This is for the individual(s), and you know who you are, (Timberwolf55) which is not informed........
It's a very good idea, I'm a career Firefighter, and I've been doing this for over 20+ years. Our department use to have an Explorer program for this purpose. We didn't get paid any money, it was strictly volunteering your time. These kids arranged from 15 - 19 years old. This gave them an edge in learning our (my) trade. If they go to a college which offers some Fire Science Courses, they get to take the Firefighter 1 & 2 Certification, which in some cases some departments are looking for those individuals, because of the cost factor of running a Fire Academy.
On our Department if you have FF 1 & 2, you are in a classroom for about two weeks, yes you get to go to fires, but not during a working fire. After the fire is our, they get to go in and do some overhauling, wetting down the room(s), pulling ceiling(s), cutting holes in floors. Basically the same thing we (I) do, except the fire is out. Now after the two weeks, then they are put on the floor, on a 24 hour shift.
I think the best way you can find out about these things, come and work in our environment.
Some people, OK a lot of people don't know what we do on the JOB.
To name a few (we do more then sit down in "Lay z boys")
Have have HAZ-MAt training over 200 hrs. I'm sorry Hazardous Materials
Have training for "Weapons of Mass Destruction"
Water rescue training (Summer and Winter)
Confine Space training
Smoke reading Classes
The list goes on and on.
So you see, they (kids) will get a lot of training, and this hopefully will keep them safe.
See you should be glad to have someone watching your back while you are sleep. Just think if we weren't there, you wouldn't be either.
So, give some respect, to our Career. We clean up other peoples mistakes. and it sounds like you made a lot of messes in your life.
So, Step Off, and you know what that means.