HCBOE considers fourth year of fire science program

PHOTO: Firefighter battling a wildfire, Photo Date: 8/2/2018 (Source: Cal Fire)
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Houston County Career Academy is training future fire fighters for the Wiregrass.

The Houston County School Board discussed contracts for renewing the science fire program at a meeting Tuesday afternoon.

This is the fourth year of the program, and several dozen students have gone through the course already.

The students that graduate have the chance to immediately make a difference.

Houston County Schools Career Tech Supervisor, Chris Maloy says "any students that goes through this program and completes the program in high school, they actually meet the requirements to be a volunteer firefighter and our county and counties all over the state have a shortage of volunteer firefighters."

The students can also go to just a five week bridge course at the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa to become a certified firefighter anywhere in the state.