Young First Responders Compete Against Each Other in State Leadership Conference
A group of teenagers competed against each other today in Ocala and showed off their skills as young first responders and law enforcement professionals.
The Florida Public Service Association held it's annual state leadership conference that's drawn close to 300 students from 14 different schools from around the state.
These students are competing against each other in areas like fingerprinting, public speaking, defensive tactics, firearms, forensics and first responder obstacle courses.
The students say they take pride in what they do.
"I like being able to help people, socialize with new people and helps with my public speaking skills and it will help when I go to college to be able to meet new people," said competitor Nicki Mckown.
Students who stick with the Florida Public Service Association fire program for their high school career can take a test and become a certified firefighter one when they graduate.
Close to $30,000 worth of scholarships will be given out to students this week.
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