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September 22, 2018

Students Encouraged to Join Volunteer Firefighting Program


PHOENIX – John C. Birdlebough High School students ages 16 to 18 may further develop their leadership skills by joining Enterprise Fire Company No. 1 in downtown Phoenix.

Participation in the volunteer fire department’s Restricted Access Member (RAM) Program has afforded Phoenix Central School District students the opportunity to expand their education, leadership abilities and sense of community.

Pictured in the back row, from left, are: Austin Pierce, Zack Scribner and Austin McDonald. In front, from left, are Douglas Shaffer and Teona Draper. All students are from JCB, except McDonald, who attends G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

Pictured in the back row, from left, are: Austin Pierce, Zack Scribner and Austin McDonald. In front, from left, are Douglas Shaffer and Teona Draper. All students are from JCB, except McDonald, who attends G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton.

Superintendent Judy Belfield said some of JCB’s most dedicated students have participated in the program and she wished more students became involved in the structured environment.

Chief John L. McDonald said he would welcome more young adults into the program.

RAM participants must maintain a passing average in school and obtain positive comments from teachers.

Although they may ride in the firetrucks to a scene, set up ladders and help with the hose line, RAM members cannot fight fires until they reach the age of 18.

They may enroll in firefighting courses if they wish to become a full-fledged Enterprise member or if they would like to pursue other firefighting careers.

Their dedication to the local program may be rewarded as their graduation approaches, as McDonald said a few scholarships are awarded each year.

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