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Summit County teen honored for pursuit of firefighting career

Daily News staff report

Special to the Daily

After spending this summer fulfilling a long-held dream of interning for a fire department, local teen Liam Allen was recently honored by the Frisco Workforce Center for his hard work.

“He pursued his career passion to be a firefighter,” said Jill Seal of the workforce center. “We acknowledged his pursuits and dedication to that.”

Allen, who participated in the 2012 Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, was honored alongside other teens with a plaque earlier this month at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver.

The job hunt has been in place across the state since 1981, and provides teens with entry into the workforce, and education and experience that helps lead to self-sufficiency.

“This year, workforce centers across Colorado provided almost 40,000 young people with assistance in resume writing, interviewing skills, and job-search strategies,” said Department of Labor and Employment executive director Ellen Golombek. “They connected thousands with summer jobs thanks to community-minded businesses. Every employer who hired a young person this summer was working in collaboration with our schools to build and strengthen our future workforce.”

Allen’s internship with Red, White and Blue Fire Protection District in Breckenridge was his first job, and he appreciated the chance to work with the firefighters and learn about what’s required to be successful. He assisted with daily operations around the station, went out to non-emergency calls and participated in building fire inspections.

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Allen joked that one of the first things he learned at the station was the importance of being able to cook, and that he might add culinary arts courses to the training programs he will be exploring in preparation for a career as a firefighter.

“We’re just very proud of his accomplishments, and all of the students who participated in the program,” Seal said.

There were 12 Summit County teens who participated this year.

Although the program’s 32nd year has come to a close, the services are provided year round. Workforce centers offer workshops and counseling in resume writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies to help young people gain a competitive edge in their job hunt.