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Calling future firefighters

Chase McDaniel (left), an alum of Rock Canyon High School’s FSP, volunteers his time to help current students like him on the path to becoming a firefighter.

Rock Canyon High School has a Fire Science Program (FSP), one of the few in the greater Denver area. Students who enroll are required to attend three classes over a one-year period, and after completion, they earn nine college credit hours through Red Rocks Community College as well as a Basic Life Support certification.

The FSP classes teach teens the necessary skills to complete Firefighter 1 training standards as well as basic emergency medicine.

To get certification, the students have to perform workouts in preparation for the firefighter Candidate Physical Assessment Test, which is standard in order to be hired by a fire department. South Metro Fire Rescue and Franktown Fire Protection District work with FSP students and train together at least once a month at their facilities.

The FSP program is perfect for teens who want to explore potential careers as firefighters, wildland firefighters, emergency medical responders, or any other job in emergency services or public service.

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Information and photo provided by Douglas County School District



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