WEST ORANGE, NJ - Seniors in the West Orange High School (WOHS) CPR classes were recently visited by WOHS alumni from Fire Company 3, who offered advice and encouragement for the graduating students.
Captain John Gibson (WOHS Class of 1996), Jimmy Turco (WOHS Class of 1991) and Leon Sederwall (WOHS Class of 2008) are West Orange Fire Department (WOFD) members and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Their former teacher and the current Physical Education and Health Supervisor at WOHS, Kevin Alvine, invited the men to come and encourage the students as they study CPR.
In addition to answering a variety of questions, such as the criteria for becoming a firefighter, the WOFD members also discussed the protocols of going on EMT and fire calls, including their schedules of one 24-hour shift followed by three days off.
"Our job is always evolving," said Gibson, as several students expressed an interest in pursuing a career in the field.
Students who pass the CPR course at WOHS will become Red Cross-certified in CPR and First Aid.