A group of Bullard students show they have what it takes to pursue a career in fire and emergency medical services.
On April 23, the Bullard Junior Firefighter team traveled to Rowlett to compete in the 2022 Fire Games, where they competed against teams from Gunter, Plano, Rockwall and Rowlett in five categories – EMS, cargo hold equipment, part finding , make and break and fire fighting challenge. The team won first place in the EMS category.
“These young men and women had been training for the past two months and – before the event – every week for the past two months to be ready,” said program coordinator Sharon Amora-Grammer. “They worked so hard, and in the end did their best and won first place,”
The Bullard Junior Firefighter program began in July with six junior firefighters, Amora-Grammer said. It has since grown to eight. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month and has a weekend night drill once a month. During nighttime exercise, students plan, cook and purchase their meals and undergo training in topics such as first aid and CPR, food handler safety and ground search and rescue.
Amora-Grammer said junior firefighters also help with local events.
Tripp Davis, 14, said the team put a lot of time and effort into training and preparation, which led to a first-place finish at the games.
“My experience with the Junior Fire Department has had a big influence on my career and my goals,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what this program has to offer later down the road.” Davis said.
Tali Amora, who attends Bullard Middle School, said while the whole event was fun, she had her favorite categories competing.
“What I enjoyed the most about the Fire Games was the ‘make and break’ part of the competition, and my favorite was the room finder because you seek out and save your buddies from the fire department,” she said. “You can look for someone in a dark room or in a building. It was really good to win the EMS category.
Originally hosted by the Dallas Fire Department, Rowlett Explorer Post One took over the event two years ago when the Dallas Fire Department did not renew its youth program after COVID-19 , according to Rowlett Explorer adviser Scott Hart.
Hart said the event was important for young people interested in pursuing a career in the field.
“This event gives our youth the opportunity to showcase their skills and deepen their passion for fire and EMS services. We are training the leaders and first responders of tomorrow,” Hart said. “The Fire Games is an event that everyone looks forward to and allows young people to network with like-minded young people from other cities.”
Hart said it was a great accomplishment for Team Bullard to take first place in the EMS category.
“The EMS event allows young people to practice skills such as patient extraction, CPR, triage and stabilization. Bullard trained hard in this category, and the results show their hard work,” a- “It’s a testament to the youth and leadership of their program,” he said.
Bullard High School student and team member Carsen Bunger said the program taught him valuable life lessons.
“It taught me a lot about respecting others as well as myself. It also taught me that everyone is good at something and working as a team will be more effective,” Bunger said.
His teammate Devin Nelson agreed.
“The program taught me that when you bring together a group of capable people, we can work together to get things done – big or small,” Nelson said.
For more information on the Bullard program, visit the Bullard Junior Firefighter Program Facebook page at facebook.com/BullardJrFirefighterProgram.