Fire Safety and Career Building-Two Great Open Houses!

Two different stalwarts of our community, the Fire Service and Louisiana Community & Technical College System, held adjacent open houses at the college’s campus and the neighboring Fire Training Center. The synergistic combination provided an evening of fun, education and opportunity.

The Natchitoches Fire Department held its annual open house at the department’s training facility Thursday, October 7. Sparky the Fire Dog was joined by fellow mascots from BOM, Bossier Parish Community College and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The firefighters of the Natchitoches Fire Department were joined by their fellow members of the fire service from Fire Districts 4, 5 and 6 in teaching children fire safety.

The open house was a family orientated event with grilled hamburgers courtesy of the Brother’s Keepers MC. The youngsters were able to learn what to do in case of a fire in their home by crawling through a trailer filled with smoke to an exit. Children had an opportunity to use an actual fire hose on a target “fire”. The highlights of the evening, however, were demonstrations in which a training car was set on fire and extinguished by firefighters in full gear. There was also a demonstration as to what happens when you try to fry a still frozen turkey as well as a demonstration of just how quickly a Christmas tree can catch on fire. Several hundred area residents had an opportunity to meet the men and women who make our parish a better, safer place.

The Natchitoches Fire Department’s open house was a wonderful way to spend an evening with the family. The children had a terrific time and learned valuable lessons while playing and having fun.

The Natchitoches Campus of the LCTCS also held its open house Thursday, October 7. The campus offers eight different ways to a career with programs ranging from Cosmetology to Welding and Practical Nursing. The Natchitoches campus also offers the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program in conjunction with NSU in which students can earn both a certificate and an Associate of Science in Engineering Technology. Students in the program work at area industries 3 days per week and go to class for 2 days. They gain real world experience while earning competitive wages.

Each of the programs had displays telling visitors about the opportunities offered. They also had games for the children to play Cosmetology students expertly painted children’s faces. Natchitoches Dean Laurie Morrow, her students and faculty take an obvious pride in their facility and programs. There are 540 young men and women at the school who are making their future happen!

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