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    Posted by Julia Budd on 10/11/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Students standing outside of Center for the Arts near Woodstock Ladder Fire Truck #176


    In its first semester, 15 students enrolled in the new Fire Technology course at The Woodstock Academy.


    The class is filled with hands-on opportunities thanks to several local fire departments. Early in the semester, Bungay Fire Brigade brought an engine tanker to campus so that students could become familiar with how the truck is used and the equipment on it. More recently, Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association brought their ladder truck to campus. Pomfret and Eastford Fire Departments have also donated gear and tools for the course.


    Fire Technology teacher, Adam Bottone, who is himself is a volunteer firefighter and The Woodstock Academy’s P.E. and Health Department Chair described the value of students seeing the actual trucks and equipment used by local departments. Through learning the needs of each department and how they use equipment differently to meet those needs, students are also learning more about the communities they live in.


    A few students in the course are already volunteering with their local fire departments in some capacity, and, as a result of the class, several more students have expressed interest in joining their local departments. Some students taking the class are interested in pursuing Fire Technology as a career path, while others are just looking for a way to serve their community.


    The elective course follows the curriculum for becoming a state-certified firefighter. The class spent a week training with Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBAs) donated by the Attawauguan and Norwich Fire Departments.


    “After several days of inspection training on the air packs, the students were blindfolded and needed to put their packs together and go on air – not an easy task by any means. It has been an eye-opening experience for the students and they are learning a lot!” said Bottone.


    “We believe it is important for our students to explore a wide range of interests while in high school. Not only does this help them become well-rounded individuals, but it will also help inform the decisions they make about their future,” said Chris Sandford, Head of School at The Woodstock Academy.




    The Woodstock Academy is an independent, day and boarding, co-educational, college preparatory high school for grades 9–12 and postgraduates located in Woodstock, CT. The mission of The Woodstock Academy is to prepare all students for a lifetime of learning by providing academic rigor, a safe environment, and a diversity of educational experiences which will foster a sense of respect for self and others, and will encourage active investment in family, school, community, and the world.


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