A local fire department offers a unique way for high school students to get a jump start on their careers. For the second year, the Oxford Fire Department is offering Oxford High School seniors the special opportunity to become a certified firefighter. Monday through Friday, six students leave school at around 11:30 and head to the Oxford Training Center to get classroom and physical training experience. Battalion Chief Kyle MaCoy says the students are all committed to the program.
Chief MaCoy says it is an intensive course. Students are tested on their mental and physical abilities. Students get hands on experience during the training. One student, Peyton Vaughn says the class and training is preparing him for his future.
Chief McCoy says he is hoping more students sign-up to take the training course. Another student participating in the course, Trentun Houck says he encourages others to join to program. Chief MaCoy says that at the end of the training program, each student will be certified as a volunteer firefighter in the state of Alabama once they are 18 years old.
He says they can then continue their training and become state certified firefighters. MaCoy says last year, they only had 3 students, but all three are now employed at the Oxford Fire Department.