Members of Utah Valley University’s Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy take on veteran firefighters in a tug of war during the academy's Fire Games in Provo on Wednesday. The games give the students — who graduated Wednesday night — and academy alumni a chance to show off their skills and physical preparation in a series of events geared toward job-related functions. In addition to the tug of war, participants performed a bucket brigade, conducted self-rescues and turnout drills, and did pullups — all in the name of fun and competition. The UVU academy is designed to prepare future firefighters for a career in the fire service. The course, held during fall and spring semesters, includes approximately 400 hours of classroom and “fireground” training, plus an additional 300 hours of college-level prerequisite course work. Prospective students are registered through UVU and are enrolled in 16 credits of instruction for the academic semester.
Photos: Recruits, alumni get all fired up over annual games
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