CTC STUDENTS CLEAR ACCESS TO FIRE HYDRANTS AS SNOW DAY CHALLENGE
Holland, MI- Students in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program at Careerline Tech Center, a service of Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, cleared snow from a 3’ x 3’ area around fire hydrants to allow easier access by firefighters in the case of an emergency.
Kim Schrader, EMS Instructor for CTC, said Tech Center is always looking for community service options. Since the EMS program works closely with fire departments, this was a perfect fit.
“Shoveling snow away from fire hydrants is a great way for students to give back while getting a glimpse of what it's like to live and work in the public safety sector,” Schrader said. “With a little bit of time, a shovel, and some hard work our students help the community and get the satisfaction of being a part of a team!
In Grand Haven Charter Township alone there are over one thousand fire hydrants that firefighters depend on to provide a sustained water supply during an emergency. A fire can double in size every 30 seconds. Quick access to a water supply is vital to firefighter safety and helps minimize property loss.
“The extra 3-5 minutes it takes a fire crew to locate and clear a hydrant can be devastating,” Shawn Schrader, Chief of Grand Haven Township Fire and Rescue Department, said. “We greatly appreciate it when citizens take the time to clear the snow away from them as this small act of kindness can make an enormous difference during an emergency.”
EMS program student and Hudsonville High School senior Avery Wyckoff said, that clearing snow from fire hydrants is a simple act that protects the community and ensures emergency responders have quick access in case of fires.
“It is a small effort that can make a big difference in keeping our community safe,” Wyckoff added.
Careerline Tech Center
Operated by Ottawa Area ISD, Careerline Tech Center prepares high school juniors and seniors for tomorrow's workforce by providing career and technical education in more than 25 career areas. CTC serves students from public and private high schools, as well as those who are homeschooled, within the following local school districts: Allendale, Coopersville, Grand Haven, Hamilton, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Saugatuck, Spring Lake, West Ottawa, and Zeeland.
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) collaborates with local schools and communities to support the educational needs of individuals from birth through all ages in the Ottawa region. By pooling resources and delivering services on a regional scale, Ottawa Area ISD efficiently provides essential programs and services to local K-12 public, charter, and parochial schools, as well as to families and adult learners, ensuring these offerings are both comprehensive and cost-effective. Visit www.oaisd.org to learn more.