Asheboro Fire Department’s plan to continue community outreach
As the number of COVID continues to decline, local agencies such as the Asheboro Fire Department want to resume community action in hopes of bonding with residents.
In 2020, the division planned its Citizen’s Fire Academy program to teach people about the lives of professional firefighters, fire and life safety, and the fire service industry. That same year, the Ride-Along program was launched to allow the public, especially those interested in a career as a firefighter, to ride as a guest on a department device.
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Captain Jason Joines is responsible for the fire and life safety program, which has been in place for two years and four months. Through this program, the unit created the Ride-Along Option, which Joines says has been an absolute success in teaching young and old about fire services and what the department does.
“It was a home run because it really educates the public about what we’re doing,” said Joines. “As far as Citizen’s Fire Academy goes, it was lined up and ready to roll. We were getting ready to start it up, and then COVID hit, so we had to cancel it.”
According to Joines, there are many resources in Citizen’s Fire Academy other than the department itself, including simulations and the Randolph Community College training center. “We have held an in-depth course on what the fire department does and are preparing to reopen.”
Joines said the city’s outreach programs would open on May 3, but firefighters want to make sure Citizen’s Fire Academy doesn’t fall on a public holiday or an inappropriate day. The Ride-Along program will restart once the ministry has people ready to reapply.
“A lot of the planning will be dictated by how the months fall, because we have to come up with a reasonable month that people can participate in, because this is a dedicated program and we want the best participation,” concludes- he. mentionned.
In addition to previous opportunities, the office will be opening a new Explorer program for Asheboro City youth in schools, promoting it throughout the community. The program will bring young children to the fire department, where firefighters will teach on topics such as fire department techniques, integrity, duty and honor.
“It goes hand in hand with the mission of the fire department, and we love to help people. We’re just promoting the community as a whole, and our young people are where we need to start, ”Joines said. “So, it’s a plan that’s been on our minds for a long time, but now that COVID is over, it’s being crafted, and we just need to put it into play.”
The division intends to open the exploration program, but the fixed date has not yet been announced. However, the ministry is adamant in showing the community its daily tasks and opening a chapter on community engagement.
Interested residents can find more information about the fire department and its program by visiting their website.
Petruce Jean-Charles is a government watch reporter. They are interested in what is going on in the community and are open to advice on people, businesses and issues. Contact Petruce at [email protected] and follow @PetruceKetsia on Twitter.