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High school students learn what it takes to be a firefighter

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A new program is allowing area high school students a peak into what it's like to be a firefighter.

The Rochester Fire Department Firefighting curriculum is a blend of online and hands-on sessions.

Students can get involved with this free program by visiting with their guidance counselor.

Saturday morning at the Regional Public Safety Training Center, students along with their instructors entered a "burn box" that simulates a residential structure.

Once inside the students in groups were able to put their knowledge to the test as they worked on putting the fire out. They worked on skills such as fire and smoke behavior and how to locate the fire.

John Marshall High School Junior, Riley Atwood.

John Marshall High School Junior, Riley Atwood said he's able to learn more in person then in a book.

"A lot less terrifying as I thought it would be. Getting the explanation of he stages of the fire, what exactly we need to do made the experience a lot more controlled feeling," Atwood said.

The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity to gain experience, and skills to pass future tests when becoming a firefighter.

Ubah Ali

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