Gadsden City students experience life as a firefighter

High school students shadow Gadsden firefighters

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - Some Gadsden City High School students spent part of Wednesday living the life of a firefighter.

Gadsden firefighters and their chief, Steve Carroll, showed a number of juniors and seniors at Gadsden City High School some of the things firefighters have to do every day.

That comes as the school plans to add a career tech course in firefighting.

Students were able to run the hose, ride the bucket lift and even climb the big ladder at the fire department’s training facility next to the Northeast Alabama Regional Airport.

Students say their experiences have made them consider going into the fire service after graduation

“Just seeing how they control the fire and how they have fun by doing their job just to rescue people, like, I want to do that when I get older,” said Jeremiah Watts, a junior at Gadsden City.

“OK so I already have on career, but if something I don’t plan on like, my aid, this will be it. So, I probably will come out here,” said Tenise Johnson, moments after climbing the 100 ft. ladder on the ladder truck.

Even central staff and faculty member, like the school’s principal, got to climb the ladder and go up in the lift.

The students tell us what they saw and experienced Wednesday gave them new respect for Gadsden’s Bravest and others who work in the fire service.

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