Friday, September 25, 2020

Pace Center visits Marco Fire Department

Division Chief Don Jones, FF/PM Stoller, FF/PM Beatty, and FTP Jay take time to pose with all of the girls from PACE before they were called out for the third time! Photos courtesy of Marty Roddy

Division Chief Don Jones, FF/PM Stoller, FF/PM Beatty, and FTP Jay take time to pose with all of the girls from PACE before they were called out for the third time! Photos courtesy of Marty Roddy

In November, 12 girls and two staff from PACE Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee were privileged to have the opportunity to visit the Marco Island Fire Department. Mr. Marty Roddy, the Center’s Science teacher, coordinated the trip and Ms. Tiana Paez, Transition Services Coordinator, accompanied him and the girls on the one hour drive to Marco Island from Immokalee. The girls were in awe as they toured the Fire Station and got a first hand look at the inside life of a firefighter. It became real and a little frightening when the station received three back-to-back calls and had to leave the girls in the bay to tend to emergencies on the island. However, despite the organized chaos, many of the girls now have a better understanding of the demands of the job and a more defined outlook on their career paths. Here’s what they had to say:

“The trip to the Marco Island Fire Department was great! Becoming a firefighter never crossed my mind, but after learning about what the job entails, it is a career path that I will consider. It is a very interesting job!” ~Samantha A.

“There are so many interesting things about firefighters that I did not know until we visited the Marco Island Fire Department. They have such a busy schedule and had three calls during our visit! I am now thinking about becoming a firefighter or EMT.” ~TaQueshia S.

“A firefighter was not a career that I was interested in, but after visiting the crew at MIFD, I now have a new career on my list.” ~Julie G.

“Firefighters are tougher than I thought. They have many hard tasks such as responding quickly to a call and having to stay awake for 24 hours or more at times. The job they do is very admirable and I am proud that we have great firefighters such as the ones at MIFD that save lives every day!” ~Maria S.

“Going to the Marco Island Fire Department was wonderful! I always wanted to see how firefighters operated at the fire station. They have to respond so quickly and even sleep at the station. That’s something

Rodkerria, Angelica, Julie, Brianna, TaQueshia and Maria pose for a photo op in the firefighters’ bunks. Photos courtesy of Marty Roddy

Rodkerria, Angelica, Julie, Brianna, TaQueshia and Maria pose for a photo op in the firefighters’ bunks. Photos courtesy of Marty Roddy

that I’ve never seen, but it’s kind of cool!” ~Jessica A.

“My experience at the MIFD opened my eyes to the different careers out there for me. We talked about helping people and from that talk I decided that I want to help people also by becoming a nurse. The firefighters and their stories helped me decide what I want to do.” ~Lorena V.

“I enjoyed learning some of the things firefighters do on a daily basis. There are a lot of requirements to become a firefighter, but the end result is worth it!” ~Maggy N.

“We can all learn something from firefighters. They work together as a team and help each other out. They are a family and I respect the job they do even more after visiting the MIFD.” ~Rodkerria H.

“The Marco Island firefighters work for 2 days and have 4 days off. Although this seems like a great schedule, they have a tough job and spend a lot of time away from their families. I really appreciate what they do!” ~Angelica T.

“Being a firefighter is not as easy as I thought. There are many things to learn and many courses to take, such as CPR/First Aid. They spend a lot of time away from their families, but lean on each other for support. It is a hard job saving lives.” ~Brianna G.

“Firefighters respond to many different situations, not just fires. I did not know they had to sleep at the fire station. I thought they slept at home and returned to work in the morning like everyone else. Their job is very different from others that I am used to.” ~Venessa V.

“Firefighting may seem hard, but there is nothing like saving a life. The trip to the fire station was an awesome experience for me! It only takes two years to become a firefighter, but they have to exercise daily and work 48 hour shifts which require them to be away from their families for a long time. The most important thing I learned was that you have to be able to risk your life to save someone else’s. I am thankful for what they do!” ~Julie M.

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