Will fire science program find a facility?

By Elly Grimm
Liberal First – May 21, 2018

The school year may be done, but there is still a lot of work to be done by the USD 480 school board during its next meeting Monday evening beginning at 6:30.

Up first for the board will be discussion of a Fire Science Program facility request.

“Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, Wes Fox, a teacher at Liberal High School through collaboration with Liberal City Fire Department, Seward County Fire Department, and Seward County Community College in helping fill and sustain a need not only in the Liberal community, but the region,” a memo with the agenda information noted.

“Currently, there are an estimated 200 full time firefighter openings west of Wichita that serve the communities of Central and Western Kansas. Realizing this unique opportunity, Mr. Fox and members of all three organizations began exploring options to create a Fire Science program to educate, train, and prepare students to pass the Firefighter I certification. Through the diligence of the team and support from the USD 480 Board of Education, Fire Science will now be offered through Liberal High School with a continued partnership with Seward County Community College beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Students who are participating in the program will be completing over 200 competencies in addition to practicals that will be necessary to achieve certification including preparation for the certification tests.”


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