Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Fire Protection Students Benefit from Additional Training Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 01/30/2014 Goodwell, Okla. —Out of a partnership between OPSU and the Guymon Fire Department (GFD) that found its beginning in 1997, numerous OPSU Fire Protection students have excelled due in large part to the hands-on training taught by personnel at the Guymon Fire Department (GFD ). The first-ever offering of a two week Fire Fighter 1 Academy proved to be yet another great opportunity for both OPSU Fire Protection students interning at the GFD as well as other career and volunteer firefighters.
The Academy began Jan. 6 and concluded with a ceremony on Jan. 19 rolling what would typically be a semester long class into an extremely fast-paced two week training. Each day got off to a quick start with a two mile run followed by a strength workout before diving in to the classroom side of things through power point presentations on skills training. Additionally, the students in the Academy also completed a hands-on training at the OPSU campus.
Not only did the Academy teach Fire Behavior, it also reinforced life skills with several of the students commenting on the team building and group skills they gleaned during the two weeks as well as the amount of self-discipline required throughout the program.
Caleb Mihelic, a student in the Fire Protection program and a current intern at the GFD said, "At the Fire Academy they pushed us to become better firefighters, brothers in the fire service and better leaders- just like our shirts say 'We are held to a higher standard'. That saying helps me to keep pushing myself and others with me. The Fire Academy was great. I enjoyed it and would recommend others who want to join the Fire Service to go. Don't let the 710 push-ups and the 17 miles of running scare you because in the end, it was worth it all."
Seven of the 10 young men that started and completed the Academy are currently interns at the GFD studying to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Protection from OPSU. With the completion of the Fire Fighter 1 Academy, the OPSU Fire Protection students are one step closer to achieving this goal!