Learn to be a firefighter: "I always liked playing with fire"
By Asaf Kozin (Published on Ynet on August 31, 2017)
WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village is training pupils to be the next generation of firefighters. The new firefighting track includes full matriculation certificate.
Some high school students learn biology, others prefer geography, dancing or theater. There are also those who choose to protect the environment and battle wildfire.
WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village is training pupils to be the next generation of firefighters with a special track that is part of environment studies, which provides students with a Bagrut (matriculation) certificate.
In addition to matriculation, students from this track will be taught specialized topics from the field of firefighting and rescue. This track does not replace the regular classes but instead introduces additional classes dedicated only to the firefighting track. These additional classes include regular in-class activities as well as outdoor learning activities.
"I always liked playing with fire, and wanted to do something for other people," says Nava Alkaslay, one of the students of the track. Another student, Keren Or Lahav, said: "Because I have the relevant experience and skills, I can react in real time, which can help the firefighters who arrive later."
Most of the students from this track are interested in pursuing a firefighting career whether in the army or later in life. "This track is in essence a track for self-empowerment for youth through firefighting and rescue studies. Students of their age are usually interested in these subjects," says Pnina Geffen, director of the youth village.
Dr. Beni Fischer, Director of the Rural Educational Authority, dormitories and youth Aliya of the Ministry of Education, said: "This track incorporates regular matriculation subjects with attractive professions, such as firefighting – a role that entails a sense of a mission and a national need and priority."