Students Work as City Fire Fighters

Issue 4 and Volume 131.

Students Work as City Fire Fighters Six fire science students are gaining experience as fire fighters by working regular shifts and living in fire stations as the result of an innovative cadet program developed by the Oshkosh, Wis., Fire Department and the Fox Valley Technical Institute in nearby Appleton. About a year ago, Chief Calvin Phillipps of Oshkosh suggested to me that some students in the institute’s fire science technology program might learn whether their desire to enter the fire service was what they really wanted by spending a year as cadet fire fighters in the Oshkosh Fire Department. The chief’s suggestion came at an opportune time because our student body was beginning to include young men looking for jobs in fire departments and many of these had expressed a desire for handson training to supplement their academic studies. Therefore, Phillipps and I began to develop a program. The chief…

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