Cool at School: Fire Science Academy at Bonanza High School - 8 News NOW

Cool at School: Fire Science Academy at Bonanza High School

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LAS VEGAS - A unique program is teaching high school students the basics of firefighting. The Fire Science Academy at Bonanza High School represents What's Cool at School.

The academy's first graduating class held their skills competition this week. One of the tasks involved dragging a 135-pound dummy 50 feet.

Two teams, consisting of 12 students each, must show the ability to throw a fire hose, drag a hose, connect a fire hydrant and set up a ladder along a building. The students usually complete the course in less than five minutes.

"This Fire Science Academy is the same thing as a rookie school, except we don't get to do live burns," said instructor Chris Batterman. "They learn from the same text book. Except for the live burns, it is a rookie school in here."

"I've always wanted to be a firefighter since I was three or four," said Bonanza High School junior Travis Reitz. "I get experience here. When I do apply when I'm eighteen, I'll have a little bit of an upper hand."

The academy started three years ago. More than 100 students are in the program. It includes plenty of classroom work. Staying physically fit and maintaining good grades are also essential to completing the program.

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