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Howell High holding firefighters open house

An open house for Howell High School’s new Firefighters 1 & 2 program is set for 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the firefighters lab at the school. The public is invited to attend and learn more about the firefighters program, tour the firefighters lab and watch a series of demonstrations by the students in the program.

The Howell High School Firefighters 1 & 2 program is believed to be the first of its kind in the state. The school has partnered with local fire agencies to provide students who are interested in a career in firefighting with the training required to take the state firefighters exam. To enroll in the program students must be at least 16 years old. Upon turning 18 students will be eligible to take the state firefighters exam to earn their state firefighters certification. In addition to receiving firefighters training, students will also earn school credit for taking the course.

The district spent the summer converting a former auto shop classroom into a firefighters lab, which includes classroom space, gear lockers, male and female changing areas and houses a used fire truck that was purchased to support the program. Much of the bunker gear and other equipment that will be used in the program was donated by fire agencies from around the state.

Howell High School is located at 1200 W. Grand River, Howell 48843. The firefighters lab is located in the southwest corner of the building.

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