Garfield County middle-schoolers are receiving a lesson in fire safety and rescue from the Colorado River Fire Rescue this spring.
A group of students at Rifle and Riverside middle schools are attending the Jr. Fire Rescue Academy as part of ACCESS Roaring Fork's "SecondShift" afterschool program. The academy provides the opportunity for Fire Rescue personnel to work directly with area youth in weekly classes that teach the participants fire safety, firefighting techniques and basic CPR. At one recent class monitored by Fire Rescue personnel, students learned firsthand from the professionals how to extinguish a live fire. The 10-week session will culminate in a field trip to the fire station in each of the two communities.
Formed in September 2012 and dedicated to protecting life, home and property through leadership, education and partnerships, Colorado River Fire Rescue is the product of combining the Rifle and Burning Mountains fire protection districts.
The "SecondShift" afterschool program provides a wide-ranging academic and enrichment curriculum to students in five middle schools in Garfield County. For more information about ACCESS programs, visit www.accessrf.org.