Firefighters share special day at St. Michael's

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BRATTLEBORO — Members of the Brattleboro Fire Department paid a special visit to the high school students at St. Michael's School on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

They sat down for an informal presentation while the students had their lunch for the day. Each member of the department shared their story of how they came to be involved in the fire department. Some knew when they were in high school that it was their dream, and others found their way after other careers.

The students asked great, engaging questions of the men about their most challenging and exciting calls, the educational requirements and rigors needed to become a firefighter, and the aspects of their job that they most enjoy or dislike. They discussed how to balance work and family life, and who cooks the best meals in the firehouse. It was a great chance for the students to build a relationship with our community heroes. But the visit comes at a critical time when the high school students are discerning their path after high school. The school's goal is to help prepare them for the future and give them exposure to various career paths. Hopefully this got some of them thinking about a potential career in public safety.

The high point came afterwards: The SMS Saints high school basketball team challenged the fire department to a pickup basketball game outside. The rest of the students gathered around to watch and cheer on both sides. It was a lively and playful match, with lots of smiles, cheering, and high fives. No score was kept but both sides played hard and competitively. The fire department clearly had a great time letting down their guard, just playing on the school yard with the children. The school plans to welcome them back monthly to help nurture an ongoing relationship with the students.

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