Onalaska training high-schoolers to be firefighters

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – A burning desire is leading some local kids to learn about a way to help others.

The first session of the ‘Firefighter Emergency Medical Responder High School Academy’ wrapped up Monday morning.

Students went through 96 hours of training, the same training firefighters learn on the job.

While some students know this is the career path for them, they are looking forward to seeing more people explore the opportunity.

“Not everyone is going to fit in everything. But this is going to be a class where if you you feel like this is something for you, you can at least try it,” said Mauston High School Senior Brandon Goyette.

This is the first year of the class in Onalaska which will give the students a certification that will allow them to join a fire department after high school.

Class leaders hope it’s not just skills the students learn.

“The desire for volunteerism, community support isn’t always there. And we were hoping that somewhat we could get that sort of instilled in them here,” said Western Technical College fire district coordinator Blake Deiber.

Students will learn about Emergency Medical Responder skills in the spring.

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