Thirty new recruits are beginning their fire training today at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center located on Highway 5 just south of Holly Springs.
Fire Instructor, Jim Laughlin, said that the students will go through orientation today. Half of the students will be going to EMT school, while the other half will go through fire training. After the 20 weeks of training, the students will switch to the other component of the course for an additional 20 weeks of training. After the 40 weeks of training, the students will then become certified firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).
Students who will go through firefighter training will have comprehensive classroom instruction, which includes training in firefighting techniques and equipment use.
The EMT class will learn assessing the patient's condition, performing CPR, dealing with blood loss, administering bandages, managing respiratory problems, first response treatment for common injuries and emergency childbirth.
Today the students heard from Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson and Field Operations Chief, Shane West, who welcomed them to the department. Members of the training division were also on hand to go over the different aspects of the training and what is expected of them.
Participating in the fire training are Johnathan Futch, Stephen Tobin, David Seay, Benjamin Hutchinson, Charles Newcomb, Madison Mauldin, Leighton Graham, Jackson Putnam, William Klein, Maxwell Garcia, Logan Hart, Troy Kizer, Matthew Reilly, Joel Saunders and Eli Muse.
The students who will begin their EMS training are Nathan Foye, Hunter Patterson, Andrew Davenport, Brody Miller, Trevor Gobbel, Anna Bowyer, George Mason, David Beasley, Wilfred Acosta, Roderick Chumbley, Jacob Franklin, Nicholas Cozzo, Darrion Cook, Steven Stancil and Denver Ice.