Hands On Learning for Future Firefighters


Thirty-three students from Northcentral Technical College got a feel for what a real house fire is like during a live fire exercise in Weston. Northcentral Technical College partnered with local fire departments to provide an experience for students instructors say can't be simulated.

"Today's firemen and firewomen are coming out of our schools, a lot of them don't have any live burn experience. Here we're able to come outside the building, go into a real house and have students actually hear what dry wall sounds like when it's burning, what it sounds like when ceilings are collapsing, they get the full effect in a house," NTC Director of Fire and EMS Training Doug Jennings told NewsChannel 7.

It only took five hours and seven different exercises for the house to burn to the ground. Now that it's gone, the property will be given back to the family who donated the house to the college.


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