Wichita Students Gear Up To Practice Firefighting

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Students at a Wichita high school are getting some unusually realistic experience in firefighting, thanks to a specially built room that offers every challenge but the flames.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/14C4jWt ) that a carpentry class converted a former photography darkroom at Wichita South into a two-story structure for firefighting drills.

Students in Wichita South's fire science program enter the structure wearing heavy firefighting gear to practice climbing a ladder, avoiding a collapsing floor and carrying hoses filled with sand.

The fire science program is a partnership between Wichita schools, the Sedgwick County Fire Department and Hutchinson Community College. Students who complete the fire science classes can credits toward an associate's degree in fire science or emergency medical science at the college.