New Boston fire cadets ready to face the heat at academyBy KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Union Leader Correspondent
June 19. 2014 10:58PM
NEW BOSTON — New Boston Fire Fighter Cadet program members today head to the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord for a week of training.
Advisor John Jones said, “It’s very beneficial. They come back and they utilize the skills and they do very well.”
The cadets worked hard to raise money by doing yard work, selling cookie dough, yard sales, moving furniture and organize events at the town’s July 4 event.
New Boston has two female cadets, Capt. Emma Little and Lt. Brooklyn Merron, and two male cadets, Patrick O’Brien and Patrick Dalton, with two additional members coming on board. Explorer cadets range from age 14 to 22.
Brooklyn Merron, 17, has been a cadet since age 14 and attended three fire academies. She experienced a fire scenario at the last academy and said, “The first time going in kind of freaked me out a little then after I was okay.
“My dad has been on the fire department pretty much his whole life and he said I should go down and I did and fell in love with it,” said Merron.
“I like the action and I like helping people. You can never really be bored with this,” said Merron, who has ambitions to be an emergency room nurse. She will be a senior at New Boston High School this fall.
When the fire alarm sounds, cadets can go on the truck if there is room. They can assist by filling firefighter air tanks, or get supplies and haul water. “We can do almost anything outside the fire but just can’t in,” said Merron.
Goffstown resident Patrick O’Brien has been an explorer for three years and will be a high school senior next fall. He’s looking forward to his second year at the academy.
“I’m excited. I went last year and it was an awesome experience. I made a lot of new friends and kept in touch with them. I learned a lot about my fire gear, history and other things,” said O’Brien.
“I’m hoping to gain more experiences and new knowledge to further my skills and help me with my career,” said O’Brien who wants to be a career firefighter.
“My dad is a fire chief and I’ve been living and breathing fire since I was a kid. I knew a few years ago we had to keep it in the family. I love the fire house, the experience and to help people,” said O’Brien.
“It’s a brotherhood,” he said.
Cadets that graduate from the New Boston program help advise younger members and some have become full-time firefighters in other communities. New Boston is a volunteer fire department.
“I’m very proud of them,” said Jones.