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PHOTOS: Search and rescue techniques during the CRTC’s Fire Science class in Concord

  • Trevor Gilbert, left, and Killian Donnelly, right, pause at the bottom of the steps while practicing a downed firefighter exercise at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014. Gilbert and Donnelly are both a part of the Concord Regional Technical Center's Fire Science class and the downed firefighter exercise was part of one of their weekly practicals. They had to work together in teams to simulate a situation where they would have to carry one of their fellow firefighters out of a dangerous situation.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Trevor Gilbert, left, and Killian Donnelly, right, pause at the bottom of the steps while practicing a downed firefighter exercise at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014. Gilbert and Donnelly are both a part of the Concord Regional Technical Center's Fire Science class and the downed firefighter exercise was part of one of their weekly practicals. They had to work together in teams to simulate a situation where they would have to carry one of their fellow firefighters out of a dangerous situation.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • From left, Concord Regional Technical Center students Killian Donnelly, Chris Shaw, Taylor Cochran and Josh Barry chat after finishing their door control exercise during a Fire Science practical at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    From left, Concord Regional Technical Center students Killian Donnelly, Chris Shaw, Taylor Cochran and Josh Barry chat after finishing their door control exercise during a Fire Science practical at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Taylor Cochran zips into his gear while listening to Fire Science instructor Derek Martel's directions for their next exercise during the class's practical at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Cochran, a Kearsarge Regional High School student, has had ambitions to be a firefighter since he was young and watched his father, chief of the Sutton fire department, at work.  <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Taylor Cochran zips into his gear while listening to Fire Science instructor Derek Martel's directions for their next exercise during the class's practical at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Cochran, a Kearsarge Regional High School student, has had ambitions to be a firefighter since he was young and watched his father, chief of the Sutton fire department, at work.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • CRTC's Fire Science class at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    CRTC's Fire Science class at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • CRTC's Fire Science class at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    CRTC's Fire Science class at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • CRTC's Fire Science class at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    CRTC's Fire Science class at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Trevor Gilbert, left, and Killian Donnelly, right, pause at the bottom of the steps while practicing a downed firefighter exercise at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014. Gilbert and Donnelly are both a part of the Concord Regional Technical Center's Fire Science class and the downed firefighter exercise was part of one of their weekly practicals. They had to work together in teams to simulate a situation where they would have to carry one of their fellow firefighters out of a dangerous situation.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • From left, Concord Regional Technical Center students Killian Donnelly, Chris Shaw, Taylor Cochran and Josh Barry chat after finishing their door control exercise during a Fire Science practical at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Taylor Cochran zips into his gear while listening to Fire Science instructor Derek Martel's directions for their next exercise during the class's practical at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Cochran, a Kearsarge Regional High School student, has had ambitions to be a firefighter since he was young and watched his father, chief of the Sutton fire department, at work.  <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • CRTC's Fire Science class at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • CRTC's Fire Science class at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • CRTC's Fire Science class at the Concord Fire Department on Wednesday morning, February 19, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

When they got to the top of the stairs on Wednesday morning and found themselves winded, many of the students joked about volunteering to be the next victim. The reaction was to the downed firefighter exercise, a simulated rescue situation that had teams of two hauling one of their classmates up a flight of stairs at the Concord Fire Department while also wearing 50 pounds of gear. “There’s no spreadsheet to help you with this,” said Derek Martel, one of the course’s instructors. “You can’t design a computer program to bring a downed firefighters out of a burning building.” The exercise is a part of the Concord Regional Technical Center’s Fire Science course designed to help high school students prepare for firefighter’s exams. In its first year, it has nearly 20 students that, beside classroom instruction, suit up on a weekly basis and practice search-and-rescue and other firefighter techniques.

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