Fort Knox, KY | February 7, 2018
Dominick Lopez, a senior at Fort Knox High School, crawled around the floor of a room at Fort Knox Fire Station Three as part of a drill.
Lopez and his teammate, Senior Julian Gillens, were looking for survivors during a search and rescue drill.
“You good?” Lopez asked Gillens as they crawled into the hallway.
Lopez, Gillens and two other seniors from Fort Knox High School are training at the Fort Knox Fire Department this semester. The search and rescue drill was the first of many the students will complete as they learn about firefighting.
The training is part of a year-long career practicum course at the high school that allows students to see “what the world of work is really like,” said Kip Rambo, a career and technical educator at Fort Knox.
This year marks the fourth time the school and fire department have teamed up to give students real-world experience.
Rambo said the practicum is a capstone course, as many will take it at the end of their pathways. The class is not required.