About 90 Boy Scouts, ages 11-14, from the Clearwater District in Eau Claire County, spent recent Saturday earning their fire safety merit badge. With help from several of CVTC's FireMedic students, the scouts learned about fire extinguishers, hose lines, firefighter gear and equipment, home safety, outdoor fire safety, roof ventilation and ladder climbing, emergency medical service, and ropes and knots. Decked out in firefighter turnout gear, the scouts operated fire hoses and experienced firsthand the power of water.
Nathaniel Alicia from Troop 124 said, "I've learned a lot about fire and the importance of putting my stuff away, especially electronics. I also learned the fastest and safest way to get out of a burning house."
The educational part of the day was followed by a firefighter muster. Scouts participated in three events: the bucket brigade, the midnight fire, and search and rescue.