Wildland Firefighter Training Fall Break 2021

Wildland Firefighter Training During Fall Break 2021
Posted on 2021/10/13
Students learn how to deal with a real life wild fire from professional wildland firefighters.A group of students from high schools throughout the Glendale Union High School District are giving up their fall break to go through a rigorous wildland fire fighting program held at Washington High School this week. Nine of the students are from the WHS Fire Service class run by lead instructor, Rich Ruybal. 

The Fire Service class is an interactive, hands-on course taught by professional firefighters that explores a variety of rewarding careers within the Fire Service. The course offers certifications in Wildland Firefighting, CPR, First Aid, and Basic Hazardous Materials First Responder. Students attend a number of industry-related field trips throughout the year and compete in local and regional competitions. Students also have unique opportunities to experience real-world challenges encountered by firefighters. 

This week’s program is in addition to the regular course work and is taught by current wildland firefighters. The students are learning the fundamentals of wildland firefighting, and will be able to apply for the certifications needed to start a career in wildland firefighting. The team of professional firefighters focus on a national curriculum that includes safety, leadership, followership, and teamwork. The students will learn the necessary skills and knowledge required for this rewarding career. 

GUHSD Public Safety Program Coordinator, Mike Hawkins, worked with All Hazards Management Solutions to hire current Arizona wildland firefighters to teach the week-long program at WHS. Fire service classes are part of the district’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program. This unique model of instruction empowers all students for success in school, career and life. All CTE teachers partner with business and industry professionals to provide students work-based learning experiences such as job shadowing, clinicals, internships, cooperative education, and programs like this fall break wildland firefighter training. 

Protective Shelters
Students learned how to properly and safely deploy protective shelters in the field.

Students learned how to dig a fireline. 

The students spent the entire week of fall break learning in the classroom and practicing out on the field with professional wildland firefighters.