The Prairie Land Regional School Division is looking into offering college credits in firefighting for high school students.
"We're working with Lakeland College, and our local fire departments in putting together a curriculum that students can take during their high school years but also get College level credit, and get certification in firefighting at the same time." advised Prairieland Superintendent Cam McKeage.
"Every one of our small communties have fire departments in one form or another and it assists the community, but it assists special interests as well."
While they are still trying to work out the details of the course, McKeage explained that he would be surprised if the program wasn't offered to students for fall 2018 enrollment.
"We'll have to match curriculum that Lakeland College or a post secondary school would have regarding firefighting in addtition to the National Fire Fighting Board, and High School credit as well." he told 99.5 Drum FM.
Lakeland College offers a 12 week program to prepare students to enter the fire and emergency services field.