On Monday, June 6, the Howell Public Schools Fire Academy graduated
its third class of future firefighters. The ceremony honored the 15
students who have completed the course work and practical trainings
required to pass the State of Michigan firefighters certification exam,
which is a two-part exam consisting of a written and practical test.
While the students have not yet received their written test results from
the state, each student who completed the practical part of the
certification exam has passed.
Over the course of the school
year, the cadets completed more than 500 hours of training that included
classroom exercises and practical trainings. The practical trainings
ranged from forced entry into a locked home to extinguishing a fire in a
controlled burn building. The practical trainings build on the lessons
learned during the cadet’s classroom instruction.
Public Schools Fire Academy is a unique program that allows high school
juniors and seniors to complete the required classroom and practical
trainings needed to earn their state firefighters certification.
Additionally, the students earn high school credits for the class. The
program was created in partnership with local fire agencies and is open
to all Livingston County juniors and seniors. Several graduates of the
Howell Public Schools Fire Academy are now employed by area fire