High school students put firefighting skills to the test

High school students put firefighting skills to the test

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

About 250 students from high schools across the state put their firefighting skills to the test during the 10th annual Fire Science Muster in Glendale.

"Here's like the culmination of their entire school year where they've learned all their fire science techniques and they get to show it off today," said Capt. Darrell B. Wiseman with Phoenix Fire Department.

Fire science students from all around the state took part in the competition.

It's a team based relay where each student gets to do one sequence of events--and timing is everything.

During the first part of the competition, they suit up by putting on the fire fighting gear, then it's time to put on the breathing equipment, run a water supply from a fire hydrant--and it doesn't stop there.

Students had to pull a 150 firefighting attack line and perform a simulated rescue.

"I think a big part that's challenging is running because you have all this heavy gear on, trying to run with steel toed boots that are hard to run in," said Hyland Boswell with Apollo's fire science.

Some future firefighters say competitions like this give them a head start on the type of skills they'll need on the job.

I've never realized how hard a firefighter has it and how much danger they put themselves in," said Boswell.

But this competition is more than just about being a firefighter.

"We're just not talking about being firefighters because not everyone's going to be a firefighter.  There's everybody from dispatcher to fire prevention engineers," said Wiseman.

The winning team took home a traveling trophy and a new appreciation of a day on the job.

We want these people to be on top of the technology and this is the generation to do it," said Wiseman. "You can ask any instructor out here, we're just like proud parents."

Sunrise Mountain High School and Liberty High School took first place for the boys team and
the girls team from Franklin Fire and Police High School also finished first.

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