The Pomona Fire Department presented Coleby Carey with a $500 scholarship Monday night at the monthly Pomona City Council meeting. Carey, a 2012 West Franklin High School graduate, attends Hutchinson Community College and is studying fire science.
Carey has a goal of becoming a career firefighter, but first must complete more than 60 credit hours, including training in emergency medical response and hazardous materials removal.
Monday’s award was the first of what is hoped to be many such scholarships awarded by the Pomona Fire Department, Stan Lantis, fire chief, said at the meeting. He also stressed the money was not in the fire department’s budget, but instead was raised by the firefighters themselves.
“This is some money the fire department came up with through a couple of outside sources and, rather than spend it on equipment or whatever, we decided to start the scholarship fund,” Lantis said.
The volunteer fire department also has an internship program available for high school students 16 and older. Students are able to experience firefighting first-hand, Lantis said, by riding along on calls with the volunteers. The program is intended to further the young person’s interest in firefighting as a career, he said.