Howell Public Schools Fire Academy Cadets Experience Live Fire in Final Training

Howell Public Schools Fire Academy Cadets Experience Live Fire in Final Training
Posted on 05/19/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Howell Public Schools Fire Academy Cadets Experience Live Fire in Final Training

Cadets in the Howell Public Schools Fire Academy recently experienced what it is like to enter a burning building. In their final practical training of the year, the cadets entered a specialized burn building to experience an actual fire up close. While in the building the cadets completed several exercises such as observing how a fire begins, grows, and behaves, pulling hoses into the building and performing search and rescue operations in a smoke filled room. The training put all of the skills that the cadets have learned this school year to the test.

“Inside the building, it was super hot, a lot hotter than I thought it would be. After sitting there for a while, it started to turn black, and the smoke banked down. It was really cool watching your visibility slowly sink to the floor," said Cadet Brittany Tooman. “It was really cool knowing about the smoke and what is in the smoke. We knew right away that the black smoke was full of fuel and the white smoke, you can’t breathe it, but it was pretty harmless when it came to flashover and we knew what flashover was, just things to look out for and how the fire grew that was really cool.

Tooman plans to pursue a career in firefighting. For her, the academy has been a phenomenal experience. “Being with people my own age in a career that I am very passionate about has been an awesome experience. I hope to carry everything I have learned here and the friendships I have made through my career,” added Tooman.

The Howell Public Schools Fire Academy is a unique program that allows high school juniors and seniors to complete the required classroom and practical trainings needed to earn their state firefighters certification. Additionally, the students earn high school credits for the class. The program was created in partnership with local fire agencies.

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2017 West Corporation. All rights reserved.