FPCHS Fire Leadership Academy Holds Grand Opening

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 1:15pm
Wednesday morning, the new home of the Flagler Palm Coast High School Fire Leadership Academy was unveiled to the public. On hand to celebrate were the first students to enroll in the class along with firefighters from departments across Flagler County. Mike Tucker, Bureau Chief of the Florida State Fire College was also on hand to witness the grand opening. This is the latest addition to our Flagship Choice program and a prime example of showing our students the importantance of “Classrooms to Careers” in Flagler Schools.
Students are taught by certified fire trainers, who are also employed locally by our city and county fire departments. The Flagler County Economic Development Board has determined fire and medical jobs as a high-need employment area within Flagler County. The goal of this program is to provide job-ready fire fighters who will be trained to work and live in Flagler County.
The Academy will focus on leadership development, preparing students with skills, including but not limited to: fire behavior; first responder model; personal protective equipment; use of ropes, tools and equipment; use of fire streams; fundamentals of extinguishment and rescue procedures.
Students will be taught the history, equipment and specialties in fire service, and become CPR certified. Clear career pathways will be explored including firefighter certification, associate degrees, paramedic training programs, and bachelor’s degree programs. Students who complete this program will be eligible to sit for state fire certification and working toward EMT certification.
Cameron Fulling, a Bunnell Elementary School student who has been battling cancer since 2010 was a special invitee to today’s ceremony. He was presented his own Fire Leadership Academy uniform and named an Honorary Instructor by Flagler County Fire Rescue Lt. Andy Keppler, the current instructor (and Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate).
Video of the grand opening is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dBfjPcfRq
Students pose with local government and school leaders.
Cameron Fulling helps with the uncoupling of the fire hoses
(instead of the usual ribbon cutting)
Superintendent Jacob Oliva address the students.
Honorary Instructor Cameron Fulling recieves his unfiorm from Lt. Andy Keppler.
Students look on during the ceremony.
Mike Tucker with the Florida State Fire College congratulates students and tells them to "follow the rules and be safe."