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Students participate in firefighter experience

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Saginaw teenagers are getting the chance to walk in the boots of first responders and learn what it's like to perform life-saving rescues as firefighters.

The diversity initiative, Community Explorers, have a new youth training program aimed at preparing teens for the future.

Throughout the week course the students will see physical fitness, CPR and fire rescue.

Chedrick Greene is teaching Saginaw High School students what it takes to be a firefighter.

"What we wanna do is just give more kids an opportunity to see what it is that firefighters do. A lot of times they may see a firetruck go down the road or watch Chicago Fire on TV, but never really get to touch and actually see what it takes to be a firefighter," Greene said.

The week long fire department training will be at the Central Fire Station in Saginaw. Students will see how experts perform boat rescues and pull people from car accidents. They will also learn some survival training if they ever find themselves in a tough spot.

Greene said this is the second year for the program and that it's open to all Saginaw area high school students between the ages of 15 and 17 years old.

Students like McKeena Love are counting down the days until they can start working as a firefighter.

"Fire safety is extremely important because a fire can start in the snap of your finger. Fires spread very quickly and are very hot, meaning that kids that do fire safety can handle the situation a lot better than kids that don't," Love said.

KeShawn Cannon said he also wants to put on the fire suit one day and he is excited to learn more about his future career.

"For the fireman experience, it's interesting and to have the option to be a fireman one day," Cannon said.

Cannon, Love and four other students will graduate on Friday.

Greene said the students can even use the training on their resume and for those who missed out on the class this time, there will be more in the future.

"If it seems like interesting to you, it probably is. You should probably come down to Central Fire Station at 801 Federal in our prevention bureau and get an application," Greene said.

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