We want your opinions

July 09, 2006

ISSUE:

A firefighter cadet training program for Anne Arundel County High School students has been canceled for the coming school year, mainly because of declining interest, and the seven students hoping to take the yearlong course must change their academic schedules. The program, which began in the county in 2000, prepares students to join volunteer or professional fire departments. According to a Fire Department spokesman, officials determined that the course wasn't achieving its goals, and the department and the school system jointly decided to suspend the program for a year while the curriculum is revamped. But a representative of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association said the decision to cancel the course was premature and made without input from the association, which had pushed for the creation of the program.

YOUR VIEW:

Should the firefighter cadet training program have been canceled for the next school year? How could it be improved?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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