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Throwing hoses

Fire Science students had the opportunity to change into some new gear yesterday and practice their wildfire fighting skills.

Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service were on campus to help students practice hose lays. Students received an overview of techniques for fighting wildfires and practice rolling and throwing out hoses. They also practiced water-spraying techniques.

Instructor Tom Smith said it was a chance for the students to expand their skills.

"It's a good opportunity to get the students in wildland gear instead of the usual bunker gear," said Smith. "Fires can happen anywhere, and it's important to cover a variety of scenarios."

Forest Service representatives spoke to the students about how fire behaviors vary greatly in different geographical regions and the importance of listening to local crews who are familiar with the terrain.

For more information about the Western Dakota Tech Fire Science program, click here.

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