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RCHS Fire Science class trains with live fire

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PARKER – For most students, getting real-life job experience while still in high school can be priceless. For the students in the Fire Science class at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS), this scenario recently became a reality.

The RCHS Fire Science class assembled at the South Metro Fire and Rescue Training Facility in Parker on April 4. They started their day with a short briefing and tour of the training facility from Littleton Fire and Rescue professionals.

“We’re going to teach about fire behavior, from incipient stage to full burn, do fire rescue and actually put the fire out,” said Littleton Fire and Rescue’s Sara Banks. She added, “This is a great opportunity for them to understand what we do as firefighters, the risks that are involved and the training that we have to go through to do our jobs successfully.”

Each participant was donned with a complete set of firefighting gear, from boots, pants, jackets and gloves to the ever-classic firefighting helmet. As the students strapped on their respirators, you could see concern in the eyes of some.

“There is definitely some concern when they feel the heat for the first time, and they realize that they are in an environment that they are typically not supposed to be in,” stated Josh Meneses of Littleton Fire and Rescue.

But for some, like RCHS Fire Science student Hadyn Drabing, calm nerves prevailed.

“You’re in several thousands of dollars of gear, in a room with professionals, so I don’t think it’s a very dangerous atmosphere.”

RCHS Fire Science Instructor George Piccone said that he was fully confident in what his students had learned throughout the year.

“What we’re achieving today is putting the entire year of learning together, in operation; they can see it, they can do it under the conditions they would actually do it in a fire.”

Banks added, “This is very similar to what you would do in the Fire One Academy, so they actually get to experience what firefighters do when they are training.”

After a complete run-through of pulling up in a fire truck with full sirens going, connecting hoses to the fire hydrant and entering and extinguishing the fire in the burning training building, the students exhibited both a feeling of relief and exhilaration.

“When the flames came and they went over our heads, that was really neat because I’ve never seen that before and just being that close to fire was really cool,” exclaimed RCHS student Ashley Boatman.

Drabing concluded, “I thought it would be more scary and intimidating but there was nothing really scary about it. It was neat to be that close to it.”

April 8, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Schools

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.