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Poarch Fire and Rescue Donates Equipment to Law and Public Safety Students
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Friday, October 06, 2017

The Law and Public Safety Program (LAPS) at the Escambia Career Readiness Center could not wait to dig into the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donated to them by Poarch Fire and Rescue. The Personal Protective Equipment is an essential component to the LAPS program. It helps instruct students on firefighter safety and operations. The number of students participating in the LAPS program is steadily increasing. When the program first started, there were only 13 students. Fast-forward to year four, there are 34 students enrolled in the program and many are still trying to enroll in the program. The donation of the 16 sets of Personal Protective Equipment by Poarch Fire and Rescue allows each student to have his/her own gear. The instructor, Mr. Branden Barlow, is able to teach the students discipline and responsibility and instill in them a sense of pride in having their own gear. The instructor recently used the PPE to set up skill stations to perform evolutions to teach donning and doffing personal protective clothing, donning and doffing Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, maneuvering through confined spaces, and emergency exit of a structure after locating a hand line. The students are truly grateful for the opportunity to get hands on experience using this equipment. The school’s administrator, Mr. Todd Williamson, also sends a heartfelt thank you to the department for helping to meet the needs of the students. 

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