The Cape May County Technical School District honored Cape May County Fire Training Academy as its Business Partner of the Year.
The award is given annually to a county vocational technical school business partner for outstanding contributions to career and technical education. Business partners play a variety of roles, including serving on county vocational technical school program advisory boards, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience, donating equipment, or serving as mentors and role models for students.
The Fire Training Academy provided vital guidance to the district’s advisory board and as well as collaborative planning and curriculum review for the past four years. The academy also provided training in both theory and practical applications, allowing students enrolled in the Law and Public Safety Program of Study to add to the program’s stackable credentials with the launch of the new Firefighter Cadet certification.
The new Cadet Firefighter course introduces students to the fire science pathway of the law and public safety career cluster and strengthens their understanding of community service, making them assets to their home communities.
Certified instructors from the academy deliver a 40-hour course of instruction that includes: fire department organization, safety, personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, tools and equipment, forcible entry, ladders, ventilation, ropes and knots, search and rescue, fire behavior and suppression and response and size-up.
The new program between the school and the county Fire Training Academy introduces students to careers in firefighting and other public safety fields at the Cape May County Public Safety Training Facility. The program was developed from the Fire 1 curriculum and testing, a national certification program, aligning the curriculum to the high school Cadet Firefighter course.
More than half of the program’s students are female, filling a non-traditional role in this career path. Through this partnership, 16 students have completed the course, and an additional 16 students will participate this school year at a rate that is anticipated to continue annually.