Capital Region Teens Become Firefighters Overnight

Capital Region Teens Become Firefighters Overnight

@MikeRyanRadio | 04.26.23

At Lake George Junior-Senior High School, students are no strangers to their village fire department, conveniently situated just a stone’s throw away on Ottawa Street. However, on Tuesday, these students gained a unique opportunity to step into the shoes of their local heroes.

Firefighters from five local departments, including Lake George, North Queensbury, Bay Ridge, Pilot Knob, and Queensbury Central, collaborated to create an unforgettable hands-on learning experience for over 200 students at the high school. By trying on gear, swinging sledgehammers, and simulating ceiling breaks, the students delved into the world of firefighting, learning about the challenges and rewards of this noble profession.

Lake George Fire Chief and former high school graduate John Coccozza-Hill shared his passion for the job and emphasized the importance of a strong firefighting community in Lake George, Queensbury, and beyond. The event aimed to pique students’ interest in joining local fire departments, and they even competed in timed fire drills to foster a sense of camaraderie and healthy competition.

By the end of the day, at least two students had taken the plunge and signed up to become firefighters, while others expressed a keen interest in exploring the profession further. This successful event has even sparked interest in neighboring schools, who are now considering implementing similar programs.

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