High school students currently enrolled in the “Introduction to Public Safety” class were recently invited to an Open House at the Career & Technical Campus to explore opportunities in the Project Blue Eagle Fire Science pathway.
Several open house stations were designed to help students better understand Project Blue Eagle classes they have the option to take. Current Project Blue Eagle students partnered with the Lenexa Firefighters to host the stations.
Megan Alexander, Shawnee Mission Northwest and Project Blue Eagle student helped demonstrate how to properly roll and unroll firehoses. Through this program, students are able to learn with state-of-the-art equipment used in emergency response.
“I come from a family of firefighters and at Project Blue Eagle, we learn everything you need to know to enroll in Fire Science in college,” she said.
Other open house stations featured:
· Firefighter Rescue Drill – This was a demonstration of the crawl drill and “Denver” drill named for a downed firefighter who was rescued from a building by fellow firefighters.
· Fire Apparatus Operator – Much like scuba equipment, students tried on all the gear needed by firefighters when entering a hazardous or smoke-filled environment.
· Emergency Medical Services – CPR and other life-saving techniques were demonstrated by current students at this station.
“I am interested in continuing my study in firefighting,” Logan Adame, Shawnee Mission South sophomore said. “These courses can give me a head start to my goal of graduating from the Fire Academy.”
Students interested in pursuing emergency response as a career, who are enrolled in Project Blue Eagle, have the opportunity to enroll in Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certifications where they take classes at Johnson County Community College in the afternoons during the spring semester. EMR certification is the pre-requisite for Emergency Medical Training (EMT).
The Career and Technical Campus is located at 11475 W. 93rd Street. For more information click here.