Live Fire Demos Included Miller High School Students Taking Dual Credit Courses

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

Dressed in full firefighting gear and using appropriate equipment, students with the Del Mar College Regional Fire Academy, including four Dual Credit students from Miller High School, demonstrated on April 25 the skills they learned during their studies of live fire over the past two semesters. 

Walter Thieme, assistant professor and director of the DMC Regional Fire Academy with the College’s Department of Public Safety Education, controlled the fires while the Fire Science students demonstrated how to extinguish those fires. 

Instructors with the Academy watched for safety violations and whether or not students extinguished correctly vehicle, dumpster, perforated tank and spill fires that were part of their skills test. 

“This event is designed to show students’ required training and skills, along with the level of responsibility the College’s Fire Science Program takes in training our future firefighters,” says Thieme. 

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IN THE PHOTO: A team of Fire Science students demonstrates how to put out a car fire.

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