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The Logansport Fire Department is hosting its first firefighter training courses throughout the spring and summer of 2018. During these classes you can become certified in Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, Technical Rescue Awareness, and Hazmat Awareness. These are all certifications that are required to become a firefighter in a future career. The first class is February 20th and the last scheduled class will be June 21st. The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-10 P.M. and Saturdays from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.. Applications can be picked up at the Central Fire Station in Logansport and returned to the same place before February 12th. Students must be 18 by the time they take part in the state test. I spoke with the House Captain of Central Fire Department in Logansport, Steve Williams, and he answered some of the regular questions people would ask about this.

The cost for the class may seem high, but it is very crucial to becoming a firefighter. Williams said, “The class is $600, but I would definitely say the class is worth that much. You just have to be all in to this career to get the ball rolling.” I thought this was very helpful because these classes are offered in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Valparaiso, and now Logansport. It is going to be very hard to come by a class with the size that the Logansport class has to offer.

Is there anything else needed to be a firefighter? Williams said, “In your case, being 17, you would be eligible to be a volunteer firefighter at the age of 18. Then when you turn 21, you will be eligible to be a full time fireman, but these classes are still needed.” I thought it was very interesting how young men and women get the opportunity to try being a firefighter when they are 18, but not fully get into the field as a full time job. The same experience is given, but if they don’t like it, it’s not a big deal as they’re just a volunteer.

After we talked a while longer, I asked him if there were any classes in the fall or in 2019. He replied with, “Right now since we’ve had such a big response, we are planning on having classes in 2019, but we are only offering the classes in the spring and summer of 2018.” After reading this in the newspaper, Uncle Steve was the first person I called. I always talk to him about future career opportunities and what he recommends, and he told me that being a firefighter is an amazing job to have. If you are interested in joining this class or would like to know more, call Central Fire at 574-753-3102.

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