Students take part in GRFD summer academy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Seven Grand Rapids high school students are feeling the heat this week as part of the Grand Rapids Fire Department’s summer academy.

Students get to put on firefighter gear and feel like what it’s like to work in heavy equipment, took part in confined space rescue training and learned how to take a car apart when someone is trapped inside after a crash.

Students also got to learn how to work as a team, which might be the most important part.

“It’s amazing watching these seven kids who have not met each other before coming down there and they are developing a family,” GRFD Lt. Mike Waldron said. “They are developing teamwork.”

Graduation from the academy is set to Friday.

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