Fire District 1 applied for and was awarded, a four-year grant called SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) in 2006. The grant money was used to establish and maintain the Pacific County Fire District 1 Fire Cadet and Resident Volunteer Programs. Both of these programs were started in the fall of 2007.
The Cadet Program is designed for Ilwaco High School juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Services. It provides students with entry level firefighter training in a safe and realistic training environment. Students participating in the program spend one class period each school day at the Seaview Fire Station learning basic firefighting skills, and studying the current IFSTA Firefighting Essentials curriculum. They also learn about construction features, fire suppression systems, and code requirements. They train with SCBA’s (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), structural gear and fire extinguishers. Cadets participate in scheduled physical fitness training to help build endurance, strength and agility. Besides the basics of fire fighting, students also learn communication skills, leadership, teamwork, time management, self-confidence, work ethics, and responsibility. Cadets are active volunteers in their community, and at the end of the school year they attend competitions with fire cadets from other departments in the region. Students who successfully complete the class each year receive high school credit as well as college credit towards a Fire Science Degree from Clatsop Community College.
In 2010, the District was awarded the SAFER grant a second time, allowing the Cadet Program to continue until the end of the 2014/2015 school year. The program is currently on hold, until further funding can be obtained.
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