Students in the Foothills School Division have a unique summer program starting up.

It's a First Responder program for high school students which teaches lifesaving skills and earns them credits toward graduation.

Long-time teacher and firefighter Bryan Mouland will be instructing the course.

"I am thrilled to bring my experience and passion for first responders to the Foothills School Division and the community that I have called home for fifteen years. I have seen first-hand the impact that this program has on students' learning, confidence, and future goals. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with the next generation of first responders." - Bryan Mouland, CTS Teacher and First Responder Program Instructor

He's been a teacher for 19 years, and a full-service firefighter in Foothills County for 10 years.

“I am delighted to welcome Mr. Mouland and the First Responder program to our summer school. This program is a unique opportunity for students to explore various aspects of first responder services and learn from a highly qualified and experienced instructor, Mr. Mouland. The program also instills a sense of leadership, resilience, and compassion in all who participate in the program. I look forward to seeing the immense pride of the students when they realize the positive impact they will make in their communities after completing this program." – Rob Gallacher, Principal, FSD Summer School

The summer program covers first aid, CPR, workplace safety, communication skills, mental health, and professional standards and ethics for first responders.

Students can earn credits towards their CTS component as well as certificates in Standard First Aid, Airway Management, Oxygen Therapy, and BLS CPR.

“This program introduced me to my future career and helped set me up for success in my chosen field. After being exposed to the different branches of first responders and their responsibilities to the community, I was able to determine that becoming a Paramedic was going to be the career for me. I achieved my Primary Care certification last year and am currently working towards my Advanced Care certification. The program not only taught me the theory behind the professions but also taught skills that were unique to each one.” - Kiyomi Evans, testimonial, PCP.

Students can apply from now until May 30 and you can find more information on their website.

The program runs from July 2-29, 2024.