Students in Nebraska gain real-world firefighting experience through one-of-a-kind community college internship

  • Source: WOWT-TV NBC 6 Omaha
  • Published: 01/09/2023 12:00 AM

A new program in Omaha is helping future firefighters get more hands-on experience as they finish their studies. “Every class you learn a lot, you know, book knowledge, but out here, you’re really putting it to use,” says Michael Molacek, a student at Metropolitan Community College studying fire science. Molacek is one of around a dozen who are involved in a new internship designed by the fire science program at MCC that partners with Bennington Fire & Rescue. “We are the only school and fire district that have an internship program similar to this, they actually work here alongside an active fire department and the crew thats on duty 24 hours a day,” says Jeff Strawn, the Fire Science Program Director at MCC. Several times each month, students will spend a full shift at Bennington learning from the staff and volunteers.


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