FDs to propose student firefighter class to Region 9
Seeking to bolster their ranks, area fire departments are proposing the Region 9 School of Applied Technology offer a firefighter training curriculum.
Brad Wight of the Newry Fire Department described the plan Tuesday, to that town’s Board of Selectmen and asked for their support.
Region 9, located in Mexico, provides technical training to high schools in the area, including Telstar. The training program has not yet been formally presented to the Region 9 Board of Directors.
“There would be more than 400 hours of training,” said Wight, under a Firefighter I curriculum. “If they get trained there it saves the town money, if it’s paid for through the school.”
The selectmen praised the idea, saying it might be a way for Newry to get more bang for the many bucks the town pays to SAD 44.
“It would be a good way to get some youth into the department,” said chairman Jim Largess.
Wight said he had spoken with several representatives of Region 9, “and they’re all for it.”
Selectman Gary Wight, the NFD’s former chief, said that realistically, with Newry’s small student population, few town students would likely participate and benefit the NFD directly.
But, he said, if Telstar students from other towns enroll, “we’ll benefit in the long run from mu-tual aid.”
Brad Wight said the area departments are currently researching whether firefighting supply vendors might donate equipment for the students to use, if the program is approved.