How do you get young people trained to fight fires? Well, it’s not easy.
It requires 300 hours of training to be certified by the state as a firefighter.
And that naturally takes time – time that not too many people can commit to a job that, in most cases, is a volunteer job.
Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell has an innovative idea about how to get more young people interested in the fire service. He wants the schools to develop a two-year, four-hour elective class for the county’s high schools.