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Fire science students get hands-on experience with WFD firefighters

Published On: Apr 19 2014 03:05:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 19 2014 06:48:40 PM CDT
WICHITA, Kan. -

Dozens are area high school students spent Saturday getting some hands-on experience career experience before they ever even graduate high school.

About 30 students from both Northeast Magnot and South High competed in the First Annual High School Department Challenge as a part of the fire science course offered by their high schools. With the help of Wichita firefighters, the teams competed in various firefighting activities and events set up at the WFD Regional Training Facility.

"They're basically competing in different team events that range in search and rescue to water supply and hose advancement," said Lance Onstott, the fire science instructor at Northeast Magnot. "They're things that firefighters do on the job every day."

"This is a great opportunity to talk about emergency response career pathways at a very young age," added Cpt. Steve Schowalter with WFD Fire Prevention.

The fire science program is still new in the Wichita community, but educators and firefighters alike are hoping it continues to grow and expand.

"I am on the outside," said Cpt. Schowalter. "I am going to retire in a number of years and hopefully one of these students that we are training now will replace me."

"These kids have worked really hard and they're out here and they have the community's best interest in mind," added Onstott.

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