The collaborative education effort between the Anniston Fire Department and Anniston City Schools continues to move toward a more hands-on experience for its students.Anniston High School seniors are participating in the school’s first firefighter training class. It is offered by the Anniston Fire Department and is a one-year course that will put students on the path to becoming firefighters. Today the students got their turnout gear in. According to Lieutenant Rodney Ball, students who pass the two-hour a day each school day course will receive the same certification as volunteer firefighters. Once the course is complete, students who want to be firefighters can enter a four-week training course offered to them for free by the Fire Department. Ball says although the program is in its infancy, he sees it as being a great benefit to the city of Anniston if it succeeds. The Anniston Fire Department is certified as a fireman training site by the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa.