Tech. Sgt. Jessica Packard: It's not just pulling up on scene and putting water on the fire. There's a lot more to it.
Airman Basic Marcos Carrasco: It's actually a lot harder than what I thought it was going to be.
Tech. Sgt. Jessica Packard: Any trainee that wants to become a firefighter has to be not only physically tough, but they need to be mentally and emotionally tough as well.
Airman Basic Marcos Carrasco: I'm Airman Basic Marcos Carrasco. I'm from New Rochelle, N.Y., and I'm here at fire protection tech school. Different types of fires that we've been trained on are wild land fires, as well as interior burn, above and below grade fires, vehicle fires, dumpster fires, as well as cylinder fires.
Tech. Sgt. Jessica Packard: Upon graduating from this fire training academy, any given student will walk away with firefighter one and two, Hazmat awareness, Hazmat operations, as well as airport firefighter. Those are the nationally recognized certifications.
Airman Basic Jack Simons: I'm Airman Basic Jack Simons. I'm from Acton, Maine. I'm here for fire protection. I have three more days of burns after this. The first time going in, it's intense. It's hot. You can't see. It's a little bit different than your regular structural fire.
Tech. Sgt. Jessica Packard: The types of scenarios that we put them through pushes them to their limits. Some of them don't make it.
Airman Basic Marcos Carrasco: I wanted to be a firefighter because it's exciting. It's an adrenaline rush. I look up to firefighters. I'm athletic. I felt that it would fit me.
Tech. Sgt. Jessica Packard: We have all branches of Services that come through this school that have just received the training, and we even have foreign nationals that come here to this school just because it is one of the best. There's a lot of academics behind it as well. We're not going to put you outside and start training you until we know that you are mentally there.
Airman Basic Jack Simons: The instructors here, top-grade. You know they have the same training. They came through the same school. They went out to the field, and they learned real-life experience, and they just came back to teach us.
Tech. Sgt. Jessica Packard: I really enjoy working with the students. I really love when a student comes up to me and tells me that I've motivated them, or inspired them in some way to push harder, past what they thought were their limitations.
Airman Basic Jack Simons: The motto here is, "Train like someone's life depends on it, because it does."