The Howard and Suamico Fire Departments are recruiting future firefighters at Bay Port High School.
Both agencies were among the only 2 others in the state to receive a $25,000 grant to purchase the protective equipment for their new program, ‘Building Up Future Firefighters.’
Chief Joe Bertler with the Suamico Fire Department says, “It’s a great opportunity for not only us but community-wide. It benefits the citizens of both Howard and Suamico, and it gets more young adults interested in this service.” Before the program, the Suamico Fire Department provided internships with Bay Port. Junior Autumn Bloohm interned last summer and is now a certified firefighter.
“It was the best summer of my life. I learned so much about the community,” Bloohm says.
Up to 24 students can enroll in the program next school year.