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Raissa Tetanish
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Amherst Fire Department setting up junior program

Brad Hollis, 17, gets suited up at the Amherst Fire Department. Because of his age, Hollis can't join the fire department just yet, but is excited at the department's plans to create a junior program. The junior department will be open to males and females between the ages of 16 and 19. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - For teens aspiring to run into burning buildings to save lives, a new program will give them more of an opportunity to prepare to do just that.

The Amherst Fire Department is putting together a junior program, and the news couldn't be better for 17-year-old Brad Hollis.

"I think it's great. It's a good idea and will hopefully get new guys involved and the word out," said Hollis, who spent 100 hours with the firefighters as part of a school co-op program.

The junior department, which should be underway by the end of September, will give males and females between the ages of 16 and 19 a chance to participate in everything the other firefighters do, except go into the hot zone.

Firefighter Mike Carter said the juniors will "participate in regular training sessions, meetings, drills, fundraising and any other projects." He said they'll be able to fight fires once they become a full firefighter.

For more information on the junior department, call 667-2518.

Organizations: Amherst Fire Department

Geographic location: AMHERST

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