Golden Fire Department partners with Lookout Mountain construction trades classroom
Last year, while conducting a routine fire inspection at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center, a firefighter with the Golden Fire Department observed youth in the construction trades program building mock homes. As a part of the classroom curriculum, youth enrolled in the program draw up blueprints and build their own customized small scale home based on their design. Knowing the homes could assist the department with fire safety training, the Golden Fire Department reached out to the construction trades instructor, Dave Dennis.
During the conversation, Dave was curious as to how the mock homes could assist the department with training. The representative informed him that, “In order to have a better understanding of the path of fire in a building, we set mock homes on fire in specific areas to determine the fire’s course.”
With the youth and administration on board, a new partnership began, which not only helped youth learn construction skills, but also helped improve fire safety skills of the local fire department. “I was very grateful knowing that another part of restorative community justice (RCJ) for our young men is to help the fire department by building these houses.” This is another way that our youth can give back to their community, Dave explained. “Each quarter, we receive new students into the construction program and we build houses to scale and then donate them to the Golden Fire Department.”
When asked how the youth react? The young men building the homes feel a sense of honor to know that their houses are used for the purpose of helping the community.