Dublin Jerome High School student Carson DeCarlo's father, Carmen, is a lieutenant with the Columbus Division of Fire and DeCarlo has plans to follow in his footsteps.

Dublin Jerome High School student Carson DeCarlo's father, Carmen, is a lieutenant with the Columbus Division of Fire and DeCarlo has plans to follow in his footsteps.

"I wanted to be a fireman all my life," DeCarlo said.

To that end, the 17-year-old joined Washington Township's first Youth Fire Academy, where he and a handful of other teens are participating in the free four-week training to learn more about what a fire department does.

This year's training is already underway. Fire department officials said they plan to hold the academy again in 2017, but a bit earlier in the year, said James Ross, Washington Township Fire Department safety officer training manager.

Carter Flick, 11, is a Henry Karrer Middle School student.

He said he enjoyed seeing an intubation demonstration performed on a dummy during the academy's first class, which was focused on emergency medical services.

Like DeCarlo, Flick said his goal of being a firefighter motivated him to take the classes.

"It's quite enjoyable," he said.

The first week, students were taken through an abbreviated first aid class, Ross said.

The second week, they were able to view a demonstration of a rope rescue from the side of a four-story training towner.

During the third week, students will participate in a search and rescue activity, crawling into the training tower and working with crew members to learn how to identity and remove victims.

During that training, they will also see crew members put out a staged fire in the training tower.

The fourth week includes fire extinguisher training and graduation.

Ross said the academy is open to all teens, not just those seeking to make fire fighting a career.

"They just learn it to learn it," he said.

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