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DHS students chosen for NC High School Firefighter Challenge

posted Jun 15, 2018, 6:43 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
Several students from Draughn High School in Valdese were selected to participate in the NC High School Firefighter Challenge June 18-22.  The High School Challenge will be held at the Buncombe County Training Center in Asheville and the students will be housed at Mars Hill University. There were only 26 students from across the state chosen for the Challenge with Draughn HS having four of those positions. The DHS Fire Academy students are Cameron H., Jordan H., Harley K., and Ben W. These students were selected to participate based on their completion of required NFPA classes and their ability to train in advanced firefighter skills.  

The Challenge is similar to a camp that consists of five days of advanced training with the last day of skills competition. The areas of training will include, emergency response, self-survival, rescue, ropes and anchors, wilderness land search, hazardous materials, live fire attack and control. In addition, the students will spend evenings in the classroom studying mathematical and scientific principals as they apply to the emergency services. They will also have courses in career planning and college selection. All of the instructors are from the NC Office of State Fire Marshall along with other adjunct instructors from across the state. Each of the instructors are the very best the state has to offer and are dedicated professionals.  

Chris Treadway, Firefighter Technology Instructor at Draughn High School, said, " I am so proud of these fire academy students. They have worked hard this past school year to learn the skills of a firefighter and they display a sincere interest in the profession. Each of these young gentlemen have already begun their service to the community as junior members of local volunteer fire departments. I see each of them as future firefighters who will make an impact within their community. The NC High School Firefighter Challenge is a unique, one of a kind program in this country and our state is one of top leaders in training and preparing our young firefighters. Our fire academy and school wishes our students the very best in their week long venture."  

Best wishes to these four students during this training!