SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — On Wednesday students with the Sioux City School’s Career Academy got real-life training on a model scale.
It’s called “Max Fire Box.”
The fire science pathway students learned about fire behavior and how to use thermal imaging cameras.
Shawn Bloemker is the founder of the box.
He says he came up with the idea about 10 years ago with the tag line “burn and learn.
“I feel like firefighter or anyone that takes a class we have about 20 minutes of their attention,” said Shawn Bloemker, Founder of Max Fire Box, “So the more definitions that we can bring to life and how we feel it’s the safest we’re going to keep firefighters and future firefighters in recognizing bad things that can happen to them.”
The box is named after Bloemker’s son Max.
Students say having hands-on training like this will put them ahead in their future career.
“I understand a lot of stuff,” said Mac Jarvis, Sioux City West High School Senior, “I’m going into the Air Guard and going into the AIT med-tech school for firefighting, I feel like I have a step ahead of all the other people so I know a little bit so I’m more prepared so maybe I can be on the top of the class.”
The training was made possible through a “Great Idea Grant” from the Sioux City Public Schools Foundation.
Officials say it’s important to offer students engaging training for their future career.
“We’ve got a great number of kids who are in the fire science program right now, next year we’re actually anticipating four times as many,” said Kari Treinen, Executive Director of the Sioux City Public Schools Foundation, “So having something for them to interact with helps the career come to life and help the students understand what they will be doing as a profession.”
With the grant, they were able to acquire the box and 27 burn sets.