students.”

 The Fire Leadership Academy coursework has been granted approvals through the Florida State Bureau of Standards and Training, as well as through the Florida State Fire College and the Florida State Department of Education.

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Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2017

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