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Students train to become firefighters in high school

1:10 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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Students at one Knox County High School are getting unique, on the job training as part of their course work.

Seven seniors at South Doyle High School are learning how to fight fires.

This is the first year the school district has partnered with Rural/ Metro firefighters to offer the program.

Rural/Metro carries the full cost of the program and the students have the opportunity to become licensed firefighters.  They are guaranteed a job as a Rural/Metro reserve firefighter upon graduation.

Instructor, Lt. Brian Woods said, "I want them all. I want all of them because they are all great guys. For us it's like an eight month job interview. Get to know them and love them. They are great guys and I hope they walk away as great firefighters."

The Knox County School District hopes to expand the program to other schools in the coming years.

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