By Jake Short, OHS Torch reporter
Fire Science students at Bloomington Area Career Center tested their skills Sunday, March 13 in the drill tower in Normal doing various activities simulating that of a real fire scene.
The BACC class was accompanied by the EMT class both getting the opportunity to test their skills in activities creating a simulation of a national Modified Combat Challenge. Thousands of firefighters around the United States take the modified combat challenge and these students are fortunate to have the opportunity to experience what professional fire fighters experience.
AC Isaacs, Fire Science teacher, said, “I enjoy seeing the students face this challenge because after they accomplish the course their happiness makes everything they pushed through worth it.”
Students are pushed to the limit to achieve walking through the finish line and the BACC. Fire Science students were some of the top competitors. Guy Goodman got the best score out of the participants with a time of 3 minutes and 25 seconds, while Mason Moore came in second, tailing Guy with 3 minutes and 33 seconds.
“I am very pleased with everyone's effort Sunday. My class did well, but room for improvement is still there, no matter how long they have been in the profession,” said Fire Science teacher AC Isaacs.
Guy Goodman, Normal Community junior, said, “The course was very fun to do, but the rain made even simple activities difficult. Rope slipped out from my gloves and the keiser sled was difficult to hit with the hammer.”
“The Modified Combat Challenge was difficult due to wearing the SCBA (Self-contained breathing apparatus) and rain made the simple task difficult making it an actual challenge,” said Mason Moore, Olympia junior.
Students of the Fire Science class will be able to participate in another Modified Combat Challenge next month in April. They will continue to practice their skills and battle the challenge once again to improve their times.