Volunteer fire company to hold introductory class to encourage younger participants

An Olyphant, Penn., volunteer fire department will begin a training class in the spring for beginner and veteran firefighters in an effort to recruit more volunteers.

"One of the reasons we are advocating for this kind of training is because it's very difficult to recruit new members," Olyphant Hose Company 2 Assistant Fire Chief Christine Powell said, according to the times-tribune.com. "This area is probably 90 percent volunteer."

Powell said the firefighter I class is designed to provide training in order "to function safely and effectively as a firefighter," the times-tribune.com reports.

Members of the training class will take written and skills tests, as well as participate in a controlled structure fire as one of the last components of the course.

Powell hopes the course will be an incentive to get younger participants interested in volunteering in local fire department companies. She said the course is a good introduction for those interested in the profession, according to the times-tribune.com.

The class needs 15 registered participants, so a date has not been set, but Powell hopes to hold it in the spring. If there is enough interest, the course will use state-certified instructors from Bucks County Community College, the times-tribune.com reports.

The course is not limited to residents of Olyphant. Participants must be at least 18 years of age.