PHOENIX - A group of about 50 teen girls from the Franklin Police and Fire High School worked as a team to put out mock fires and go into dark buildings on search and rescue missions.
This training is the real deal. It all took place at the Phoenix Department Training Academy. The young ladies used the same training facilities as the recruits use.
“It shows us how it really is when they go and search for somebody in the fire but it's really dark,” said student-trainee Yamilette Rodriguez.
One student said the training made her appreciate firefighters more.
“We get an insight to how hard it is to do their job and it makes me appreciate them more,” said Lanavia Shabazz.
Most of the instructors were women, an empowering sight for the young ladies.
“Seeing females do the same thing. It's sort of empowering. It makes you truly believe you can do anything,” said Shabazz.
“They're reminding us how cool our jobs are and it's a really good relationship,” said Captain Paramedic Ardell Deliz.
While many of the students don't know if they'll become fire fighters. They have a real life experience giving them more respect for the profession.