Scott Safety Hosts Annual National Junior Firefighter Academy

MONROE, NC—Scott Safety, a global manufacturer of respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices, announced the successful completion of its fourth annual National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Academy. The day-long event took place at Scott Safety headquarters in Monroe, North Carolina, at the end of October. More than 60 junior firefighters and program advisors participated in this year’s Academy program.

“The Academy provides an excellent way for youth and advisors to share ideas, learn new drills, and make connections with firefighters from other departments,” says Greg Gatlin, former firefighter and manager of major accounts for Scott Safety. “We really enjoy participating in the NVFC National Junior Firefighter Academy. It’s a great opportunity for Scott Safety and Tyco to give back to our customer community and help juniors learn more about the important work and role of fire and emergency services.”

One of the highlights of this year’s Academy was a visit from the Carolinas HealthCare System MedCenter Air helicopter where the crew demonstrated emergency life-flight operations.

Cadets participated in equipment demos, a Scott Safety facility tour, and hands-on drills, including:
•    Vehicle Extrication: Cadets were shown proper techniques in lifting a vehicle off of a victim.
•    Thermal Imaging: Using a Scott thermal imaging camera, cadets learned how to search a building as they worked in teams to find a simulated fire in a dark room.
•    EMS: Cadets practiced proper EMS techniques in patient removal from a simulated traffic accident.
•    Forcible Entry Drill: Cadets studied techniques for forcible entry and how to rescue a victim.
•    Combat Challenge: Cadets participated in a modified mini combat challenge drill that tested their strength and teamwork skills.
The annual event is sponsored by the NVFC’s National Junior Firefighter Program, in partnership with Scott Safety and Tyco International.

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