Franklin Police and Fire High School Firefighting Students Compete in the 12th Annual Arizona High School Fire Science Muster

Posted by Community Relations at 4/15/2015

Franklin Police and Fire High School Firefighting students competed in the 12th Annual Arizona High School Fire Science Muster, April 4 at Westgate Center in Glendale. Franklin swept the Girls competition. The senior team of Ivette Urzua, Jasmine Maldanado, Jessica Bristow, Cydnie Desamais, and Maribel Rodriguez gave Franklin its third girls championship in a row. In fact, the winning team recorded a faster time than the Glendale Community College Fire Academy class. The junior team of Jose Soto, Miguel Caro, Erik Santillana, John Vargas, and Manuel Orona placed third in the boys competition behind Glendale and Sunrise Mountain High Schools. Franklin fielded the largest group of competitors in the competition with 51 students comprising 10 teams; including three all-female teams. The competition tests the students’ basic firefighting skills in five different events: protective clothing turn-out, donning a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), connecting to and operating a fire hydrant, deploying a 150-foot fire attack hose-line, and dragging a 165-pound mannequin, named “Rescue Randy” for 100 feet.

According to instructor Richard Verduzco, the event organizer summed up Franklin's efforts by saying, "Franklin is a team to be reckoned with."