CFO Alex Sink's Consumer eViews Newsletter

Volume 5 Number 32 August 8, 2008




Forty-six cadets and 10 advisors descended on the Florida State Fire College in Ocala for the first annual Fire Rescue Cadet Academy.

A section of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association, the cadet program was established to help train Florida’s future firefighters.

“It has been a pleasure having the cadets on our campus,” said Dave Casey, Bureau Chief of the Florida State Fire College. “We hope we have helped instill in them the motto of the program: Preparing Tomorrow’s Firefighters Today. We look forward to bringing back and growing the program next year."

The cadets’ training helped familiarize attendees with fire hoses, nozzles, and hose streams; with each cadet getting the opportunity to operate the nozzle individually and as a group.

Training came alive when the cadets played a game of soccer where only the water from the hose could touch the ball. This drill gave the real feel of maneuvering a charged hose line.

Another drill focused on properly putting on fire gear in a hurry. And, you can learn how to better move around in your protective gear by playing a game of volleyball.
After reviewing and practicing tying safety and rescue knots, the cadets took a “step of faith” to see if their ties would hold. As they stepped off that ledge, all were pleased that they had made the ties correctly.

Next, the cadets traveled through a plywood maze with twists, turns and obstacles for nearly 100 feet. After the maze, the cadets simulated searching for a victim in a three-room apartment, set up with old discarded furniture. Since there was no smoke, cadets wore protective hoods to simulate the visual difficulty experienced during a fire.

At weekend's end, the cadets gathered in an auditorium for their graduation ceremony, which included an honor guard’s presentation of the colors and comments from Lt. Rodney Robertson of Martin County Fire Rescue, Susan Schell, Fire College Instructor Supervisor, and Dave Casey, Bureau Chief of the Florida State Fire College.