On December 7, Larry Backus, Chief of the Scriba Fire Department, welcomed eighteen Rotary exchange students to the fire station. They enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the role of the volunteer fire fighter in our community, the training involved and the equipment used at fire and accident scenes.
The students, from Asia, South America and Europe, spend a year attending high school in Central New York. They are sponsored by local Rotary clubs and live with American host families.
Part of the year’s experience includes attending a weekend in Oswego sponsored by the Oswego Rotary Club. This year’s event was December 5 – 8.
For many years the visit to the fire department has been a highlight of the weekend.
Corp. president Andy Krul, first assistant Chief Kurt Wehrmann, second assistant chief Shawn Simoneau, captain Bill McSweeney, FF Deane Stone and RAM Keeghan McSweeney answered questions and helped the students try on the turnout gear and equipment.
Getting in the trucks and having their picture taken in fire gear was a high point.
At the end of the tour the FD presented all the students with Scriba FD T-shirts.
They also received a department insignia patch in the hope that they will take it to their local fire department upon their return home and exchange it for one of their own to send back to Scriba for their display.