PWCS Firefighting Program Trains Future First Responders

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Firefighting is one of the School Division’s newest Career and Technical Education (CTE) course offerings. The program is hosted at Unity Reed High School and allows students to earn Firefighter I and II certifications.

“The Firefighting program is a demanding and challenging hands-on class that will open up new career opportunities to our students,” shared Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Doug Wright.

PWCS partners with the Prince William County Fire and Rescue System (PWC FRS) allowing students to learn from professionals and use the latest state-of-the-art equipment and experience the “real world” of firefighting science at the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center in Nokesville.

PWC FRS Lieutenant Estee Warring is the fire cadet program coordinator. Warring was hired by the PWC FRS in 2008 and has served on both a fire engine and medic unit.

“I really thought I was the perfect fit to coordinate the program and teach the students because I can relate to them obtaining this kind of certification while in high school,” Warring said.


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