SkillsUSA® Students Compete at State Workforce Development Event hosted by MFRD

SkillsUSA AL students demonstrate career-ready skills in firefighting

The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department has partnered with Alabama SkillsUSA® to host the SkillsUSA® state competition in firefighting. SkillsUSA® is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Nationally, SkillsUSA® serves more than 330,000 members in high schools, middle schools, and colleges and is recognized by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as integral to CTE.  The future workforce of Alabama, including career and technical education (CTE) students from high schools and postsecondary programs across the state, competed in skill competitions for medals, scholarships, and industry awards.

On Monday, April 24, 2023, the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department hosted the SkillsUSA Alabama championships at the MFRD's Training Center (601 Owens Street). Students worked against the clock, proving their expertise and entry-level skills in firefighting, health care, and leadership. The competition evaluated each competitor’s preparation for firefighting careers through hands-on skill demonstrations and both written and oral presentations. Areas tested include safety; breathing apparatus; fire streams; ladders, ropes, knots, and hoses; fire control; ventilation; emergency medical care and rescue; and protecting fire cause evidence. 

Involvement in Alabama SkillsUSA’s Competitive Events programs offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life necessary in families, communities, and careers.  

All SkillsUSA contests are run with the support of industry experts, trade associations, and labor organizations. Each event tests competencies set by industry standards and may include a written knowledge assessment, hands-on skill demonstration, a resume review, or personal interview.  

First-place winners will be eligible to compete at the national SkillsUSA Championships in June.  

SPONSORS: Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. SkillsUSA receives support from 650 national partners. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers help ensure schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can assess if potential employees to be hired.  

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