The Anniston City School System Student First Responder Training Program is giving 6 students – 4 boys and 2 girls – some hands-on training for careers as firefighters and first responders. The students are now in the firefighter portion of the course, and today they got the chance to climb a 95-foot ladder. According to Lieutenant Rodney Ball of the Anniston Fire Department, the program began in August and accomplishes two missions. The department gets to train future firefighters and EMTs, and the program helps create a diverse pipeline of talented young people who will one day serve the community in this important field. Anniston High School Senior Jazminn Manning says she sees this program as a great opportunity and is looking forward to the many ways she can use the skills in her future. Manning says the local students been learning many valuable lessons, and it has been a really good experience for all of them. Anniston High School Senior Louis Huguley says he wasn’t interested in the program at first, but after thinking about it a second time he decided it would be good for him. Huguley says although the program is ambitious, he is not intimidated by the material. According to Lieutenant Ball, each student will undergo an intense certification and physical training process, and must pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test. He says the program also provides opportunities for college-bound students. The program culminates with each senior’s graduation from Anniston High School in 2016.