The heat was on last Friday as 27 Jessamine Career and Technology Center students were thrown into the fire at the Hal Rogers Regional Fire Training Center in Somerset.
The field trip was part of a public-safety careers class, Nicholasville Battalion Chief David Johns said.
“What that class is about is it introduces high-schoolers to the various first-responder jobs: fire, police and EMS,” he said. “So they can see that there are a lot of options that they do have coming out of high school.”
Johns said the course gives students an overview of the different aspects of each area of public safety including firefighting.
“They’re learning about fire behavior, the basics of firefighting and some hands-on stuff,” Johns said. “We’ve showed them how to put on the air packs and the gear, and we’ve taught them about fire behavior, and we’ve talked about the different ranks: lieutenant, captain, fire inspectors, code enforcement as it relates to the fire department and state and local instructors. We’re trying to give them the greatest exposure that they can have in the world of firefighting.”