Community, Fire Department

Hayward firefighters teach next generation

September 12, 2017

The Hayward Fire Department and Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (ROP) have kicked off the third year of a partnership that is allowing local students to explore and prepare for careers in the fire service and emergency medicine.

Student cadets spend time at Hayward Fire Department (HFD) training grounds every Monday for hands-on training and coaching, applying theories learned in the classroom as part of Eden Area ROP’s first-responder program.

Topics and skills include use of hose lines and ladders for fire suppression; proper use of self-contained breathing apparatus and protective clothing; preparation for the firefighter testing process; cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training; basic wild-land firefighting operations; and search and rescue techniques. Using a mentorship model that matches students with firefighter volunteers, the program also teaches concepts that transcend the fire service—such as teamwork, work ethic, attention to detail, self-confidence and discipline.

HFD, meanwhile, sees its partnership with Eden Area ROP as an innovative way to connect with young people who might someday join the department and help strengthen its community ties and understanding.

To learn more and to hear from some of the student cadets and firefighter volunteers, check out this video.