Q&A with Student-Leader Brenden Blair – AKA “Sparky the Firedog”

Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step –Provide multiple avenues for students and staff to lead, advocate, and serve within the school and community.

Indicator of Success –Student voice will have the power to impact the perceptions of others.

Remember last week’s post about Fletcher Elementary School’s very special visitor who assisted students with learning about fire safety? Meet Brenden Blair – also known as “Sparky the Firedog” in many parts of our community! We are pleased to present a Q&A with this committed student leader – former FES student and current senior at BFA Fairfax HS.

Brendan Blair

Q: Why did you decide to volunteer as a firefighter?

Brenden: I’ve always volunteered in the community whether it be putting up the local ice rink at the school or helping out with school fundraisers, but joining the fire department seemed like a more permanent way to stay active in the community. I fell in love with it after my first few calls. There’s something about providing a service people are truly grateful for – it’s so much more fulfilling than selling hot dogs at a school fundraiser.

Q: How long have you been doing this work, and what have you learned?

Brenden: I’ve been on the Cambridge Fire Department for a little over a year now. I have completed several courses and have been certified in CPR, Wildland Fire Control, Low Angle Rope Rescue and I will soon be certified in Hazmat at the operations level. Currently I’m enrolled in what is known as a Firefighter 1 course and will receive a national certification at its conclusion.

Q: In what other ways are you a student leader?

Brenden: I am a National Honor Society member, JHP (Junior High Project) Counselor, and I try to remain as active as possible in things in and around school.  

"Sparky" the Firedog greets the students with a friendly hello!  "Sparky" is a former FES student (Brendan Blair)

“Sparky” the Firedog (AKA Brenden Blair) greets the FES students.

We are proud to celebrate the great work of our student leaders! 

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