DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton Public Schools and the Dayton Fire Department are celebrating a new partnership.
Starting the 2019-2020 school year, Belmont High School students will be able to take classes geared toward firefighting and emergency response.
As early as this fall, 20 Belmont freshmen and 20 sophomores will have the opportunity to join the program.
The idea for the program came shortly after Dr. Elizabeth Lolli took over the district. Dayton city officials approached Dr. Lolli about expanding opportunities for students.
“Many cities, including Dayton are in need of high quality, well trained firefighters and EMT’s.” said DPS Superintendent, Dr. Elizabeth Lolli.
One of the main objectives is to diversify Dayton and provide more opportunities for minorities and women.
“We are excited to diversify the workforce and we truly think this program will be a means to make that happen,” said Chief Jeffrey L. Payne, of the Dayton Fire Department.
As students progress in the program, they will take state tests for real-world positions and come out of school with certificates.
“One of the reasons we chose Belmont High School was its proximity to fire station 15. And the need for additional programming for Belmont students and the rest of the students in the district,” said Dr. Lolli.
This isn’t just book work either..
“Students will be in there doing house duties. They will be going to training. They will be responding to fire and EMS runs with these folks,” said Chief Payne.
The deadline to apply for the program is April 26.