A number of students from the Prairie State College district high schools participated in Fire Science Technology Camp, a program funded by the Carl D. Perkins Grant and produced by PSC's Basic Firefighter Operations Academy. | Supplied photo
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:02AM
High school students in the Prairie State College district recently participated in Fire Science Technology Camp, a program funded by the Carl D. Perkins Grant and produced by Prairie State College’s Basic Firefighter Operations Academy.
Eleven faculty members took part at the Park Forest training site at 55 N. Orchard St., representing seven different departments from the district.
Fire camp provides an opportunity to explore public safety services, experience real-life skills, participate in building activities, and network with professionals in the field. Participants were able to explore activities such as burn demonstrations, search-and-rescue stations, a smoke crawl, and a victim rescue.
Students were provided the opportunity to gain real-life experience in emergency and fire management situations, meet with fire management, and get lasting experiences that will potentially enhance the students’ resumes for college.
“Experience camps for high school students, such as our Fire Science Technology Camp, give our district’s youth an opportunity to explore a specific career pathway,” said Patty Zuccarello, interim dean of health and industrial technology. “For potential firefighters, this daylong experience clarifies questions students have about the required skills for the job: problem-solving, teamwork, mechanical ability, and expertise.
“Career programs are becoming part of the growing group of highly technical, highly trained occupations in the labor market. If students recognize the complexities required in these careers while they are still students in high school, they can prepare academically.”
Schools from outside the Prairie State College district that participated included Bishop McNamara in Kankakee, Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Lincoln-Way Central in New Lenox, and T.F. South in Lansing.