Students try out being a firefighter for a day

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Updated Monday, May 6 at 1:29 PM

PHOENIX -- Being a firefighter is no easy task. And 250 students from high schools across Arizona got to find that out firsthand! The teens took over Westgate Plaza in Glendale to show off their skills, as they became firefighters for a day.

"This was my lifelong dream," says Franklin High School student Pilar Carvajal. "Helping people out, protecting them."

Teams of five students faced off in a relay event in the 5th annual Fire Science Muster Competition.

"All year long they're learning about the fire service," says Phoenix Fire Captain Darrell Wiseman. "And we're not just talking about just firefighters, because not everybody's going to be a firefighter.  There's also dispatch, and fire prevention engineers."

Students had to don fire gear and breathing apparatus, get a water supply from a hydrant, pull a 150 foot line and even perform a rescue.

"I learned more about public safety," says Carbajal. "Working as a team together. They're like a family."

The winning team took away trophies, bragging rights and an incredible experience.

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