Guilford County Schools Fire cadet program seeks to help firefighter shortage

  • Source: WGHP-TV FOX 8 High Point
  • Published: 05/18/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: For 24 hours a day, fire departments across the state dispatch crews to battle intense flames and help at traffic crashes and other emergencies. Many of them are short-staffed and are struggling to recruit. Guilford County Schools is launching a program to get high school students ready for the front lines once they get their high school diplomas. If you want to be a firefighter, you don’t fill out an application, show up and hop inside a firetruck. There are certifications needed, and it takes time to get people ready to respond. On Wednesday, some Ragsdale High School students learned how they can speed things up. “I don’t want to sit and wait about my career,” said Chanelle Rose, a junior at Ragsdale High School. College is not for everyone, but launching straight into a career after high school can be overwhelming.


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