University of Nebraska student athletes learn firefighter skills

LINCOLN, Neb (KLKN) – A group of 8 University of Nebraska-Lincoln student athletes learned about life as a firefighter.

The program is called “Firefighter For a Day” and Lincoln Fire and Rescue showed participants everything from the application process to in field fire hose training.

Two groups faced off in a friendly competition where they mimicked putting out a fire.

One participant said he learned how intricate firefighting really is.

“It’s way more physics and engineering then I thought,” Samuel Phillips said. “It’s way more than putting out a fire, it’s situational experience, it’s strategy, it’s teamwork, it’s trust, a lot of different aspects put together, and they save lives every day.”

Another student was excited to learn about various positions within the field.

“What surprised me the most was the number of different jobs you can choose,” said Jojo Randby. “You can be a firefighter, you can be a paramedic, a regular firefighter, a captain, you can go into firefighter search and rescue; they were talking about swift water rescue which is really interesting to me as a swimmer.”

The day wrapped with an invitation to schedule a ride along with LFR where students can go on actual city runs with the department.

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