New class fires up students at Texarkana College

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 03/28 2014 06:23AM

Updated 03/28 2014 06:42AM

Area firefighters in Texarkana get the chance to train at home.

Rookie firefighter, Lane Peeples, says he was born to be a firefighter risking his life to save others.

"I care about helping people," said Peeples. "That's my deal. I like helping people and having them depend on me."

Currently he's taking a Firefighter Training Academy class on-line.

He also is getting hands-on training about 100 miles away in Sulphur Springs.

But Peeples would rather stay closer to home, especially since his wife is expecting their first child.

"I don't want to have to leave family life, take me out of the family equation. I wouldn't have to be away," said Peeples.

However, Texarkana College is launching a new Fire Training Academy.

Meaning the next group of firefighters will be able to train locally.

Students will be able to get in-class learning, and hands-on training at the city's fire training facility.

"This is great for the Texarkana area, but we also feel like we'll pick up some international students for this program," said TC President, James Henry Russell. "It's great for us, but also it'll benefit the local economy."

Financially the area will benefit, and local heroes that grew up here will get to train here.

Ultimately doing what they love to do: putting their lives on the line for us.

The Firefighting Training Academy at Texarkana College will start in September.

The cost will be about $2,000.

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