YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A group of cadets is trying to prove it has what it takes to join the Youngstown Fire Department.
The cadets of the Youngstown Fire School are going to start the last part of their training, something they’ve been working toward for about eight weeks.
Tuesday’s training was at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center’s live-burn building. This was the first time the cadets have seen a fire. They’ve spent the last few months learning about gear, safety and rescue techniques.
Battalion Chief John Lightly says it’s important they respect fire, even in a controlled setting.
“Injuries, burns, damages to equipment, even in a controlled burn. That’s the problem with fire, you never know what it’s going to do,” Lightly said.
The cadets learned how smoke and heat behave in a fire, because in a fire, everything can change in an instant. The number one skill the cadets have to learn is how to adapt to new situations.
“The changing dynamics of the fire can throw some curveballs at us, so we want to expose the guys to a couple practice runs before they’d have to face it for the first time in real life,” Lightly said.
Firefighting is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Every year, more than 100 firefighters are killed in the line of duty.
If the cadets finish their training, they can sit for the state fire exam on Monday.
WKBN is putting together an in-depth look at what it takes to become a firefighter in Youngstown. Watch for that story to air in May.