WHITE CITY, Ore. — Firefighting students are battling real flames today on their next step to becoming firefighters.
Fire District 3 and Rogue Community College are teaming up to give those students first-hand training. Organizers say the partnership is helping to find more qualified firefighter candidates.
The fire sciences program at RCC has been going for a few years now, but they say in the past few years, the training is helping put out more qualified candidates. Local fire districts say that’s the best way to learn, by getting out of the classroom and into the fire.
Students from the fire sciences program at rogue community college were out at Fire District 3 in white City on Wednesday for a final hands on test. The program has partnered with local fire agencies.
In the past few years, program directors say they’ve found more qualified candidates ready to join the ranks of fire agencies across the Rogue Valley.
Program supervisors say they have seen a wide range of people taking the courses, from new students to firefighting veterans wanting to gain new skills. They are now taking enrollment for the winter term.