Training the next generation of first responders in Pike County

  • Source: WNEP-TV ABC 16 Scranton
  • Published: 03/28/2024 12:00 AM

As smoke poured out of the Pike County Training Center, high school students suited up, ready to put their skills to the test with a live burn. "Everybody is kind of nervous going into this; no one is ever fully prepared there could be something that goes wrong," said Keith Wyman, Wallenpaupack Area High School Senior. The training is part of the Wallenpaupack Area School District's Career Technical Education Protective Services Program. The goal is to recruit the next generation of first responders. "There's not a greater need, I think, in our community than on the first responder front, whether it is law enforcement, EMS, or fire," said Superintendent Keith Gunuskuy, Wallenpaupack Area School District. It's a big day for these students; they've made a three-year commitment to get to this point in their training. They're the first class to participate in a live burn.


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