Smithfield, NC - October 26, 2022 – The Smithfield-Selma High School (SSS) Fire Club called attention to breast cancer awareness by visually representing breast cancer awareness imagery on the school’s fire hydrant. The hydrant was chosen as the canvas for this project because its location draws attention during school arrivals and departures. The SSS Fire Club meets on Thursdays each week during Sparta Time, a time planned in the school's daily schedule for curriculum enrichment, remediation, group meetings and club activity.
The Fire Club works on community projects, building fire props for training, maintaining fire trucks, and holding fundraisers for the program and community needs. The Fire Science program also graduates men and women with the certifications and degree to be employable and promotable within the ranks of the Fire Service upon completion of the program. This program is a partnership between Johnston County Public Schools, Johnston Community College, The Office of The State Fire Marshal, and the professional men and women of the Johnston County Fire Service.
The Fire Club’s 50 students decided to repaint the school’s dalmatian-themed fire hydrant which had been painted during the Spring 2022 semester. The student chosen to paint the fire hydrant is Storm Turner, a member of SSS’s Fire Academy and Club. WIth a strong art background as an honors art student, she took on the project with great success. She is currently working on a mural for the FIre Academy’s classroom paying homage to the firefighters and other first responders who perished on 9/11. Last year for the month of October, the Fire Club raised money and supported a firefighter battling cancer. The Fire Club also has a Dalmation mascot named Pierce. His owner is Chief and teacher of the Fire Academy, Edward Twigg.