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Fire Cadet Academy Will Move to Vermont Tech in 2013

Randolph — Vermont Fire Cadet Academy, a weeklong, intensive summer program for youth ages 14 to 17, will move to Vermont Technical College in 2013.

A program of the Vermont State Firefighters Association, the academy teaches basic fire fighting and emergency service skills and promotes confidence, team cooperation and individual responsibility.

It is also designed to encourage community involvement be young people.

“We chose Vermont Tech because we were looking for new ideas,” said Francis Buck, who is president of the association and director of the academy. “With a top fire science program and a state-of-the-art burn building, Vermont Tech is a great fit with the our program and goals.”

Cadets are typically sponsored by their local fire departments, and attendance is limited to 48.

“These cadets are our future leaders in the state fire service,” said Buck. “We hope that we can instill in them the lessons we’ve learned and that they will carry on our best practices.”

The college offers an associate’s degree in fire science, which prepares students to pursue careers as firefighters; emergency medical technicians; fire suppression-alarm system installers and technicians; fire inspectors; and fire investigators.

The program offers certifications in both firefighter I and II, and technical rope rescue.

— Staff report