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Fire Academy cadets get hands-on during "live fire" exercises

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Cadets at DMC's Fire Academy got hands-on experience fighting live fires during training exercises. Cadets at DMC's Fire Academy got hands-on experience fighting live fires during training exercises.
CORPUS CHRISTI -

A class of Fire Academy cadets had a lot to get fired up about at their training on Wednesday.

Over at Del Mar College's (DMC) Regional Fire Academy, students took part in "live fire" exercises at DMC's West Campus in Corpus Christi. The exercises are requirements of the academy's coursework and give cadets hands-on experience with equipment they may one day use in the real world.

At Wednesday's training, cadets dealt with several scenarios involving liquid propane, a type of emergency they could one day face at area refineries or other industry sites.

But it's also about confidence.

"That's the biggest thing that this really does, it builds confidence in their gear, it builds confidence in their team, and it also allows them to really do work the hoses as need be," explained Michael Schmidt, DMC's Interim Director of Fire Science.

The exercises wrapped up four days of live-fire drills that are required by the state. Earlier in the week, cadets dealt with multi-story building fires and rescues.

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