High school students go for gold in state Fire Science competition


A group of high school students from around the state competed in Skills USA regional fire science competition on April 13. The competition tests competitors with real situations a firefighter might face while on call.

Twelve fire science competitors from around the state including Quincy, Newport, Wenatchee and Eastmont met at the Douglas County Fire Station in East Wenatchee to put their skills to the test.

“Skills USA is an international competition, it begins at the most local level,” said local instructor Kurt Blanchard. “It’s not just about firefighting, it’s about multiple industry simulations, I believe there’s something like 200 competition these kids can participate in.”

Blanchard said the competition is meant to simulate a hiring environment.

“In addition to a real difficult written test, they have to practice their hands on practical skills,” Blanchard said. “There’s also an oral interview and resume evaluation. It simulates a hiring environment for these guys to give them an idea of what it’s going to be like out in the industry.”