Drill Tower Event at Firefighter Games
POCAHONTAS, AR May 16—Black River Technical College hosted the second annual Firefighter Games on Tuesday, May 3. Students from Walnut Ridge, Maynard, Batesville-Southside, and Highland came to the Pocahontas campus to participate in the event.
Students competed in two scored firefighter drills: the Drill Tower Event and the Driving Simulator Event. For the Drill Tower Event, participants donned firefighter turnouts, correctly attached a firehose, and dragged the hose to the proper position to extinguish the fire. Participants then climbed to the top of the drill tower stairs and returned to the bottom where they used a fire extinguisher simulator to extinguish a fire. During the Driving Simulator Event, students responded to a fire in the fire truck simulator. Participants tried to avoid point deductions for getting lost or committing a moving violation.
As the scores for the events were tallied, the Pocahontas Fire Department provided a barbeque lunch for all participants, and firefighters from Pocahontas, Paragould, Ash Flat, Cherokee Village, and Jonesboro Fire Departments fielded questions from participants interested in the occupation.
Landon Luffman of Walnut Ridge High School won 1st place, Jarred Jones of Maynard High School won 2nd place, and Aaron Ferrel of Walnut Ridge High School won 3rd.
For more information about BRTC’s Fire Science programs, contact Alan Haskins by phone at (870) 248-4000, ext. 4129 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit https://blackrivertech.org/academics/service-programs/fire-training.